We arrive in Rome after a sumptuous international breakfast at the UNA Hotel in Milano. The breakfast was free and probably the biggest hotel breakfast selection I have seen in Europe. They tried very hard to make American breakfast, but the scrambled eggs were too snotty even for Aaron, and bacon was labeled “fried prosciutto” and was probably pan fried for 5 minutes and taken off before it is crispy. Still, it’s hard to make bad bacon so I had a lot of it. They even had kiwi, whole and unpeeled! We watched someone scoop out tbhe fruit with a knife. Very smart.

Anyway, we took the train to Rome, then took a cab to our B&B.

On the train from Milano to Roma. Italian trains are some of the nicest I've ever seen, and their bathrooms are probably cleaner than most restaurant bathrooms in the US.

On the train from Milano to Roma. Italian trains are some of the nicest I've ever seen, and their bathrooms are probably cleaner than most restaurant bathrooms in the US.

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In France, the difference in price between first and second class was about $11 USD. The first class seats were much more luxurious than second class. In Italy, the price difference was about $50 USD, and we didn’t see much difference when we walked by the first class seats.

B&B:

Trastevere Relais

Via Di San Crisogono, 32 00153 Roma
06 58 36 49 71

http://www.trastevererelais.com/ing.html

Our B&B was very lovely. It is on the second floor of an apartment building (which means third floor in Italy because the ground floor is considered floor zero). Our hostesses, Caterina and Barbara, were very helpful. Best of all, the B&B was across the street from the busy piazzas of the Trastevere neighborhood. You cross the street and walk into one of the alleys and enter into piazzas and more alleys full of shops, cafes, restaurants, fountains, and general people watching. I really loved the neighborhood. It is similar to the Montparnasse neighborhood in Paris. The only kind of weird thing about the B&B is that our room was literally right next to Caterina’s office. We enter the apartment and go down the hall, passing the other 2 or 3 rooms they rent out. Then we checked in in Caterina’s office, then Caterina opened a door next to her desk and that was our suite! Our suite actually had two bedrooms, a loft bed, a dining room, a kitchenette,and a bathroom but since we were only paying a junior suite fee, we didn’t have access to the kitchenette, loft bed, or the other bedroom. No matter, our room was very modern, clean, and well decorated! They even gave us robes and slippers!

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Aaron chillaxing

Aaron chillaxing

View out our bedroom window. We were next to a McDonalds (YAY!). Incidentally, the McCafes there are super fancy!

View out our bedroom window. We were next to a McDonalds (YAY!). Incidentally, the McCafes there are super fancy!

The shower was very new and fancy, with three options: rainforest shower, 6 jets from the side, or a detachable shower head.

The shower was very new and fancy, with three options: rainforest shower, 6 jets from the side, or a detachable shower head.

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The dining room

The dining room

We relaxed for a bit, then it was off to the Spanish Steps:

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Then we went to the Trevi Fountain, where someone who was selling a light-up ball hit a woman in the head accidentally when he threw the ball up.

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We tried to look for the pizza place my dad told us about near the Spanish steps but alas, could not find it. Instead, we went here for dinner:

Nanà vini e cucina
Via della Panetteria, 37
00187 Roma, Rom (Latium), Italy

Recommended by Lonely Planet. It was a bit touristy, and the pasta was cooked al dente, as I have noticed it often is at more touristy restaurants. The service was very nice, but the food was only ok.

We then went to a wine bar recommended by the Gourmet book near the Trevi Fountain:

Enoteca Cavour 313

Via Cavour 313

06 6785496

It was very unassuming on the outside, and when we went in, it seemed as if only locals were there, which is always a good sign.

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Very yummy! They had prosciutto from different regions in Italy, and cheese served with chestnut honey.

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Aaron tried the Vin Santo dessert wine…kind of a cross between sherry and madera…but was only ok.

Stay tuned for our second day in Rome!

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