One of the things I came to realize when we were in Italy was that pasta counts as a first course, almost like a side dish, and the second course is the main entree. This makes much more sense seeing that the pasta dishes are generally a smaller sized dish (although still a good portion, and enough for a meal) and are usually cheaper (around 8 euros). In the states, the pasta dishes are huge because people eat them as a main entree. But in more authentic Italian restaurants, they are typically smaller (although still just as pricey. What’s with that?)

Onto another tangent, did I show you guys my planning binder?

A map with three walking routes (that we didn't end up really following, haha) and 85 restaurants, bars, cafes, and bakeries numbered to an attached list.

A map with three walking routes (that we didn't end up really following, haha) and 85 restaurants, bars, cafes, and bakeries numbered to an attached list.

Organized by key maps, transportation, and hotels.

Organized by key maps, transportation, and hotels.

Anyway, the day started off with meeting Caterina’s adorable three year old puppy Gianni (or maybe Johnny? not sure. I figured she either named him after Gianni Versace or Johnny Depp).

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He was so quiet and obedient!

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Then we had some lovely croissants (lightly frosted), cappuccinos, and yogurt.

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Check out the awesome lighting fixture!

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Anyhoodles, we went out to explore after breakfast. Our hotel was very close to the Tiber River:

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Look at the couple getting married!

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A close up

The path near the river was lovely:

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We journeyed our way up to the Mouth of Truth:

Waiting in line at the Mouth of truth. There was also someone getting married there, so of course we all let them cut in line!

Waiting in line at the Mouth of truth. There was also someone getting married there, so of course we all let them cut in line!

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Yay! Just like Roman Holiday!

Then it was off to the Colosseum, where we were bothered by at least a dozen tour guides who offered to take us in and skip the lines for an extra 10 to 15 euros. We decided to try and go in on our own, saw the line, smelled the horse poop, and decided to just walk around the outside instead.

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We skipped lunch (going against my original goal of eating at every instance possible, a decision made after our delicious first meal in Milan) and had an early dinner at our neighborhood, Trastevere. We went to Piccola Trattoria da Lucia.

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The review in the Gourmet book of this restaurant was quite long, so I will summarize. Da Lucia has been opened since 1938 and is now run by Lucia’s grandson Renato, who we saw running in and out of the kitchen. He was such a pleasant man, and seemed to know many of his customers by name, and chatted with a small boy who came in with his grandfather. The food was good by Roma standards, but I still feel that food in the country side is better. I had squid with peas, and Aaron had a pasta dish.

We then walked around the night life of Trastevere, which is comparable to Montparnasse in Paris, but more quaint and full of college students. The neighborhood is entered through various alleys, and as you walk through, you see fountains on piazzas, musicians, cafes, and general socializing between students and tourists. We decided that we were still not COMPLETELY full, so we had delicious chocolate gelato, then got pizza take out to our hotel room and watched TV Italiano… good night!

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