Visiting Rome From Valencia in 2021...
Visiting Rome From Valencia in 2021. Must-visit places.

Ciao From Rome Italy. Spectacular.

A hearty ciao from Rome Italy , and l gotta tell you, it is hot in the city ( yes… as in my idol Billy Idol). Fortunately, it doesn’t feel that much different from Valencia, maybe even a little drier heat, so l can’t complain too much. This was our originally planned summer trip before London popped up.

Ciao from Rome Italy: what have we been up to?

We have spent the days doing what we always do, roaming around the city and revisiting the familiar sights and enjoying life like locals. We also met up with some friends who were also visiting from Valencia. It never gets old!

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We climbed one of Rome’s seven hills and l thought l would die. The view from Aventine hill is worth it though. It’s quite different having no car😂😂. He did his best to encourage me, bless his heart.

It felt a bit weird not seeing his mom bustling about. This is our first time back since she passed last October. The AirBnB is close to her old place (having to even book one felt weird). I do feel she is smiling wherever she is though seeing her kids getting along.

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He shares a sense of humor with Fede. Their birthdays are only a day apart so that maybe explains it, but he is going to be a tall one!

We have been spending quality time with his family, one of his nephews tuned eight years old, and it is so much better now that they have transitioned to pre teen and no longer toddlers. No more headaches!

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Ciao from Rome Italy. She is such a cutie, and he is quite the ham!

Since Rome is all about history and food, and l never tire of learning about either, we have been eating a lot and walking a whole lot more, despite the heat. We are looking forward to some beach time down south after this.

Upon our return, l will share more about the trip. The dogs are doing well, and barely miss us from the photos the sitter sends. I always feel better when they are in their usual sorroundings and they were already familiar with her, enough so that Sky didn’t bother getting up, while Bella just rolled over for a belly rub as soon as she saw who it was☺️. Traitors🤣.

Food in Rome:

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Tonnareli with astice! Magnificent and with the most amazing view from above the Spanish Steps.
Giant pizzas in Rome Italy
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There is big, and there is bigger, this is the biggest and that is a one person pizza that no one ever finishes.
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Gnocchi with pine nuts and sun dried tomatoes. Not my favorite pasta at all. it is so rubbery, but l am definitely in the minority there.

I hope you enjoy some images from the trip so far. I pray everyone is having a wonderful summer and your plans aren’t being too affected by all the transportation problems that we have been reading about.

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Roaming through Trastevere, birthplace of his father. we had lunch here at Carlo Menta. The original owner was a friend of his dad, but his daughter now runs it. Very good Roman food. The poor waiters were on high alert as the birds wouldn’t leave me alone and l was freaking out🤣.

Europe is also set to have major strikes this summer. The airline we are scheduled to fly with announced several strike days for Spain this month, and we just missed all the days by one coming and going. I hope everything goes as planned. Any travel in the foreseeable future will be by train or bus only.

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Discovering a wonderful, small eatery near the Vatican.

Ciao from Rome Italy, and arriverderci!

10 thoughts on “Ciao From Rome Italy. Spectacular.”

  1. It has been over twenty years since I have been in Rome – I will take this as a reminder that I need to go back ASAP. In two weeks, I am headed to Bologna so definitely looking forward to the food there.

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    • It is time for a return visit for sure… haha! I love Bologna and l am sure you will have a great time. The food is awesome. Disfrutar!

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  2. Glad that you were able to return to see Federico’s family and enjoy Roman food. I CANNOT believe the size of a personal pizza!

    I hope strikes won’t interfere with your future travel plans. Have been reading about how cheap Europe is for Americans this summer but getting around by plane sounds nightmarish.

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    • Thanks Annie. It’s been a great time so far. Yeah.. that personal size pizza is humongous. It’s only this place that we have seen that has it so big, so there is always a challenge to see who can finish it …haha…everyone loses!🤣.

      I have my fingers crossed for you that all will be well by the time of your trip. Very unreliable right now. The dollar is so much stronger now and almost the same as the euro so lots of money being changed.

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  3. Kem, you are the second blogger within two weeks to complain about the heat in Rome. I remember being there once in July and it was unbearably hot. I’d love to return, in cooler weather. We are scheduled to fly to Florence in September. I hope the strike doesn’t extend to the whole of Italy and that the airlines have worked out their differences by then. It’s for our daughter’s wedding. Those pizzas look amazing.

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    • Oh really? I feel better knowing it’s not menopause😂. Valencia has been hot too though, so it’s one or the other and this is a nice change of pace. It’s the first time in a while thy we have been in the summer.

      I really hope things are better by the time you travel for your daughter’s wedding.I have heard of such sad stories about missed flights and all. It’s really sad the state of things, just don’t bring regular checked in luggage to be safe😜.

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  4. KemKem- Looks like a great trip! (It is impossible – I think- to have bad food in Italy… Lackluster maybe, but never bad!) We are also hoping that the transportation bugs don’t unravel our September/October plans for Italy and Spain! Plus – COVID! Just had friends return today from their first Spain trip: they went to Morocco for “a quick 3 day-er” in the middle, but came down with Covid there and were stuck for 11 days in an apartment that their hotel set them up with! They never got to finish their Spain trip! (But they said that what they got was fabulous! )

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    • It has been wonderful and a great time. We had some lackluster food just once, the first in a really, really long time, but for the most part, absolutely fantastic.

      A lot of people l know have been getting COVID post trips everywhere. I hope we don’t catch it. I, unfortunately, think that this will be it going forward and we have to learn to live with it. That so sucks about your friends. 11 days … 10 days too long..haha. Glad that they were at least able to salvage some of it. Nowadays course, they need to plan to do it again.

      I hope by the time your trip happens, things will be much better, fingers crossed.

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  5. Looks like you did have an amazing time there! The pizzas look amazing, and I for one would’ve certainly taken on the challenge of finishing it 🙂 Dry heat is something that I am starting to miss now that we’re closer to the sea… hahaha.

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    • Haha! I know you would have definitely tried. Fede only managed to accomplish it one time, along with his childhood friend who is the ultimate pizza fan :-). It’s hot everywhere. There is no getting away from it at this point. No global warming they say! Yikes!🥵

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