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Rome In The Fall Is Fabulous – Ciao!

September 9, 2019

 

Spanish steps in Rome with people
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Hello from Rome!. It’s a perfect Fall day. Sunny and warm, a change from what the weather channel had predicted, which was rain. It did actually rain just a bit during our walk in the centre yesterday, the clouds hung on stubbornly, but they miraculously cleared by noon, so we were happy it didn’t ruin our terrific tour.

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Rome in the Fall travel:

piazza colonna Rome
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It looked like it was going to pour most of the time, but we had faith :-). This is Piazza Colonna, one of our stops and just a couple of minutes walk to the amazing Palazzo Doria Pamphilj.

The streets are still very packed, but not as much as in the thick of summer. The last of the school children will start school mid September so they are making use of their last few free days.

Fall weather in Rome:

We were here last in February, on our way to Verona and there is quite the difference, weather wise. l can tell you that Rome is better visited in the Fall :-). No need for the winter coats yet. September is still t-shirt and shorts time for most people.

The temperature has been in the mid 70’s with dry heat. Such a change from Valencia weather which has the same temperature but is insanely humid. Here, you need to lather on the body hydrating creams.

We have been here for the past two days and we have two weeks to go. This trip was put together somewhat haphazardly. Some friends are visiting from Los Angeles and we decided to meet up with them on the Rome leg of their Italy itinerary. Another friend is visiting from Copenhagen so it felt like it was meant to be.

Us at the Trevi fountain
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The Trevi fountain. Even though it was crowded, we were still able to get down a step to take a selfie. No, I did not throw a coin in the fountain. How nice to see it super clean.

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We have no specific plans to speak of apart from lots of Italian food and lots of gelato. Our walking tour of Rome yesterday concluded with a pasta making lesson which was a whole lot of fun as we lucked into four young and very fun people visiting from the States.

The lesson took place at a wonderful little restaurant right by the world famous, refurbished and therefore sparkling clean Trevi fountain called Agrodulce. I can’t wait to tell you all about this wonderful tour that we took with The Tour Guy.

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Our Rome itinerary:

Part of our time in Rome will be spent hanging around with his family. The other part? We will hopefully be discovering lesser known parts of the city. We also plan to spend a couple of days visiting Perugia and maybe Assisi in the Umbria region.

fountain below the Spanish steps Rome in the fall is fabulous
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Fall in Rome is still warm. The fountain below the Spanish steps. It’s kind of nice that people are no longer allowed to sit on the steps. It was impossible to try and get up them or even get a clear view of the top and appreciate the beauty as seen in the top image. We had stopped venturing by there before .

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If we feel like it, we might spend a day or two in Siena and, or Florence, before coming  back to Rome for the last few days. Basically, we are winging it!. The beauty of not having a set schedule :-). Plans can change on the whim.

It’s amazing how easy it’s been for me to slip into the lazy mode since we arrived. As l have mentioned previously, my Mother-in-law spoils me rotten and l barely have to lift a finger. I fight her half heartedly of course to make it look good, but l am enjoying the attention.

tray of pastries for breakfast - Rome in the fall
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Some of the tasty treats that awaited us on arrival made fresh by a friend of his mom. I had the one with pistachio. It was fabulous!

His sister has really been taking advantage of us being here and has found every opportunity to drop off her nine and four year old kids. The four year old has the loudest voice ever for a kid. Ever! Oh Joy. It’s okay though, it’s only for a short time, school starts very very soon!  so … yeah! :-).

Hope you are slowly easing into the Fall season. I know there are parts of the world still in the path of hurricane Dorian and we have seen the devastation it’s already caused in the Bahamas. Let’s hope that we’ve seen the worst of it.

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So there you have it, a quick update and postcard from beautiful Rome. In the meantime, we will eat a lot of this:

Roman pizza with zucchini
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Not mine. Too healthy :-). White pizza with zucchini slices. It wasn’t too bad.

And drink lots of this:

2 male friends posing with mugs of beer. Rome in the fall enjoyment
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Salute! Boyhood friends enjoying some Italian beer!

Have you ever visited Rome in the Fall? Do you agree it’s probably the best time to visit the eternal city?

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14 thoughts on “Rome In The Fall Is Fabulous – Ciao!”

    • Haha! Not for those guys when it comes to pizza. Needless to say, we plan on several days of wine as well :-).

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  1. It does look good, especially without the never ending crowds. Enjoy your time there and, by the look of those yummy treats you received (I would’ve gone for the pistachio one as well!) they seem like a good weapon to keep the loud kid silent at least for a while. :))

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    • Yeah, it’s nice to almost have the place to yourself. We went to a little exhibit for this older Brazilian player which was at the Brazil embassy yesterday and the guard was saying how much more crowded it had been during the summer, it was free and about one of the most beloved footballers for the Rome team, so you can just imagine. There were like five of us only so l really enjoyed it. Haha! I have to keep that in mind for the kid :-). It turns into background noise for me anyway so l don’t mind it as much. Federico, you can just imagine and l have to chastise him :-).

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  2. Kemkem, I visited Rome at the end of September and yes the weather was perfect. How lovely that you are going with the flow, no firm plans…just see what happens. A walking tour that ends with a cooking class sounds great, I will have to try it next time I visit this great city. Enjoy being pampered by your MIL. BTW I love your selfie with Frederico at the Fontana di Trevi.

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    • This is definitely the best time to come to Rome. I think the last time we were here was 8 months ago in January, before that July of 2018 and before that l think it was also in September and that was definitely great weather. I love not having a schedule. I have been jouncing for a Florentine steak and that is probably why we will of to Florence again :-). Will travel for food!!! Hahah!!! Thanks for the compliment, I like that photo too, especially because we rarely take pictures together :-).

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  3. Kem, how nice to be able to just pop over to Rome for a couple of weeks with no particular schedule. You are so spoiled!! We have only been there in the summer, and I felt like a marshmallow over a campfire. I can imagine September must be grand. Enjoy!!!

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    • I know right?..talk about being spoiled indeed. Haha..summer time is brutal in Rome and l always stay at home during the day. Even here in Perugia right now, it’s still full summer it feels like and the air is so crisp and it’s just lovely. I love not having a schedule …. might have to try it even more often…haha!

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  4. I have not visited Rome but it looks so beautiful and I would love to one day. We did visit Siena and Florence and if you got the time, I say do it! I wouldn’t mind a slice of that zucchini pizza looks mighty yummy! Enjoy your trip and looking forward to where you guys go.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

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    • Haha! She tried to tempt me with that zucchini stuff! No thank you :-). I stuck with my usual Diavola (their pepperoni) and remained happy. In the end l think it will be Siena and Florence (Siena is actually new for me, but Florence we have been at least three times). I was going to add a third but l feel a bit weary so will stick with two and come back to Rome for the last three days l think :-). I hope you get to visit Rome soon. It is indeed beautiful.

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  5. Yum those treats waiting for you looked fabulous! I was wondering how people are prevented from sitting on the steps. Are there cops there yelling at the sitters? I think that would be pretty hard to keep a handle on. One person sits and the next thing you know 100 people are sitting.

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    • Quite tasty indeed. They do have cops there. Your butt is not even on the step before a cop tells you to get up. We were cracking up cos on the news the mayor of Rome sat down and they immediately stopped him, and he was like “I’m an old man… l thought l was having a heart attack” :-). They didn’t fall for it. They are just warning people for now till they get used to it, then they will be issuing the fine after that, which l think is fair. It seems everyone knows, their ads etc have been very effective.

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  6. We visited Rome in October 2017 and it was perfect; beautiful weather and less crowds. The sightseeing was amazing of course but the highlight for us was the food: Osso Bucco, delicious risottos and pasta and the most amazing pork sandwich I’ve ever eaten. We were shocked at how reasonable the cost of eating out is for such a big and popular city. Staying in Trastevere suited us well as we could walk across the river in the daytime to do all of the typical touristy things but at night we were surrounded by restaurants and bars. We loved just wandering the streets after dinner, people-watching and soaking up the atmosphere. It’s a very lively and noisy neighbourhood and every night is one long party that goes on well into the early hours. It’s just as well that I always travel with earplugs!

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    • Trastevere is a wonderful part of Rome to stay. I absolutely love the area. It’s about a 20 minute bus ride from where Fede’s mom lives and his father was actually born in Trastevere. When we were in Rome in January, we actually went to see the house where his father was born and raised :-).

      You mention some of my most absolutely favorite dishes, I always think how lucky l am that Federico loves to cook and is an amazing one at that. His Osso Bucco and risotto rivals any restaurant’s. I always get reminded when we have friends come over and they are practically licking the bowls..haha!

      I am so glad you have such great memories of your Rome visit. It’s a really gritty city l know, but cool in so many ways.

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