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Thursday, July 31, 2014

GELATO AT PIAZZA CAMPO DE' FIORI

GELATO
PIAZZA CAMPO DE' FIORI
ROME, ITALY

Don't know the name of this place where we had a Gelato in the Piazza Campo de' Fiori.  I can however tell you that this was not the real thing.  After taking a food tour of Rome, we learned a few ways to learn real Gelato from the fakes.  Real Gelato uses real fruit so the color is the same as the fruit.  They also never pile the Gelato up so that it overspills the container.  When you see the large piles of Gelato in a window chances are it is not the real deal.  

PIAZZA CAMPO DE' FIORI 
SMALL PLACE IN THE PIAZZA
CHOCOLATE AND MINT
GOTTA HAVE A GELATO ON A HOT DAY IN ROMA

MERCATO RISTORANTE - ROME, ITALY

MERCATO RISTORANTE
ROME, ITALY

MERCATO RISTORANTE
PIAZZA CAMPO DE' FIORI, 52
00186 ROMA, ITALY
+39 06 8897 2697 Phone
HOURS:  9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Cruising through the streets of Rome is awesome.  You walk and walk and then find small or large Piazza's all over the city.  Piazza Campo de' Fiori was a good one.  Filled with entertainers, families, singles, lovers and surrounded by a half dozen restaurants overlooking the square.  We picked Mercato for no reason.  Just had some tables out front and a young crew of workers doing everything possible to get people to come in.  Once seated we were not disappointed.  The food was good and atmosphere was perfect.  Enjoyed a cold beer and some pizza while my daughter went for some Lasagna.  The wife kept it light with the Mozzarella and Prosciutto.  It is amazing how you can eat pretty much the same thing every day in Rome.  Pizza and Pasta.  There is not much more to chose from.  Every restaurant in the city seems to be Italian.  No complaints from me.  I liked it this way.

MERCATO RISTORANTE IN ROME

THIS PLACE REALLY FILLED UP
GREAT OUTDOOR SEATING OVERLOOKING THE PIAZZA
LIVELY PIAZZA WITH MANY ENTERTAINERS
MERCATO RISTORANTE MENU
PASTA FISH AND MEATS
MERCATO PIZZA SELECTIONS
WENT WITH THE LOCAL BEER CALLED PERONI
FRESH MOZZARELLA WITH PROSCIUTTO AND TOMATOES
MARGHERITA PIZZA
LASAGNA
LAYERS OF FRESH MADE PASTA WITH A BIT OF BEEF AND TOMATO SAUCE
BLESSED TO RETURN TO ROMA WITH MY LOVELY BRIDE

SISTINE CHAPEL - VATICAN CITY

SISTINE CHAPEL
VATICAN CITY

SISTINE CHAPEL
VIALE VATICANO, 2
CITTA DEL VATICANO
VATICAN CITY
HOURS:  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Opened in 1483, the Sistine Chapel stands as not only the Papal Chapel but also as one of the greatest art treasures in the world.  We were granted VIP access through Viator.com that took us inside the Sistine Chapel after hours when the crowds had left.  Our small group of maybe 8 people were left inside the Chapel for 45 minutes alone with only security guards and a few workers.  This experience was amazing.  To have this opportunity to view the space without the crowds was truly remarkable and worth every penny that we spent to book this private tour.  This is a jaw dropping experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Click links below to view posts on the Vatican Museums, St. Peters Basilica and Address of Holy Father at St. Peters Square:

ESCORTED INTO THE SISTINE CHAPEL AFTER HOURS
























VATICAN MUSEUMS

VATICAN MUSEUMS
VATICAN

VATICAN MUSEUMS
VIALE VATICANO
00165, ROME
+39 06 69883332 Phone
+39 06 69884676 Info

The Vatican Museums should not be missed during a visit to Rome.  The treasures and works of Michelangelo, Rafael, Da Vinci and hundreds of other artists will simply amaze you. No matter where you look - up, down, right or left you will see some of the greatest artwork in the world. We booked a small tour of the grounds and museum through Viator.com and were given access to many rooms that are not open to the public.  Really worth the money especially when we were given private access to the Sistine Chapel which is posted separately.  Enjoy the images!
Click link below to view post on the Sistine Chapel: