Hellooooo friends!! I hope you are having a wonderful Friday! I am going to try to speed through another Rome recap so that next week I can be back on schedule with normal blogging. Recaps are fun, but I like a little routine in my life, ya know?
Anyway, when I last left off we had just explored the ancient town of Ostia where we saw homes and shops from Italians in the 4th century B.C. (so cool!). In terms of ruins and museums we saw while in Italy, Ostia was my favorite by far.
However, after romping around the ruins all morning we headed off to a beautiful palace by the sea for lunch, called La Posta Vecchia.
See? I wasn’t kidding about a) being beautiful or b) being by the sea! La Posta Vecchia was originally an Italian villa back in ancient times. It was converted to a palace in 1640 by the Orsini family, and now serves as a hotel. Oh, and it has a castle next door. Right.
Italy is a wild place, my friends. Anything that you thought was “old” in the U.S. is pretty much a joke. Every building that we saw and every street we walked down just had so much history. It was amazing. However, this one blew me away with its charm and beauty. If you have even the smallest inkling at all to see more pictures you should check out their website because their photos blow mine out of the water. So pretty!
Anyway, this was the restaurant where I enjoyed the amazing bread, amuse bouches, shellfish raviolis with ginger foam, and baked fish that I told you all about on Wednesday. If you missed Wednesday’s post I highly recommend checking it out so you can see all the yummy things I ate in Rome. Gahh it was so good.
After lunch we walked around the grounds of the palace (there was a beautiful garden out front) and checked out the museum in the basement. You could see the ruins from when it had been an ancient Italian villa, which I thought was awesome.
I thought that Ostia, between the sea-side lunch and the ancient town, was definitely my favorite part of the trip. It was a great mix between learning a lot about the history of Italy while still having a fantastic time. If you are ever traveling in Italy I can’t recommend it enough!
After lunch we returned to Rome and enjoyed some wine at a little cafe outside in Piazza de Popolo. We shopped around for a little (as was becoming our custom) and then headed back to the hotel for dinner.
Instead of going out to dinner this night we decided to stay at the hotel. We ate on the rooftop terrace which, as I mentioned yesterday, featured some spectacular views. It was particularly beautiful at night, even though none of my pictures of the city came out because it was too dark.
This was the night that I enjoyed the lobster pasta that I mentioned on Wednesday. Delish.
After dinner Fabio and I had some plans to check out the bar/club scene in Rome. We did some sleuthing (aka we asked the waiter who was about our age haha) to figure out where the best place to go was. He indicated that Art Cafe in the nearby Borghese park would be a fun choice and he was right!
According to InRomeNow.com, “Located in the subterranean Villa Borghese Parking Structure, Art Café holds the prize for being the most fashionable disco-club in Rome at the moment. ” Haha see? So fashionable 😉
We arrived at Art Café around 12:15 a.m. and were told the club didn’t open for another 15 minutes. Seriously?! I had heard Europeans go out late but I didn’t know things wouldn’t even open until 12:30 a.m. Sheesh.
While we waited in line we met a girl about our age from Croatia who is living in Dubai (weird, I know). She was incredibly friendly and, most importantly, spoke English. She knew a promoter inside and offered to share her table with us so we could all split a bottle of vodka for pretty cheap. This also granted us access to the highest level of the club which allowed us to mingle with rich and/or famous people. Neither of which, included us. Luckily it wasn’t too expensive and Fabio and I had already planned to spend a decent amount of money at the club so we joined her. It was well worth it!
We mingled with lots of fun people on the top level and then eventually worked our way down the dance floor level. I was so happy that a lot of people spoke English! We made friends with some really friendly Romans who invited us to dance and hang out with their group. Fabio even met basketball player, James Herndon, who recently played on the USA Olympic basketball team. I guess he was taking a little time off?
The next morning we had breakfast at the hotel and then headed to downtown Rome for a tour of the Forum and Palatine Hill. I had been to both before, but only as part of a tour of the Colosseum. It was great to learn more about these amazing ancient ruins.
It was definitely a fun and light-hearted lunch filled with a lot of beer and wine 😉 Afterwords we walked around a bit and did some shopping. While we were walking around we met the owner of an adorable little Italian restaurant near our hotel. The owner was so sweet and genuine and really wanted us to come to his restaurant. Eventually we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner, and we decided to make the man’s day by choosing his restaurant.
We started up on the terrace for drinks (as usual) and then headed over. This was the place where I enjoyed the wonderful cheese plate that I described to you all on Wednesday. It was phenomenal. I also enjoyed some spinach and ricotta raviolis in a creamy red sauce. It was divine!
On our way back to the hotel there was one heck of a surprise that ended up with us going to a wedding! Yes, a wedding!!
Buuuuuut, this post is already long enough as it is (is anyone even still reading at this point?) so I will save the rest for next week (so much for getting back on schedule :-/ ugh).
Anyway, have a great weekend guys!