It's taken me a while to recover from pneumonia, and to sort through my memories of a fabulous month in Italy. I'll be writing about the highlights of the trip and The Best of Tuscany Tour in the next few weeks.
Today I wanted to share one of my favorite evenings in Rome.
My friend Karen and I decided to follow Rick Steves' suggested route for a stroll past monuments, piazzas, and fountains lit up at night. We started with a delicious dinner of the traditional Roman pasta, cacio e pepe, salad, and white wine while sitting outside at a small trattoria watching the people go by.
Then we set off to the Piazza della Rotunda in front of the Pantheon. It's a big lively piazza, with cafes and a fountain, and a popular meeeting place. This Saturday evening it was also the spot to hear a fine tenor with a boom box, singing famnous arias to a crowd.
Here's a video of the closing moments of his Nessum Dorma:
Our walk took us to the Piazza Navona with its spectacular fountains, the grand obelisks, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. We stopped for gelato, listened to many street musicians (most were playing old Frank Sinatra standards), and I even had my palm read on a tiny street lined with fortune tellers offering their wisdom.
We ended the evening with an espresso in true Italian fashion and made our way back to our rooms.
It was the best night I ever had in Rome.