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For the first time in my life, I traveled solo. My destination was Rome. That isn't to say I've never taken a flight alone, but I've never been in a foreign country 100% on my own without knowing a soul or met up with someone I already knew. It really makes you think about what you want, and not having to worry about pleasing or compromising with a traveling companion.
"Where do I want to eat?", "Where would I like to stay?", "What do I want to do?"
Not to sound totally cliché, but Rome was the perfect place to have an "Eat, Pray, Love" experience. I carefully mapped out the restaurants I wanted to visit (many), and had scored such an amazing apartment on VRBO at the Piazza della Rovere by the Ponte Principe Armedeo, just a 15-25 minute walk in either direction to Trastevere, Vatican City, Centro Storico, Jewish Ghetto, etc. I got this entire, gorgeous apartment all to myself at a rate that I would never find elsewhere, and definitely not at this quality.
Each morning, I would wake up early to head out for a run. I would pick a pasticceria (bakery) and tourist site that was about 20 minutes away from my VRBO apartment and run to it. I have to admit, I went to Le Levain TWO mornings in a row. I could not get enough of their freshly made croissants and cinnamon rolls. The cafe americano was perfect.
My first night for dinner I got dolled up to have a solo dinner for one at Roscioli Salumeria con Cucina in the central part of Rome, just a 20 minute walk from my VRBO home. I had an incredible dinner in the wine cellar of the restaurant and lost myself in plate after plate of of fiori di zucca (fried zucchini blossoms), charcuterie, panino di porchetta, rigatone, and pasta carbonara. It was completely divine and yes, I ate it all. I spent 2 hours by myself, eating and drinking. Finally not caring what anyone thought.
I took a leisurely stroll home and stopped by TWO gelato places. Because why not? In the afternoons, I enjoyed some quiet time at my VRBO apartment to recharge. It was a nice feeling to treat my home-away-from-home like it was mine, and not a "crash pad" for the weekend.
Drooling already? Here is a shortlist of places that I ate at during my weekend in Rome. I walked to ALL of them from my VRBO apartment in Centro Storico:
Roscioli Salumeria con Cucina in Central Rome
Roscioli Caffè Pasticceria in Central Rome
La Botticella in Trastevere
Le Levain in Trastevere
Otaleg Gelato in Trastevere (It's 'gelato' spelled backwards!)
Gelato di San Crispino in Central Rome
Pizzarium Bonci in Vatican City
Frigidarium in Central Rome
Antico Forno La Renella in Trastevere
Forno Campo di Fiori
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