I would love to, thank you very much! But first, I need to know what there is to do there.
Getting ready to embark on my first ever trip to Europe and I could use some help. For most of the journey, we’ll be traveling with a tour group, so I won’t have to think much about where I’m going or how I’m going to get there. But at the beginning of the trip, we have three “free” days in Paris and two days in Rome. With help from Harlequin’s lovely editor and resident Francophile, Johanna Raisanen, our Paris days are pretty well filled. Cannot wait to see Muse de L’Orangerie, Tuileries Garden, Versailles, and as many other sights as we can squeeze into these days.
However, Rome is still a blank slate.
Our tour includes the major sites like St. Peter’s and the Vatican, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Colosseum. I’ve spent a bit of time researching further points of interest and adventures. The Galleria Borghese is calling to me as are the catacombs. Pompeii is two hours away and appears to be a doable day trip? (I’ve been fascinated with this archaeological wonder since I was in high school and wrote a report on Mt. Vesuvius. Dating myself here, but it was in the news a lot back then because, in the early 1980s, archaeologists uncovered new remains at Pompeii and Herculaneum. National Geographic published the most amazing photos. I kept a copy of this issue until a house fire destroyed it in 2000.) But the more I read, maybe the much closer ruins of Ostia Antica are the way to go?
And, just being honest here, it’s possible I may have read as much about the food as I have the sights. I don’t want to miss a single bite of deliciousness. I already have gelato on my list, of course. I’ll also be seeking out cacio de pepe, maritozzi, carbonara, and pizza al taglio. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated and most likely sampled.
I would love to hear about your trip to Rome (or Paris) and/or any travel advice you might want to share. Thank you in advance! I’ll report back here later this fall with a post highlighting all my favorite sights and flavors.
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