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Medici Chapel.

We had a few hours remaining in Florence before getting on the train to Rome.  We did some final shopping at San Lorenzo and then swung by Casa del Vino to pick up some truffle butter and jamon and pecorino sandwiches before heading off to the train station.  The train ride to Rome was uneventful - great picnic of sandwiches, olives, oranges, and mini cannoli and picturesque scenery.  I must have dozed off and on.

Before I knew it we had arrived in Rome.  It was a bit crowded and hectic, but we managed to find the taxi line and took a quick ride to our hotel (Hotel Mozart - which was our favorite by far this trip).

A tripe stand that I kept wanting to try, but I never had time (or tummy space).
  Along the way, we saw the Spanish Steps and we gasped in horror - it was covered in graffiti!  But then we realized it was a special art installation to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall ... while I understand the importance of the event, it would have been nice to see the Spanish Steps in its normal, ungraffitied state.

After settling into the hotel, we walked to the Trevi Fountain - gorgeous and uber-crowded as usual.  From there, I was able to find (based on my memory of my previous trip to Rome) the best gelato shop ever!  San Crispino - I love love love this place!  My favorite flavor is the honey gelato - soooo good.  My mom had the pistachio and admitted it was better than the one at Perche No (which is also quite good, but not as good as San Crispino).

Waiting for our water taxi.
 

We then walked past the Piazza Colonna towards the Pantheon.  There was some sort of procession in front of the Pantheon so we were able to go into the Pantheon quite easily, with few crowds.  Afterwards we went to the Piazza Navona to enjoy the Four Rivers Fountain (Bellini) and of course I got talked into buying some art.  Then we miraculously found the hidden Ristorante Montevecchio - which was another gem!  (My mom liked this place so much that we went there the next night too!)  We actually got there before they were even opened without reservations and they were kind enough to let us sit and offer us some amuse bouche while they got ready for dinner service.  The amuse bouche was crostini with mozzarella and an anchovy butter sauce - oh, it was sooo good!  Then we had a fried veggie starter - sort of like tempura veggies - delicious!  My mom had grilled fish - quite good, and I had tagliatelle with seabass ragu, clams and scampi.  I finished off every bite!  We finished with some tiramisu - so delightful.  This is not a cheap place, but if you want to splurge in Rome, this is worth it!

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Medici Chapel.
Medici Chapel.
A tripe stand that I kept wanting …
A tripe stand that I kept wanting…
Waiting for our water taxi.
Waiting for our water taxi.
Train station.
Train station.
Our picnic - really good!
Our picnic - really good!
These little cannoli were awesome!
These little cannoli were awesome!
Hotel Mozart - comfy bed.
Hotel Mozart - comfy bed.
Spacious bathroom.
Spacious bathroom.
Good location- near the Spanish St…
Good location- near the Spanish S…
Crowds at Spanish Steps.
Crowds at Spanish Steps.
Trevi Fountain.
Trevi Fountain.
My favorite gelateria!
My favorite gelateria!
Pantheon.
Pantheon.
Piazza Navona.
Piazza Navona.
Four Rivers Fountain.
Four Rivers Fountain.
Dinner at Ristorante Montevecchio.
Dinner at Ristorante Montevecchio.
Fabulous mozzarella with butter an…
Fabulous mozzarella with butter a…
Fried veggies.
Fried veggies.
My delish pasta.
My delish pasta.
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