Not Enough Time

This was my very first meal here in Italy

It feels like just last week that I had nearly 4 months to spend in Italy and do everything I wanted to do. The time went by so quickly. I now have less than 40 days left here and there is so much that I still want to do. I have more trips planned that take up most of the weekends I have left and with finals coming up, I know I’ll be busy with school work but I am determined to fit it all in. I have no idea if/when I’ll be back in Italy so I’m trying to enjoy it to the fullest while I’m here. This post will serve as a way to share where I still plan to go and to hold myself accountable.

Day Trips

Villa D’Este – a family friend who spent time in Italy highly recommended I go here. It is a 16th century villa in Tivoli and is famous for its gardens and fountains.

Pisa – I was originally supposed to go to Pisa when I was in Tuscany but between it being the weekend and the fact that November 1st is a holiday, the busses were not running often enough for us to go.

Piazza Navona

In Rome

Some of this is very surprising to me. I had planned on visiting most if not all of these places well before now but I got busy with school and with most of my weekends taken up with trips to other cities, I didn’t get to go to many easy to visit places in Rome.

– Castel Sant’angelo
– St Peter’s Basilica interior and dome
– Capitoline museums
– Galleria Bourgese
– Villa Bourgese
– Villa Pomphili
– Roman Forum
– Palentine Hill
– Shopping in Via Del Corso
-Santa Maria Maggiore church
– St Clement Basilica
– Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli
– Spend more time in Piazza Navona
– See an opera/ballet
– Spanish Steps

Places to Eat

It’s hard to make a list of places I want to eat without specific recommendations from other people because every restaurant here serves almost the same thing. Especially when it comes to pasta. Rome’s signature dishes are Carbonara, Cacio e Pepe, and Amatriciana.

– Da Enzo (recommended by one of my teachers, it’s always busy so we need to get there at 6:15 and wait in line until it opens)
– Roscioli’s (also recommended by my teacher)
– Osteria da Fortunata (has fresh pasta and has been highly rated by many people)
– All you can eat pasta near our apartment

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