Rome Day 2 / Jetlag sets in

Woke up this morning and had breakfast at the hotel. In Europe, breakfast is included in the room rate for most hotels, and this one had a very large spread. At 10am I met Massimo and Evelina from the tour company we hired in Italy. They took me by cab to Villa Miani, a place where we will be having our gala dinner next Thursday.

On the way there (and back for that matter), Evelina very kindly gave me a personal tour of Rome by car. She had the taxi driver go past major landmarks and explained the history of each along the way. I learned a lot from her.

Villa Miani is a beautiful home up on a hill – it has a wonderful view of Rome that will look terrific at night. St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican is nearby but you can see for miles and miles. The villa itself has a lovely patio where we will enjoy cocktails and then have dinner inside the ballroom. I selected gold linens, off-white china and formal crystal glassware. I also asked them for centerpieces with greenery and white roses – they will look fabulous with the candlelight.

Our next stop was I 3 Scalini (“Tre Scalini”), the restaurant where our small group dinner will be on Sunday evening. We had lunch here, right in the middle of Piazza Navona where tourists and student groups (class trips) were milling about. Piazza Navona has many artists selling portraits, landscapes and city scenes in chalk, watercolor and even pencil sketches. The Piazza is shaped like an oval and used to be one of the locations where chariot races took place. Now the “track” is cobblestone street (closed to most motor vehicles) where tourists gawk and gaze at the surrounding apartment buildings where the seats once stood

I enjoyed a lunch with Caprese salad (buffalo mozzarella and the freshest tomatoes I’ve ever tasted, topped with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a touch of fresh cracked pepper) and lasagne. Dessert was the restaurant specialty – a chocolate truffle gelato rolled in chopped dark chocolate, drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with whipped cream and a pirouette cookie. I tasted it and thought I was in heaven! Gelato is so much more than ice cream – where has it been all my life??? This particular dish has made this restaurant famous and they hold a patent on it. The group coming here on Sunday will really love the food, that is certain.

After our enjoyable lunch (food and company included) Massimo and Evelina dropped me off at the hotel where I enjoyed peace and quiet in my hotel room and a room service dinner – the “last supper” before all the chaos will set in. One annoyance is that the only TV stations available in English were CNN World, BBC World, Sky News (British news station) and some sports channel focusing on soccer. I did expect as much.


1 Response to “Rome Day 2 / Jetlag sets in”

  1. 1 gogogoallison March 29, 2007 at 11:48 am

    I know exactly what you mean about the gelato!

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