Monday, September 29, 2008

Rick's Roadshow: Rome, Italy- Wrap Up

Welcome to the last installment of Rick's Roadshow: Rome, Italy- Wrap Up. Today we left on the cruise, so tomorrow starts the new cruise blog! I hope you can follow us through the Mediterranean. We spent our last day in Rome at The Vatican today. We had a private tour, apart from all the tourists and crowds, which was much more civilized I must admit. I took more photos than I could resize and upload before we left the city for the ship's Embarkation. I'll try to add more of them tomorrow, but here are a few just to show the spendor!

above: entrance into the Vatican Museum

above: one of the many beautiful ceilings in the Vatican

Sidewalk Cafes of Rome
One of the things I especially enjoy about Rome is the wide selection of restaurants. Both John and I enjoy fine dining, and I love Italian food, so Rome is the perfect place for me! In Rome, it seems no matter where you go, you can find a sidewalk cafe or restaurant. Sometimes enclosed, and other times just tables on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant, dining al fresco is a way of life in Italy.

above: two sidewalk cafes I saw as we walked to the restaurant where we had reservations. they all look so nice and cozy.
Dinner at Via Veneto, Rome
above: The family assembles for dinner on Sunday night. These two photos were taken from either end of the table, to be sure everyone was in the photo.

above left: Ah, much better, some vino rosso in the glasses at last! above right: the china at Via Veneto was exquisite!

above left: An amazing Caprese Salad, with vine-ripened tomatoes, FRESH buffalo mozzarella and basil olive oil. above right: a starter course of fresh Fettuccine Bolognese...it was the best I've had in Rome yet!

above left: Fresh Mediterranean Sea Bass, and above right: a petite cut of Pistachio-Encrusted Beef Filet. Molto Delicioso!
Well that's all for this mini series of Rick's Roadshow. Next, look for the new Mediterranean Cruise Blog series. We set sail today from Civitavecchia!
Thanks for stopping by.
-Signore Ricardo Rockhill

6 comments:

RhodesTer said...

We went to Coco's the other night.. you know, the one over by that new Petco. I had something faintly resembling Italian, and the waitress, Flo, was quite nice. Sorry, no pictures.

*sigh*

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

ahhh, the food looks wonderful! and now you are on the ship! lovely! i shall follow, you know i will! ha ha ha

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

kenju said...

I still wish I were there, and I know I'm going to enjoy the rest of the posts, too. Bon voyage!

Anonymous said...

Rick, Glad you enjoyed Rome. It really is The Eternal City. Enjoy the cruise! Love, Mom

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh My My My...The Food looks Scrumptous Rick....I love the feeling that I am taking this trip with you through your wonderfully delightful pictures....Keep Em Coming, My Dear!

lime said...

all the pictures from each of the days are just amazing. what must it be like to live surrounded by all that amazing architecture and art?

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