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Report 1396: Roman Holiday

By Doug Phillips from Canada, Fall 2007

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Page 6 of 16: Wednesday, September 5 – GTG at Trattoria Der Pallaro

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GTG at Trattoria Der Pallaro

All four of us slept in until 10:00am, then walked over to the Piazza Navona, where I stopped at a TIM store to buy a mobile phone. We made our way back over to the Campo dei Fiori area for our 1:00pm GTG at Trattoria Der Pallaro with Josette and Doru, Kat B and Peter, Massimo and Biancamaria, Lia and Francesca and a late-arriving Tony da Philadelphia, aka, Tony da Roma.

We enjoyed good food and conversation for two hours before splitting up. Steve & Brad went off on their own, while BW & I took a bus over to the Termini to purchase train tickets to Naples on Monday morning. We took another bus over to the Colosseum area from where we walked up to San Pietro in Vincoli to admire Michelangelo’s Moses. The church has a rather nondescript exterior and is a bit difficult to locate. I had to ask directions even though we were only a couple of minutes away. Like every other time I had a ask a Roman for some help, the exchange was friendly and helpful. A very little bit of Italian goes a long way. Then over to Via Cavour and a bus to Piazza Venezia and a transfer to one across the Tiber and a short walk to our apartment.

The bus system seems very complicated, but we only needed to learn a few routes to get around. Many routes pass through a common area like the Piazza Venezia or the Termini and it was relatively easy to figure out the next bus to take. If in doubt, I asked.

In the evening we returned to the Campo dei Fiori and the popular La Carbonari restaurant right on the Campo. For a second time I ordered Melanzane della Parmigiana. Il conti for the four of us was €116, including a litre of both wine and water.

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