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Report 1891: Umbria and Rome Trip Report - October, 2010

By Deb777 from Connecticut, USA, Fall 2010

Trip Description: October 14 - October 28, 2010 - Chris and Deb Visit Umbria and Rome!

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Rome, Umbria

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Vacation Rentals; Foodie Trip; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 2 People

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Page 1 of 4: US to Rome - Day 1 to Day 2

photo by Deb

Ristorante Roma Sparita - Cacio e Pepe

Chris and I began our third trip to Italy on October 14. We flew United from Providence, RI to Washington, DC, and then had a direct flight to Rome. We arrived in Rome the next morning at about 8:30am. After getting our luggage and going through customs, we found our driver from RomeCabs waiting to take us to the Hotel Gea Vulcano for the night.

We thought we would just drop off our luggage at the hotel and begin exploring Rome, but they said if we waited about 30 minutes, our room would be ready! We stayed at this hotel in 2007 and requested the same room. After checking in and getting into our room (the one we requested), we freshened up and headed out for lunch. We wanted to try a restaurant that Tony Bourdain featured in his Rome episode of "No Reservations". After about a 30-minute walk, we ended up in the Trastevere area and found Ristorante Roma Sparita.

It was a nice day, so we opted to eat on the outdoor patio. We ordered an appetizer of the deep fried zucchini blossoms, which with a slight taste of anchovies, were very good.

Our main course was the Cacio e Pepe (Spaghetti with Pecorino Romano and Black Pepper) we had wanted to try. This restaurant prepares a little lacy basket out of cheese and then places the spaghetti in the "cheese basket" for serving. Lunch came to €38. We both decided that while very good, it would be too rich to have every day! I tried not to think about how much cholesterol was in it!!

After lunch, we explored the area a bit, got a little lost near the Colosseum, and eventually ended up back at the hotel.

We felt it best not to take a nap, even though we were very jet lagged. We went to a travel agency office to purchase the train tickets we would need the next day for our trip to Umbria.

Dinner that night was at Da Tito’s, which was just down the street from our hotel. We had been there during our first trip to Rome, and it was as good as we remembered. I ordered one of my favorite Italian dishes, tortellini en brodo. I have tried to recreate it at home as it seems so simple, but have been unable to get the same flavor as in Italy! Dinner was €38.50.

We got to bed early, setting the alarm so we would not oversleep. The next morning we were up early and went to the café below the hotel to have a café macchiatto and a cornetto.

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