At the end of our recent trip to Italy, FHFB and I spent a couple of days in Rome. When we first visited Rome many years ago we found it to be very much like any large city - large, busy, noisy and unfamiliar. Since then we have figured out that in order to understand Rome, like any large city, we needed to learn about and understand the different areas of the city. For example, the area around the Pantheon or the area around the Piazza Navona. I'm sure that each of these city sections have their own name.
A new part of Rome (for us) was introduced to us by Eleonora from aglio, olio e peperoncino. She also writes a blog called Roma Every Day. I've become a follower of aglio, olio e peperoncino and blogging friends with Eleonora since last year.
Check out Eleonora's blog - it is chock full of delicious Italian recipes, and all things Italian. I
t's always a delight for me to read and it makes me long for Italy!
Farmer's Market at Campo di Fiori.
(This link tells you about many of the piazza's in Rome)
Our afternoon with Eleonora consisted of a Street Food Stroll. Now, if you have been a follower of Frog Hollow Farm Girl for a while, you know that FHFB and I love to cook and to eat - and especially in Italy!
Eleonora describes the Street Food Stroll as follows:
Street Food Stroll
If your idea of delving into a culture is to tune into the city's most cherished food traditions, this is the walk for you. Our leisurely stroll and sample tastings include tavola calda fare, portable goodies, ancient chocolatier confections, fried treats, pizza sold by weight, plus artisan pastries, gelato and grattachecca.
We had a wonderful time. Here are some pictures from the afternoon as we strolled through Rome. There aren't many pictures because we were too busy talking and eating!!! LOL
Shopping in Campo di Fiori with Eleonora.
Here I am learning how to drink out of a Roman water fountain.
When you press and stop the water that you see running from the spout at the bottom of the picture, the water spurts up from the top. I believe that this water comes from the original aquaducts but I'm not absolutely sure.
The chocolate shop!
We have a delightful afternoon and learned about a new section of Rome called the Jewish Ghetto, not far from the Campo di Fiori. This is a very historical and solemn portion of the city - you can check out this link to learn more. Of course there was food connected with the Jewish Ghetto, and the most famous dish to try to get is the deep fried artichoke. Now, we never did get back to the restaurant for that artichoke, and I'm disappointed that I didn't push myself a little more and get back when the restaurant opened, it wasn't far from our hotel.
Next time, DEFINITELY!!!!
Next time, DEFINITELY!!!!
Eleonora was a wonderful guide - we so enjoyed our time with her and would recommend trying one of her culinary tours if you happen to have a few hours in Rome.
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