We Came, We Saw, We Conquered a Plate of Tagliatelle.

We’ve only been in Rome for twenty-four hours, but yes, we’ve already managed to scarf a plate or two of pasta. Julius Caesar would approve!

We arrived on a picture-perfect fall day, which almost made up for the jet lag. Checked into our hotel and left the unpacking for later so we could walk over to the Spanish Steps and take in the view.

If you've been to Rome, you've seen this view from the top of the Spanish Steps.

If you’ve been to Rome, you’ve seen this view from the top of the Spanish Steps.

Luckily, we started at the top rather than the base of those 137 steps. A much easier walk down than up!

I want to live here, right next to the Spanish Steps.

I want to live here, right next to the Spanish Steps.

This obelisk has been in the Piazza di Spagna since 1788, courtesy of pope Pius VI.

This obelisk has been in the Piazza di Spagna since 1788, courtesy of pope Pius VI.

We willed ourselves not to fall asleep yesterday afternoon, but it wasn’t easy!

That heavenly bed was hard to resist for an afternoon nap. We have a lovely, spacious room for our visit in Rome.

That heavenly bed was hard to resist for an afternoon nap. We have a lovely, spacious room for our visit in Rome.

Pretty vines at our hotel entry.

Pretty vines at our hotel entry.

Column detail at our hotel entry, perhaps exhorting us to do as the Romans do!

Column detail at our hotel entry, perhaps exhorting us to do as the Romans do!

We walked down the hill (they weren’t kidding when they called Rome the city of seven hills, by the way…) to the Piazza Barberini, past the Fontana del Tritone and stopped for a glass of wine (a very drinkable Lazio vino biologico) at Enoteca Barberino. It is located in what I call a charming side street and the CE dismissed as “a dark alley”. (My beloved will never be mistaken for a romantic.)

The CE on the Via degli Avignonesi.

The CE on the Via degli Avignonesi.

From our table at Enoteca Barberini I could see people queuing up at wildly popular Colline Emiliane forty-five minutes before the first dinner seating. Lucky for us that we had a reservation! This tiny ristorante has been packing them in since 1931, serving Bolognese-inspired cuisine at very reasonable prices.

Our first dinner in Rome!

Our first dinner in Rome!

Pasta is made fresh daily at Colline Emiliane.

Pasta is made fresh daily at Colline Emiliane.

We did not leave hungry.

We did not leave hungry.

After an “interesting” night’s sleep, I was revived this morning with a lifeline of freshly-brewed coffee and frothy steamed milk. Now we are off to the Gallerie Borghese. More later! Ciao!

Found this lovely fountain tucked in a courtyard off the Via Condotti.

Found this lovely fountain tucked in a courtyard off the Via Condotti.

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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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11 Responses to We Came, We Saw, We Conquered a Plate of Tagliatelle.

  1. Polloamigo says:

    It all looks wonderful! Savor everything!

  2. tdevir says:

    So exciting to read your first post from Italy!! Sounds like everything is going smoothly and you are enjoying your Roman adventure so far. Can’t wait to follow along your journey via polloplayer and Instagram….
    Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto!
    Xo

  3. Alexandra says:

    You made it!! I will be living vicariously through you these next few weeks. Post lots of photos!

  4. polloplayer says:

    Having a lovely time in a lovely city. Many fine meals already and so many historic vistas to take in. We are loving and savoring every experience and are very grateful to have the opportunity to make this trip. Thanks to everyone who has helped make it possible! But for now I-reeve-my-derchi .

  5. polloplayer says:

    FYI Previous comment from that rascal, the CE

  6. katherine says:

    Divertiti! As always – enjoying living vicariously thru your blog.

    • Phyllis says:

      whoa. lots of pasta for the first day. Green with envy. but very happy for you two . Enjoy all the food, etc and the pictures tell it all. Mucho love

  7. Nancy says:

    An auspicious beginning – viva Italia!

  8. robstroud says:

    Oh no… I feel an attack of envy coming on!

  9. Nicki says:

    Have just been reading your blog about your trip to Italy (Got diverted from reading about Gettysburg, which we are visiting in May….). Your hotel in Rome looks lovely – what was the name of it please?

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