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Della Palma gelato in Rome

Anyone who ever been in Italy would agree that Italian icecream is the best in the world. It’s hard to believe it until you try, but it’s totally worth it even if you are not into sweets at all.

You can only have so much icecream in one vacation, so it’s important to find the best one for your taste which means trying different flavors. Some of them are pretty exotic, like chilli chocolate, but if you are into experiments you have a big chance of finding something very awesome.

They sell gelato pretty much everywhere in Rome, there are café chains (like “Blue ice”), there are single small and big shops and I am very sure it’s possible to find real homemade gelato, which should be the best.

Both times I’ve been in Rome I stopped by Della Palma café on Via Maddalena at some point. They serve over 100 flavors of gelato and it’s impossible not to try any. I posted a small panorama below made with my phone to show the scale of the place, you can spend the first half an hour just reading through the articles to find the best mix for the first round. It’s pretty cheap there as well, as far as I remember they sell 3 flavors for 3 euros or something like that, which is less than a pint of Guinness in Ireland ))

My favourite mix btw is double creme pistachio with rich creme chocolate )


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Rome in “Angels and Demons”

I just rewatched the movie “Angels and Demons” and was amazed by how many places in Rome I can recognize because I visited them. Of course all of them are touristic places in the Rome city center, but nevertheless it was nice to see them and remember the time when I walked there. So in this post I wanted to show few of my photos of them, of the places that appeared in the movie.

The last picture is a screenshot from the movie, behind the Pantheon you can see a small shop where we bought most of our souvenirs, such as pasta, cookies and well, alcohol )

Speaking about that, meloncello appeared to be pretty tasty, surprisingly.

P.S. Starting with the next post I will try to reduce the weight of the page and will post one photo on the main page and few photos hidden with the “read more” link. If you think that’s a bad idea, please tell me now, I’m getting desperate here )

Piazza del Popolo

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Obika mozzarella bar in Rome

This time in Rome I had a “mozzarella and prosciutto” phase, so it was hard for me to miss a mozzarella bar. It’s a network of restaurants called Obika, they all have the same design (which reminds me of sushi bars for some reason). But anyway, it is a real mozzarella bar – all dishes from the menu include one of the four types of mozzarella they offer.

One thing I loved the most there was Crema di Pomodoro ‘La Motticella’, it’s a cold tomato soup with bazil that they serve with crostini and burrata, a creamy mozzarella. It’s the first time I tried it, basically it’s a cream with slices of mozzarella blent in it. It’s incredibly tasty if you mix it up with the soup.

I had it in the airport on the way back, luckily there was an Obika restaurant in Fiumicino )

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Nice day at Ostia Lido beach

It feels good to look through the sunny photos from Italy, especially when it’s 13 degrees outside and raining )
I didn’t take a lot of photos there, but wanted to post a few just to remember how awesome it was there.

We didn’t plan to go to the beach initially when we went to Rome, but when landing in Fiumicino we saw that the sea is so close to the airport and decided to spend a day on the beach.

There are few beach areas very close to Rome, and Ostia Lido is I guess the most known one, so we decided to go there. It’s pretty easy to get around in Rome, there is one ticket system for the trains and underground. To get to Ostia Lido you need to get to “Piramide” station first. Don’t leave the station and just turn left after the stairs and you will be on the train platform. You can take any train to get to Ostia Lido, all of them follow the same destination and depart every 10 minutes. The last 4 or even 5 stations on that route lead to the beach areas.

We found a nice private beach which was close to the train station. For 12 euros you get an entrance ticket, a couch and an umbrella to rent, also an access to your changing room. They had a small store at the beach where we could people could buy beach necessities like hats and towels, also some small food like ice cream and water.

One thing I can say for sure – there can’t be too much sunscreen! Though the reason I got sunburns is because we spent too much time there. But it was so hard to leave… )


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Restaurants and food in Rome

I never liked Italian food before I went to Italy. I wasn’t really a pizza fan, Parma ham was too salty for me, and mozzarella was well, something that doesn’t have much taste at all. Of course it’s only true if you buy all of the above in the nearest Tesco.

Going to Rome kinda changed my views on the Italian food completely. I had the most awesome pizza ever, very simple and thin and crispy. And mozzarella with prosciutto is just the right thing to eat when it’s about 30 degrees outside. And gnocchi with different sauces. I even brought some home and cooked it with the four cheese sauce – was ok-ish, but I miss the real Italian ones…

Restaurants in Rome are everywhere, streets in the city center are not very wide in general, but there is always a row of small cafe tables at least on one side. I really like it there, especially in the evening when candles and lanterns are lightened up, there are flower pots everywhere and people are just sitting and talking and having a nice meal – it’s a great way to spend the evening.


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