Ciao tutti! I have decided that to spice up my blog a bit, Leonardo, my pet sloth, will make guest appearances as he travels around to famous sites with me! His first picture was taken on our terrace looking down a side street toward the Sant’Andrea Della Valle.
Yesterday, I explored a new part of Rome with my friend Aleyna. We wandered to the Castel Sant’Angelo, which was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. Now, it is museum. There will be more details on this structure to come, as we will be visiting the museum as a group later in the month. The second place we visited yesterday was St. Peter’s Basilica. Although we did not go inside, the building and surrounding structures were breathtaking. The top of the dome structured Basilica is visible in the panorama picture below.
Although I have been very busy site seeing, I have not forgotten to experience the most important aspect of Rome…..gelato! My favorite flavor so far is cherry cream, which I had for dessert after lunch today. My goal is to try every flavor at our local gelato shop, however this may prove to be difficult as there is about 35 flavors! I guess I will just have to stop by twice some days :). To end my blog post today I would like to give the women some advice for if they have the chance to come to this beautiful city sometime in their lives. When you are at a restaurant, it is a cultural custom that patrons have to ask for the check, it is not simply given to you as it is in America. Ladies, make sure you sit there for a while before asking for the check because if you do, the waiter will usually give you a free dessert or drink (especially if your waiter is male)! Sorry guys, this is only common for a group of female patrons :).
Arrivederci for now!