first days living in rome
We’re here! We’ve arrived!
The reality of us living in Rome is still sinking in. Jaime had to go to work the morning after we arrived, but is off until Monday so it’s felt like a vacation having him home every day to explore the city.
The first night we arrived in Rome, it took over three hours from the time we landed to the time we checked into our hotel. Exhausted and starved, we unpacked a few things and headed out to eat our first Italian dinner at 09:00 pm. You know what they say, when in Rome! At the recommendation of the front desk, we took a 10-minute stroll down a few blocks to Ambasciata D’Abruzzo. We started with their house starters: bruschetta with tomatoes, rice ball, meat and veggie ball, ricotta sheep cheese, potatoes gâteau, and a selection of “Abruzzo” cold cuts. Sounds like a lot, but it was just enough for us to have a taste of each. For dinner, we had a creamy pasta with truffles, pasta with lobster, and of course, a bottle of Chianti Classico. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel to get some rest and prepare for our first official day in the Eternal City.
Cold cuts at Ambasciata D’Abruzzo
Trying to remember the time difference from Rome and California, Jaime programmed both times on the lock screen of his phone. At 02:30 am I woke up to Jaime showering and asked him why he was up. Jaime glanced at his phone and saw 05:30. Planning to wake up at 06:30 am anyway. Right away, we realized he looked at the 05:30 pm California time. Anxious for his first day at the work and the dogs’ arrival, neither of us could fall back asleep. We both left the hotel around 08:00 am and he went on his way to Naples and I went to the airport to retrieve the dogs from customs.
Other than Jaime checking in with his chain of command and me picking up the dogs (YAY), the day was rather uneventful. When we got home, we both crashed and then ordered sushi delivery for dinner. At least we confirmed the sushi in Rome is legit.
We woke up early, FaceTimed some family, and headed out for the day right as the sun was rising. Before noon, we had walked 8 miles, visited Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and the Campo de’ Fiori market. Trevi Fountain and Pantheon lived up to everything you’ve ever heard about them: grand, beautiful, unbelievable. Campo de Fiori had amazing oils, spices,
Campo de’ Fiori
We stopped by a pizza take out
Tomato and mozzarella pizza sandwich
We returned to the hotel for a quick nap and then headed back out to indulge in some Roman pasta. We had a late lunch at Roscioli’s, a restaurant native to Rome and highly recommended by travelers and critics. Roscioli’s also has a bakery and a coffee shop all within a block of one another. For lunch, we started with burrata with semi sun-dried tomatoes and ordered two of the most well known Roman dishes, la carbonara (spaghetti-like pasta with egg, pork jowl, and cheese) and
Started the day with another early morning and headed out an hour before sunrise. We headed back to Roscioli’s, but this time stopped at their bakery for some breakfast pizza. We shared pizza
rossa and pizza patate
On our walk to the Colosseum, we stopped at a coffee shop for due
cappucini (two cappuccinos)
From the coffee shop to the Colosseum, we walked by Museo Sacrario
delle Bandiere delle Forze Armate al Vittoriano
After getting a little lost in the city, we ended up in
Top is a margharita pizza and bottom is a cherry tomato, mozzarella, and basil pizza.
There is no such thing as too much pizza. The first few days in Rome have been nothing short of amazing and we’re excited to see what the future brings.
J + J