Sweet Rome, Italia: Parte Supplementare Prima (Bonus!)

Last year Traveler Nell and I visited Europe starting in Rome. Before we had even left Lazio we had agreed that we had to return someday to the Eternal City. And so we are…only ten months later. Leading up to our return trip I am posting some of the things I love about Rome.

Numero Sette (7): Messa delle Ceneri Mercoledì con Sua Santità Papa Benedetto XVI (Ash Wenesday Mass with the POPE!)

When Traveler Nell and I realized exactly when we would be in Rome she immediately began to monitor the Vatican website for the release of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI’s public calendar for Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill.

Santa Sabina is a relatively small church that dates back to the first half of the Fifth Century and has been designated as the Station Church for Ash Wednesday in Rome. Traditionally Pope Benedict himself will perform the Mass.

We attended a Mass at Saint Peter’s last year and while only a small portion of the church was used, several thousand worshipers were in attendance. In Santa Sabina however it is markedly different. There is only room for a couple hundred people.

Once the schedule with the Mass was released Traveler Nell immediately submitted a request to the Vatican office.  One wrinkle…the Vatican only accepts facsimile requests and issues replies by fax as well.  To add another layer of anxiety, the fax machine at my office has been acting up lately and only works about a third of the time.  Nevertheless we held out hope.

And we were rewarded.  We are incredibly fortunate for this opportunity and could not be happier.

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Letter from the Holy See!

Sweet Rome, Italia: Parte Finale

Last year Traveler Nell and I visited Europe starting in Rome. Before we had even left Lazio we had agreed that we had to return someday to the Eternal City. And so we are…only ten months later. Leading up to our return trip I am posting some of the things I love about Rome.

Numero seis: Città del Vaticano

I don’t think I could do St. Peter’s justice trying to describe it, so I put this together.

Vatican City from Traveler Bill on Vimeo.

Sweet Rome, Italia: Terza parte.

Last year Traveler Nell and I visited Europe starting in Rome. Before we had even left Lazio we had agreed that we had to return someday to the Eternal City. And so we are…only ten months later. Leading up to our return trip I am posting some of the things I love about Rome.

Numero tre: Storia Romana (Roman history)

After we returned from Europe I found a podcast that provided a very detailed history of the City of Seven Hills. It is aptly titled The History of Rome Podcast. I am still making my way through the episodes but I have enjoyed what I have listened to thus far. Bear with the podcast through the occasional mispronunciation and audio issue that do tend to pop up every now an then.

Sweet Rome, Italia: Seconda parte.

Last year Traveler Nell and I visited Europe starting in Rome. Before we had even left Lazio we had agreed that we had to return someday to the Eternal City. And so we are…only ten months later. Leading up to our return trip I am posting some of the things I love about Rome.

Numero Due: Cucina Romana!

Before we left for Rome our parish priest, Fr. Joe assured us “there are no bad restaurants in Rome.” Now that is something I’ve heard before, occasionally before a rotten meal. But Fr. Joe knew what he was talking about. Every place we at was simply delicious. Now granted, we were only there four full days, but the city batted 1.000 as far as we experienced.

From a casual pizzeria across from Archbasilica Papale do San Giovanni in Laterano that sold pizza by the kilo…

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Or a fancier restaurant renown for its carbonara.

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Even the train station had decent pizza and arancini.

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Sweet Rome, Italia: Prima Parte

Last May and April Traveler Nell and I took a trip to Europe. I had hoped to “live-blog” the trip but it was just too fun and busy a time to keep up with daily posts and midway through I lost the ability to post all together.
But that won’t happen this time!
Because we are going back to Rome in just over five weeks!

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When Traveler Nell and I decided to go to Europe I figured I would like Rome…but I loved Rome. Before we had finished our train trip to the next leg of our journey, Venice, we had determined that we would be returning to to the Eternal City.

What did I love about Rome? Below is the first entry in my list of what I loved about Rome.

The Taxis-they were universally polite and reasonably priced. They were everywhere and good in a pinch when public transport was not convenient or when you wanted a little quicker trip. The only rub is that the traffic in Rome is crazy. The video below does not even come close to conveying how terrifying it can be.

Updated with a better video. I apologize for any inconvenience for the two people who read the Bill-og.

Roman Taxi from Traveler Bill on Vimeo.