People asked me what I did in Rome.
[For those not following along, I taught in Rome after leaving China, and before returning to the US for my Fulbright orientation.]
I could say I did a bunch of things: saw all four of the famous Basilicae, toured the Vatican (twice), ate a lot of cacio e pepe, taught a business ethics course, drank good (cheap) wine, saw virtually every tourist site in the city, and walked 15 km a day.
Really, all I did was
- Eat gelato (and sorbetto)
- Wonder what happens if everyone buys a “jump the line” ticket
It is fairly clear that I am now an expert on gelateria, and am prepared to argue with any Roman about the best one (and the best flavors). This is a good thing, since every single Roman I met had a firm opinion (albeit often wrong) about the best gelateria in Rome. The answer, dear reader, is Guttilla at Via Fabio Massimo, 23.
Oh, for that other stuff Rome has, here’s what I saw:
The Vatican and Vatican Museum
The Sistine Chapel
The Basilica de Santa Maria de Maggiore
Museo Nazionale di Sant’Angelo
Basilica of San Clemente
Victor Emannuel II Monument
Chiesa di Sant’Ignazio di Loyola
Piazze del Popolo
Ausgustine’s Mausoleum (from outside)
St. Peter’s Basilica
Archbasilica of St. John Lateran
Site of Julius Caesar’s Assassination
Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
Baths of Diocletian
Chiesa del Gesu