# 4: Roma

Gelato e sorbetto sono da morire

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

  1. Eat gelato (and sorbetto)
  2. 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 Forum

The Pantheon

The Basilica de Santa Maria de Maggiore

Palatine Hill

Trevi Fountain

Spanish Steps

Piazza Navona


Museo Nazionale di Sant’Angelo

Basilica of San Clemente

Victor Emannuel II Monument

Piazza Venezia

Chiesa di Sant’Ignazio di Loyola

Piazze del Popolo


Ausgustine’s Mausoleum (from outside)

Non-Catholic Cemetery


St. Peter’s Basilica

Archbasilica of St. John Lateran

Site of Julius Caesar’s Assassination

Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls

Ponte Milvio

Underground Rome

Museo Capitoline

Baths of Diocletian

Chiesa del Gesu

Published by Kurt's Fulbright

B.A (English, History, Philosophy), SMU (Dallas TX); MA, PhD (Philosophy), The University of Chicago. Author of "Necessity and Possibility: The Logical Strategy of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason."

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