The next day, we visited the Pantheon and the Piazza Navona with its stunning Fountain of Four Rivers sculpture by Bernini (famous for its beautiful depiction of the 4 most important world rivers including our Holy Ganges, and for the gruesome part it played in Dan Brown’s novel ‘Angels & Demons’). Here we met our guide for our highly anticipated Italian food tour– a great way to better understand a country. We went around all the favourite local haunts including the world-renowned Campo di Fiori market. We started with Macchiato coffee and then sampled cheeses like Burrata, different kinds of appetisers: Arancini & Supli, Margherita & Rosa pizzas, types of pastas and their wine pairings & finally desserts (Cannoli, Gelato)! Throughout the tour, our guide shared interesting trivia about the city and its food, historical titbits and jokes! It was a splendid evening learning, eating, exploring and making merry!
Of course, our trip to Rome would be incomplete without a visit to the world’s smallest country, the Vatican! We went to the Vatican Museum where we spent hours admiring the paintings, sculptures, tapestries, etc & ogling at the deliciously ornate walls & ceilings of the museum rooms. After a leisurely stop at the beautiful St Peter’s square, we were off to check out the Spanish Steps in the heart of Rome.
With this, our trip to paradise ended and it was time to say goodbye to the place we had fallen in love with. With a heavy heart, we boarded our flight back, only with a promise to return asap.