I had so many pictures from my 2nd day in Rome that I had to split this day up to share all my pictures!
After the Vatican and lunch, I decided to tackle Capitoline Hill and the sights round there. First stop was the Piazza Venezia and the Victor Emmanuel Monument.
After taking in a 360 degree view of Rome (amazing!), I headed to the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, which is next to the Victor Emmanuel Monument and adjacent to Piazza del Campidoglio. It’s not much of a sight on the outside, but inside was beautiful. To get to the church, you take the Stairway to Heaven, 124 marble steps.
Stairway to Heaven marble steps
Across the street from the Roman Forum are the Imperial Forums, such as Trajan’s Forum, Caesar’s Forum, Augustus, etc. Just a bunch of ruins.
After the Imperial Forums, I headed out for a glass of wine on Campo de’Fiori. I really loved just relaxing with wine on a campo or piazza at the end of my sightseeing days.
After the wine, I went for more wine and some food at Roscioli, a well known restaurant near Campo de’Fiori. I had signed up for a wine and dine event, which included 8 wines and 8 food courses. It was amazing! And also my first real interaction with Americans since getting to Rome! All 12 of us were from the U.S., and had a really great time. And of course I had a few bottles shipped to me.
Just a few pictures of the food. They served us 2 types of mozzarella, fresh burrata, and fresh buffalo mozzarella. I liked the buffalo one better. The proscioutto and parmesan was amazing. Our main course was the rigatoni, which was excellent. And dessert was tiramisu, which I usually don’t like due to the coffee flavor, but this one was very light on the coffee.
That’s it for Day 2. It was a very long day but so worth it, especially to top it off with a great wine and dine experience and new friends!