This morning we enjoyed breakfast at the hotel although we hit a small snafu. When asking for soy milk - definitely tell the staff you would like it cold for cereal or hot for beverages. I received hot soy milk for my cereal. Eh, go with the flow I guess.
We walked through Piazza Barberini and headed for the Borghese Gardens. The gardens are so peaceful and beautiful that we wanted to spend some extra time just wandering about. We pre-purchased our tickets (online) and so when it was our allotted time we made our way over to the Galleria Borghese The Galleria Borghese is one of my favorites! I love sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and one of my all time favorite paintings is Raphael's Lady with a Unicorn.
One of the frustrations though as with any museum is people and their need to be pushy. Guess what the paintings and sculptures have been there for hundreds of years taking 10 minutes to not be pushy won't stop you from seeing them.
At lunch time we walked through the Gardens to the Piazza del Popolo. We tried to visit the 100 Presepi (Nativity Scenes) however at that exact time a full school load of children were visiting so we opted for lunch instead.
We chose to eat at Canova again this year and were just as happy as last year. For the review visit: http://wanderlusthearts.weebly.com/rome-italy.html
After lunch we decided to do some foodie shopping. We visited Altromercato which is a fair trade organization offering goods from several countries. Next we went to Lauderee for some delicious French Macaroons (yes I know I'm in Italy but I can never turn down French Macaroons). and also a chocolate store for some more sweets.
The concierge helped us arrange dinner reservations at Nonna Betta's in the Jewish Ghetto tonight. This restaurant was a highlight for us last year and we had the same feelings about it this year. For the review visit: http://wanderlusthearts.weebly.com/rome-italy.html
After dinner we took part in our usual night time stroll. This is always may favorite memories of Rome. Walking late at night back to our hotel (perhaps stopping for some roasted chestnuts or gelato) past all the sites lit up and empty. There is something truly magical about this time of night in Rome.