We parked the car by the river Tiber and walked along the river . . .
Hospital on Island in the Tiber
. . . . to the Jewish Quarter where we had lunch – deep fried globe artichokes followed by spaghetti with cheese and black pepper and then oxtail in a rich tomato sauce.
Trattoria da Giggetto
We sauntered through the streets of shops, enjoying Rome’s piazzas and basilicas. There was so much to see and enjoy including the Pantheon, where the roof is open to the elements but no rain ever comes in. We stopped for coffee but didn’t accept the outside tables offered, where all the tourists go, we went inside, drank our coffee standing at the bar before moving on. Later we stopped for an ice cream, again not using the tables but doing it Roman style and taking our ice creams outside to eat sitting on the steps.
Quick Coffee Stop
The Trevi Fountain was packed with tourists so we soon moved on to the Parliament Square, where we saw politicians being interviewed by the press, before finally reaching the magnificent Colosseum, constructed between 70 and 80 AD which was the largest amphitheatre in the world and could seat 50,000 spectators. On Good Fridays the Pope leads a torchlit “Way Of The Cross” procession starting at the Colosseum.
Preparations for Easter included a trip to buy the Caere wine.
Three Cases of Caere Wine to Bring Home
On Easter Day. Sergio, his three brothers and their families all joined together for a meal in a local Tivoli restaurant. There were 14 of us at the table, it was a set menu with lots of courses; wine was included. The restaurant must have had 300 covers.
On Easter Monday, Sergio’s brother, Bruno and his wife Teresa came to the house to cook lunch, home made fettucine with mushrooms, lasagne and then veal cooked on the barbecue with salad and Jerusalem artichokes.
Late Saturday afternoon we drove into Rome, fifteen miles from Tivoli. We parked the car and wandered around Rome, ending up in St Peter’s Square where preparations were being made for the following day, Easter Day, when Pope Francis would address the crowds from the balcony of St Peter’s. Unfortunately, the rain began to fall quite heavily. Crowds were queuing up to attend the evening vigil service, we felt sorry for them as they must have got very wet in spite of their umbrellas.
We decided it was time to find something to eat and we were soon enjoying a pizza in “the best pizza restaurant in Rome”.