Our last few days with family visiting, we took them on the “grand tour” of our city. We checked out the Eternal City from Gianicolo hill, our favorite spot to see the best vista. We walked around the centro, seeing the Colosseo, il Foro Romano, Piazza Venezia, and Piazza Navona. We took a fun ride on la metro and ate a delicious lunch of classic roman pasta, carbonara, at our favorite place to eat in the neighborhood of Garbatella—Panificio Marè. We met some friends there and then spent some time letting all the kids play in the nearby and very new playground that is so nice!
Most of the time, we did the kinds of things we used to love to do together back in the States. We played with the kids and then put them to bed. We then stayed up cooking a delicious meal and playing a game of the Cinque Terre. Neil’s brother and sister-in-law bought us the game years ago and it is still our favorite! You can find it on amazon here.
One of our last nights, some sweet friends of ours were beyond generous and babysat all five kiddos so the four of us adults could have a double-date in the city center. We ate at a great restaurant near the Spanish Steps called La Matricianella. The food is always amazing and the space is cozy and intimate—and the prices are very reasonable as well! After dinner, we took an evening passeggiata with our gelati to the Fontana di Trevi. It was a special night.
After such wonderful time spent together, it was so hard to say goodbye. We loved having our niece and nephews in Rome with us as well as our best friends. But, how blessed we are by the Lord to have given us the memories together. More importantly, He has blessed us with such a special friendship that extends farther than the ocean that rests between us.
Ci vediamo presto.