As part of our recent holiday to Italy we spent a day in Rome. I LOVE Rome, but the last time we were there was a jam packed rushed day from Florence! As we had been before we had no reason to rush around this time. Our friends, Ben and Hannah had been a few times before so were fantastic guides, we didn't have to think at all! We just wandered around soaking it all in. It was wonderful!
We arrived early at Tibutina station and caught the metro to La Spania to see the Spanish Steps. After that we went to Cafe Greco (a landmark cafe that is over 250 years old, and the second oldest cafe in Italy!) where we had a cannoli and espresso for breakfast whilst standing at the bar... when in Rome, do as the Italians do! :-) After that we walked past a few of the sites and down lots of beautiful streets and alleyways.
For lunch we went to the Mercato Centrale Roma, a food market based at Termini Station. It is a relatively new market and a paradise for foodies, with multiple floors, bars and loads of stalls selling local produce and all sorts of amazing food! Chris and I opted for Il Trapizzino, a stall selling pizza pockets stuffed with slow cooked fillings... we had 4 between us, which was WAY TOO MUCH, but it was so hard to choose and it was worth it, they were AMAZING!
We decided to do a couple of things we hadn't done before... in the morning we visited the Castel Sant'Angelo and in the afternoon the Crypt of the Capuchin Friars. I had walked past the Castel Sant'Angelo before, but had no idea that you could go in and up for some amazing views of Rome! The crypt of the Capuchin Friars was something else!!! I had heard about it, but was still a bit weirded out after visiting. You go through a museum first where you learn about the monks and then head downstairs into the crypt where there are the bones of over 3700 monks in 6 rooms, each one with a different display. There was the crypt of the skulls, the crypt of the pelvises, the crypt of the thigh bones and so on. Some of the bones were intact skeletons that were dressed in their robes and looked like they still had skin on their faces and others looked like they may have been children... it is fascinating but pretty chilling too! I wasn't allowed to take any photos, so my three pics I have shared are from the postcards I bought! P.S Interesting fact, the name for cappuccino comes from the colour of the Capuchin Friars robes...