Earlier today English Boy and I went into Rome to do some exploring of areas we have never been before. It was really only a few smaller streets off of the main Via Nazionale but there was a lot to explore. We went based on a recommendation and found that it is a very nice area and full of restaurant and cool shops. We found a couple of Indian and Japanese restaurants that we plan to go back and try. Since we were a little too earlier for the Italian dinner time none of the restaurants were open. So instead we went for an aperitivo. For those of you who don’t know, going out for an aperitivo, a pre-dinner drink, is a very common practice in Italy and is usually done between 5-8. The drink can be anything from wine, cocktails, to soda and always comes with food to nibble on. Depending on the bar and the time, the food could be a bowl of nuts or a full out buffet with of all types of foods.
As we were wandering we came across a cozy looking bar and went in for a drink. It had a really nice relaxed atmosphere and was full of Italians. I ordered a glass of red wine, un bicchiere di nero d'avola, and and soem olives and it came with bread snacks and some strange nuts. I'm not sure what the nuts were but they were good.
We then did some random street wandering and suddenly came up to the colosseum from the upper street level and took some really great night shots.
Here is a cool one of the back of the forum. One of my favorite pictures of the day.
And the Colosseum all lit up. We got this picture just as it started raining. Then we ran for it and got an Italian hot chocolate from a nearby cafe.
Hope you enjoy the pictures!