Writing from Malta about the good, the bad, the quirky and the downright sublime moments of life on a small island.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Fifteen

It’s been 15 years since my husband and I were married. There are moments when it feels like a lifetime ago and others when it seems like yesterday. There are so many things that are hazy or that I have forgotten but other memories jump out at me like a jack-in-the-box – unexpected ones, seemingly silly things.

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I remember the heat; the blazing, skin-scorching, white-hot sun. I remember my mum waking me and my maid-of-honour up one hour too early (it was a morning wedding). I remember the look of surprise on the photographer’s face when I opened the front door for him myself. It seems I was an exception to the general rule as the bride usually kept him waiting. I remember how cool it felt inside the 500 year-old church and how soothing to the eyes the relative dimness was after the mid-morning glare.

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I remember my florist personally delivering my bouquet in a wicker basket that would not have been out of place in an episode of Little House on the Prairie. Strangely enough, I remember the fragrance I wore, Calvin Klein’s Sheer Obsession and that my new sling-back shoes squeaked a little bit when I walked. And I will never forget the look of utter surprise on my husband’s face when my girlfriends rushed to carry him up on their shoulders at the end of the wedding in a time-honoured Maltese tradition, while the guys did the same with me. I had forgotten to warn him. I thought it was done everywhere.

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Maybe it’s easier to remember the little things because there are huge chunks that I just cannot recall; snippets of conversation, lost forever; food that I don’t even remember eating (did I even have a piece of cake?); people that I had forgotten were there. In retrospect, our photos were the best investment we could have made. They help to fill in those gaps that would otherwise be lost forever. If only digital cameras were more prevalent in 2003! But, notwithstanding all the lacunae in my memory, I remember without a doubt that, from start to finish, we had a wonderful time.

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So today, I want to take a leaf out of our favourite Contessa’s book and share some more wedding memories with you. My husband (I think I should start calling him Mr D or maybe The American) and I were married in the church of St Mary of Jesus (popularly known as Ta Giezu in Maltese). It was not my first choice but, in hindsight, it was perfect. I must have frequented this church hundreds of times as a child with by beloved Nanna and my mum. Sadly, my Nanna died 3 years before our wedding but she is lies in the crypt of this same church. So perhaps it was more than fitting to have the ceremony there as I am sure she was with us in spirit. It’s not a big church but is richly decorated in the Baroque style and one of my favourite recollections of our day
is the gorgeous profusion of white flowers arrayed on the altars and around the chancel.

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I wore an ivory Elena Della Rocca faux-strapless empire-line dress in lace over a chiffon underskirt and carried a bouquet of the reddest roses (I insisted on the darkest red) that my florist could find. Since he was a childhood friend, he obliged and completed the arrangement with baby’s breath and ivy tendrils, tying the whole thing together with a champagne-coloured ribbon edged with tiny pearl-coloured beads. It was the same colour as some of the embroidery on my dress and the dresses of my maid-of-honour and flower-girl. I walked up the aisle to Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ and ended the ceremony with Mendelssohn’s ‘Wedding March’ – both very non-traditional choices for Malta – but when it comes to music both of us have very particular tastes.

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Our reception was held at Villa Mdina, a 400 year-old townhouse in Naxxar that boasts a large garden and spacious rooms where guests can gather. We were lucky that friends and family from Canada, the United States, England and Australia travelled to Malta to be with us on our wedding day. At the time we were married, wedding cakes were traditionally either fruit(a British legacy) or almond (thank to our Sicilian neighbours). We chose a three-tiered almond cake but, these days, the sky’s the limit as far as cake flavours go.Wedding collage 3

Fifteen years later we hold this day close to our hearts and truly wish we could re-live some of its most special moments.

Some useful links for anyone planning a wedding in Malta:

Church: St Mary of Jesus, Rabat

Reception venue: Villa Mdina, Naxxar

Catering: Busy Bee, Msida

Flowers: Ron-Fleur, Rabat

Cars: Richardsons Garage (formerly Blue Angel Garage), Rabat

Photography: Gino Galea, Mosta

Dress: Centro Sposa, Hamrun











Tuesday, 5 June 2018

A ‘thank you’ and some self-promotion

Some time ago Mary, from A Breath of Fresh Air, hosted a give-away, which I won. At the time, Mary was off to South America, more specifically Argentina and Patagonia and promised the winner of the give-away a little memento from her trip to these faraway lands.
I received her pretty package a few weeks ago but had not yet got round to saying thank you and sharing a few photos of the gifts she sent.
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The tea-towel from Argentina, very appropriately, has scenes of a couple dancing the tango. I love seeing people dance the tango. I consider it to be one of the most expressive and beautiful dance forms in the world. The little pill-box is from Chile and will fit in very well with my small collection of pill-boxes that I had started collecting when I graduated as a pharmacist. As for the soap, it smells of a bouquet of roses, a scent I absolutely love. So, thank you, Mary. You truly sent me some pretty things that I will cherish.
I sometimes question why we sit at our laptops or computers to share our lives with people we may never meet and I’ve come to the conclusion that we do it for the human connection. Yes, there are those that blog for a living. But, to be perfectly honest, I refuse to be drawn in to follow blogs that have 50 000 or more followers because they become too impersonal, too preoccupied with trying to promote whatever their sponsors are selling. So I will stick to my own little circle of friends.
On a different note, I have had some comments that some of my readers are not receiving notifications when I publish a new post. I am not sure how to fix this and it may have something to do with the new European Data Protection regulations. I just wanted to let you all know that, if you’re already a member, you can subscribe to my blog on Bloglovin’. There is a link in my sidebar. Alternatively you should be able to sign up by email in the ‘Follow by Email’ tab at the top right-hand side of my blog (beneath my ‘About Me’ button). Which reminds me that I really should publish my ‘About Me’ page that has been languishing in my draft archives for about 5 months. Yes, procrastination is my middle name.
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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Book Talk: The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

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The Shoemaker’s Wife was gifted to me by my mother-in-law and since I had not heard or read anything about  it I was not quite sure what to expect. I found the book to be an easy, pleasant read. The Shoemaker’s Wife is a love story but it doesn’t get overly saccharine and sentimental. The book recounts the story of Ciro and Enza, two teenagers living in different villages in the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century, who meet under tragic circumstances. Conditions are harsh in this part of Italy and life is fragile, yet love starts to blossom – until Ciro catches the parish priest of his village in a scandal and is abruptly shipped off to a very different life in America. When he gets there he is apprenticed to a shoemaker in New York’s Little Italy area. Some time later, Enza and her father also embark on a ship for New  York. Eventually, Ciro and Enzo’s paths meet again and they reunite but fate still manages to shake things up a bit.
Although romance is at the core of The Shoemaker’s Wife, it is not just a love story. It also provides a glimpse into the life of Italian immigrants in America in the early 20th century. At the heart of this novel you will find the three main values for which so many immigrants were renowned: hard work, family and a hope in something greater than themselves. Perhaps one can say that these are the values that built America and which are at the heart of the American dream.
The book has its faults and does contain some inaccuracies but they are easily forgiven. My main issue with it is that, although Trigiani maintains a steady pace throughout the book, too many events happen in the last two chapters, leaving one with the feeling that the author is trying to tie up all loose ends without increasing the length of the book considerably. So, yes, the ending does come across as being rather rushed but, all things considered, The Shoemaker’s Wife will make a lovely summer read that will leave the reader with that feel-good factor that so many books these days seem to lack.
Loree’s rating:  ★★★☆☆

Monday, 14 May 2018

A day trip to Windsor

So here we are, just five days to go before the Wedding of the Year takes place in Windsor. As anyone that’s even remotely interested knows by now, Prince Harry of Wales will marry American actress Meghan Markle this coming Saturday at Saint George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. Windsor is an easy day-trip from London since the capital is only 21 miles away. The town’s main attraction is Windsor Castle – a favourite weekend retreat of the Queen and other members of the royal family. I am positive that during this coming week the number of visitors will increase to record proportions as hundreds of people prepare to line the streets of the town to watch the procession that will take place after the wedding service. More details of the royal wedding here. But what of Windsor itself? What is there to see and do?
Windsor Castle
  • WINDSOR CASTLE
Windsor Castle is described as “the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world” by the Royal Collection Trust. It was founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century and has been in use ever since. Windsor Castle has a very long and interesting history that you can read about here. The castle is open to the public but no photos of its interior are allowed. Photos of the grounds, however, are permissible so I am sharing some that I took during our visit in the summer of 2014. 
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle isn’t just an important historical building. It is also a royal residence and has been used to receive foreign dignitaries and diplomats since the 16th century. The State Rooms, Semi-state Rooms, Waterloo Chamber and the Grand Reception Room are of particular interest. All the rooms are sumptuously decorated and paintings by masters such as Holbein, Van Dyck and Rubens hang on the walls.
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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle Opening times

Opening timeLast admissionClosing time
1 November - 28 February09:4515:0016:15
1 March - 31 October09:3016:0017:15

The Admission Centre is busiest from opening until 11:30, so you may want to consider arriving after this time. The castle will be closed between 17-19 May.
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  • SAINT GEORGE’S CHAPEL
Work on the construction of the present chapel began in 1475 and it is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England. The stone ceiling is particularly spectacular so don’t forget to look up if you are visiting the chapel. St George’s chapel is the final resting place of some famous (or in some cases infamous) monarchs like Henry VIII and his beloved third wife, Jane Seymour, King Charles I who was beheaded by the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War and the present Queen’s parents: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the queen-mother – to mention just a few.
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Daily closing time

Saint George’s Chapel closes at 16:00, although visitors are welcome to attend the evensong service at 17:15.

Sundays

Saint George’s Chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day but worshippers are welcome to attend the services.
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  • WALKING AROUND WINDSOR
Touring the castle, chapel and castle grounds will take up the majority of a day but you should still have some time left to explore the nearby streets. Windsor is a colourful, pleasant little town. As is customary in England, flowers abound as do pubs and bunting. Most of the pubs serve traditional fare like fish, chips and mashed peas in old, timbered buildings with functional fireplaces that must make them feel very nice and cosy on those typically grey and drizzly English days.
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Just a few hundred metres away from the castle entrance is the Windsor Royal Shopping Centre with around 40 high street shops, independent boutiques, restaurants and bars. An art and craft market is open every day of the week. Very conveniently, the shopping centre is connected to the Windsor and Eton Central railway station. Many features of the Victorian station remain including the cobbled stones, Jubilee Arch and Queen Victoria’s waiting room.
Windsor Royal Shopping Centre
  • GETTING TO WINDSOR FROM LONDON
1. Great Western operates a service from Paddington station to Slough. At Slough change trains to catch the branch line service to Windsor and Eton Central. This journey can take between 25-50 minutes.
2. South Western Railway operates a direct service from Waterloo to Windsor and Eaton Riverside station. The journey from London takes about 55 minutes.
What you need to know if you’re going to Windsor for the Royal Wedding here. 
Windsor is worth a visit even after the royal wedding is over and I wold definitely recommend it to anyone who is visiting London and has a day to spare.
Windsor Castle: the Round Tower
The royal standard fluttering above the Round Tower is a sure sign that the Queen was in residence on the day of our visit.
Location: WIndsor, England (July 2014)
All images ©Sincerely, Loree

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Rome in five days (Part 2)

This is part 2 of my suggestions on how to spend five days in Rome.
Day 3: Altare della Patria monument, Capitoline Museums, Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
Our third day was the most exhausting and we must have walked miles even though the actual area we covered is comparatively small. We started our day by making a short stop at the Altare della Patria, or Victor Emmanuel monument (also known as the Vittoriano), for a few photos and then hurried up the stairs, known as the Cordonata, past the statues of Castor and Pollux, to Capitoline Hill. The present layout was designed by Michelangelo but this hill has been settled by humans since the Iron Age. Capitoline Hill is flanked by palaces on three sides: Palazzo Nuovo and Palazzo dei Conservatori, which house the Capitoline Museums, and Palazzo Senatorio, the city hall of Rome.
Altare della Patria (Victor Emmanuel Monument)Capitoline Hill
The collection of classical art at the Capitoline Museums is quite breath-taking and is a must-see for anybody interested in ancient sculptures. The massive, bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, the Dying Galatian, the Capitoline Venus and remnants from the Colossus of  Constantine are among my favourites. The Capitoline Museums also boast a fine collection of paintings by artists such as Caravaggio, Titian, Rubens and others. Ancient sculptures at the Capitoline Museums
Both the palaces have sumptuously decorated interiors with stuccoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, frescoes and tapestries, that all contribute to making the visit a rewarding experience. An under-ground passage connects Palazzo dei Conservatori with Palazzo Nuovo and a corridor on the right will take you to the Tabularium (the place that used to house the archives of the Empire). From the back of the Tabularium there is a spectacular view of the Roman Forum.
Palazzo dei Conservatori
Underground passage connecting Capitoline museums
Tabularium, Capitoline Hill
Roman Forum from Capitoline Hill
Since we were running rather late, lunch consisted of pizza a taglio (a slice of pizza for which you pay by weight) from one of the very few eateries in this area, that we ate hurriedly while perched on the bottom of the steps leading to the Aracoeli church – surrounded by pigeons and the ever-watchful gulls. Be warned that it is illegal to eat on the steps of many Roman monuments. Nobody told us off but be aware that it can happen.
Santa Maria in Aracoeli Church, Rome
Seagull at Capitoline Hill, Rome
After our brief break we went back up the Cordonata to explore Piazza del Campidoglio in a bit more detail and then took the passageway on the left-hand side that eventually led to the Mamertine Prison. According to tradition, the apostles Peter and Paul were imprisoned here (not at the same time). In typical Roman fashion, not one, but two superimposed churches are built on top of the prison.
Cordonata, Capitoline Hill, RomePiazza del Campidoglio, RomeShe-wolf - symbol of Rome
From the ancient prison we made our way to Via dei Fori Imperiali, so called because Trajan’s Forum is on one side of it and the Roman  Forum on the other, and walked all along it till we came to what is perhaps Rome’s most familiar and iconic landmark: the Colosseum. This immense ancient structure obviously needs no introduction so I will not go into too much detail. This is one place for which we had pre-booked tickets and it was definitely a good idea as the lines can be overwhelmingly long (tickets to the Colosseum also give you access to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum).
Colosseum, Rome The Colosseum is a marvel of ancient architecture and two thousand years later it has lost none of the visual impact with which its creators wanted to stun the onlooker. Time after time its sheer size and ostentatious display of splendour, even if partially in ruin, leaves me speechless, even a little bit giddy and breathless. This is proof, if proof is needed, that Rome was the capital of a huge and glorious empire. The Colosseum is also the best surviving reminder of Rome’s cruelty: thousands of Christians, gladiators and wild animals are estimated to have met their end in this arena of death.
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After we were done ogling the Colosseum we walked past the Arch of Constantine to Palatine Hill. In the days of the Empire, Palatine Hill was the favoured abode of the Imperial family and of Rome’s elite and nobility. Not much is left of these once-lavish residences, yet there is one particular abode at the very top of the hill that cannot be missed. A small plaque identifies it as the Domus Augustana (formerly known as the Palace of Domitian) – the palace of the emperors of Rome. Even in ruins, the sheer size and scale of residence of the Caesars is unmistakable. In its heyday it had several rooms on two levels, including reception and banquet halls, a huge pool, gardens and terraces; the back part overlooks Circus Maximus – ancient Rome’s hippodrome. Entrance into the Domus Augustana is prohibited. There are various other interesting ruins on Palatine Hill but, before I end up writing a history book instead of a blog article, I will move on to the Roman Forum. If you’re interested you may find more information about Palatine Hill here.
Domus Augustana, Palatine Hill, RomeDomus Augustana, Palatine Hill, Rome
The Roman Forum was the centre of Roman life and most day-to-day activities took place here. Temples, the Curia (the main seat of the Roman Senate), markets and shops were all crammed into the area between the Palatine and Capitoline hills. Apart from a couple of temples that were later turned into Christian churches. most of the forum buildings are in now ruins, except for the Curia that was rebuilt, the Arch of Titus and the Arch of Septimius Severus. Tired out from walking on cobble-stones the size of my head, I sat on some ruins and watched the setting sun paint the last-standing columns of the Temple of Saturn a rosy hue. It is at this magical hour, when the crowds have left and you get to experience a brief moment of absolute tranquillity, that Rome takes a hold of you and overwhelms you with her history and her beauty.
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And so, we ended our day where we  had started, in Piazza Venezia at the foot of the Vittoriano, contemplating supper. We decided to go to the Jewish ghetto and dined at Il Giardino Romano, a restaurant that was highly recommended by chef Anthony Bourdain. I’ve come across many bloggers that have called the restaurants in this part of the Jewish Ghetto, touristy and mediocre but my Carciofi alla Giudia (Jewish-style artichokes i.e. fried artichokes) and fresh pasta al tartufo tasted pretty decent and there were no complaints from my husband or my son. But then, maybe our tastes are not quite as exacting as those of people who spend their time reviewing restaurants.
Day 4: Fontana di Trevi, Fontana del Tritone, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Popolo, Mausoleum of Augustus
Taking a side road off of Via del Corso (called Via dei Sabini) soon brought us to the most famous fountain in Rome, and maybe the world – Fontana di Trevi. Fontana di Trevi is one of those unexpected surprises that only Rome can spring on you: a narrow maze of shaded streets that are suddenly filled with the splashing sound of cascading water and, before you can say ‘Julius Caesar’ you find yourself in a piazza (I will not call it a square because it is anything but) thronged with people and dominated by this huge fountain in white marble that has been buffed and cleaned until it seems to luminesce ever to slightly in the bright Roman sunshine. It is a dizzying spectacle and, already in the early morning, we have to wait for the special moment when, left hand over right shoulder, we throw our coin into the water to ensure our return to Rome. In spite of all the crowds I always find it hard to leave this Baroque concoction that somehow reminds me of a wedding cake created for some giant race. But there’s more to see, so leave I must.
Fontana di Trevi, RomeFontana di Trevi, Rome
From Fontana di Trevi we  headed to the very busy Piazza Barberini to admire Bernini’s Triton Fountain.
Triton Fountain, Rome
About 10 minutes later we hit the bottom of Via Veneto, got lost for a few minutes because I was holding the map the wrong way round and notoriously hate to ask for directions and, after a little detour, arrived at the top of the Spanish Steps. We admired the view and descended to the more crowded lower steps at the bottom of which is the Barcaccia  fountain, created by Bernini’s less famous father, Pietro.
Trinita dei Monti Church, RomeTrinita dei Monti Church, Rome
Then we did what most other people do, sat on the steps and people-watched. The Spanish Steps are flanked by the Keats-Shelley house, where English poet John Keats died at the age of 25 in 1821, on one side and Babington’s Tea Rooms on the other. Babington’s was founded by two English spinsters in 1896 and is the go-to place in Rome if you’re craving a pot of specially blended tea.
Barcaccia Fountain, Rome
Keats-Shelley House, RomeKeats-Shelley House, RomeBabinton's Tea Rooms, Rome
Refreshed from our rest we walked down Via dei Condotti, lined with designer boutiques (like Armani, Louis Vuitton and Burberry) and jewellery shops. Everything was out of our price range but we were looking for the Magistral Palace of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. We came across it about half-way down the street – there is no mistaking the eight-pointed cross that, to this day, is so synonymous with Malta.
Via dei Condotti, Rome
Magistral Palace of the SMOM, Rome
Our next stop was Piazza del Popolo and we reached it by walking down Via del Babuino (which actually translates to Baboon Street), instead of the more chaotic Via del Corso. On our way we stopped at one of the many little cafeterias for lunch. Piazza del Popolo was designed by architect Giuseppe Valadier in the early 19th century. At its centre is a huge Egyptian obelisk brought to Rome by Emperor Augustus in 10BC, with four lions at its base. To the north of the piazza is the Porta del Popolo which formed part of the  old city walls. It was redesigned by Bernini in 1655. To the left of the Porta del Popolo is the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo that was allegedly built over the tomb of Nero and is home to two paintings by Caravaggio, the Conversion of St Paul and the Crucifixion of St  Peter. To the south of the square, on either side of Via del Corso, are the almost-twin churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria di Montesanto. Piazza del Popolo and the upper part of Via del Corso have been pedestrianised and the latter makes for a great shopping and gelato-eating area.
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Once back on Via del Corso we took a right on Via Antonio Cavour to go and visit the Mausoleum of Augustus. Unfortunately, it is currently closed for restoration. Across the road from the mausoleum is the Ara Pacis museum. The Ara Pacis, or altar of peace, was built in 13BC to commemorate the return of Emperor Augustus to Rome. I am afraid that, at this point, we just flopped down on the steps close to the museum and watched some Roman youths practising their dance moves. I wonder what Augustus would have thought.
Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome
We spent the rest of the evening leisurely taking a tram to Trastevere where we ate supper at Da Lillo. I tried the very traditional pasta al cacio e pepe (pecorino cheese and pepper) which I really enjoyed but my husband’s comments about the meat ball sauce that accompanied his spaghetti were not so positive.
Day 5: San Giovanni in Laterano, San Pietro in Vincole, Giovanni Barracco Museum
We decided we would try and take it easy on our last day in Rome. We started off by taking a bus to the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. San  Giovanni is dedicated to Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist. It is considered to be the oldest church in Rome and, to this day, is the cathedral of Rome. A church has stood on this site since 312AD when the first building was constructed by Emperor Constantine. The interior of the current basilica was designed by Francesco Borromini whilst the façade was the work of Alessandro Galilei, in neo-classical style. We arrived at San Giovanni early enough not to have to wait in line for security. People who arrived by the time we were ready to leave were not so lucky. Having said that, the lines to enter San Giovanni are nowhere as long as the ones for St Peter’s.
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San Pietro in Vincoli (St Peter in Chains) is around a 15 minutes bus ride away from San Giovanni and is worth a visit. This church is most famous for the majestic, marble statue of Moses sculpted by Michelangelo for the tomb of Pope Julius II. The tomb never materialised and the sculpture ended up in this church instead.
We returned to the Pantheon area and had lunch somewhere (can’t remember the name) but there are many restaurants to choose from in this area. I do remember that we bought gelati from Ciuccula’, located just off of Piazza della Rotonda. Next door to Ciuccula’ is one of those unforgettable Roman institutions: a coffee shop, but not just any coffee shop, it’s one of those places where you order coffee and drink it at the bar. La Casa del Caffe Tazza d’Oro was BUSY and had an old-time feel about it that we really liked. It was also noisy and full of life and really different from these coffee shop chains (I won’t mention them by name) that are all the rage. You will not get any fancy flavours here. Just coffee as it should be drunk.
Pantheon, Rome
Since we had apparently not had our fill of ancient sculptures, we decided to visit the Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco that is conveniently located between Piazza Navona and Campo de Fiori (on Corso Vittorio Emanuele). This museum is free of charge and has a wonderfully-curated collection of sculptures and art from the ancient world including Egyptian, Assyrian, Phoenician, Cypriot, Etruscan, Greek and Roman. Throughout his lifetime Giovanni Barracco, an aristocrat, was a passionate student of the ancient world and archaeology, amassing an impressive private collection of sculptures and artefacts that were displayed around his home. In 1902 Barracco donated his collection to the City of Rome. Unlike the huge Capitoline or Vatican Museums, the Giovanni Barracco museum is small enough to be covered in less than two hours and, since it is still somewhat unknown, there are no lines or crowds to contend with. So it was a perfect, intimate conclusion to our stay in Rome.
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I hope you have enjoyed my suggestions for a five-day stay in Rome. There are other facets of this fascinating city that I will share in the coming weeks. Until then, you can find part 1 of the itinerary here and my confession on why I love Rome so much here.
Location: Rome, Italy (March 2018)
All images ©Sincerely, Loree
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