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A Roman New Years Celebration

Rome, Lazio, Italy
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Training down from Florence, we begin our Roman Holiday. We're meeting our daughter and her friend in the city, and will be cooking dinner in their little apartment tonight, so where else but Campo de Fiori to find some fresh ingredients to complete all that we've brought with us from Tuscany?
In the summer those flowers find their way into the fountain to cool off...not necessary on this chilly winter day!
Can’t do Rome without a stop at Kirk’s favorite coffee bar – Sant’Eustachio, near the Pantheon. We join the throngs (it’s ALWAYS packed!) for a Gran Caffé – their secret recipe.
I can’t resist a gentle fresco on a nearby wall-it always calls my name!
Continuing the rounds of Roman favorites, we linger at the Pantheon - the fountains of Rome are exquisite!
Across the river to Trastevere, we enjoy the faded façades, revisit the gilded mosaics of Santa Maria in Trastevere, and enjoy an al fresco lunch at Cajo e Gajo, an easy choice after seeing Carciofi alla Giudia on the menu – oh how I love my fried artichokes!!
And I’ve never seen gnocchi with seafood before – delicious as well!
Another piazza, another church – this one with hidden depths. Santa Cecilia, the patron saint of music, was a Roman martyr, and the church is built over the ruins of what was her home. We wait for the little gift shop in the rear of the nave to open, and pay our euros to descend the stairs. A warren of ancient stones await us, and peering into the dimly lit rooms, we follow one path after another til we arrive at a gilded chapel honoring the saint. Above ground again, the rosy streaks in the sky lead us to the river, where we just stand in awe, taking in the vivid sunset over the city.
And now it’s time to share our Tuscan goodies with the family for dinner. We start with salumi (cold cuts) and truffled pecorino, with jeweled spicy fruit – mostarda – as a relish, remembering the delicious tastes we sampled at the Mercato Centrale in Florence as we chose.
Then Kirk starts his magic in the tiny kitchen, painstakingly preparing his Famous Pasta – the final touch is crisp-fried garlic and pine nuts, the parmiggiano – yum! We squeeze in a Tuscan dessert, Cantucci and Vin Santo, before bundling up and heading out for New Year’s Eve fireworks, prosecco in hand. Where’s the best place to see fireworks, we had asked….and the answer was by the river. So we head for beautiful Castel Sant’Angelo, and join fellow revelers on the bridge, counting down as midnight nears. Then the fireworks start, all over the city – we circle and ooh and aah with the rest of them, sipping our bubbly, guarded by the angels. Auguri! As the fireworks end and the crowd trickles away, we decide to visit other party piazzas – we’re not ready for the revels to end! Campo dei Fiori is crazy, with music booming from every corner. Piazza Navona’s more our style - when we first came to Rome, nearly two decades ago, we stayed nearby, and it’s still one of our favorite squares, so as tunes bop from a nearby restaurant we twirl in the New Year – may it be the best yet!!
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Points of interest

River Tiber
River Tiber
Plan your time to be on a bridge at sunset - fabulous!
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
An intriguing church - be sure to visit when you can descend to the layers of history below.
Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona
One of Rome's most beautiful piazzas - be sure to see it both day and night! And grab a delicious tartufo al cioccolate gelato while you stroll!

Restaurants

Sant'Eustachio Il Caffè
Sant'Eustachio Il Caffè
Always the best - the secret coffee hidden behind the counter - don't miss it!
Cajo & Gajo
Cajo & Gajo
A delicious al fresco meal on New Years Eve - love that Rome weather!

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