Italy: Rome, The Vatican, etc.

Rome, Italy   6-23-12 to 6-25-12

Andrea and Hayley next to a really cool fountain, Piazza Barberini

The Coliseum and surrounding area

My delicious seafood salad for lunch (at a restaurant called Massenzio)

Obligatory table shot #1

Hayley’s white asparagus pizza.

Inside the Pantheon

A fountain outside the Pantheon

Piazza Venezia and the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument

St. Peter in Chains Church

Michelangelo’s Moses

The Trevi Fountain

We had an amazing dinner at Il Piccolo Mondo. Here are Chelsea’s mussels.

The best caprese salad ever! The mozzarella was incredible: succulent, tender, like butter!

Caren’s seafood scampi.

The squid was so good I had to zoom in on it!

My sea bass with artichokes and toasted almonds. I don’t even like almonds but it was fantastic!

Garrett’s lamb chops.

Dad and your humble guide and narrator

To quote the great Homer J. Simpson: “Mmm, chocolate.”

The Vatican

The Sistine Chapel

Saint Peter’s Basilica

After touring Vatican City Dad, Andrea, Hayley and I went up to Gianicolo, a town on a hill overlooking Rome.

We had a great lunch at the Antico Arco Ristorante. Dad’s meal.

Andrea’s octopus tartar with green sauce – delicious!

My homemade ravioli stuffed with sea bass and rock fish. The sauce alone was to die for!

A street in Gianicolo, near Piazza Garibaldi.

The views of Rome are amazing from Gianicolo.

Part of the statue of Garibaldi.

St. Peter’s Basilica.

Hayley, Dad, Andrea and I had some amazing gelato at the Cafe de Paris. Andrea’s was the best, tiramisu gelato and you could see the little chunks of tiramisu cake in the gelato!

Part of the old wall / gate that runs around Rome. And note the parked cars. Those are not parking spaces, Italians just park anywhere!

Piazza Venezia and the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument lit up at night.

The balcony where Mussolini made his speeches from.

Andrea, Hayley, Garrett and I went Campo de Fiori, a town square, for drinks. The bars and restaurants lined the inside of the square.

A cool statute I saw shortly before we took a cab back to the hotel.

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