Three days in Rome

10 November 2011

Day 33: Sunday, July 4th 
With just one full day left in Europe with Heather, the three of us took to exploring Rome as much as we could. This city is beautiful. There are so many sites to see and so much wonderful Italian culture to explore. We stayed at Hotel Forte, which was just a block from the Spanish steps. It was the perfect location and very accommodating. Although it was a bit of a splurge for our budget trip, it was well worth it.

We toured the city, or as much of it as we could, during the day. We managed to squeeze in quite a few sites such as Vatican City, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Borghese Gallery and gardens, and so much more.

Later that evening we met up with some of Heather's friends that live in Italy. They're true Romans, and they helped give us some suggestions to celebrate Independence Day with an Italian twist. We went to a bar in Campo de Fiori called Sloppy Sam's, which is allegedly a spin off on the American icon Uncle Sam. On a typical day, the bar serves brats, hot dogs and many traditional American dishes. Throw in a bottle of Miller Lite and you've got yourself a well-known American pair in the heart of Rome.

Although we passed on the Miller Lites and hot dogs, we did enjoy our time there. Our hosts also took us to a few places where they're considered regulars. We dined with a traditional Italian aperitivo and chilled Sangria. We love the idea of aperitivo. American bars should really catch on to that trend.

All in all, the day was very memorable. We ate up every second we had in Rome, and we'll most definitely be returning.

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