Day Two dawned, with some cloud and rain, giving me the perfect opportunity to buy a super-cheesy souvenir umbrella with pictures of all the Roman monuments plastered across it. The weather was perfect for sightseeing, no chance of sunburn!
We strolled along the River Tiber towards Il Vaticano, to enter the hallowed ground of Piazza San Pietro, and then ventured inside the Basilica, dark and cool, with an air of hushed reverence.
Our religious duty done for the day, we collectively crossed ourselves and went in search of lunch.
A simple looking plate of gnocchi with tomato, basil and mozzarella was just magnifico, and we followed it up with a visit to Fontana di Trevi and Piazza Spagna where we sat on the Spanish steps for a bit and just watched the world go by.
A boat ride along the river provided a welcome and most pleasant respite from walking and gave us time to reflect on where we would go for dinner.
Disembarking at Isole Tiberina, we strolled back into Trastavere, to a tiny cobbled laneway with a trattoria beckoning with the waft of garlic.
There we hit the meal trifecta – fried zucchini flowers that melted in the mouth, a spaghetti alle vongole loaded with parsley, garlic and olive oil, and a tiramisu to make the heart sing. A fine bottle of Chianti Classico to wash it all down and we were content.