Didn’t want to make a trip report thread, but with all the pictures it grew bigger than a reply in my previous thread asking questions. Again, thanks to all for the suggestions, they helped shape some of our experience if by nothing else giving us a starting point to do some investigation.
To review we went Rome, Santa Marinella, Buonconvento . We were a party of 7 so restaurant reservations were a bit of an issue.
To get around we made arrangements with Grassinibus who were able to handle moving the crew around. Comfy Sprinter van with plenty of room for luggage required for a 10 day trip and a wedding thrown in for fun. Communication throughout the trip was top tier and all drivers were pleasant and on time. 0500 pick up in Buonconvento pic, probably my worst bit of planning having a 3 hour drive to FCO before our 9 hour flight. Oops.
Backing up 10 days we landed in Rome and were at our rental in Trastevere by 9:30AM. After getting situated in the apartment we were off for fuel, pizza bianca, and suppli. Some of the younger ones went off for more adventures, but I sat in the piazza for a bit and then went back to the apartment to get some sleep.
Aperitivi and then Cesare, which I “reported” on in that thread.
We did a food tour that was good. We mainly booked it for the first timers as that is what we did. It was good, but it was hot. High points were hit, Roscioli, Innocenti, Suppli Roma (again ), The Sicilian pastry shop that I’m forgetting the name. Tour started in Campo De’ Fiori with a balsamico and olive oil tasting…that was interesting as I’d never done something like that.
That night was a 5PM Borghese Gallery tour and then dinner at Osteria der Belli (thread on that separate)
Day 3 started with a trip to the Campagna Amica market up by Circus Maximus. Market was phenomenal, we picked up some stuff to pick on and made a little carpaccio.
Again, did I mention it was hot? Plus my knees were barking so I took it easy the rest of the day. Met up with the adventurers for aperitivi in piazza S. Calisto and got to see the insta famous celebrities at Bar S. Calisto. I was not going to take pics of them, so here is the Basilica of S. Maria in Trastevere
Dinner at Michela Home Restaurant (there’s a thread)
Night time visit to Trevi fountain, gelato.
Next day was travel day, woke up remembering I was not in my 20s any more, but coffee, a brioche, a granita di caffe (and a liquid IV) got me on my day. Stopped by Antica Caciara for some more meats and cheeses and we were on our way to the beach.