It was Sunday morning with zero plans – not a pizza, Aperol spritz, or gelato in sight (yet!). We both woke up very, very slowly because, frankly, our energy levels were totally drained.
I got fully ready, which was so optimistic and cute of me. However, between jet lag, adjusting to our new schedule, walking around so much yesterday, and then getting my period, I had NO energy whatsoever.
Steven just told me, “remember, treat it like we live here. It’s okay if we don’t do anything. Why don’t you go take a nap?”
Whenever I’m traveling somewhere, I feel so much pressure to go “take advantage of my time” and “do, do, do” but this was my first (of many) reminders to slow down. And it felt so good. Sometimes you just need that permission from someone (or yourself!) to take it down a notch.
So, I took a nap for an hour and a half and it felt absolutely wonderful.
Once I was feeling a bit more refreshed, we laid on the couch and looked up pizza places to go to for dinner!
Let’s Go Get Some Food
We decided on a recommendation, Gino Sorbillo, which was a 45-minute walk away… but it was on our list and we didn’t have anything else on the agenda today. So why the heck not!
The walk was very pretty and it was right near where we were yesterday. We saw lots of fountains and beautiful buildings along the way. It was gorgeous outside, too, so we passed lots of restaurants with outdoor dining where people were people sipping on wine and Aperol Spritz and just enjoying each other’s company. Talk about a lovely Sunday!
Dinner at Gino Sorbillo
We arrived at Gino Sorbillo and it was so funny because only a short walk away was a crazy crowded area, but the actual restaurant was in this completely quiet corner. The menu was all written in Italian, too, so it was definitely more of a local place.
We sat outside right by this huge church building and just enjoyed the peaceful ambiance.
My First Encounter with Aperol Spritz!
Steven ordered a Peroni, which is the Italian beer. And I ordered an Aperol Spritz!
Since we were outside and relaxing, I thought this would be my perfect opportunity to try my very first Aperol Spritz. They are huge here – like I just mentioned, everyone sits at outdoor restaurant tables and drinks these things like water! Plus, it’s a cute orange color so I thought it looked fun and refreshing.
However, when I got it, it tasted terrible.
I was so confused… I couldn’t imagine that so many people got these if they tasted like that? It had the flavor and consistency of bitter cough syrup.
I thought it was just me because I can be particular when it comes to drinks, but Steven tried it too and didn’t like it either!
Ah, well. I felt guilty because I had to leave a mostly full drink behind. But you live and learn!
For all of you Aperol Spritz fans: Don’t you worry – later in the trip Steven got brave and ordered another one that was significantly better, so we learned that this one was just a bad one. It’s still not my favorite drink, but I can at least tolerate them now.
Do you guys like Aperol Spritz? I took a poll on Instagram and it was very divided – let me know in the comments!
As lacking as our experience was for the drink, it was made up for by the food. So for our appetizer, we ordered meatballs to tide us over until the pizza was ready. They were just as delicious as they look!
And then we both got pizzas – I got classic Margherita (front) and Steven got Margherita with buffalo mozzarella. (back) Again, really fluffy crust, great cheese, and fresh ingredients. Eating pizza in Italy may be one of life’s greatest joys.
This was our second time eating pizza in Italy. If you want to read more about our first experience, check out the post My First Taste of Real Italian Pizza! I could talk about this topic for ages.
From Aperol Sprtiz & Pizza… To Gelato!
After our meal, we walked allll the way back. We passed gorgeous buildings, fountains, and Termini, of course.
Once we were back in the neighborhood, we went to another place recommended to us – Gelato San Lorenzo 100% Naturale.
People rave about this place and it was close to our apartment, aka pretty out of the way, so we knew it had to be good.
This gelato shop is INSANE. The flavors were soooo unique and beyond delicious.
Like I’ve said before – most gelato shops in Italy allow you to get multiple flavors. So, I got a Strudel and Vanilla Cream flavor – Strudel di Nmele and Crema Corme Uma Vorta. It even came with a little wafer!
Steven got Apple Crumble (Peza Cammella e Crumble) and Tiramasu. His apple crumble flavor was INSANE because it tasted like a real apple??? Not apple flavoring, a real crisp apple. It was so flavorful it absolutely blew my mind.
We got water from the little fountain outside to quench our thirst (gotta love the convenience of these Roman fountains!) and then walked back to the Air B&B. We both face-timed our Moms, Steven stayed up to watch a movie, and I was still exhausted so I just fell asleep at a normal-ish time.
I hope you enjoyed reading about our relaxing Sunday in Roma! Come back next time as we eat more, experience more, and even make some new friends! Until next time… 🙂
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