Wandering around Rome, the Barb and Leiha way…

After lunch Barb and I just wandered around the neighborhood we were in, this was a non-touristy area of Rome which was nice.

This is the Le Piazze de Trastevere area of Rome. Look how few people are there! Why fight thru the masses when I can wander thru areas like this?

Photos can’t really capture everything but I’m trying.

The buildings are works of art themselves.

For those who have read my previous posts, you know how much I love trees. Imagine my joy when I saw this beauty, growing so lush on the side of a building. It took us awhile to get the shot, Barb had somehow switched the phone camera  from photo to video but we eventually got it.

It was starting to get a bit toasty so Barb and I decided it was time to catch a cab and if we happen to find a gelato shop along the way, even better!

It took awhile to find our taxi, but eventually one pulled over for us. Barb and I had talked about possibly doing a hop on/hop off bus but we decided we didn’t want to do it. I can’t remember why. Another option we talked about was paying someone to drive us around to see the city. So Barb asked the cab driver how much it would be to drive us around for an hour. He said 60 euro and a deal was done. We just wanted to see everything without having to fight thru the masses and our driver Luca was sweet enough to pull over so that I could take photos. Running in and out of the cab to take photos doesn’t make for the most ideal pics, since he pulled over illegally a lot of the times but it was fun to see everything. We didn’t hit Trevi fountain but there’s only so much you can do in an hour.

Triton Fountain on Piazza Barberini Rome Italy
Triton Fountain on Piazza Barberini
Rome Italy
This was on a bridge but don’t know which one.

Brazilian Embassy Rome
The embassies in Rome were gorgeous and the Brazilian Embassy was  the most gorgeous.
Brazilian Embassy Rome
A closer look of their fountain.

The Circus Maximus used to be where they hosted chariot races.

Circus Maximus Rome Italy
Here is our cab driver Luca. He might have had a crush on me. It was a little weird when he tried to hold my hand and he was disappointed when I moved to the back seat with Barb but I thought that would be easier than rejecting him. Plus, I wanted the rest of our tour. He was a really sweet guy tho and drove us around for 90 minutes instead of an hour. If anyone wants his contact information for your own personal tour, let me know.
Rome Italy Cab driver
It was tough narrowing down the photos. I know this is a photo heavy post but wanted to give you a feel for what it was like to spend the day wandering in Rome. Luca took us up to look at the skyline of Rome. There are over 900 churches in Rome, the majority of them Roman Catholic. My response, “there are a lot of sinners in Rome.”

Rome Italy Skyline

And yes, I know you’re dying to know, I did get my gelato fix for the day.


I like to eat, sleep and experience the world, one meal at a time.

4 thoughts on “Wandering around Rome, the Barb and Leiha way…

  • February 13, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I have so many comments on all those photos!
    *It is appropriate that the Brazilian embassy had a statue with such a lovely butt.
    *I am reading the Memoirs of Cleopatra and she attended races at the Circus Maximus. I love relating the book with real life.
    *It looks like you made all the people on the bridge mad at you and they are giving you the cut direct.
    *I think your tree is a vine, but gorgeous either way.
    *I want to take a scrub brush to the statues.
    I just wish I could have done what you did PLUS what I did… that means a second trip!

    • February 13, 2017 at 11:22 am

      LOL I didn’t notice that about the Brazilian Embassy but yes, that’s quite appropriate!

      I had never heard of Circus Maximus before. I’m glad that you knew what I was talking about.

      Hahaha yes, I got the cut direct. Apparently they don’t like tourists.

      Uhhhh, look at the top of that vine, thats a tree!

      Start with the scrub brush at home, lol.

      You’re becoming like Su, wanting to do everything but yes, I want to go back to Rome, never enough time!

  • February 13, 2017 at 11:11 am

    That looks like a LOT of heaven trees in your last picture!

    Good on the cabbie. 60€ for an hour sounds good for both parties. Cabbies usually have a good sense of where the best sights are, and know all the shortcuts.

    And who can blame him for being smitten with a couple of lovely young ladies? He looks quite the charmer, to be honest.

    • February 13, 2017 at 11:25 am

      LOL I was getting irritated at all of the trees, they were obstructing my views of the city.

      We definitely thought the fare was more than fair and we all walked away happy. Luca is a native of Rome so it was great, he had all kinds of insight and he was a lot of fun and nope, can’t blame him a bit for being a smitten kitten. 🙂


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