One of my most wished trip was that of going to Rome. Although Rome is only couple of hours by plain from Athens it was a trip I have never made. I have always said to my husband about this it seemed that we never got the time to do it. I had my son and then he was caught up with his work and then I was caught up with mine and so on and so forth.
This year I have decided that it was about time to make my wish come true. My son grew up and he is 15 now meaning that a trip abroad is not a challenge anymore and through the years we have toured Greece quite enough and so going abroad sounds more interesting than visiting the same places again even if they are very beautiful.
So, I made my research, visited a travel agency and before we know it, we were on our way to Rome. Our hotel was in via Veneto which is quite central and close to Piazza di Spagna and the Fontana di Trevi. I have also booked us one guided tour to Colosseum and the Roman Market and another one to the Vatican. I also arranged a trip by train to Florence which is only 1 ½ hour north of Rome.
Here with my son! He is 15, he doesn’t like to be taken pictures with his mom haha!
Rome is not an exaggeration to say, a museum by itself. Every corner every road every step is a remnant of the past. The colosseum stands as a point of reference reminding us the deaths of thousands of people and animals in the name of some sick entertainment. The Vatican full of displays of priceless value and beauty shows the power of church throughout the centuries. Art is present everywhere in Rome and Florence. Every single stone is curved with love and artistic disposition. Raffaello, Michelangelo, Bramante, Da Vinci, Botticelli are only few of the geniuses who culminated during Renaissance and created all the masterpieces we see today.
As for the food, you all know that Italian kitchen is one of the most famous and loved in the world. Their pasta and pizza are completely different than the ones we eat at our countries plus the fact that eating them under the shade of all these beautiful historic places makes them taste uniquely different. We tried everything the Italian culinary scene has to offer, and we really enjoyed them. Simple, made with fresh ingredients packed with flavors were always the best ending to a tiring day. We stayed for 5 days but we brought back memories for a lifetime.
One of my friends suggested that we shouldn’t miss eating the famous Italian gelato which is completely different than the ice cream we eat here in Greece. Indeed, we ate twice one in Rome and one in a kiosk in Florence. It was absolutely delicious, so rich in flavor without any additions such as syrups or chocolate chips on top.
When I returned home, I made my own stracciatella which of course is not the same as the one I had in Italy but when I eat it, it brings back to me memories of my trip.
- 1 can 397 gr. / 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups cold heavy cream
- 2 tbsp white rum or any alcohol you want to keep the ice cream from becoming too tough
- 100 gr. / 3.5 oz. chocolate chips
- For the Vanilla Ice Cream
- In your mixer bowl beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
- Add the condensed milk, the vanilla extract, the alcohol and the chocolate chips and fold gently.
- Place in a glass or stainless-steel container and freeze for at least three hours.
- Για το Παγωτό Βανίλια
- 1 κουτί 397 γρ. ζαχαρούχο γάλα
- 2 κ.γ. εκχύλισμα βανίλιας
- 2 φλ. Κρέμα γάλακτος 35% λιπαρά
- 2 κ.σ. λευκό ρούμι για να διατηρηθεί το παγωτό μαλακό
- 100 γρ. σταγόνες κουβερτούρας
- Για το Παγωτό Βανίλια
- Στο μίξερ σας χτυπήστε την κρέμα γάλακτος σε σαντιγί.
- Προσθέστε το ζαχαρούχο, το εκχύλισμα βανίλιας, το ρούμι και τις σταγόνες κουβερτούρας και ανακατέψτε απαλά.
- Τοποθετήστε σε ένα γυάλινο ή ανοξείδωτο δοχείο και παγώστε το για τουλάχιστον τρεις ώρες.