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Published: June 21st 2017
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Another early start and unfortunately not feeling too good with my cold. We decided to catch a cab to the Arch of Constantine rather than walk. We were to meet Agnes, from Understanding Rome, for our private tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, including the Undergroud and Third Tier which Agnes had booked for us.
The tour was totally brilliant. G loves Roman history and knew lots about it, but I had very little idea. Agnes simply brought the whole thing to life. She managed to describe everything so well that we could see it in our mind's eye. Particularly the Roman Forum, instead of seeing ruins her excellent descriptions had us seeing palaces, houses and temples. She had so much knowledge of history, and all the little stories of how life was back in Roman times. I highly recommend her services. This is her website if anyone is interested: http://understandingrome.com/
We asked her if she could recommend somewhere for lunch closeby. Agnes was the one that had suggested Armande al Pantheon and it was excellent. She didn't let us down here either, she suggested Taverna Dei Fori Imperiali. This restaurant was also full
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of locals, with only a sprinkling of tourists. Gary had Cacio e Pepe again, this time with truffles, and I had Papardelle Carbonara. Best carbonara that I have ever eaten and forgot to take photo 😞
After we finished lunch, we visited Capitol Hill and the Museo Capitolini. The museum was very enjoyable and there were yet more great views of the Forum and Colosseum. On the way back to the hotel, we stopped again at Largo di Torro Argentina to see where Caesar was killed now that we had learned so much more. We also paid another visit to the cat sanctuary. This time we went inside to find out more about how they care for the stray cats of Rome.
Dinner that night was at Fortunata al Pantheon. The food was delicious, we shared Raviolini with Spinach & Ricotta in a Burnt Butter and Sage Sauce, and then had Involtini filled with Pecorino and finally Zabaglione with Wild Berries. The service however was awful, so probably not a restaurant that I could recommend.
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