Today was sure to be a busy, so we definitely needed some pick me up to survive the day. A few travel blogs recommended a coffee bar called La Casa Del Caffè Tazza D'oro, which we had to try. Seriously, one of the best coffee's we've tasted in Europe thus far, so we couldn't help purchasing a couple espresso beans for souvenirs.
The day tour started off at the Pantheon. This building is still an architectural wonder and the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. It also serves as a church and a tomb for the former King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II. We also stumbled to Piazza Navona, one of the busiest public squares in Rome, it's filled with restaurant patios, street artists, and of course contemporary fountain sculptures. If you're ever hungry while in the neighborhood, I definitely recommend Bernini Ristorante. This family owned joint was worth every penny. Frances and I ordered the pasta and terra mousse, but there were definitely more great options as well. They even served complimentary limoncello after dinner, a chilled lemon liqueur to help digest those full stomachs.
Other stops along the way were Campo De' Fiori square which hosted a daily produce market. This is a great souvenir stop as there were a lot of vendors selling olive oil, dried pasta, and of course frest produce. Frances even got to enjoy a fresh fruit cup. Another neat historical place we saw were the ruins of Largo di Torre Argentina, the site is still persevered and it was where Julius Caesar was assassinated. We then made our way down to the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II. The museum nicknamed "Altare della Patria" (translated to Alter of the Father) was built to honor the king of Italy who unified the country.
At night, we got to check out the Vatican and the Colosseum. Normally these placed are packed with tourists, but with the venues closed for the day, it was definitely a little quieter than usual.