A Postcard from Rome: My fall journey to Italy in photographs

Marcia DeSanctis, an writer and journalist from Connecticut, shares a snapshot of a current journey to Rome, highlighting one of the best locations to eat, drink and sleep in — and what you should not miss.

On my approach from visiting household in Bologna, en path to a piece journey in Cairo, I did what any smart particular person would do with a free day in Europe: I finished in Rome.

By fall, town is relieved of its summer time swelter, in addition to the impenetrable swarms of high-season vacationers. Evenings are cool sufficient to put on a sweater. The town breathes once more, and the vitality is electrifying.

Left: Italian coffee Right: Marcia DeSanctis selfie
Breakfast and a selfie

I often begin the day in Rome with…

An extended stroll across the neighborhood the place I’m staying. I wish to know, is there a grocery store the place I should purchase bottled water and some peaches? Finally, my objective is to decide on the place I’ll have my cappuccino and candy croissant rolls within the coming days.

A heat baking scent drifts out of Forno Monteforte onto by way of del Pellegrino, simply off Campo de’ Fiori. The bakery is a world of candy wonders, and I soaked up my espresso with a thick slice of pistachio bread.

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Plate of pasta
Home-made pasta at Osteria da Fortunata

In Rome, it’s essential to eat…

Pasta all’Amatriciana. It’s the king of Roman sauces, made with tomatoes, olive oil, pecorino cheese and guanciale (thick bacon) that comes from the pig’s cheeks. It’s a surprisingly advanced and wealthy sauce for its few elements and is finest eaten with thicker pasta, reminiscent of this house-made scialatielli pasta at Osteria da Fortunata.

Caravaggio artwork in Basilica di Sant’Agostino
Saint Matthew and the Angel by Caravaggio on show in San Luigi dei Francesi

The highest spot for an influence shot of tradition…

Is the church of San Luigi Dei Francesi, across the nook from the Piazza Navona and never removed from the infinitely extra crowded Pantheon. Right here, within the far nook, framed by fabulous baroque structure, you possibly can have an intimate encounter with greatness: a divine triptych by the painter Caravaggio.

The work, from the early 1600s, are by the grasp of chiaroscuro (the interaction of sunshine and darkish). They inform the story of the lifetime of St. Matthew, and are on everlasting show right here. You’ll tremble, and you’ll depart enlightened.

Nun walking in Rome
Strolling in Rome

In Rome, I stayed in…

A clear, no-frills guesthouse in my favourite neighborhood between Piazza Navona and Campo de’ Fiori, and minutes by sneakered foot to each Castel Sant’Angelo and the Vatican. There was not a lot to {photograph} within the sterile, although spacious room, however within the morning, I liked strolling the shady, slim streets behind Corso Vittorio Emanuele II in the direction of the river. On a sunny September morning, it was the image of calm—even throughout rush hour.

White blouse and perfumed soaps
A white shirt and perfumed soaps to take residence from Rome

From Rome, I all the time carry again a…

White shirt, particularly once I can discover a cheap-ish one in late summer time gross sales. Right here’s why: on my first journey to Rome, once I was 18, I noticed an Italian lady on the Through Veneto in a crisp, white shirt, and since then, I’ve been making an attempt to emulate her type. I additionally decide up artisanal soaps on the farmacia—they’re low-cost and switch the chore of unpacking baggage right into a floral-scented pleasure.

White Veja walking shoes
Rome strolling sneakers 

The one merchandise I like to recommend bringing to Rome is…

A pair of white leather-based or pleather sneakers. I don’t wish to stroll round this trendy and considerably formal metropolis within the clunkers I put on to scrub the storage. These comfy and refined Veja classics match the invoice. I walked over ten miles in them and ended the day with an aperitivo on the ultra-luxurious Resort de Russie. My footwear felt fully acceptable.