Lunch with a View │Colosseum, Rome
There really is nothing better than sitting next to one of the greatest sights in Europe, and just… soaking it in! We love visiting sights as much as the average tourists, but we also much prefer to just be nearby – away from the crowds – and taking it all in a different way. Our way — ie. sipping on a beer or wine, and snacking on some food.
After we had done a audio guided tour of the Colosseum, we crossed the road and ran into the closest subway station. It had started raining (thankful it only started as we concluded our tour) and we didn’t want to get soaked. Inside the station MASSES AND MASSES of people were trying to buy tickets and get down to the trains. We looked at all those people, and then wondered if it would be better to do exactly the opposite to what all of them were doing. We promptly turned around and went back out into the rain. We sat at a restaurant right outside the station, and within two minutes the rain stopped! Our table had an undisturbed view of the Colosseum – and it was AMAZING!
It had been a busy morning – we had explored Roman Ruins, walked the streets of Rome, and done a tour of the Colosseum. We were all in need of some rest and a meal. Eli lay down on the chair between us and played some games. Justin and I ordered a beer and sat back to enjoy the view.
Despite it’s prime location and incredible view of the Colosseum, this restaurant was pretty sucky! It was surprising that a more organized company hadn’t bought it out, and made it really expensive. This spot seemed like it was worth fighting for! The waiters looked like they were being forced to work there – and the service was therefore appalling! You know those waiters who chew gum and roll their eyes at you – yup, it was exactly that type that we found here!
We finally got hold of some menus and ordered a couple of dishes. Most of it looked overpriced for what it was, but we went ahead and got some food to tie us over to dinner. Although we didn’t want to waste money on food that might match the service at this restaurant, we were very eager to sit across the street from the Colosseum for an hour or two.
Justin and Eli shared a creamy pasta dish and some roasted potatoes, and I had some sort of cheese and ham panini. The food was not fantastic, but the view made up for it.
At least the beer was cold!
Stay tuned for the rest of our posts from this day: Exploring Roman Ruins and the Colosseum.
It was a busy day – and we can’t wait to show you what we saw!