From impromptu live music to opera al fresco, the one thing Romans do effortlessly is embrace life with gusto. So on our return month-long trip to the Italian capital, we skipped queueing to the grand museums and instead took in the city Roman style.
There’s an ambiance in Rome that doesn’t equate to most capitals. The hard, steely glances are washed away by a lustful, playful vibe that resonates through the streets and its happy-go-lucky locals. As I wandered through quiet lanes in a bid to leave the tourist traps behind, passers-by and vendors greeted me with smiles and buongiorno. I couldn’t say for sure if it was because I looked sincerely lost (just where was this gelateria?) or they felt a bit sorry for me, after all I was looking rather hot and flushed with the midday heat beating down on me. But either way, I was grateful for the cheery welcome and even more for the ice cream when I found it.
Fringed by a queue, Gelateria Frigidarium, near the Palazzo Attolico, lived up to its reputation. The assortment of ice creams was impressive with biscuit toppings, syrup berries, toffee and so much more. With generous portions and not the usual blow-your-budget prices that central Rome is renowned for, I used the 32-degree temperatures as my perfect excuse to devour as much as my wallet allowed. I also hit up Giolitti near Palazzo Montecitorio which has a reputation as one of Rome’s best ice cream parlours, but if its service and decor are anything to go by, it falls short of the mark.