There are small local eateries with tables inside and outside serving delicious local dishes.
Little stores and markets abound (rather than souvenir shops) to pick up necessities: the Alimentari for fruits, vegetables and drinks, the specialty market for meats, cheeses, breads and all kinds of typical Italian foods, the Forno for focacia pizza and the best fresh baked breads, many caffés but one with Rome's best coffee and, of course, many gelaterias but one with the best gelato in the neighborhood.
Some of their breads.
Best coffee in Rome at Caffé Brasile.
One of four cases of home made gelato with unusual flavors (like lemon and basil) and each decorated.
The casalinghi with truly a little bit of everything. I found somethings I needed - with so many choices it's hard to miss. Is this place a trip or what?
Our local church, Church of the Madonna dei Monti, built in the 16th century.
Many streets have an outdoor shrine and this is the one on ours. The lights in the halo light up and someone keeps the flowers fresh.
At the very end of the street is the Colosseum which is amazing to look up and see while out strolling around.
The apartment buildings have such lovely colors.
With some quaint touches on some. See the grapes? Right in the middle of Rome!
And hanging vines, a final delight right around the corner.
My camera ran out of battery power before I could get a photo of our local piazza, the Piazza della Madonna dei Monti, but it's always filled with people, mostly locals, sitting, chatting, visiting, eating and playing. The energy is evident and contagious. What a great way to vacation.
Happy Fourth of July. Hope your vacation surprises and delights you too.