In December 2016, we rode the last Deutsche Bank-operated City Night Line train from Munich to Rome and then onwards to the island of Sizilien...
Train on 30.11.16 nach Roma and stayed at the B&B Mellini. Turns out the OEBB had already started running the show and that was fine by us because it was wonderful. It was complete luxury in comparison to the 'deluxe' tuna can we rode in a few years before from Berlin.
Once we arrived in Rome, we rode our Bromptons around. The crowded & touristy city is difficult to navigate by bike because of car & scooter smog, chaotic traffic, and the old, narrow, cobblestone streets. It IS nice, however, cycling along the river because the bike & pedestrian path is down closer to water level and seperated completely from the auto traffic above.
We enjoyed taking in the vista from Pincio near Villa Borghese, nur 1km NE from our B&B. Every morning we had breakfast at the cute Gran Caffé Visconti around the corner from our hotel.
In a touristy city, it can be difficult to find a normal-priced, local, delicious restaurant. Wandering around our favorite neighborhood of Trastevere, we found our favorite Roman restaurant where we ate twice and learned the most important phrase of this Italian holiday and all future Italian holidays to come: "mezzo rosso."
We went to the Vatican too, but apparently the guards who complained about our little Bromptons didn't get the memo that Pope Francis is environmentally-friendly.
Apertivo is the happiest kind of happy hour.