Here are some random pictures and notes from my trip to Rome and the Amalfi Coast with Pallini Limoncello.
Rome is a very, very crowded city, especially around tourist attractions. On our second day there we had a guide who was amazing and knew all the ways around the lines. That's the only way to do it.
I had a gelato at San Crispino, supposedly the best in the world. I can't vouch for that, but my two flavors - whisky and honey- were delicious.
The view from the King Victor Emmanual II memorial is great.
The Colliseum is a lot bigger than I had imagined. I was thinking it was about three stories tall and could fit a couple thousand people. Nope. It's huge, you can see it from everywhere, and it sat 55,000 people.
We went to a bakery called Panella that makes old Roman-style bread once used for travelers. Naturally, they were out of it on the day we went.
Fried artichokes are a thing in Rome. We had them a few times.
The Pantheon is an architectural marvel. This and other ancient temples only survive today because they ripped out all the pagan stuff and replaced it with Christian stuff. Good thing gods are interchangeable.
We stopped for an espresso nearby at Eustachio, again supposedly one of Rome's best. Their trick is to use some sort of sugar foam. Maybe they run it through the milk steamer.
Pallini also used to make a fernet!
I bought a Crodino on the Amalfi Coast. It tastes like a non-alcoholic Campari & Soda. Delicious!
I also bought something called China Martini, which I'm guessing is a sweet vermouth derivative using quinine.
And speaking of bitter, while at a restaurant called Sol De Riso, I tasted all the amari on the menu that I previously hadn't tried.
- Amaro de Capo - a locally made amaro with notes of quinine, orange, and saffron. Pretty good.
- Radis - Tastes like cola, quinine, orange. You could imagine mixing it with soda water to make a cola.
- Don Baioro - Very Chrismassy. Tastes of prune/raisin, clove, molasses, and coffee.
- Petrus - Perfumy yet incredibly bitter. We took pictures of everyone's expression while tasting it. Here was mine.