Sunday isn’t an easy day to be a tourist in Rome. I walked past the Spanish Steps and headed towards the Piazza Navona which I had yet to lay eyes on.
Once there I felt deflated. Yes, it’s a gorgeous square and I admire the Bernini fountain in the middle, however getting a good view of it was almost impossible for the gangs of men selling fake handbags in front of it.
Not to be completely undone I headed away from the piazza onto the little side streets and came across the most lovely church, Santa Maria della Pace. Just around the side there is an entrance to the Choistro del Bramante and the tiny cafeteria located on its upper floor. What I found was a gorgeous stone courtyard, artwork, hushed tones, and Italian speakers in droves. I ordered a salmon salad that was as gorgeous as it was delicious, and ate while looking out over the 15th century courtyard below and up to the open sky above. Heaven.
Review by Sally Hurst
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