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Bella Roma

It is no secret that my favorite city in the world is bella Roma. You would think, given how often I visit that I would get a little tired of it, but quite the contrary. I find there’s always something new to see and do…and well, fun to be had!

I stay at my favorite Rome hotel, the Rose Garden Palace – right off the iconic Via Veneto. It feels like my Roman home away from home and I know the guests of Perillo Tours feel the same way. You can’t find a better location in Rome.

One of my favorite restaurants in Rome is Meo Patacca in Trastevere, a wonderful dining experience. Not only is the food the best, the staff puts on a show! But you would think they would have enough help in the kitchen?! Nope, time for Steve to work. I served up pasta with a delicious vegetable cream sauce and a typical Roman entree – trippa (tripe).

Te highlight of my latest trip was a little more serious…a very exclusive tour inside the Vatican. We saw the Sistine Chapel and the Niccolini Chapel, which is rarely open to the public. Te Niccolini Chapel was used as the Pope’s Chapel before the Sistine Chapel existed! We also strolled through the Vatican Gardens, which are under renovation. I am proud to have donated to the project.

One of the weirder experiences of my trip was a tour of the Capuchin Crypt – right on the Via Veneto. Te crypt is decorated with the bones of Capuchin monks. I’ve visited before and am always moved by how eerie and beautiful it is. Visitors are greeted by a sign that reads, in five different languages, “What you are now we used to be; what we are now you will be…”

Life is short. Have fun – at home – and in Rome!

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