An afternoon in Rome (and the search for the perfect gelato)

Before I set out on my European adventure, I planned to cross some very big goals off my travel bucket list:

See the Eiffel Tower.

Pray inside the Vatican.

Find myself and become a better person.

You know, big monumental things that most people wait a lifetime to fulfil.

But out of all of these massive accomplishments, I was looking forward to one very special one in particular:

To eat gelato on the Spanish Steps.

Yep, you heard me. My hunt for the best gelato in Rome was being turned up a notch.

I visited the Spanish Steps in Rome on Tuesday and I did indeed sit on them, as burning hot as they were. Unfortunately, I was unable to actually find any gelato at this stage of my tour due to a very short stop at this beautiful, yet slightly underwhelming attraction.

But never fear! I did find the BEST gelato in Rome a short while later, in the piazza of the Trevi Fountain.

I threw my two coins into the fountain; the first was to ensure my return to Rome; the second was for a wish of my ownIt was such a magnificent and glorious place to visit, the scale and grandeur was simply breathtaking. You MUST see the fountain some time in your life, if you haven’t already.

So anyway, I threw my Aussie coins into the fountain and then ventured into this little shop just off to the side of the piazza and I had the BEST gelato of my life - 2 scoops of lemon and strawberry, for all you gelato connoisseurs out there. It was so delicious and refreshing on a hot Roman summer afternoon as I sat by the fountain and watched the other hopeful visitors throw their coins in the cool aqua water and cast their own wishes.

It was such a beautiful moment, even amongst the hustle and bustle of this popular destination in Rome, yet I felt like I was the only person sitting there.

The Steps, the Fountain, the Gelato – all of it combined to make an exceptional and memorable afternoon in Rome.