But the best experience we had in Rome was stumbling into a little restaurant where there was absolutely no English written or spoken. This meant a lot of pointing, gesturing, and trying food blindly. The house red was full-bodied and heavenly. The gnocchi was by far the best choice--huge, plump and soft without being mushy and ended up being the best meal of the whole trip! And it was so fun giving the waiter/owner/chef (yes he did it all, and all by himself!) praise after with our inept gesturing. A big grin spread across his face as we showed our approval and ordered a second carafe of wine!
Of course, Rome is inspiring, historic, mesmerizing...but it is huge, crowded city. I prefer the sleepier areas, like San Marino, and where I can walk everywhere easily and just sit in awe of the countryside while of course drinking copious amounts of wine (the house red and white wines are cheaper than ordering water--twist my arm?!)! I was also glad that I had a little knowledge of Roman mythology since a lot of statues scattered everywhere are unmarked or without English translation, so I definitely recommend a little pre-reading before you go.