After writing about King Ludwig I of Bavaria and his architectural interest in the Italian Renaissance — so much so that he demanded his architects Leo von Klenze and Friedrich von Gärtner to design a Florentine street in Munich, the Ludwigstraße, complete with palazzo-style buildings and monuments that were modeled after Florence’s Palazzo Pitti, Loggia dei Lanzi, and others — I’ve been thinking more and more about Italy and la dolce vita.

Leo von Klenze, Residenz façade, 1826-1842. Munich. (Photo from
Palazzo Pitti, c. 1458. Florence.
Friedrich von Gärtner, Feldherrnhalle, 1841-1844. Munich.
Loggia dei Lanzi, 1376-1382. Florence.

Luckily, NY Times has provided some insight into a walking tour of gelaterias in Rome. (Note bene: The NYT article is from 1984, so check that the shops are still open. My favorite, Della Palma, is a mainstay in Rome.) I’ve learned that one can eat 2 scoops of gelato everyday in the Eternal City and still lose weight! Mi piace Roma.

As I said, Gelateria Della Palma is my top choice. Perhaps because it has 150 flavors, perhaps because it’s near the Pantheon, but for 2 Euro for due gusti, the price is also pretty great. Go at night, wait in line with locals and tourists, make eye contact with the gelato-rista (now, I’m just making up words), and then order after tasting a few flavors. Baci and pistachio gelato in hand, I’d walk a few steps to the Pantheon and enjoy gelato under the tungsten-lit splendor of ancient Roma.

Gelato, via
Pantheon, 118-125 CE. (Photo © Sophia Quach.)

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