At this restaurant we enjoyed a full-course Tuscan dinner. The restaurant was called something like Finistere. Appetiser: antipasto (green olives, toast with olive spread, Pecorino cheese, a special regional ham, salami and salami with fennel seeds) and a wood-fired parmesan focaccia; primo: meat sauce with rigatoni (like big penne) Mains: rare grilled beef with rocket (ricula in Italian), shaved parmesan and chips (grilled/baked, salt and rosemary) Dessert: chocolate soufflé with a molten centre and a raspberry and also a blackberry sauce drizzle/blob. The green olives in the antipasto were really juicy and...

This restaurant reminded me of a cheap, family friendly restaurant like Sofia's, mainly because the waiters were wearing hoodies. I got a vegetarian calzone with eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms and chicory (€7.50), dad ordered spaghetti carbonara (€6.50) and mum ordered linguini al pesto (€6.50) and tagliolini with porcini mushrooms and clams (€9). I was disappointed with the calzone. I was expecting it to be more filled, especially because it was so big and puffy. But the vegetables were only 1mm thick and there was a lot of mozzarella - I...

At Magnolia café, also located in Campo de' Fiori, we had dinner. We ordered penne arrabiato (the spicy sauce, €7), grilled seafood (fish [mum thinks catfish], squid, yabby, €15), and a set dinner special with plain bruscetta, a choice of seafood linguini, vegetable with tortelloni (giant tortellini) or another pasta and a drink for €12. They also had saltimbocca for €11, but because dad wanted the fish platter I advised not to get it otherwise we’d have too much food – especially because we’d already eaten pizza and...

The hotel had a free shuttle bus service into the city. From the drop-off point, Campo de' Fiori (the square with the Bruno statue) was only a few minutes away. From behind a florist we bought pizza from Forno, which charges pizza by weight. We bought half an eggplant pizza for €3.30 and it was really good. Rome has thin-crust pizza; further south they have thicker crusts and in the north it’s in the middle. [gallery columns="2" link="none" type="rectangular" ids="2397,2396"]...

Lunch was at a self-service place again. We got pumpkin risotto (€4.20), fish sauce/stock with a small, long, hollow pasta (€5.20) and a meat and mushroom tomato based sauce with a thick noodle pasta (€5.20). The risotto was a bit too cheesy and rich so I couldn’t finish it. At the shop there was a giant box of chocolate (6 blocks in a pack) of hazelnut chocolate for €14.90. A2 also bought some cavalucci biscuits. [gallery link="file" columns="2" type="rectangular" ids="2393,2394,2395"]...