Only in Rome

Sometimes you see things in Rome which start to make you think, “Only in Rome”.  Here are a few of my favourites!

Unfortunately there’s no escaping the golden arches even in the Eternal City; but where else would you find a branch called “Pantheon”?

McDonalds Pantheon

McDonalds - the Pantheon branch

How many scoops of ice cream is it possible to fit on one cone?  I suspect not this many, though I have yet to ask for one of these…

Ice cream

Gelateria near the Via Tritone (if I recall correctly)

There are Smart Cars everywhere in Rome – they make sense in a crowded city. But as a wedding car?  How does the bride’s dress fit in?!  I spotted this outside Santa Maria sopra Minerva:

Wedding Smart Car

An unusual wedding vehicle

Roman Holiday calendars, fine. But where else but in Rome would you find a calendar of Hot Priests?!  Also available… the Pope.

Hot priests

Hot priests calendar, anyone?

And of course the ubiquitous penis pasta. Don’t leave Rome without buying some for the folks back home 😉

Penis pasta

Rudely shaped pasta

About Rachel Ingram

I graduated from Oxford University in 2009 with an MA in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History from St John's College. After graduating I worked as a Geographic Researcher at, spending lots of time researching and writing travel guides to worldwide destinations, developing my copywriting skills. After working as a copywriter and content consultant at (formerly SEOptimise), where I most enjoyed working with travel clients, I went self-employed. I now divide my time between freelance copywriting and running the business I set up with my boyfriend - - selling aviation gift experiences. In my spare time I'm training for a Private Pilot's Licence, and I also enjoy travelling, wine and baking. My favourite authors are Charles Dickens, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Bill Bryson.
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