Rome Sightseeing, No Thanks - Bring on the Chocolate! Life in a major Italian city such as Rome is chaotic and fast paced. As a rule, most Italians wake up, get ready, and hit the local coffee bar for an espresso or cappuccino and a little something sweet to boost their metabolisms. Travelers on the other hand wake up with a packed itinerary. Rome sightseeing can take a lot out of a person, hence working up an appetite. If you're wondering where I'm going with this sequence, I'll spare you any further suspense. Any excuse is a good one to indulge in a delightful and chocolaty dose of heaven! Moral of the story? No matter what the reason, no matter what the time of day, no matter where in the world, below are ten unique ways to savor the glorious hazelnut chocolate spread called Nutella. 1. Spread on bread Keep it simple. Open up that lovely little (or big, now they even come in a 3kg bucket!) jar, and use a knife or spoon to spread it over a nice piece of soft warm bread. 2. Ice cream Any self respecting Italian gelateria should have the flavor "variegato con nutella" on its menu. This is normally a milk based simple creamy gelato, with lumps of nutella running through it. 3. In place of hot fudge topping over ice cream If your Rome sightseeing days are over and an Italian gelateria is thousands of miles away, you needn't fret. Nutella has arrived in supermarkets all over the world! All you need is a helping of vanilla ice cream, and instead of the hot fudge you can heat a few spoons of nutella and drizzle it on top. Serving suggestion: add a few chopped nuts and/or cool whip. 4. Crepes These delightful little pancakes come filled with just nutella, nutella and cream, or nutella and banana or another type of fruit. All are equally satisfying. 5. Tortes Nutella tortes usually come in the lattice torte variety, with a hard crust on the bottom and a criss cross flaky pattern on top. You may be lucky enough to find these in a supermarket (especially in Italy), but needless to say there is no topping the home made version. 6. Nutella Pizza Don't knock it till you've tried it! A simple thin crust pizza dough, cooked in a wood fired oven and then topped with nutella and confectioner's sugar is a treat your taste buds won't soon forget 7. Nutella on fried dough A very popular Italian fair or carnival food. Children of all ages (1-99) adore it. How could one not? 8. Croissant Italian croissants come in many ways, shapes, and with many fillings. Plain, jam filled, honey filled, whole wheat, cream filled, and of course, filled with nutella. 9. Right from the spoon (or off your finger) When it comes down to it, why bother with opening acts. Sometimes it really is better to go straight for the gold. 10. Directly off of one's significant other For those who like the idea of getting the "pure stuff" but wouldn't mind jazzing it up, here is the blue ribbon recipe. Ingredients: Nutella Romantic room with dim lights (no lights could lead to a messy nutella nightmare) 1 willing co-conspirator Mix them all together with a little imagination and a lot of love. You won't be disappointed! Article contributed by Danielle Russo of When In Rome Tours WhenInRomeTours.com, Experts in Vatican Tours and Rome sightseeing Private-Tours/ since 1999.