Vatican, Spray Paint Art & Birthplace of Fettuccine Alfredo

Vatican, Spray Paint Art & Birthplace of Fettuccine Alfredo

(guitar playing) (“That’s Amore” by Dean Martin) – Good morning everyone today we are in Italy, in
Rome to be more specific we are gonna go on a
special tour of The Vatican with Live Italy, which means technically we’re going to another country today, because The Vatican is the
smallest country in the world which is a monarchy with
the Pope at its head, the center of the Roman Catholic church, and it’s also a museum
that’s just full of art. You gonna see some art today? Do you like statues? Do you like paintings? Do you
like paintings of doggies? Duncan’s favorite art includes animals, he likes it whne there’s an animal in the painting or the statue. You like doggies and animals? Yeah what is your favorite kind
of art? Do you like… – Somebody who’s fanning
themselves with the dry bread. – [Dad] Okay so Parker’s
making some art here, this is boy fans himself with dry bread. What’s your favorite kind os art Jake? – Like the old art that they used to do, like the old inventions and stuff. – [Dad] Old inventions
like Leonardo da Vinci? – Yeah – [Dad] What’s your favorite kind of art? – I like statues, pictures that were from the Renaissance. – Oh you’ll see a lot Renaissance today. I’ve been to the Vatican
once before and I loved it I can’t wait to go back. And this time we get to
have an actual real tour and check it out and we’re going to bring you guys along with us. One thing that Live
Italy does very well is gives tours that are geared
towards the whole family and I think this tour has
a treasure hunt element. I can’t wait to see what they do, I was super impressed with
what we did yesterday. If you haven’t checked out
that blog go check it out. (upbeat music) – So we have connected
with our tour guide, and you can see this wall behind me. This wall separates Rome and Vatican city, and Vatican city is fully
encircled by that wall. You will notice today that we are finally all busting out our long pants,
our shoulders are covered, because that is the dress
code if you want to go to St. Peter’s Basilica
or if you want to go to Sistine Chapel, because
those are holy places, and in Italy all churches you need to have your shoulders covered
and your knees covered. So make sure if you want to
visit any of those places that you follow the dress code, or you won’t be able to get in. I am so bad, but all I’m doing right now, is like playing catch the uncovered knees, and like who’s not gonna get in (laughs). It’s like all I can think about is awful, but it’s a lot of fun. – [Tour Guide] And now we
are going to find the places which are on your treasure hunt. – Which one is this one? – [Dad] You’re gonna find that? (pop music) – [Jessica] So that is actually smaller than that. (pop music) – [Dad] See the face of a small lion? Gotta look for it, it’s
a tiny little lion. – Oh yeah! – The animals, you see animals? Can you show me an
animal? Yeah There’s one. Is that a dog?
– Dog. – Dog, very good, good talking. Behind me here is a giant
bronze statue of Hercules and it’s very rare to
see a statute that big made of bronze from that long ago, because bronze was such a useful metal that they would often melt down statues to make other tools. When a statue got hit by a lighting it was given a proper
burial, like a human. And that’s that they did
with this Hercules back here, they found it and now it still exists. – This is the Hall of Maps,
it’s quite incredible. There are very detailed maps
showing regions in Italy and showing where the chapels are in each of those regions, and this was all painted around 1580. So this Hall is over
four hundred years old. Fresco painting is done
with the plaster of the wall as the wall is being finished and built. That final layer of plaster
takes one day to dry and you can only paint
in it during that period, because once it dries
you can’t do it anymore. But the reason that the
vibrancy of these paintings lasts for centuries, is
because of this fresco process. – So we’re in the cafe right now learning about the Sistine
Chapel before we go in there, and once we go in there
we can’t film anymore, so I’m gonna put the camera away. But the kids are learning all about it before we go in there, which which I think it’s
a pretty smart idea. – These are marble frame, which
looks like three dimensional but it is just painted. – You ready to see the Sistine Chapel? You ready to see it? No? Yes? Okay. – Hi this is Bailey from the future and today I am going to show you the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, because you weren’t able to come with us, and this is my dad’s journal, it shows… It’s got like tickets, maps
of all the places we went to like London. The Sistine Chapel is
just this amazing church. This, is the most famous part of it, but the whole ceiling is amazing, because, see this is a closer picture. It was extraordinary
when I went into the room it was amazing. I just loved it all so much. And this is the last
judgment day, right here. And this is actually a self portrait, if you look very closely
that guy is holding a cloak that’s actually a self
portrait of Michelangelo. He stuck himself into the painting. That’s not really what he looks like. Anyway, I just wanted to
show you what it looks like now back to the blog. – It’s really hard to get a
scope of how big this place is for example, you see that strip of gold that has letter right over
Parker’s head? Right there? That strip of gold is nine feet tall, so it’s so far away from us
that it looks teeny tiny. It’s nine feet tall. – That’s The Pieta. It’s a girl holding
Jesus when he was dying. – The Pieta was
Michelangelo’s first statue. He made it when he was 24 years old, and he spent six months
figuring out the slab of marble that he would make it out of. Because many marble slabs would
look perfect on the outside but then when you got in
there would be like cracks or some issue (laughs). So he spent six months really finding the perfect one for that
statue, and it’s beautiful. – [Dad] What did you think about it? – It was awesome. – [Dad] Did you like the Sistine Chapel? – Yeah it was amazing. – [Dad] You sat with
Duncan for a lot of it, in the Sistine Chapel you guys sat there and stared at the ceiling it was so cute. (giggles) did you like it? You guys got treasure, right Jake? You found all the clues and at the end she gave you a treasure,
which was this puzzle. Yeah let’s get some gelato. It’s better than ice cream? Is that what you just said? – yeah – Amazing. – It’s really good, I
got chocolate caramel and a, what it was called but it was like Nutella on top of…
– cremino. – Cremino
– cremino. – It’s better than California and gelato. – [Jessica] It is gelato. (upbeat music) – We’re having dinner at a place called Il Vero Alfredo, sorry
if I mispronounce that but it’s a famous restaurant that invented the fettuccine Alfredo. I got the fixed, special menu which included my appetizer, bag of fried. looks like a bag of fried things. Eggplant, maybe mushrooms and mystery. Getting the water off the
side of the ice bucket and putting it on his hair (laughs) looks good. Oh that’s beautiful. (Italian music) birth place, of his dish. Very good. Is it yummy? Yummy? What are you doing? – [Jessica] That’s what he does when he’s all done every time Duncan is an eater, he is
almost like a bottomless pitt but there is one way that we
can always tell when he is done this is his signal. (laughs) [child] Oh beautiful hairdo! – [Dad] It’s not fettuccine al-forehead. (kids laughing) – Hey blonde baby, give
me five, give me five. Hello. Where do you come from? – [Jessica and Dad Together] California. ♪I left my heart ♪ ♪ in San Giovanni, San Francisco. ♪ You sing with me, okay?
Do it. Are you ready? (“That’s Amore” by Dean Martin) (clapping) – Hi, let’s talk about
what we learned today we learned hoe to make art, if you make any art like this
please tag me on Instagram and I’ll like it. We learned how to play
Jessica’s favorite game Find the Uncovered Knees, and finally we learned how
to dance at the dinner table. Thanks for watching everybody.
We’ll see you next time. (baby giggles) – One great thing about this place is that they have
gluten-free pizza and pasta. You’re about to have
your first Italian pizza wow Bailey. – I’m trying to get the
stuff out of the shells.


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  • Groovy Baby says:

    Mr. Parker, that wasn’t simply a girl holding Jesus. She’s the Blessed Mother. She’s Jesus’ mommy!

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  • Theresa G. says:

    This was so great!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

  • Ramya C says:

    I loved hearing Bailey talk about the art, loved Jacob eating fettuccine, loved Parker’s interpretive dance to the music and Duncan’s noodlehead! You’re all fab:)

  • El espacio de Camila Ulloa says:

    I love your babyes its a beautiful amazing

  • Monica Myers says:

    Hi Ballinger family… wondering if you could put which specific tours you took with this company.. I looked at their site and was not able to pinpoint each one. Thanks! Looking forward to the next vlog!

  • Angie Brodland says:

    The pieta was my FAVORITE part of Italy. It's my favorite statue of all time. I visited it every day we were in Rome.

  • Juliana Cromwell says:

    Bailey’s vocab is on point !!

  • Juliana Cromwell says:

    Yesss gelato is the best. I told the future in the last video

  • Bobbie Abbott says:

    Parker needs to learn when he is not the entertainment but a distraction.

  • Isabella Ponce says:

    I just ate fettuccine alfredo today🤗🤗😄😄

  • Lindsey S says:

    I cracked up when Duncan started putting the noodles in his head.😂❤️

  • Whirleygirl 6 says:

    Love seeing your amazing adventures through Europe! 💞 I think my favorite part of this episode is seeing Duncan's sweet personality coming out more and more. 🤩🤗😆

  • Emma Govreau says:

    Once again my mind is blown! Awesome vlog!! Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful artwork😊 this makes me so happy to see!

  • JABIE780 says:

    Ripped Jeans should be on the list of no Entry!

  • Keriann Featherstone says:


  • Emma Katelyn says:

    I love Duncan.

  • Amberly Gable says:

    I don’t understand the dress code like AT ALL! They should let people be proud in their bodies! I’d def sue them if they didn’t let me in when I was wearing whatever I wanted

  • des1238 says:

    Thank you for sharing! I love to see y’all going on adventures! And I love how close y’all are makes me really happy!❤️

  • Adagio Lesson Studio and Music Therapy says:

    Can you post the full clip of the guys serenading y’all at dinner and the kids dancing along?? I love the music, and the kids are so cute to see enjoying it and dancing.

  • Emily Cacciatore says:

    Don’t bye the water from random people in Rome because it’s illegal and when they see cops they hide them in trash cans

  • Karen Jones says:

    Ahhh I so want to go to Italy and the Vatican! Someday ❤️

  • BertCCRI says:

    I am out of superlatives. This chapter is another winner. I love the "Bailey from the future" insert.

  • Tracy Douglas says:

    The spray paint art was amazing!!! Never seen it before!!

  • Loretta Neustaeter says:

    I absolutely love that you travelled with the kids this summer. What a special treat as a family. Making memories

  • Lizzy Giroux says:

    14:34 is the best part 😄 I love the look on Duncan’s face as he’s dancing to the music.

    It feels like it was just yesterday that he was born. Time flies.

  • TRAVSKi_CPC says:

    Plenty of knees and shoulders in the background.

  • Whip Five says:

    The spray painted pictures are beautiful and so interesting to watch. We saw a guy at the Ft. Worth Stockyard a couple years ago. I just couldn’t leave without buying my husband one.

  • EDucating Shanny says:

    He said “dog”! So cute! 😭

  • justanotherfangirl says:

    Fetuccine are supposed to be rolled up on the fork like spaghetti😅

  • Hidaya Hussain says:

    we're learning renaissance this year at my school, literally everything i'm learning in history this year you guys are mentioning it in your trip xD

  • Hi-D says:

    I hope to some day try some gelato that's better than California and gelato

  • RandomFangirl says:

    I'm loving these series!!

  • Esmee says:

    I really love these vacation vlogs. I've been to Rome two times and I just love the city. Last time I went in July of 2017, in the middle of a heatwave so wearing long pants was horrible so my friends and I brought along long skirts in our backpacks to put over our shorts when going into a church/chapel.

  • Reese Lynn says:

    Yaaaassss Italy! I am Italian but I live in the states, but my family has this awesome gray for our pasta. (Americans call it pasta sauce but this is homemade gray so aka pasta sauce but we don’t call it that) I wish I could share it with you all!

  • SEYEBONOMUSIC ♪♫ says:

    Excellent! 🤗

  • Kristen E says:

    Why are you allowing your children to act like that in the Vatican? It's a holy place and should be treated with respect not a playground.

  • Alex Surro says:

    Wow that painting is AMAZING!!!!!!! I’m blown away!

  • Hannah Collinson says:

    “It’s better than California and gelato”
    Jess: “it is gelato”
    Dead 😂😂😂

  • Ideges_Csillag says:

    I wonder if the street artist was inspired by Bob Ross as a child.

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  • Benina Gonzales says:

    I love y'all. Much love from New Mexico. Are y'all ever coming to visit? I hope sooooo hehe. Xoxoxo

  • Grace Devizio says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this incredible trip with us. It makes me so happy to watch every time you upload. I one day dream to be in Italy with my own family and this series has me so excited for my future. 🙂

  • Charlotte Leat says:

    Loving the new hair style Duncan 😂 to cute

  • Heather Welling says:

    I need to go to the place that invented Fettucini Alfredo!! That's my pasta dish! It looks so good!

  • Natalie Ciarricco says:

    you didn’t learn how to dance at the dinner table?!?? the ballingers have been doing it since the existence of SUSHI DANCE PARTYS!!!! hahahah

  • Darthellax says:

    Parker is SO cute

  • Hanna Elise says:

    I Get error when i see this

  • Lily Payne says:

    Duncan has to be the cutest baby I’ve ever seen.

  • Paige Wood says:

    This vlog was so sweet, when Parker and Duncan started dancing it was so cute 💛

  • Ella Volz says:

    Loving the Italy vlogs! By the way, I'm half Italian, and that Alfredo restaurant is a total scam… Fettuccine Alfredo are certainly not Italian, but American 🙂

  • Elizabeth says:

    The man that sang in the restraunt seemed so sweet ❤

  • Heather Song says:

    My fav type of art at that art that the street artist did his works is so unbelievable I actually don’t believe he made that

  • The Beautiful Upside Down says:

    I am loving these videos – it’s so cool to get to see these amazing places!!! And that spray paint artist – WOW!!!

  • EmmaGS says:

    Omg Duncan and parker so cute

  • Hannah Louise says:

    I think trump would enjoy living in the vatican

  • Hannah Louise says:

    That art was incredible

  • Hannah Louise says:

    I was wondering where parker got his curly hair from now i know

  • Maxene Muggridge says:

    I seriously love watching your guys videos they make me so happy!

  • Dory Gean Cunningham says:

    What a wonderful trip. It was so great to see the Vatican sights once again. I was lucky enough to be in Rome for a Choir performance 4 years ago and our choir performed in the Basilica on the first celebration feast of St. John Paul II. It is a mass I will never forget and your trip is allowing me to wallow in those memories. Look forward to the rest. I hope you go to Assisi. I loved it more than Rome.

  • Lissette Vargas says:

    The Musso and Frank Grill in Hollywood says they invented Fettuccine Alfredo.

  • Lieke vg says:

    Is "Dog" Duncans first word omg!!

  • Leona says:

    Wow the spray paint art was amazing😮💛👍

  • Anna Senk says:

    3:37 made me laugh. I did the same thing when I visited Notre Dame in Paris last year

  • Princess Faith says:

    Duncan, putting water and pasta on his head is me in all formal situations

  • Devon Patten says:

    Jacob eating the pasta is me at any meal

  • Sometimesitbelikethat Allthetime says:

    Bailey’s pigtails give me life

  • Rachelll Soh says:

    Thank you for sharing your adventure with us, Ballinger Family <3 Really learnt a lot so far on the historical element from Rome, all thanks to your lovely videos. Thank you again guys, love you lots! ^^

  • Michelle Ridell says:

    This brings a back so many memories

  • Rumaanah Lorgat says:

    The whole family is so amazing x Love you all x

  • Abbi Martin says:

    I'm in art history right now and I learned that the "cloak" he's holding is actually painted as his skin. It's super messed up since it's supposed to depict heaven and hell.

  • Regan Spinks says:

    Jacob eating fettuccini is a big mood

  • Holden Taylor says:

    Anyone notice at the beginning Duncan eating with his left hand? I think he might be a lefty

  • Lauren Alley says:

    I'm a bit confused. I went to Rome/The Vatican like 8 or 9 years ago and swear I saw that ceiling (with the 9ft of gold banner thing) but I was 100% wearing shorts…. can you wear shorts there? Has it changed? Am I crazy and thinking of a different but extremely similar ceiling in the Vatican?

  • Lauren Alley says:

    Jacob with pasta = me with pasta

  • Thomasdoeslego says:

    umm gelato IS ice cream -gelato means ice cream in italian. Venchi is some of the best ice cream in Rome – you went to the right place!

  • maria_ml.14 says:

    If you watch the whole Vlogs the last part with Chris playing the guitar is always soo funny!!

  • Paolo Cuomo says:


    With reference to your article I have the pleasure to tell you the history of my grandfather Alfredo Di Lelio, who is the creator of “Fettuccine all’Alfredo” (“Fettuccine Alfredo”) in 1908 in the “trattoria” run by his mother Angelina in Rome, Piazza Rosa (Piazza disappeared in 1910 following the construction of the Galleria Colonna / Sordi). This “trattoria” of Piazza Rosa has become the “birthplace of fettuccine all’Alfredo”.
    More specifically, as is well known to many people who love the “fettuccine all’Alfredo", this famous dish in the world was invented by Alfredo Di Lelio concerned about the lack of appetite of his wife Ines, who was pregnant with my father Armando (born February 26, 1908).
    Alfredo di Lelio opened his restaurant “Alfredo” in 1914 in Rome and in 1943, during the war, he sold the restaurant to others outside his family.
    In 1950 Alfredo Di Lelio decided to reopen with his son Armando his restaurant in Piazza Augusto Imperatore n.30 "Il Vero Alfredo" (“Alfredo di Roma”), whose fame in the world has been strengthened by his nephew Alfredo and that now managed by me, with the famous “gold cutlery” (fork and spoon gold) donated in 1927 by two well-known American actors Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks (in gratitude for the hospitality).
    See the website of “Il Vero Alfredo” (also about franchising news).
    I must clarify that other restaurants "Alfredo" in Rome do not belong and are out of my brand "Il Vero Alfredo – Alfredo di Roma".
    I inform you that the restaurant “Il Vero Alfredo –Alfredo di Roma” is in the registry of “Historic Shops of Excellence” of the City of Rome Capitale.
    Best regards Ines Di Lelio



    Con riferimento al Vostro articolo ho il piacere di raccontarVi la storia di mio nonno Alfredo Di Lelio, inventore delle note "fettuccine all'Alfredo" (“Fettuccine Alfredo”).
    Alfredo Di Lelio, nato nel settembre del 1883 a Roma in Vicolo di Santa Maria in Trastevere, cominciò a lavorare fin da ragazzo nella piccola trattoria aperta da sua madre Angelina in Piazza Rosa, un piccolo slargo (scomparso intorno al 1910) che esisteva prima della costruzione della Galleria Colonna (ora Galleria Sordi).
    Il 1908 fu un anno indimenticabile per Alfredo Di Lelio: nacque, infatti, suo figlio Armando e videro contemporaneamente la luce in tale trattoria di Piazza Rosa le sue “fettuccine”, divenute poi famose in tutto il mondo. Questa trattoria è “the birthplace of fettuccine all’Alfredo”.
    Alfredo Di Lelio inventò le sue “fettuccine” per dare un ricostituente naturale, a base di burro e parmigiano, a sua moglie (e mia nonna) Ines, prostrata in seguito al parto del suo primogenito (mio padre Armando). Il piatto delle “fettuccine” fu un successo familiare prima ancora di diventare il piatto che rese noto e popolare Alfredo Di Lelio, personaggio con “i baffi all’Umberto” ed i calli alle mani a forza di mischiare le sue “fettuccine” davanti ai clienti sempre più numerosi.
    Nel 1914, a seguito della chiusura di detta trattoria per la scomparsa di Piazza Rosa dovuta alla costruzione della Galleria Colonna, Alfredo Di Lelio decise di aprire a Roma il suo ristorante “Alfredo” che gestì fino al 1943, per poi cedere l’attività a terzi estranei alla sua famiglia.
    Ma l’assenza dalla scena gastronomica di Alfredo Di Lelio fu del tutto transitoria. Infatti nel 1950 riprese il controllo della sua tradizione familiare ed aprì, insieme al figlio Armando, il ristorante “Il Vero Alfredo” (noto all’estero anche come “Alfredo di Roma”) in Piazza Augusto Imperatore n.30 (cfr. il sito web di Il Vero Alfredo).
    Con l’avvio del nuovo ristorante Alfredo Di Lelio ottenne un forte successo di pubblico e di clienti negli anni della “dolce vita”. Successo, che, tuttora, richiama nel ristorante un flusso continuo di turisti da ogni parte del mondo per assaggiare le famose “fettuccine all’Alfredo” al doppio burro da me servite, con l’impegno di continuare nel tempo la tradizione familiare dei miei cari maestri, nonno Alfredo, mio padre Armando e mio fratello Alfredo. In particolare le fettuccine sono servite ai clienti con 2 “posate d’oro”: una forchetta ed un cucchiaio d’oro regalati nel 1927 ad Alfredo dai due noti attori americani M. Pickford e D. Fairbanks (in segno di gratitudine per l’ospitalità).
    Desidero precisare che altri ristoranti “Alfredo” a Roma non appartengono e sono fuori dal mio brand di famiglia.
    Vi informo che il Ristorante “Il Vero Alfredo” è presente nell’Albo dei “Negozi Storici di Eccellenza – sezione Attività Storiche di Eccellenza” del Comune di Roma Capitale.
    Grata per la Vostra attenzione ed ospitalità nel Vostro interessante blog, cordiali saluti
    Ines Di Lelio

  • KM Merry says:

    Exceptional work with spray paint. What talent.

  • Kaitlyn Sharrun says:

    Aww so precious! Duncan got to walk around!

  • Kaitlyn Sharrun says:

    It was so cool watching that guy make the painting!

  • Kaitlyn Sharrun says:

    Hahahaha Duncan trying to get that noodle off his fork and into his mouth was funny!

  • Kaitlyn Sharrun says:

    Oh my gosh Duncan is so cute!!!! The noodles on his head hahaha!

  • TheSolomonFamily says:

    Oh my goodness!! This day was amazing!!

  • Anisha says:

    fettuccine alfr-hair-do

  • Kaitlyn Lovegood says:

    6:05 I SEE SHOULDERS lol that is a fun game Jessica

  • Jennifer Campbell says:

    Ballingers thank you so much for these videos! My family did London last year and these videos are making me consider how we can do Italy next year!

  • Kristiana Noel says:

    they definitely let people in that are showing knees or shoulders

  • Kristin Wallace says:

    Omg that fettuccine Alfredo looks amazing Italian food is my favorite!!!

  • Grace Kellman says:

    Fun Italy fact! Maybe they told you, but in Italy on the streets you probably saw a lot of people selling things on the street on top of tarps. These tarps have strings on the corner so that the merchant can quickly pick up all their goods when they see police, since they aren’t supposed to be selling things on the street like that. There’s a special word for it but I forget

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  • Nneka Pat says:

    Parker: It's Better than California and Gelato
    Jess: It is Gelato
    Me: Erm lol

  • Nneka Pat says:

    Damn 10:58 he made it look so simple well not really but it's harder than it looks

  • Rachel Hinkley says:

    I am so surprised that I have been waiting these in order and that I haven't scipped ahead that is how good they have been

  • Rachel Hinkley says:

    Dunkin ate that in the most difficult way possible

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