Days five and six of my trip to Rome. Day five was a Monday, when everything is closed, so we took a train 45 minutes northeast to a little beach town called Santa Marinella. It was SUCH a good idea. (Props to Michelle.) Perhaps I haven’t explained before that I love, love, love the beach. We got off the train and I just kept taking deep breaths because the air smelled so good. Jessica told me I visibly relaxed. So, it’s official — I belong near the water.
We went back to Rome, cleaned up and were in the mood for seafood for dinner, which was delicious. Walking back to the metro, we stumbled across a proper Italian grocery store, which was a comfort to me because whenever I go anywhere I picture myself living in that place and my first priority is finding the grocery store. 🙂 Then we got a little turned around looking for a Sicilian bakery that Michelle wanted to find, but she found it the next morning before Jessica and I woke up:
Largo Argentina is also home to a cat sanctuary, and as we ate lunch in the little seating area next to these ruins, we saw several “gatti di Roma” roaming in and around the area. You can even buy “Gatti di Roma” calendars as souvenirs. (I did not.)
When I go back to Rome (and I will, I will!), I’ll stay in either the Campo di Fiori/Piazza Navona/Pantheon or Borghese/Piazza Barberini/Spanish Steps areas. They are the most beautiful by far. Then I’ll make a reservation to see Galleria Borghese again. Then I’ll want to see all the things I missed on this trip: The Appian Way, catacombs, Trastevere, mausoleums, more of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill… and I’ll want to do that night walk again. That was lovely. I’d also really love to see Florence, Venice, Verona and just Tuscany in general one day. Italy, I’m nowhere near over you!
Oh yeah, check out my souvenirs:
This trip was absolutely a dream come true. Once I finish paying for it, I’ll be ready to start planning the next.