I’m trying to quick-blog Rome in 250 words a day (or less!). Here’s what we did on day 5, April 11.
Today was another laid back day. We slept in a bit, I fixed the internet connection problem we were having, we moseyed our way to the metro station. We got out at Pyramide, took some pictures, then headed out to the coast. We stopped at Ostia Antica to visit some old ruins. This ancient city was once a bustling center of trade right on the mouth of the Tiber, and the remains are fairly well preserved. We ate our lunch on a bench just inside the gates, then wandered around in the ruins for a couple hours.
After refilling our water bottles, we got back on the train and headed to Lido di Ostia and went straight to the beach. We found a somewhat empty area and sat there, playing in the sand, writing post cards, and enjoying the peacefulness of the coast.
Two fun/interesting things from the beach. First, the topless woman and her boyfriend who were laying out near us liked making out. They were far enough away that it wasn’t disgusting. Second, the venders who populate all of the tourist spots in Rome also visit the beach. And instead of peddling something useful like cold drinks, towels or beach blankets, and umbrellas, they were selling the same wares: cheap sunglasses and jewelry, temporary tattoos, and bandanas. At one point, a particularly persistent vendor went up to the couple making out.
We ate at a restaurant we had spotted on our way to the beach and had some really delicious gnocci with clams in a shrimp-radicchio sauce. Rob is claiming it as his favorite meal so far, and it definitely was delicious, very fresh. Then we returned to Rome and went to Della Palma again. Rob had Rafaello and I got chocolate fondant (the best chocolate I’ve had this entire trip, maybe in my life), caffe espresso, and pistachio. We’ll probably go back tomorrow (if they’re open).
One more full day left, then it’s back to normal life. :( Buono notte!