We made our way from the bus stop with one of the jolliest cabbies i’ve ever met to our accommodation for the night, the lovely “A Casa di Serena” Bed and Breakfast.
After dropping off our things we let our growling stomachs (by now it was 3pm) lead us to a lovely restaurant just outside the walls of the Vatican City. I made a point to order the kinds of food that i’ll be going without in India like salad and raw meats
After lunch we causally strolled past Vatican City in all it’s grandeur and through the throngs of people lined up in the heat to see it. The heat and people were actually very helpful for a bit of acclimatization for what i’ll experience in India!
Walking along, a Cathedral caught our eye
to the mainland when we stumbled across what seemed to be a strange and fascinating site – a grand piano beneath the ruins? We enquired and then bought tickets to the piano concerto that would be playing later that evening!
Then the more spectacular view of the ruins of the Roman Forum beneath the afternoon sun.
Despite having seen them before my breath was again taken away. We spent a long time there, just letting our eyes wander whilst recalling the tales of the Roman Empire and the many people who once thrived here.
before we stumbled upon a really cosy and fun art deco mish mash of a bar. Slumping into the velvet seats and raising our Prosecco filled glasses in a toast to Italy and all the wonderful things we have done whilst here.
Sitting amidst the ruins of the ancient Teatro Marcello and the quirky Casino Civetta in Rome’s Nomentana district, we enjoyed 2 hours of classical piano as part of the Concerti del Tempietto which is running throughout the Summer
Feeling very relaxed (and still pinching myself that i was able to enjoy such a wonderful thing on my last evening in Italy!) we again delved into the cobbled lanes and SOMEHOW found my favorite restaurant from our previous visit “Sapore di Mare“. We had a seafood FEAST and one of the waiters even recognized me, treating us to sweets and congac on the house 🙂 Because we had arrived after the concert at about 10:30pm, we didn’t make our way home (this time via taxi) until about 2am!
The perfect way to spend ones last evening in Itay!