The beginning of our last full day in Italy was filled with various modes of transportation. Bus from our hotel in Ischia Ponte to the docks at Ischia Porto. Aliscafo (high-speed ferry) from Ischia Porto to the port at Naples. Bus from the port to the train station, Napoli Centrale. Train to Rome.
But by lunchtime, we'd arrived, and the city welcomed us with weather that was glorious. Blue skies and puffy clouds. We walked from the Roma Termini to the nearby bed & breakfast where we'd made a reservation. The very nice owner, Claudia, showed us around the place and told us to act as if it was our house. We thanked her, put our bags down, and headed out for the half day we had in the city.
First stop: Forno Campo de' Fiori. I'd heard wonderful things about this bakery before but never had stopped. So after immensely missing amazing Italian focaccia during our time in Ischia, I was in heaven with a hot spinach and mozzarella sandwich and a bubbly lemon soda. We also made sure to fit in a stop at a highly-praised gelateria which we hadn't been before. The Gelateria del Teatro is a small establishment down one of the most adorable alleyways. We sampled a few of the unusual flavors, and finally decided. I had a vanilla/caramel flavor on top of caffe, which wasn't too unique, but was wonderful. Chris had yogurt with lampone e salvia (raspberry & sage), which was a flavor we'd never seen before, and he said was one of the best he's ever had.
Later for an aperitivo, we met up with Arlene for our 2nd annual ginger mojito at Trastevere's Freni e Frizoni. It was great catching up, as well as eating the (almost all) vegetarian aperitivo spread (including crema di tartufo which I'd been craving the entire trip).
The other parts of the day were just spent wandering around on foot through the city. Finding alleys we hadn't walked before, visiting a couple sites we hadn't seen before, and mainly just enjoying the energy of one of my favorite cities in Italy.
For dinner we met up with an Italian couple who we'd become good friends with in Florence. They've since moved to Rome, and it was great getting to see them and spend at least a couple hours together. After pizza and gelato, we said goodbye and walked back to our room for a good night's sleep before the long flight home the next morning.
Campo de' Fiori, 22 - Vicolo del Gallo, 14
Gelateria del Teatro
Via di San Simone, 70
Freni e Frizioni
Via del Politeama, 4