Our flights were easy and our first stop after checking in to Hotel Residenza Farnese, was to stop for a nice latte at Cafe Farnese, across the piazza. Then four the next five hours, we walked around central Rome. It was busy around the Pantheon and Piazza Navonna when we stopped for lunch. We had a nice carbonara and amatriciana.
After lunch, we hit my three favorite shops, Furla, Luisa Spagnoli and Valambert. We threw a coin into the Trevi fountain for our friend, Tony. It was hot so we stopped later for a cold drink, wandered our way through shops down Via Gubbonari before heading back to the hotel for a nap and shower.
Saturday's dinner was at Da Sergio, just a couple blocks from our hotel. We had a very enjoyable meal. We began with a plate of melon and prosciutto, then shared a plate of spaghetti cacio e pepe, our best EVER!. Brad had a veal chop, and I had grilled lamb. We drank a bottle of Pinot Grigio.
It's hard to explain how, when you have settled in to your first day in Italy, a peaceful, happy feeling settles in, that you are SO happy to be here, and feel like you are HOME! We are at that happy place!
After dinner, we walked around the neighborhood for a while, before settling into seats at a bar in the Campo dei Fiori. I began with my after dinner coffee, then water, and eventually a glass of prosecco. Brad just drank wine.
We really have perfected the art of "hanging out" in a piazza. There is so much to see and hear: Friends meeting, singles cruising, or strutting their stuff, couples kissing, "entrepreneurs" selling everything from roses to stuffed animals. Two hours can go by in the blink of an eye. Some of our best conversations, moments and ideas have been born in a piazza! A little after midnight, we headed to bed for a truly buona notte.