It was an early morning dash to the airport and then some tense minutes while I tried to find Peggy at the airport. But smooth flying and a view of il Coloseo as we came in. There’s a bus from Ciampino to Termini train station that’s quite easy, then an expensive cab ride to our hotel,; it happened to be near the house we are renting for the next several months. It was lunchtime.
Our clerk sent us to a restaurant which was diretto, diretto down the street. Not. But some locals helped us find what we were looking for and we settled on a very local – there are no tourists in this section- and very good restaurant. We ordered a pasta dish which we shared, and a mixed deep fried mixed plate with zucchini including the flower, stuffed olives, a rice ball and a few other goodies. We got a very good local 1/2 bottle of red for 5 euros. It took forever but it was good.
After a bit of a rest we met our future landlords- we start in early September. They have a house they renovated, their friends having bought and done the other half of an old shop. The lady of the house is an architect. She did a fine design it seemed to us. I’ll describe the place soon but there’s a huge outdoor terrace. They dine there 8 months of the year.