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Today we decided to get away from the museums and art and head for some more ruins. We took an hour train to Ostia Antica. This fortified city is supposedly comparable to Pompeii. It was once a port that was taken over by the Roman Empire. When the empire fell, so did the city. What was left was covered and persevered by mud. Immediately stepping off the train, we knew were no longer in Rome. It was eerily quiet, no tall buildings, no scooters racing you down. Instead, it was a beautiful, sea-breezy day, peaceful, quiet day. There was not much left, but with the help of Rick Steves audio guide, yet again, we were able to make mental images of what once was. We realized how close we were to the beach and decided to take the next train out to the open water. Unfortunately, we didn’t have suits, but were able to enjoy the cool, salty breeze and views.
We are staying in a fantastic B&B. Giorgio (the owner) speaks just enough English to have to strain sometimes to understand but can hold great conversations with. The B&B is in an apartment, which we are sharing with two other couples. It is very homey and Giorgio takes great care of us. When we got home (after getting lost AGAIN) Giorgio was waiting for us with HOME-MAID lemoncello! Lemoncello is 95% alcohol, lemon peels and sugar. It was thick and syrupy, but still much better than the one that I got at a local cafe. I enjoyed listening to Giorgios European adventures and take on life. Meanwhile, the balcony caddy-corner to us began a harmonious “Aquarius!!!” They were very good and provided great background ambiance. They proceeded to sing an eclectic assortment to songs the rest of the late night. It was a nice lullaby as we drifted off to sleep.
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