After finishing our ride in Albenga, we hopped on the train and rode five hours to Cortona, an etruscan hill-town in Tuscany. I lived in Cortona for a year in sixth grade, so we try to come back and see our friends and our old house as often as possible. We stayed for a week in the house we used to live in; seeing friends, eating at our favorite restaurants, and reading tons of trashy novels by the pool. We didn't have a car this week, so we had to get everywhere by bike or foot- you can imagine I wasn't thrilled about this. After a week we picked ourselves up and headed on the train to Rome.
Ok so you are probably wondering why you are staring at a stack of bread and praying that this isn't one of those dumb Facebook posts of random food that your college friends keep tagging you in. Well good news, this is so much better. This, my friend, is a stack of the BEST BREAD IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. Warm, salty, chewy... I could honestly go on forever. If you follow me on snapchat, you know that I am obsessed with this bread. Yes, bread is my favorite food ever (cue Oprah's bread commercial) but this bread is different. This bread comes from the town of Frescati, a little village on the outskirts of Rome (more commonly known for it's white wine). My parents have been coming to Frescati forever- it's half an hour by train from Rome and sooo much cheaper. It is truly the best place to stay if you want to explore Rome. We always stay in a quaint one star hotel who's crowning glory is it's proximity to the forno that makes this bread. Every morning before dawn the bakers across the way start making this bread (generally known as pizza bianco) and by 7:30 it is up for sale in the pasticeria across the street. Giant bundles of twigs and wood fuel their ovens and give the bread its smokey flavor. If you are ever even vaguely close to Frescati you must stop and get some pizza bianco. Trust me-it will be worth it.
But who the f*ck wants to read an entire paragraph about bread?! More about my travels now:
So after leaving Cortona we headed to Frescati and settled in. In the mornings we got up, grabbed a cappuccino and headed into Roma. The first day we wondered around the hip quarter of Trastaverde and grabbed lunch before heading over the the Pantheon and the Trevi fountain. We've been to Rome so many times and have seen most of the sights, but some places are so awe inspiring that they are worth going back to. I don't know why, but the Pantheon, with its 9m hole in the dome and sphere like qualities is so exciting to me I always want to stop by.
The next day we visited the Forum, the cite of Roman rule for centuries, to please my latin inclined sister and to get a feel for the roots of the city. Minorly nerdy but majorly interesting. After a while however, I had to take a shopping break. I headed to the base of the Spanish Steps where the likes of Dolce and Gabbana, Pucci, and Salvatore Ferragamo abound. After spending a pretty penny on clothes I don't have room in my suitcase for, we headed back to Frescati for our final dinner.
The next day we loaded up our car (!!!) and headed for Venice. More on that adventure coming soon!!!