I arrived into Ciampino airport early on Sunday morning, I didn't even bother unpacking as all I wanted to do was to get out into the Italian sunshine and get walking.
It wasn't long before I found myself down a narrow street chatting away to the owner of this gorgeous little restaurant La Scaletta Degli Artisti on Via di Santa Maria dell' Anima 56. I order bruschetta (€2) and a glass of pinot griot (€6), while the charming man told me all about his beautiful restaurant. The bruschetta was delicious, packed with garlic and fresh tomatoes, as soon as it disappeared I regretted not ordering more.
Later that day, by pure chance I stumbled across one of the prettiest Laduree's I have ever seen, 3 giant chandeliers hang over hundreds of perfectly baked macaroons and immaculately dressed servers stood behind them. Im dying to try out some of their desserts, I'll definitely do a full post on splurging out in there one day.
For the next two hours I put my map away and let my instinct direct me, pretty silly decision as I ended up circling myself at least three times, but none the less saw countless different perfumeries, gourmet food parlors and gelaterias along the way - one gelateria in particular that I came across was called 'Gelateria Frigidarium', it had queues full of Italians snaking around the corner, I promise I will go back!
Lastly, on my way back to my apartment as I was walking along the river Tevere I found a small market stall. At first glance you would have walked straight passed it, but having nothing to do and an afternoon to waste I decide to take a look.
I had been wanting an old poetry book for a while and this was the last place that I thought I would have found it. The books ranged in price from €1 - €6 and you could have found anything from Giovanni Boccaccio to The Jungle Book, but that was the beauty of it. I stayed there and searched through the old used books and left with 'A Series of Poems & Short Stories' by Luigi Pirandello.