Our last full day in Italy was bittersweet. We were excited to be heading back to Seattle with our stories and to the cafe with our new ideas. On the other hand we didn’t want to leave this amazing city. Time seemed to stop when we were in Rome – people took their time in the mornings to enjoy their cup of coffee and we didn’t see anyone constantly checking the clock and rushing! It was so relaxing and everyone seemed so carefree. Back in Seattle, Anthony & I are often on the go and there is almost always something going on during the week. We were 50% ready to go home & 50% not. We kept busy on our last day here and were out & about all day.
Dec. 12, 2012
Knowing that this would be our last day to sleep in, we didn’t get up until about 8:30am (that is sleeping in to us!) and had a late breakfast at 9:30am. The night before we pulled out the tourist map that we got from the front desk upon check-in to figure out what we wanted to hit up on our last day. We looked on the map and there was an island called Isola that we wanted to check out. We both had never heard about it and it was just right next to Trastevere so we were off the next morning after breakfast.
On our way to Isola we walked through Piazza Navona and wanted coffee so we stopped by Caffe Bernini in the square for a quick cappuccino. Saddened that it was our last day in Rome and most likely our last coffee we savored every sip. We tried our best not to think that we were headed back to Seattle the next day. On that day the coffee tasted sweeter than ever.
After our quick pit stop we were on our way. We finally got to the island and surprisingly we didn’t get lost! This was probably the first time we were headed directly to our destination without accidentally taking a wrong turn. There isn’t much on Isola. There were a couple of small shops, a restaurant, a church and that was it. We strolled around there for maybe about 10 minutes before heading back toward central Rome.
It was about 11:00am now and we had no set itinerary. I purposely left our last day as a free day so we could do what we felt like that day. We just wanted to wander and take in everything and that’s exactly what we did. We headed toward the direction of Piazza Navona, then crossed over to the Pantheon and ran into Da Francesco again. Because they didn’t open until noon for lunch we just window shopped around the area before stopping in for lunch. I’m glad we did because the food was delish just like the first time we tried it. This time around we had fettuccine and tortellini filled with mushrooms. After our hour long lunch we set out to do some shopping. Heading toward the direction of the Trevi we saw a hidden leather shop called La Sella that displayed wallets, belts and purses in the window display. Thinking of what to get our dads and my brother for Christmas we went in to take a look. We didn’t realize we had stumbled upon a hidden gem! All of the leather goods were handmade in Italy and prices were incredibly affordable. We spent a good hour in this tiny little store browsing through everything they had. We ended up getting a wallet for his mom and 4 belts (one for Ant, one for my dad, one for his dad & one for my brother).
We headed back toward the hotel and stopped along Via Del Corso to make another walkthrough down the major shopping street. I stopped by Zara again and bought a few items for myself. We went back to the hotel afterward to pack, cleanup and take a quick nap. We set out for our last dinner and I know you already know where we went. L’Archetto! It was a delicious dinner of pasta and panna cotta. On that lovely evening we had dessert twice. After dinner at L’Archetto, we stopped by the gelato place kitty corner to the Trevi Fountain for a scoop of gelato. We headed back to the hotel to finish packing what we didn’t pack earlier and called it a night.
Tomorrow we are headed home.