Last Wednesday, it was Julie and Jennifer’s last full day in Rome, so I brought them to Campo di Fiori since they are fellow foodies. I know, a farmers market is a farmers market, but I really don’t think they get old. There is nothing in the world more beautiful to me than a huge bounty of fruits and vegetables. Campo di Fiori is just FUN.
I then helped Julie and Jennifer get to the Vatican so they could tour the museum and Sistine Chapel, but since I didn’t want to spend all that money on something I’d been to at least 3 times, I decided to stroll the streets and went on a mission for some rain boots, since of course on day 2 in Rome my boots starting leaking. Typical. Plus I figure they’ll be useful when I finally get to one of the farms.
I found my boots, simple, black, rainboots. But I love them, they were a good purchase. Anyway, after about 2 and a half hours I met J&J in St. Peters, walked around a bit there, and then we set off to just walk around town. It was a bit cold, but we had fun just chatting away. Oh I miss them!
We found an excellent pizza place, I don’t remember what it was called but MAAAAN it was good, I marked it on my map so that I could find it again, but honestly the street doesn’t have a name. I’m looking at it on google maps, no name! Anyway, if you’re in Rome and need to know where it is, let me know, I’ll send you a screen shot of the map.
That night I was so excited to share a special place with my new friends. La Sagra del Vino is one of my favorite places in the world. We used to go there 3 nights a week during my first study abroad in Rome, and thats when me and “Valentino’s world famous bean soup” fell in love. Then, last time I was in Rome, I brought my friend Kelli to this place and she agreed. So I was very excited when I got to share my love for a third time…
It was such a wonderful night, I recommend the bean soup to anyone who eats food. I also had the carbonara and split the oxtail with Julie, it was all excellent. The oxtail is braised in a tomato broth, its so tender it just falls apart. YUM! Of course, I also got the biscotti with vin santo.
Meals like this are so wonderful because not only was I creating new memories with new friends, I was able to relive old memories with people I haven’t seen in a long time. To all my bean soup friends, I miss you.