Two weekends ago I was getting back to Rome in the evening and had a 9:50 am flight the next morning. What to do? Go into town for a late-night supper (taxi or train fares, big hotel bill, big anxiety) or stay at an airport Holiday Inn or other chain hotel. Neither seemed very appealing. I trolled around TripAdvisor and found a category called “B&B’s in Fiumicino.”
Ah-ha. Little seaside resort town near Ostia, the Roman beach at the end of the subway line, ten minutes from FCO. Boardwalk, seafood restaurants. Cute B&B for 45 euros a night. Owner packs a homemade breakfast for you and calls a taxi in the morning. I got in very late, and Anna, the owner of B&B Acquamarina was more than accommodating. I spent an early morning hour walking around Fiumicino, kind of a Coney Island (minus amusement park) of Italy. Young rowdies were carousing in the streets and cafes the night before, and it looked like homeowners there want to protect their privacy: Walls, fences, locked gates. But, amore mio, this is Italy, and that means there are gardens. In pots, in courtyards inside the gates, tumbling over the walls.
Ciao, Anna. Grazie mille for the little rooted cutting. I didn’t tell Customs about it and it’s doing fine. See you next year after Frame Drums Italia.