Ready for Take-Off? Not Before Visiting the Gardens.

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.

Bougainvillea, palms, succulents, and lots of jasmine. The whole town smelled of jasmine. A full white fragrant wall of it in the garden of B&B Acquamarina.

Cats and birds and glimpses of life inside 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.

My drumming buddies and I in Yshai Afterman's class at Frame Drums Italia, Montelparo, Le Marche.

About writedesigner

Graphic designer, writer, and gardener Ellen Shapiro is based in Irvington, New York. A frequent contributor to design blogs and magazines including Print, Imprint,, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.
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