I love going to morning markets. This morning we went to Campo di Fiori when they were still setting up. My shopping Italian is excellent.We’ve never seen Piazza Navona so empty as it was this morning. I bought zucchini flowers to fry. This time I know to cut off the stems and to use a lighter dusting of flour (farina).
Cristina was fabulous. She showed us all around and explained the history and events with great details. She studied archeology and has a strong background. We took a three-hour tour, but it was very hot, but fascinating. One really interesting thing we learned was that at the beginning of the 1800s, only 50,000 people lived in Rome. It was a small town. Also, we learned that although Cristina and one of our taxi drivers said that Mussolini was “pazzo” or crazy, he also did a lot of good for Rome. He built many new roads to the Colosseum, although he did remove an ancient fountain, thinking that Hitler would come see him with a grand parade. But Hitler never came. Cristina say they call this the dry mouth, when you prepare for something and it never happens. Mussolini also helped the economy and the jobs situation, which they were thankful for. So, he’s popular in Rome but not outside of Rome.
We ate lunch and then were going to go see San Clemente, but it was closed until three.
The restaurant right outside our apartment door, Ristorante di Montevecchio, is supposed to be very good. It’s closed tonight, so we’ll go tomorrow, our final night in Rome. We want to go to Tivoli but are going to wait until we get the car on Wednesday.