July 28, Rome to Fondi-Sperlonga and back
We set the alarm for 8:20 am to get ready for a day at the beach. We headed off on a 25-30 minute walk to the train station, bought tickets and boarded the train for a 70 minute ride to the small town of Fondi. From Fondi, we boarded a bus for a 20 minute ride to the beach town of Sperlonga. There is a long sandy beach here stretching along the Mediterranean. Being a Saturday and about 36c, we were not the only people there. We found our spot on the beach and went out into the refreshing water, taking in the scenery. There is a large portion of the town built high on the cliffs overlooking the beach and Mediterranean Sea. We had some lunch at a small beachside place to get out of the sun for a bit then we were back in the water. After both of us getting our sunburns, we packed up for the bus and train ride back to Rome. This time there was standing room only on the train and it was hot. Booooo. Upon arriving back in Rome we did our 25 minute walk back to the apartment to drop off our stuff then we went to the supermarket to pick up some buns, prosciutto ham, cheese and drinks for supper. We relaxed for a little while and Brenna showered before we left for our evening walk. We didn't have a destination but found ourselves along the Tiber River with a view of the lit up St Peters Basilica in the distance. We walked across a bridge past the Rome Hall of Justice and past the Castle of St Angelo. We stopped in several places along the wall overlooking the algae and weeds in river and watched some bats flying around and rats scurrying about. Rome is a bit of a dirty city but I guess that's what happens when so many people have lived here for a few thousand years. We ran the gauntlet of entrepreneurs hawking their wares trying to get tourists money. But at least they are working for it. Brenna and I ranked the people vying for tourists money, the lowest being the pickpockets and thieves (which we have not encountered thankfully), followed by the beggars, then the people who charge tourists 4 times the price for cold beverages in 36c heat, and then the street sellers. We eventually made our way back to the apartment and we will see Vatican City tomorrow, the last day of our tour before travelling home.