Easter is a big deal in Italy. And I usually ignore it. We stay home, I bake trays of cinnamon rolls and we read and watch movies and maybe take a long walk or two if the weather cooperates. This year we were invited to lunch on Easter Sunday. The catch was the Easter lunch was at my friend Elizabeth’s mother in laws house in Bari, a seaside town in Puglia. The idea of a road trip sounded pretty appealing so we hit the road and headed south.
Spring has definitely sprung here in Rome. I hear the birds chirping away outside of my my window, I have been lingering with friends over coffee in my sunny piazza cafe and my vegetable guy has piles of agretti and strawberries for sale. It is a wonderful time of year. Usually by now I have all of our summer plans figured out. I am a planner by nature. Plane tickets bought, apartments rented, meals planned out. Not this year. We know we are going to the states at some point with a wedding and a high school reunion dates to work with. I am pretty sure there will be a week on the Amalfi Coast sometime in July. But nothing is booked. Part of it is waiting to see what Noah's summer plans are and part of it is me being just a tiny bit more relaxed about things just working out. One destination I am really looking forward to visiting soon is the island of Ponza.
Just like Steinbeck says, the Amalfi Coast is like a dream with it's pretty pastel houses, that breathtaking windy road, the clear sparkly sea. It can also be just a little but out of reach of an overstretched itinerary or a visit to Italy at the wrong time of year. All is not lost though. There is just enough of the Amalfi Coast right here in Rome if you know where to look.
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Late March and early April in Rome is a lovely but volatile time. It is usually sunny and the days are definitely warmer, but there is also sure to be a drenching storm or a cool breeze. Spring in Rome means it is not quite beach weather, but I still want to be outside. In this in-between season we head to one of Rome's prettiest parks the Villa Pamphilli. Right at the entrance on via Vitellia is Vivi Bistrot. Vivi Bistrot is a place that has a lot of things figured out. In particular serving brunch.