Last month we were dragging our feet, not wanting the week spent on the Amalfi and Cilento coast to end so when traffic was a little slow on the two lane SS18 near Paestum and there was a recommendation from a very wise pal on Facebook we decided to stop at Caseificio Rivabianca for some fresh bufala mozzarella to bring back to Rome with us.
We are creatures of habit, rarely going somewhere new once we have figured something out and decided that we like it. Life in Rome can sometimes be exhausting and chaotic. Going somewhere where we know what to expect is a relaxing counterpoint.
But. Going out of your comfort zone is really what life is about right? So when Elizabeth and Domenico joined us for a week in Positano last month we promised to try a few new things.
August in Rome has changed from when we first arrived nine summers ago. More shops and restaurants stay open throughout the month. More people seem to be taking their vacations in July and generally there is just a lot more happening.(14% more happening than last year according to the city of Rome.)The days of empty streets, shuttered storefronts having the city to yourself (and all that parking) seem to have slowly disappeared.
That said things do quiet down and places are closed for at least part of the month. Here is a roundup of lists of where to eat, find a dentist and see a movie in Rome in August.
Star stylist Annette Joseph's visit to Rome last month has been very well documented. We kept her busy with breakfasts and lunches, dinners and shopping in the few short days she was in town visiting her friends Elizabeth and Jeannette. We spent her last hour in in Rome at a place I consider an old standby, Cul de Sac near Piazza Navona.