Campo Da Fiori then Ciao, Roma!
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I woke up at 4am...AGAIN. I thought falling asleep later in the evening would make me sleep later, but no. After breakfast, we took the metro to the Campo Da Fiori. Got lost first and almost walked to the river. My legs and feet are really killing me now - I'm compensating for the tendonitis and changing my gait, so now my other hip hurts, and I think I pulled my calf. And Morgan's back hurts. We're walking like a couple of old folks.
We took some pix and grabbed a few souvenirs at the Campo Da Fiori, and then spotted a salumeria in the square. This place is amazing...hocks of prosciutto hanging from every inch of the ceiling, the cases filled with salamis and pepperonis and anything you can think of that is made from pig. There was a platter with a bunch of different dried meats to taste, so we tried several and wound up buying a selection: soprassata piccante, dried boar sausage, and dried sausage with Barolo wine.
We also spotted a bakery with fabulous looking cookies in the window, so we popped in and grabbed some pignoli cookies, cantucci with pistachios, amaretti, and some other pistachio cookies with this light crunch on the outside and soft on the inside. Fantastic. Haven't had cookies like that since growing up in New Jersey. Finished them all off immediately.
Then, on the walk back to the metro we found our way to the famous gelateria, San Crispino (this is the one that is mentioned in Eat, Pray, Love). They were just opening up at around 11am or so. We were the first ones in there...and a line immediately formed behind us. I got 3 flavors: cinnamon/ginger, chestnut, and fig/walnut. All amazing. Morgan got honey, Armagnac and also the cinnamon/ginger.
We left for Fiumicino Airport with what seemed like plenty of time...about 3 hours. It takes 15 minutes to get to Roma Termini station, and then another 30 minutes (plus up to 30 minutes waiting time) for the Leonardo Express train to the airport. But between the check-in line (we were already checked in - just needed to check the luggage - which was pre-paid), and the security line, and the gate agent giving us the wrong gate...we had only 10 minutes before our plane was to leave. Also didn't realize that Easyjet doesn't give seat assignments...it's a bit of a free-for-all, but it's cheap!