Our final day in Rome. I was determined not to leave Italy without seeing the Mediterranean, and luckily for us there’s a beach about 30 minutes away by subway. Europe has an odd custom of paid beaches. To us Americans, spoiled by our free coastlines, the idea of paying to dip our toes in the ocean is anathema. A bit of wandering led us to a (small) free beach. We had to move a couple of times to avoid paying 5 Euros for a chair we weren’t going to use, but it was completely worth it to go for a dip in the water. My brother initially was going to stay on the sand, but I cajoled and bribed him into wading. Swimming, apparently, was out of the question. On our way back to the city center, we stopped off to see the Pyramide, St Giovanni di Laterno, and the Basilica San Paolo.
After delicious gelato (cherry and Donatella flavored) and lunch at Re Artu we visited our last church in Rome – Santa Maria Maggiori. Dinner was an antipasta appetizer followed by cannelloni.