June 21, 2011

Arrivederci Roma! (Day 11, 20 June)

All good things must come to an end and tomorrow we head home.

After breakfast and some internet time at the Sheraton lobby, me and ma hopped on the hotel's city shuttle, usually it costs 3 euros but for Insight guests it was free. We were dropped off near Marcello's Theatre and made our way to Via del Corso for a day of last minute shopping, for ourselves as well as souvenirs for friends and family back home.

First thing first though, was to have gelato at Giolitti, a cafe known for having one of the best gelatos in town. It's been in business for over 100 years and the setting is like an old world salon.

Prices were reasonable though, we decided to have lunch there (Ma had to bring our her little jar of arrabiata spice mix!) followed by ice cream. The smallest cost just 2.50 euro but it's a big scoop and you can mix flavours. I had an orange, chocolate chip and irish cream, very high standard!

The rest of the afternoon was spent going in and out of shops, I managed to pick up some more clothing from H&M, ma bought Gucci sunglasses, plus I bought a Gucci bag and Fendi pochette for Swana. We finally also stumbled on a supermarket called S.m.A and bought pasta and chocolate.

Then it was time to meet Juliana and Joey, fresh off the plane. We met at the Spanish Steps and walked to a nearby cafe for dinner. Regaled her with tales from our trip and imparted some tips, especially for Montevarchi. All of us were tired though and we didn't linger after dinner.

Instead of waiting for the Sheraton bus, ma and I took a public one back to the hotel, luckily we took the right one and made it back to the hotel safely where we are now struggling to fit all our accumulated purchases into our suitcases!


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