Saturday, May 4, 2013
A day by the sea
For the last four years, my students have found themselves at some point at the beach in Sperlonga and yet, I had never visited the seaside town. I'm not a beach person myself, but I do like be by the water and explore quaint Italian towns. So, to Sperlonga we went.
The actual centro storico, historic center, of Sperlonga sits high atop a hill above the water. The walk up to the top isn't a bad walk and one is treated with peekaboo views of the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea...so you can't complain. Once at the top, you realize that the old center is just a maze of narrow cobblestone streets leading to small-ish piazzas. It's really a lovely little town. And I mean little. As in, there's not a whole lot to do. So, we enjoyed a leisurely lunch at a lovely restaurant that overlooked the ocean (I had calamari and fried shrimp---yuummm), explored the town, sat and watched our students down on the sand below us---sadly, we were able to see their sunburnt skin from high atop the hill. Did nobody listen to me when I reminded them to bring sunscreen!? All in all, we just enjoyed the sun, surf, and company.
It was a beautiful day and a great way to get away from hectic Roma....especially considering that it was Friday and students were leaving on Monday. One last hoorah before the close of the semester. A great way to go out indeed...