For my first post, I’m going to share my experience in Ladispoli, Italy, for two reasons. One, who doesn’t love beautiful Italian beaches? And two, this was really my first experience with the phenomenon of accidental finds.
It came about when I was in Rome with two friends, and after being there for several days, we had hit the main sites. So we went to the train station, looked at a map to find a place on the coast, and compared some place names to the ticket prices. Ladispoli was the winner because it was only four euros to take the train there. It probably also won because the entire time one of my friends was hopping up and down because she really had to pee but she refused to pay the 40 cents to use the public restroom and wanted to wait until we got on the train. So we didn’t have a long time to decide.
So we paid our four euros and took the hour-or-so train ride out to Ladispoli. While so many things could have gone horribly wrong, we got lucky and Ladispoli was a beautiful little town.
The most amazing part was the black sand beach, which, since we were there at the beginning of April, was completely deserted except for us.
The weather was a little breezy but warm enough for the beach (about 65 degrees). After lounging on the beach for awhile, we walked along the boardwalk that ran beside the beach. We went into a gelato shop and managed to point at enough things to procure ourselves delicious cones of creamy gelato. While walking and enjoying the Italian version of ice cream, we came across this adorable plaza.
Each corner of this town was more charming than the last. We browsed trinket shops, soaked up some more sun, and otherwise lazily wiled away the afternoon. And we caught the train back to Rome in time to spend the evening in that ancient city. I’m not sure that the town would be quite as charming in the height of the summer tourist season, because there is always a certain magic in having a town to yourself (and the locals, of course), and feeling that you’ve discovered a place other tourists never find. It certainly made me realize the beauty of the accidental finds. Overall, I think it was the most convenient bathroom emergency my friend ever had.