Then I went out for lunch, to a really cool place called Palazzo Roma. It's 30kms out of the city, in a small agricultural industrial area. The restaurant's in a warehouse attached to a company called Phoenix Italia who make replicas of Roman and Greek statues and columns etc for the garden. It's a symbiotic relationship: one attracts customers who go to the other. The restaurant has all this wonderful Roman stuff set up inside--vine-covered columns, stone benches and tables, statues of artfully-posed people, dressed or not--and serve top Italian cuisine. It's such an odd place to find such high quality food. I had artichoke hearts and caramelised onions, parmagiano reggiano gnocchi, and for dessert, raspberries and [mmmm] crème brulée, my favourite. Yum!
On the way home we went into a bookshop and found the complete Farside collection--every cartoon Gary Larsen ever produced (about 4000) in two massive tomes. They're in chronological order and I'm rationing myself to 6 months a reading.