Alessandro has recently completed a book on the running history of Italy. The first printing was 800 copies and he recently went back on press for another 800. I was informed that running took hold in the early 70's when Italians came upon more discretionary income and free time.
Back to important matters...the meal. We started with pasta in home made tomato sauce, moved to two wonderful veggie pizzas, then to salad, cheese on the side, fresh strawberries with biscotti and finally a flavorful cup of espresso with latte.
We're planning a group run in Parco Delle Cascine this coming Sunday. Alessandro compares it to New York's Central Park. It on the north side of the River Arno to the west and I have yet to touch my Brooks Glyercine's onto that pristine territory.
This is the element of world travel this is worth more than gold. The friendship of individuals who share a love of running and endurance sport. We can experience so much more in life with the help of others.