10: A Small Town Italian Terrace for One

I checked in to the small bed and breakfast in the nondescript Italian town of Vercelli, dropped my bag on the luggage rack and pushed open the shutters. Gentle mid-morning light flooded the room and church bells chimed in the distance. The bed and breakfast owner leant over the railing and shouted instructions to someone below, and just like that, reserved dinner for one on the downstairs terrace for sometime later that evening.