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Cycling the Appian Way

Lovely lazy start to our day, lying on our beds, doing the blog and reading and snacking on our remaining snacks. We had planned on going to Pompeii this morning but the trains were going to be so expensive and up to a 3 hour trip each each way that we changed our plans and decided to go to the Catacombs and Appian way. We left at 2pm and stopped off at our local for a cold drink before heading out as it was steaming hot.

Loved how they park their cars.........just any old way that works - on corners, double parked, in the middle of the road!!!

Headed off away from the Terminal to the Metro subway stop and got off at Circo Massimus to connect with a 118 Bus to Appian way. Above ground we waited for ages in full sun for our bus but with a beautiful view over the ruined palaces of emperors on Palatine Hill.

It is just 4 miles from the Colosseum and out past the city walls to this 4 mile stretch of the Appian Way where the original pavement stones are lined by old ancient sites, and was built in 312 BC!!!! Ancient Romes first and greatest highway once ran from Rome to the Adriatic port of Brindisi, the gateway to Greece.

After about 40 minutes our bus came....yay!!! Local transport is cheap 1 euro for bus or trains and you often don't even need to show it. Bus tickets can be purchased from newsagents. You are supposed to validate them in a machine when you get on the bus, but sometimes there is nowhere to buy tickets so you just hop on and hope an inspector doesn't come on but we never saw any on the buses.

It was just a short way out the Appian Way and we got off near one gf the catacombs and walked up the road for quite a way before we found where we could rent a bike. Mum stayed behind to sit on the cafe while Nath and I went for an hours ride ( 3.50 euro each). Riding on the really old stretches of boulder like cobblestones was almost impossible and very slow so we rode on the dirt tracks on the sides. At this point there was no cars and just long stretches with ruined towers along the side of the road, huge villas behind large gates with long driveways with beautiful manicured gardens. & open countryside. It was so quiet and peaceful! At one point we found one of the drink fountains that just run all the time with water coming out and down a drain. The water was so cold an refreshing. Most of the ride was in the shade of beautiful big trees.

As we rode I imagined the centuries of people that had traversed this road. It was known as the queen of the roads & started the road building that the Romand s were famous for and led to the saying,"all roads lead to Rome". I imagined the Roman soldiers marching along and how Peter and Paul must have felt as they walked into Rome, especially Paul knowing his fate before him.

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The bus came in by the cafe that we returned the bikes to. Mum hadn't seen a 118 bus the whole time she was there so when a 660 bus came so we jumped on it. When we saw a Metro stop we jumped off it and caught the metro back to Termini station.

It was now 6.30pm and we went back tour local for another cold drink before finding a nice place nearby to eat. I ate my first meat in a few weeks & had Veal marsala which was nice.

Poor Mum is covered in sandfly bites that have swollen into huge ugly red welts. She is nearly going mad with the itchiness.

Left at 8pm to go out for a walk around Rome at night to see many of the sights and fountains lit up at night. We caught the metro again to the Spanish steps and in the piazza were thousands of people . There was music blaring and people just hanging out.

We soon discovered that the whole surrounding area had been closed off to traffic and that all the beautiful designer shops were having a night called " Vogue Night of Fashion". People were dressed up and wandering around from shop to shop which were all open. Guys were in top hats and tails and girls looking stunning and dressed in high fashion. There was red carpets outside shops, photographers everywhere snapping shots of people that were dressed up. Great atmosphere and this went on for block after block and street after street!!.

We walked next to the Trevi Fountain and there was only a few less people ther at night then during the day. The fountain looked stunning and people were just sitting around by the fountain talking and eating gelatis. We went to a nearby gelati shop to get ours and asked the salesman what time did they close and he said after midnight as there were crowds at he fountain every night of the week until after midnight.

Next past the Pantheon which looked amazing at night. In that piazza there was lots of outdoor restaurants, musicians playing and the fountain in the centre....just beautiful.

At nearby Piazza Navone again so many people and we watched some buskers, artists doing spray can painting. Found the street that the # 40 bus comes back to go to the Termini and waited about 15 minutes for a bus. The streets everywhere were crowded with people. I would have felt totally safe on my own.

This bus ride was hilarious and could not have fitted another person on it. When we got on a man offered Mum a seat which I am glad she got, as at the next stop so many people got on that it was ridiculous. Everyone was literally sandwiched in. I was standing over the top of Mum as she sat and was glad I had the window open beside me.It was so hot and claustrophobic in there. It went past many other beautiful buildings and fountains and we were home by 10.30pm. Lovely last evening in Rome.......

Parking in rome on t he corners all day is OK!!!

Parking in rome on t he corners all day is OK!!!


This green car parked there all day and night

This green car parked there all day and night


Our local

Our local


Mum and Nath at he local

Mum and Nath at he local


Appian Way

Appian Way


Appian Way

Appian Way


Appian Way

Appian Way


Cobblestones of this ancient road

Cobblestones of this ancient road


Appian Way

Appian Way


Appian Way

Appian Way


Appian Way

Appian Way


Appian Way

Appian Way


Old Home

Old Home


Appian Way

Appian Way


Looking up a villa driveway

Looking up a villa driveway


Signpost

Signpost


Drinking fountain

Drinking fountain


Fountain

Fountain


Fountain

Fountain


Fountain

Fountain


Mum and Nath at dinner

Mum and Nath at dinner


Nath and I

Nath and I


Piano Accordian player

Piano Accordian player


Trevi Fountain at night

Trevi Fountain at night


Me at Trevi Fountain

Me at Trevi Fountain

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Italy

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