Free to Rome!

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Excited!

Making the most of a few quiet post-harvest days on the farm, we hopped on the train to Rome from nearby Foligno. Two and a half hours later, we stepped out to explore the eternal city. Embracing the sudden hustle and bustle – a far cry from the olive groves of the last month – we set out on a quick afternoon circuit of seemingly the entire city! Several hours later, having picnicked in the Villa Borghese, stepped over the crowds of the Spanish Steps (built in Rome, by the French..?!), passed the Colosseum – surely one of the world’s most scenic roundabouts – and crossed the Tiber multiple times we found ourselves in osteria-filled Trastevere, our base for the next few days.

 

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Day two, after a fun evening of much needed pasta and slightly less necessary dancing waiters at our local and well named Le Mani In Pasta (sorry, forgot to take any photos!) we headed out early to beat the crowds to the Palatine Hill and Forum.

 

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Quick tea break?

 

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The amazingly detailed wings of Victory, excavated from the Palatine Hill – on display in the Palatine Museum.

 

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The stratification of a city – you don’t usually see it on such large scale!

Over-cultured, we decided to spend the afternoon relaxing in Rome’s botanical gardens – not quite on the same scale as Kew, but still a good place to escape the crowds and Roman traffic for a while.

 

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Hide and seek!

 

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No, Will is not up there!

That evening, having had our fill of pizza and pasta we gave in to our cravings, seeking out Trastevere’s best curry house – it was a decision that we didn’t regret! It’s funny what you miss when you’re travelling.

 

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…it didn’t last long!

With one more morning remaining in Rome before heading back to the hills we decided to try out the Crypta Balbi, one of Rome’s newest museums. An ongoing excavation site, the museum sequences the story of a single city block – from it’s development as one of the main theatres of Augustan ancient Rome, through it’s use as a ‘monumental’ lavatory, as the temple of an underground  cult, a graveyard, workshops, the fortified medieval complex of a notorious clan and finally a monastery with veg plot!

Having enjoyed the museum – you descend your way through the many layers of the building’s stratigraphy, down to the Roman roads 10 m below the current road surface – we were lucky enough to tag ourselves onto a backstage tour of the ongoing excavations!

 

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Working our way back up from left to right – Amy with the columns of the theatre; ongoing excavations of the workshops and cult temple; the remains of the monastery and veg garden just above.

…the tour was entirely in Italian, but I think we got most of it! Time to head back to the olive farm – via a quick visit to the Pantheon for a gelato – for a bit more post-harvest relaxation!

 

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3 thoughts on “Free to Rome!

    1. Greg shots? No, there were none of you this time! 😉 All good thanks, did both you and the bikes make it home alright?

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