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Rome's Longest Walk

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I awoke at 6 after a wonderful night's sleep. It was a gorgeous, quiet Sunday morning. I was in search of coffee and didn't want to wait until the hotel breakfast at 7:30, so I left Brad to sleep a while longer, and strolled through the quiet Piazza Farnese. No one was around yet. I journaled at a table at Cafe Farnese, until they opened at 7. Then I met Brad for breakfast at our hotel's breakfast room. We set out for a walk a little before 9:00.

Our hotel, Hotel Residenza Farnese is steps from the fountain on Via Mascherone and Via Giulia.

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We crossed the Tiber at Ponte Sisto, and wandered around the streets of Travestere for a while.

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We were thrown out of a military base, and proceeded up hill.

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We then walked (uphill) on Via Garibaldi for a bit until we reached Porta San Pancrazio.

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Next, we saw the Fonte Aqua Paola, and panoramic views of the city.

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We kept walking, and reached the top of the hill: Piazza Garibaldi.

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It was quite warm in the son, so we were grateful for the tree-lined sections of the walk.

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By now, we had been walking for about three hours. My feet were beginning to swell and get tired, but we proceeded on toward Villa Doria Pamphili, and it's surrounding acres of park. The entrance to the public park was full of runners, walkers, and families with picnics.

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We walked and walked and walked and walked, thinking, the villa must be right around the next turn. I had flashbacks of the walk to Villa Balbianello. This was 4 or 5 times as far. The villa grounds were beautiful, and I was happy we had continued.

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Nice yard, huh? Ok, we were ready to leave the park. My idea of a comfortable mile or two walk had been exceeded three miles ago! Add hot and hungry to tired. We kept walking, looking for an exit to the park. We followed all the main paths, but it just kept going. It was like being in Golden Gate park with no exits...FOREVER! We finally got out, and were three miles south of Travestere. We called a taxi, and headed back to lunch. Exhausted, we enjoyed our meal at Trattoria da Gino alla Villette in Travestere.

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I had risotto con langostino, and Brad had tagliatelle con piselli e porcini. We also shared some grilled salsiccia.

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It was a short walk home, but we were ready for a nap and a shower! My feet want to know where the couch potato Palma went?


Comments (3)

nancyhol:

I hope your poor little tootsies aren't complaining too much about your LONG walk!

But, that is a great way to walk off those wonderful Italian meals!

sandrac:

Great photos, Palma. What a beautiful walk that must have been!

sheri:

Thanks for sharing your walk and photos.Reminds me of getting lost in Lucca, trying to find the gate that would lead to the car park. We walked around those walls for what felt like 100 miles!

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