A Walk Around Rome

I arrived in Rome in the late afternoon to the notorious Roman rush hour, which after my training on the streets of Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa was no problem. It was bizarre to drive around the landmarks and monuments with which one becomes so familiar through films and photographs. I drove around the Colosseum a good few times before making my way to my hotel, which was nearby. I parallel parked like a true Roman (with millimetres to spare) dumped my bags, and headed out into the night.

I set out to take in the sights, and dinner, and maybe a glass of wine or two. I made my way back towards the Colosseum from my hotel, which was a floor in an enormous, old apartment block, and on to the Altare della Patria, and then down the Via del Corso.

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The Colosseum in the afternoon sun.

My car parked in Rome.

My car parked in Rome. Between a Dumpster and a Peugeot, which is essentially the same thing.

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A taxi just for me.

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The Altare della Patria.

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Fiat 500 tucked away amongst the modern city cars.

Fiat 500 tucked away amongst the modern city cars.

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After a successful walk around the city I was up again early the next morning for round two, determined to get to the Vatican in time for a speech by the Pope.

A misty start to a walk around Rome.

A misty start to a walk around Rome.

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The sun finally making an appearance.

The sun finally making an appearance.

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By the time I got to the Vatican the mist was lifting on a glorious autumn day in Rome. The sunshine revealed St Peters in all its magnificence. Now, my religion is Alfa Romeo, but the Catholics really can lay claim to having the prettiest religion of them all. (Maybe 2nd after Alfa)

St Peters in the mist.

St Peters in the mist.

A police car just for me.

A police car just for me.

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His holy Popelyness.

His holy Popelyness.

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The Castel Sant’Angelo.

Statues on the Ponte Sant'Angelo.

Statues on the Ponte Sant’Angelo.

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An Alfa Romeo Giulia Police car.

An Alfa Romeo Giulia Police car.

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An Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Carabinieri car.

An Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Carabinieri car.

Lamborghini Huracan Police car.

Lamborghini Huracan Police car.

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Rome in the sunshine, it really is the Imperial Capital you would think it is.

Rome in the sunshine, it really is the Imperial Capital you would think it is.

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After a while in the city I was keen to get a little R&R in the countryside. I had been going non stop since I left Israel and I was looking forward to some downtime somewhere quiet, and I heard of a little town in the hills outside Rome, where a palace had been converted into a hotel, so on the evening of my last day I packed my car, fought the traffic again, and headed for Soriano Nel Camino.

1 Comment

  1. Adore the Guilia police car! I was in Rome about 30 years ago and remember heaps of Fiat 500s. Doesn’t look like much has changed – except the Pope is different.

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