Sunday, August 10, 2008

Following the steps of Ancient Romans

This morning, in a burst of enthusiasm, and because it looked like the day ahead would be warm and sunny but not excessively hot, bf and I decided to hike the Via Sacra (the Sacred Path), a roman path which used to join the Appia Street to a Jupiter sanctuary. This place is about 15 minutes drive from where I live, a nice area south of Rome, where since ancient times people from the eternal city used to come on vacation.
We took the path late in the morning. I was expecting a nice easy walk, but it came out to be a real hike. I wasn't prepared for that, at least psychologically, but we made it to the place near the top where you can see the two lakes, the Albano lake and the Nemi lake.
It starts as a path in the woods. After climbing about one hour, it takes you to the real roman path. You can recognize it from the stones that constitute the street. It develops in the woods, climbing the hill and becoming steeper and steeper.
It was a really nice hike. The view at the end was totally worth the effort.
Now, stop talking and show some evidence:

This is the path itself

And this is happy me when we reached the point where we could see the two lakes (only the Albano lake is visible here, the Nemi lake would be on the left):

I should have taken a picture of the pizza we eat when we got home too, but it disappeared before I could think of it!

There are so many nice areas around here where we could go walking/hiking. The problem is that I take them for granted, and never think of going. This one hike was bf's idea, he has been asking me for weeks to take him there.
Next time, I'll try to convince bf to hike the Tuscolo hill. So, hopefully more pics to come!

1 comment:

Kelly said...

oh gosh, I can't wait to go to Rome one day!


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