A walk in Rome

Many years ago, a friend told me that whenever he had trouble falling asleep he’d close his eyes and imagine long walks through places he’d once lived.

I loved this idea, and  I’ve tried it myself. And my complete inability to recall any of these night wanderings is proof, I take it,  that they put me straight to sleep.

I know I’ve said it here before, but we love walking through this city. And one of my very favourite walks is the one we take to the children’s library in the centro storico. I took the kids just the other day, and couldn’t resist taking photographs along the way. Perhaps it’ll help me remember on some future night when I just can’t sleep.

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At the end of our block- escape passageway between Castel St. Angelo and The Vatican – Pope Clement VII walked it to safety during the Sack of Rome in 1527
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Pass St. Peters on the right
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Crossing the Tiber, with Castel St. Angelo to the left
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Turn down Via Giulia, “the” address in the 16th and 17th centuries (not too shabby today)

 

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Nearly every building a palazzo…
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Peeking into palazzo courtyards
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The guard wouldn’t let us get close enough to photograph the fountain

 

 

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Palazzo detail

 

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At some point, head one block East. (Is it East? I think it’s East.)

 

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Turn left onto Via di Monserrato

 

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Mary is everywhere in Rome

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Fountains, too

 

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Not every corner is picture-perfect

 

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Alms for the poor

 

 

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You are almost there!

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Pass the (1ooth?) church…
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And into the library!

If you’ve lasted this long, perhaps you’d like to join us on the journey home? We take another route back, of course.

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Such a pretty piazza

 

 

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Everyone’s earned a gelato
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Campo de’ Fiori Market, closing up for the evening

 

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Tillie dreams of a bedroom on that yellow bridge, Via dei Cappellari

 

 

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Some businesses stick around for centuries in this city

 

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I always love this brown building. It has such oomph.
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Tourist shlock
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Over the bridge back home

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And into the park to visit our neighbour, Emperor Hadrian. Doesn’t it look like he’s busted his selfie stick?

P.S.: We got a good haul of books. Thank you, Biblioteca Centrale Ragazzi!

 

 

 

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