We had dinner one night at Eataly. This is the largest one in the world and we often go there with Italian friends who seem to like it. This giant chicken was outside and the sign translates as which was born first.. the chicken or the egg.
Biker Friendly Breakfast Place
We met a friend for an Italian brunch. Brunch, like in the country-regionUS, has become very popular in Rome. The sign says that if you arrive by bike you get a 10 percent discount.
Piazza Navona Race
We wandered upon a race around Piazza Navona one day on our way home. In this heat these young ladies went around about 5 times with the car in front of them going very slowly. We waited and waited for it to speed up and the race to begin but it never did so we left.
Sometimes called the Brooklyn of Rome, it is a trendy neighborhood located about twenty minute walk from the main train station. It turns out that when I got the map of the stolpersteins in Rome quite a few were located in the Pigneto area. We could not do these on Yom Kippur when we did the other ones so we decided to make a special trip there to clean the ones there.
We walked about three miles to the neighborhood and as we turned on the block where we would find the first one we were confronted by a huge group of men just exiting from a mosque. We were not sure how they would react to us cleaning a brass plaque from the Holocaust. Turns out we did not have to worry since all the stolpersteins in this area were for non-Jews. This was a working class neighborhood with lots of communists and all the stones were for people who had been picked up for left wing activities. Each of the stones had a sign in front that gave the story of the person. Here is the sign for Antonio Atzori. He was deported and died at Mauthasen.
Here is his stolperstein after we cleaned it.
We found that one of the stones had obliviously been paved over.
Disco Volante Dinner
We have been in Rome during the porcini mushroom season before but outside of some porcini mushroom in pasta we have never had it…. Just too expensive. This time we had it at one of the restaurants we have been going to for 13 years. They were grilled with garlic and other seasoning. Fantastic!!!
This lake is located about 20 miles north and west of Rome and a quick train ride. We had previously biked around the lake which is about a 35 KM ride. The 20 mile ride makes for a nice day trip.
On this trip we discovered some ruins of Roman villas from the 1st century. In the first century the level of the lake rose and the villas had to be moved to higher ground. Today you can see some of these ruins.
The first town you come to is Trevignano. There is not much of a town at this time of the year but the streets are fun to wander in.
We normally get a sandwich made for us in a small salumeria and sit by the lake and eat it. This year you can really see how low the lake is from lack of rain. This is the main reservoir of Rome. In this photo the water is normally right up to the wall.
There is a castle on the top but we have never walked al the way up.
Leaving town there is a bike path that is about 3 miles long.
It just abruptly ends. The first time we rode was 13 years ago and we keep waiting for it ot expand.
The second town is Anguillara. This is a town that you pass only by climbing up a big hill into and through the town. Hynda had read about an eel fountain and we had to find it. It took awhile since none of the residents knew what we were talking about. It was possibly because we did not know the Italian word for eel. We did finally find it.
This was another trip based upon a entry in Italian Notebook. Italian Notebook is a website where various people who live in placecountry-regionItaly talk about various interesting places. I had misread a story about a new 5 KM walking tunnel that connects various towns in StateUmbria along the Nera River. Turns out it was a new 5 KM car tunnel that had been bored through a mountain.
We found this our after we rented a car and drove to Scheggino for a day of hiking. We wanted to go by train but we would have had to go to Terni and then take a bus that only runs twice per day.
It did have a huge amusement park which was closed for the season and it was nice to walk around. It had two old arches from the 4th century.
…and of course a nice sized church for a town of 500 people.
We ate at the only place we could find open at the base of the town with a view of the whole town.
…and of course the Queen made a friend.
On our way back to Rome we decided to stop in Amelia. Here again, the Queen had read something about this town that seemed interesting. In the town square that was an interesting building that had been added to over the years. Over the years this was the main square and the stairway was the location for the town crier to make his announcements. The column on the right was erected in the 13th century to honor the Colonna family.
Another 13th century palace.
… and another one…
This one had huge door knockers.
We had parked on the bottom and took an elevator up to the top and then spent two hours just walking up and down the hills of the town.
This tower was probably built in 1050.
It had one stone that was obviously a sun dial on another building at some point in time.
The main church in the city was large. We did not see many people in the town.
The frescos on the wall and ceiling had obviously been renovated at some point.
The painting of Moses was interesting since it was the typical Ten Commandments one but the `rays of light' coming out of his head did not look like the horns that are usually displayed.
There was a last supper but it was a little different with Jesus not in the center seated at the table.
The organ was the must see item in the town. Not sure why???
The views from the top were nice. Typical Italian countryside.
The main town square covered a huge Roman cistern. You can tour it but it was not open when we were there. The entrance was next to the wall next to the fountain.
The only people we saw in the town were older Italians or young Muslim families.
Almost all the buildings were made up of stones from various centuries of life in this city.
From the top of the elevator we could see a game of bocce being played. A good use of space.