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GOLDEN DAY FOUR: A FAVORITE WALK IN ROME

August 18, 2009

A beautiful thing to do to start the day, or at sunset.  Leave the historic center and cross the Ponte Sisto…

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Wander through the streets of Trastevere, up Via Garibaldi to the FONTANONE!! Such a fountain, with such a view of the domes of Rome. On Sundays there are usually brides there posing…

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You continue winding up until at the tippy top you come to the park, with a statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi and maybe a puppet show…

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And nearby, the Statue of Anita Garibaldi, The Mother of Modern Italy…

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With a pistol in one hand, an infant in the other.

Reason one zillion and three of how Italy differs from America. Anita, this 28-year-old Brazilian beauty was the wife of Giuseppe Garibaldi (the George Washington of Italy). Giuseppe, with Anita by his side, lead the nineteenth century fight to form a united Italy. Compare Anita (above) with Martha Washington:

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Take your gelato break up in the park, wind down slowly. Lunch in Trastevere at Romolo (Via di Porta Settimana 8, 06 581 8284), to enjoy Roman specialties where Raphael’s girlfriend once lived.

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