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GOLDEN DAY 5: BIKING ON THE APPIAN WAY

August 26, 2009

You leave the sounds of church bells and car honks behind and head to The Queen of the Roads, from 312 BC.

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Okay, it’s not always peaceful. You may have heard there’s no cars allowed here on Sunday, but listen up: not true. There are all kind of specially licensed vehicles that can get through here, so Sunday is not the Appian Way bike ride day.

Come on a weekday, after 3, when the afternoon light is hazy and golden and it’s all quiet and dreamy…

Just you and the few others who took a cab from the historic center (12 euro), straight to the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, where bikes can be rented inexpensively.

 It’s a bumpy ride on the stones, but it’s good to go slow, like the chariots did…IMG_2621

And imagine pulling in here and saying “I’m home!”img_2627IMG_2625

Then hearing the bells and looking over the stone wall to discover a flock of sheep…

Sunday here can be fabulous, just not for bikeriding.  My Sunday lunch here with friends last October was one of those “we are making lifetime memories” times. So go on a Sunday morning, wander around the Catacombs, and then have lunch at Hosteria Antica Roma, 06/5940534 or 06/5132888. Say Ciao to Paolo, the owner, mangia and feel heavenly.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Debbie permalink
    August 31, 2009 3:22 am

    I want to hop on my bike and take in the view!

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