||We started at our hotel in the Aurelia section on the
west side of Rome, rode across the city of Rome and out east on the Via Appia
Antica -- the old "Appian Way" road from two thousand years ago -- and climbed up
into the Colli Albani hills to Castel Gandolfo, the traditional summer
residence of the Pope. Then we rode back down to Rome
on the Via Appia Nuovo -- the new "Appian Way" road (SS 7) -- and across the city
again to finish at our hotel.
- - - Sharon Marsh Roberts + Ken Roberts - - -
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stopping by St Peter's cathedral in the Vatican (Basilica di San Pietro )
on our way riding across the city of Rome
Sharon in front of monuments Il Vittoriano + Altare della Patria at piazza
ruins of the Roman Forum, seen from our riding on the Via dei Fori Imperiali
the Colloseum behind Sharon and our Bike Friday Project Q tandem
on the two-thousand-year-old pavement-stones of the Via Appia Antica.
We did not actually ride much on these stones, but walked our bike across
road sections which had them, or sometimes rode on a dirt path alongside.
the better more recent surface covering most of the Via Appia Antica -- just
sanpietrini we found covering most of the non-major streets in the
city of Rome.
quiet countryside along the Via Appia Antica
the other Appian Way: on the Via Appia Nuova near Ciampino airport
Sharon in the village of Castel Gandolfo where we had lunch,
walking down toward Lago Albano
riding toward St Peters up Via della Conciliazione on our return trip across the