Situated across the street from the Circo Massimo is Rome’s roseto. The garden is home to dozens of species of roses, and is only open for a few weeks a year. In fact, many of the roses had already expired or were on their way out. However, a leisurely stroll through the garden still made for a lovely Sunday afternoon, followed by a walk across the river to Trastevere and an aperitivo and gelato.
Ragazzi, non potete immaginare quant’e’ bella Roma a primavera!
Here are some more photos from my recent trip to Spoleto. These photos are mostly of Il Ponte delle Torri, which is the most impressive site in the city. The bridge was erected between the 12th and 14th centuries, on top of a Roman aqueduct. It’s a pedestrian-only walkway, and a stroll across the structure offers some spectacular views of the Umbrian countryside.
Today, a few friends and I braved the gray clouds and threat of rain and took a trip out of the city to breathe some fresh air. We headed to Umbria, specifically the town of Spoleto, of which we knew little about.
It turned out to be a lovely little place, with a beautiful piazza in the center, stunning views of the countryside, and, as usual in Umbria, some incredible food and wine. (Pappardelle con ragu’ di cinghiale, anyone?)
Being only an hour and a half away by train, Spoleto makes an easy day trip from Rome and a really worthwhile experience. I was completely charmed by this town and can’t wait to return.
I took a ton of photos, so have decided to break this post into two. I’ll post some photos of the surrounding countryside within the week, but, in the meantime, here are some snapshots of Spoleto’s center.