Thursday, March 19, 2015
Walking on the Ancient Appian Way
There was lots of cars zipping by but we had a narrow strip to walk as we looked through gates at private home that border the ancient road. This road is closed to traffic (except by permit for residents) on Sunday; but today there were many cars and buses on the road.
Our next stop was to visit the church at the Catacombs of San Sebastiano. The church was built by Constantine...not this one but an earlier one on the same spot. St. Stephen was buried in the Catacombs below and his body was taken up into the church when they filled in the Catacombs below to surpport the weight of the church building. The church is dedicated to him.
There is also a beautiful bust of Jesus by Bernini in the church; his last work that was completed when he was in his eighties. It was lost for centuries and just recently found in 2004.
Back above ground we started walking North towards Rome looking for bus # 118 that would take us back to Rome. The road was extremely narrow and traffic was flying by us so close we could have touched the vehicles if we'd put our hands out. And in this section there were tall walls on each side of the road with no walking paths. But we found a bus heading back where we'd come from but at that point we really didn't care. We hopped aboard and found out that it was a "circular route" bus and we eventually came back to where we boarded and were then heading North. Patience was the name of the game today.
Soon we were back on the same bus and jumped off near Circus Maximus when we saw the Metro sign. Heading home we were tucker out and called it a day about 4 pm. We'd done four and a half miles by the time the day was over. Once home we worked on the Italian cell phone and now have learned how to use it to text so Jim has a phone again. It's a little flip phone but it works.
Another day is nearly over and we've had our dinner in the apartment again. One of these nights we'll had to go out to dinner again. It's so easy to eat at home! Thinking about playing some cards now that the blog is done early. I finally gave up with using dropbox to transfer photos from my phone to the computer. I attached the phone to the computer this evening and downloaded them instantly. Here is the link in case the slideshow is not working below.
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