Rome Day Four: A DRIVE ALONG THE APPIAN WAY-PART ONE

Our tour guide/new friend Antonio picked us up at “home” and brought us on an all-day tour along the Appian Way to Tivoli. (Antonio Nardoni, antonionardoni@yahoo.it) The tour included several view and interest stops, including St. Sebastian’s Catacombs (taking pix not allowed) and St. Paul’s Basilica. Then we wound our way up to Castel Gondolfo, where we had a Tuscan lunch at Il Grottino, the restaurant of some friends of Antonio’s. (Note of interest: Castel Gondolfo has long been known as the Pope’s summer home; however, current Pope Francis has not gone there as his predecessors did, citing having too much work to do for the people.)

Basilica of San Paolo fuori le Mura, built on the burial site of the Apostle Paul. Second only to St. Peter’s Basilica in religious importance–Peter and Paul are patron saints of Rome.

Interior of St. Paul’s Basilica

Pope’s summer residence at Castel Gondolfo. Balcony on the top floor is where popes would come out to bless the people standing below

View from Il Grottino

After lunch, we continued on our way to Tivoli to visit Ville d’Este and its garden and fountains. There was so much to see there that it needs to be its own post.

Coming next: A DRIVE ALONG THE APPIAN WAY-PART TWO.

 

 

 

 

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