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, firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.)
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.