Rose Garden Outing – Gita al Roseto di Roma

There is a lovely rose garden in Rome that opens every year on Rome’s birthday, April 21rst. The higher section of the garden is open now and the lower section will open later in May. There are nice views of the Circus Maximus, an old chariot racing stadium. When I was there (at the old…

A train trip to Sutri

After sipping a cappuccino at the bar in Stazione San Pietro (Roma), I took a train to Bracciano to meet up with a friend who lives in Sutri. It was a nice getaway from the  crowds of Rome. I saw fields of hazelnut trees, Etruscan ruins and red poppies alongside the train tracks. The town…

Spring in Rome, Roma a primavera

The other day, I headed down to the Pyramide Caius Cestius and the Presbyterian Cemetery. There were beautiful purple glicine (wisteria) blooming all over the place. The cemetery is the resting place of many poets, artists and scholars including Antonio Gramsci and John Keats. It really is a haven of quiet and birdsong in the…