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On Tuesday we took the subway out to the Parco degli Acquedotti. (Many subway stations seemed to have exteriors that are not very well-maintained, and there was a lot of graffiti on the outside of the subway cars, but the interior of the cars were clean and the system overall seemed to work fine.)

Out at the park, it was pretty impressive how much less elegant the 16th c. aqueduct is than the 1st c. one. There was also a very short portion of one of the famous Roman roads, which was awesome--I'd never had a visual of those before. And generally it was nice to see the park being used in very everyday ways (excited dogs running around--sadly off-leash and often not picked up after; people exercising; people enjoying the weather), right next to the aqueducts. There was something about the light that made the older aqueduct seem like a painting, or looking back in time, even after I'd been there and literally touched it and knew it was really there. I greatly enjoyed it.

The family of one of the couple getting married lives in that neighborhood and arranged for a "light" lunch at one of their favorite local restaurants, Meo Pinelli. I use scare quotes because the servers just kept bringing out stuff, meaning that it was really easy to lose track of how much I'd eaten, especially since I didn't know what else was coming: several different kinds of little sandwiches, fish eggs spread on bread (turns out I don't like that), bite-sized pastry-ish things with tomato or cheese or veggies, and absolutely delicious suppli (balls of deep-fried risotto). I almost fell asleep about four times on the subway back to the hotel.

So we rested and then went to the wedding rehearsal dinner (apparently not a thing that is usually done in Italy) on the roof of the Hotel Forum, which was delicious and fancy and also seven freaking courses long; fortunately it turns out that I don't like beef Wellington because I really had not paced myself properly. (I know, problems, right?)

Here's the photo album; as before, click on the first photo at the top level, then click the little "i" in a circle at the top right, then hover over the right side of the photo to show the arrow that lets you move through the gallery in order.

(I was going to do Tuesday and Wednesday together, because they were short days, but Wednesday we visited the Galleria Borghese so I have a million pictures and even after napping for two and a half hours this afternoon I still need more rest.)

Date: 2016-07-02 07:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kingrat
Wow! *Another* acquaintance of mine traveling to Italy this year. Something like 2 dozen people.

Including me. I head there on Monday.

Date: 2016-07-02 04:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kingrat
For a short time. Itinerary for me is Reyjavik->Milan->Siena, where I meet up with my friend who is going to Germany first. We'll be in Siena and Corniglia for a week and then Rome for 36 hours before we fly out.

Date: 2016-07-02 12:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kass
This sounds glorious. Aqueducts and suppli and so many beautiful things!

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