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Returning from Salerno, I stopped 3 hours in Naples and other 3 hours Rome, like that I was able to add some more emotion to the trip (I must admit, though it was relaxing…)
Rome was special chaotic that day, due to the Roma Marathon; there were large queues at the airport and the biggest concentration of asics running shoes I ever seen!
A special red back pack was given to the runners, like this pair I had in front of me.

 

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The Villa Adriana (at Tivoli, near Rome) is an exceptional complex of classical buildings created in the 2nd century A.D. by the Roman emperor Hadrian. I keep a special part of the Villa in my memory: The Canopus. Last time I visited the complex I stood there for hours, leisurely enjoying the atmosphere and drawing.

Although I must confess the trip to arrive there was an adventure: I went on bicycle form the Trastevere to Villa Adriana. “It is only 50km”, I thought. But the Via Tiburtina that connects Rome to Tivoli is not as “romantic” nor “bucolic” as the name recalls (at least for me!)

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Chiesa de S. maria dell’Orto (sec. XVI). Facciata de Jacopo Barozzi – Il Vignola.

The Vicolo dell’Atleta (Alley of the Athlete) gets its name from the finding of a statue of an athlete there, around the middle of the 19th century. The statue, which is called Apoxyomonosand can be seen in the Vatican Museums.

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