Trick or Treat?
We crept downstairs of the Villa Frederico early the next morning so as not to disturb the caretaker in the green and red jumper, lurking in the background. Creeking open the breakfast room door, we found ourselves alone except for the presence of an elderly man, back turned to us. We never saw his face...not even in the mirror. Let's get out of here Scoob...A brisk cycle along the shores of Crystal Lake, deserted save for the lone rowing boat bobbing in the mist.
If we'd thought Genoa was scary, then we had another think coming when we got to Rome. Aiming for Pomezia to stay on the South side of Rome meant cycling right across the heart of Rome and its ring roads. Perhaps the best way to do this is not using our Northern Italy (1:400,000) map where Rome is the size of a 50p piece! We might have been better off using celestial navigation. A helpful petrol station attendant did confirm we were on the right road but shook his head as though it had been nice knowing us and told us we could go that way, if we wanted, but that it was plenty "peligroso". Hmmm.
When in Rome, do as the Romans Do (a guide for drivers):
- Rule 1: You have Right of Way at all times.
- Rule 2: See Rule 1.
- Rule 3: Never indicate - it shows weakness.
- Rule 4: Red means "Go, if you can get away with it - see Rule 1", Amber means "Go", and Green means "Whatthehellareyouwaitingfor?"
- Rule 5: Never hit the nuns.
On All Saints Day, we headed to see the main sites of the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Colosseum and generally get a feel for the city. It feels good. You may even get to see some of our photos of Rome (and previous) as we think we've uploaded some photos to the album here.
Unavoidably, to get in to the Basilica of St Peter means queueing - lots of queueing. Queueing in queues you can't even see the end of kind of queueing.
We saw all the usual sites over our remaining time, including a morbid wee birthday trip to the "Cemetery for Non-Catholic Foreigners" home to the bones of Gramsci, Shelley and a young poet "whose name was writ in water". Seize the day, people!
Day 82.2km (Total 1772.6km)