The Daily Prompt today is very timely after my recent trip to Rome:
What’s your travel style? Are you itinerary and schedule driven, needing to have every step mapped out in advance or are you content to arrive without a plan and let happenstance be your guide?
Many people would not consider my favourite type of holiday as a holiday. I don’t like wasting a single minute – if there are things to see, I want to go and see them! So when I booked a trip to Rome with my friend Jen, I was so glad to find out that she is a similar sort of traveller. We did some research on the things we would want to see, where they were located in the city, and how we might schedule it all. However, even though I had many set ideas on the things I wanted to see, one of the best things we did was something I hadn’t come across when reading about the city. One of Jen’s friends had suggested climbing the Janiculum, a place I had never heard of and was slightly sceptical of, because, well, it was a hill. I was the daft person who didn’t realise just how hilly Rome was going to be – climbing them was one of the main things we did.
Anyway, Janiculum Hill turned out to be a great shout, because it was a lovely way to walk to the Vatican and take in views of the city on the other side of the river. We were in no rush, and we didn’t know anything about the monuments on the way up, we just had a relaxing wander up to see what we would find. On the way up, the streets actually reminded me a little of Beverly Hills – with a more European feel!
It is such a green city, which I loved about it. Getting used to London, all grey and glass, means that a city like Rome is extra gorgeous.
Towards the top, 228 busts dedicated to those involved in the Risorgimento, the movement for the unification of Rome, line the roads. A statue for Giuseppe Garibaldi is at the top.
This monument was for Anita Garibaldi, the wife of Giuseppe mentioned before – she was a bold woman who met Giuseppe in her native Brazil, was captured by soldiers, left for dead when pregnant, survived and found her husband once more, before fighting alongside him in Montevideo. Her body lies in the base of the monument.
And after all the walking up hill, it was time to head back down – to the Vatican City! More to come on that.
We spent a lovely hour or so just wandering up the hill and taking in the views – sometimes it is worth veering a little off-track!