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#take12trips challenge 5: Roaming in Rome

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Sometimes on work trips it can be difficult to find the time to do some sightseeing – after a day of work and meetings, most are certainly too tired to trudge zigzigs across a city, and many sites shut after office hours. Luckily though, I managed to squeeze in a few hours between the end of work and dinner to have a wander around Rome.  Continue reading

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#take12trips challenge five: Running in Rome’s Borghese Gardens

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Things have been slightly quieter here the past week, and I apologise for not giving you your regular updates – but I do have an excuse that you might like! I spent last week on a slightly impromptu trip to Rome for my work, the British School at Rome. While I spent much of the week in front of the computer, I managed to sneak out in the evenings for wanders around the city and early morning runs in the Borghese Gardens. It was the first time I had ever visited the gardens, and around every bush and turn, there seemed to be some folly or statue peeking back at me.

Like everything else in Rome, the Borghese Gardens were grand, colourful and filled with history – it’s no wonder my runs were so short, I kept stopping to take photos of everything! In fact, I enjoyed the Borghese Gardens so much I decided to bring my morning run to you. Continue reading

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Exploring the Vatican’s Roman Necropolis

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Awhile ago I wrote a feature on the Vatican’s Roman necropolis, located beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, for Vagabondish.com. Normally tickets must be booked at least six months in advance, and only a limited number of entries are allowed inside each day, so I count myself quite fortunate to have been able to see it. After recently reading about plans to uncover more of Rome’s ancient architecture, it reminded me of my time there and how much I wanted everyone to visit this remarkable site. Listed below is an excerpt of my feature:

As I approached the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica towards the stony faces of the Swiss Guard, I stopped for a moment, hesitating. This couldn’t be the place.

Behind the Guards, there were no signs. No crowds. No indication that only a couple of feet nearby lay the underground entrance to the Vatican’s Necropolis. And yet it was.

Each year millions flock to the Vatican, making a pilgrimage to its holy relics or simply to immerse themselves in one of the world’s oldest cultures. Despite being one of the holiest and best-preserved sites in Rome, the complex underground necropolis of the Vatican goes largely unnoticed by visitors. In fact, only two hundred people a day visit this labyrinth of opulent Roman mausoleums, built into the very foundations of the current Basilica.
Read more at http://www.vagabondish.com/the-vatican-necropolis-rome/#o1qMgUsof01x1J5P.99

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