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  1. Avatar Yvonne Stelzer
    October 8, 2019 @ 9:55 am

    Great article John – makes me want to get on a plane!

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  2. Avatar Yvonne Stelzer
    October 8, 2019 @ 9:55 am

    Great article John – makes me want to get on a plane!

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  3. Avatar George Aelion
    October 8, 2019 @ 12:05 pm

    Really well done; although I have been here since 1992, I still get a thrill from discovering new places, and you definitely identified some.

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  4. Avatar planetmargo
    October 9, 2019 @ 10:02 pm

    One of your best articles John! I used to work at the USO when it was on Via della Conciliazione in 1980. I used to walk the American troops down to St. Peter’s every Wednesday morning to see the Pope, with my big USO flag hahaha good times! I never knew that about Bugatti the executioner, but I shall check it out next visit!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      October 10, 2019 @ 5:11 am

      Thanks for the kind note. That scene walking down Conciliazione would be quite a sight, almost mirroring Mussolini doing the same with Italian troops. I think that’s one reason he opened up that neighborhood. I may write a blog about Mastro Titta. Hey, it gives me a good excuse to check out the dive bar named after him.

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  5. Avatar planetmargo
    October 9, 2019 @ 10:02 pm

    One of your best articles John! I used to work at the USO when it was on Via della Conciliazione in 1980. I used to walk the American troops down to St. Peter’s every Wednesday morning to see the Pope, with my big USO flag hahaha good times! I never knew that about Bugatti the executioner, but I shall check it out next visit!

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  6. Avatar Toni McNair, I Go and Have Things to Say
    October 9, 2019 @ 10:49 pm

    I did this same thing though in reverse. After leaving the Vatican Museums I just sat out and kept walking – I figured I could always find a cab. It was a beautiful experience, along the alleys, seeing the gear of priests, incredible antique shops, paper shops and just the beauty of Rome. I was pretty grateful to get to Piazza Navonna in familiar territory (could have kissed the ground I must have walked 20 miles!). Stopped in and had a double espresso to sit and watch (sit) and kept going until hitting Centro…then enjoyed the best Guinness ever with a cheeseburger and fries (something I would never do normally). Life is beautiful, especially on foot with

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      October 10, 2019 @ 5:09 am

      Best Guinness ever? In Rome? Where did you find it? Centro is Mercato Centrale? I take it you haven’t been to Ireland. I stick to Italian craft beers but you should try the Guinness at Abbey Theatre pub. It gets good reviews. Thanks for the note, Toni. Thanks for promoting the proper way to travel.

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      • Avatar Toni McNair, I Go and Have Things to Say
        October 10, 2019 @ 10:50 am

        Scholars Lounge (Via del Plebiscito) great place – been named best Irish Pub in the world. Had a most excellent conversation – In Rome, In an Irish Pub, with a Frenchman about American Democracy and if it could hold under current circumstances. Brilliant crowd. I have had the privilege of spending 3 weeks in Ireland – Letterkenny (NW) and it is stunning, and the Guinness great there too – especially when watching GAA football with the locals. I’ve been to the Abbey Theatre – it’s quite like Ireland and very nice.

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  7. Avatar Toni McNair, I Go and Have Things to Say
    October 9, 2019 @ 10:49 pm

    I did this same thing though in reverse. After leaving the Vatican Museums I just sat out and kept walking – I figured I could always find a cab. It was a beautiful experience, along the alleys, seeing the gear of priests, incredible antique shops, paper shops and just the beauty of Rome. I was pretty grateful to get to Piazza Navonna in familiar territory (could have kissed the ground I must have walked 20 miles!). Stopped in and had a double espresso to sit and watch (sit) and kept going until hitting Centro…then enjoyed the best Guinness ever with a cheeseburger and fries (something I would never do normally). Life is beautiful, especially on foot with

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    • Avatar Toni McNair, I Go and Have Things to Say
      October 10, 2019 @ 10:50 am

      Scholars Lounge (Via del Plebiscito) great place – been named best Irish Pub in the world. Had a most excellent conversation – In Rome, In an Irish Pub, with a Frenchman about American Democracy and if it could hold under current circumstances. Brilliant crowd. I have had the privilege of spending 3 weeks in Ireland – Letterkenny (NW) and it is stunning, and the Guinness great there too – especially when watching GAA football with the locals. I’ve been to the Abbey Theatre – it’s quite like Ireland and very nice.

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  8. Avatar Laurel
    October 12, 2019 @ 7:50 am

    We used to walk from Parioli to Campo de’ Fiori every Saturday, quite early, and enjoyed that same calm and the ability to wander through history, stop in a locals-only spot for espresso e cornetto, do our shopping outside of a supermercato. That is one of the things I miss about Rome. Thanks for reminding me of the good stuff. The trash, the bureaucracy: not so much.

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  9. Avatar Laurel
    October 12, 2019 @ 7:50 am

    We used to walk from Parioli to Campo de’ Fiori every Saturday, quite early, and enjoyed that same calm and the ability to wander through history, stop in a locals-only spot for espresso e cornetto, do our shopping outside of a supermercato. That is one of the things I miss about Rome. Thanks for reminding me of the good stuff. The trash, the bureaucracy: not so much.

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  10. Avatar Discover and Explore
    October 13, 2019 @ 11:33 am

    Sensational description of one of the most amazing cities in the world. We visited Rome in 2011, and 2017. There is not enough time to see everything, and not enough words to fully describe it. Thank you for the beautiful prose and pictures.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      October 14, 2019 @ 5:36 am

      Thank you for the kind words. I may do it again next year and take a different route.

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      • Avatar Discover and Explore
        October 14, 2019 @ 8:38 am

        Enjoy:)

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  11. Avatar Discover and Explore
    October 13, 2019 @ 11:33 am

    Sensational description of one of the most amazing cities in the world. We visited Rome in 2011, and 2017. There is not enough time to see everything, and not enough words to fully describe it. Thank you for the beautiful prose and pictures.

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    • Avatar Discover and Explore
      October 14, 2019 @ 8:38 am

      Enjoy:)

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  12. Avatar writingroma
    October 16, 2019 @ 1:22 pm

    Walking in Rome is always a new experience. I thought you might like this. https://writingroma.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/bonus-vernonlee-the-spirit-of-rome-describing-the-pantheon-from-sopraminerva/

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  13. Avatar writingroma
    October 16, 2019 @ 1:22 pm

    Walking in Rome is always a new experience. I thought you might like this. https://writingroma.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/bonus-vernonlee-the-spirit-of-rome-describing-the-pantheon-from-sopraminerva/

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  14. Avatar Chocoviv
    October 21, 2019 @ 11:24 pm

    Love Rome!

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