A lateish start, with a coffee at the Antico Caffè Doria on the Via Andrea Doria - a 16th Century Genovese Admiral, and also the name of a ship which sank off Nantucket in 1956 after a collision , and several other earlier ships.
|Postcards . . .|
|In the Mercato Trionfale|
and back along the river
For a 30 acre garden, this was hard to find! It's between Via della Lungara and Colle de Gianicolo and is a Museum of the Department of Environmental Biology of the Sapienza University of Rome. €4 each for ancients is a price well worth paying. Palm trees and a fountain with ducks and a gull . . .
enormous bamboos .
There's a Japanese garden complete with fish . . .
and waterfalls . . .
a cactus house . . .
a café . .
and a children's play area, where lots of the local parents met to enjoy the late afternoon . . and more - this was a real discovery.
After the gardens we made our way to the Gianicolo (Janiculum Hill - not one of the seven, but the site of a temple to Janus) to the Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi - there was a welcome breeze after the hot day, and fantastic views over the city, to the surrounding hills.
Traditional Italian songs
|volare . . .cantare . . .|
It grew darker so we made our way down passing several busts and statues.
Back to base for a much appreciated meal!