This year, and much of last year, I’ve been based in Rome, Italy. So it’s only fair that I give the Eternal City the love it deserves with some site-specific improvs. Here’s a couple to start with, on Aventine Hill.
Fun Fact: Aventine Hill is also known as Il Giardino del Arancia, or “Park of the Oranges”.
Enjoy and keep movin’,
Earlier this week I found myself on a mini adventure to Castel Gandolfo, a cute little lakeside town about one hour south of Rome. It’s a perfect day trip but not for the faint of heart (unless you have a car). I’m just sayin’ the hills were a WORKOUT. But it was worth it because the town was adorable, the people were sweet, and the food was GOOD (I mean, hi, we’re talking about Italy so not like it’ll be bad….but still).
The Place to Eat:
Al Chiaro di Luna (Via Spiaggia del Lago, 2). It’s on the Lake. Get the fish! Gnocchi was good too 🙂
But What Moved Me? …The path we took to the lake:
How to Get There:
We took the train from Roma Termini and it was only 40 minutes. The train stop is in the middle of the hill, so you can either choose to walk up to the main town or down to the lake. We did both (walked up first and walked down after….and then back up to the train).
And, here’s a secret view of the lake from the main town:
A quick trip last week took me to Florence, Italy! I was only there for one full day but I got to take this very short video in front of the Statue of David at the Galleria dell’Accademia. What a sight! That statue is truly a masterpiece by Michelangelo and definitely worth the hype. The piece is 17 feet tall. I am in awe of sculptures. What a dance between the marble and the artist. There is truly movement in everything.
I’ll likely be back to Florence in May and I’ll make sure to take more (and longer) videos. So, stay tuned for that! In the meantime, here are some more photos of the trip… From basking in the masterpieces (ha!) at the Galleria dell’Accademia to street views of Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, and food (of course!).
I love the feeling of FEELING a moment.
Luckily, it happens to me a lot as I travel! I see many beautiful spaces and even better, hidden locations that have stories waiting to be told. Manmade or nature made, every place has a flow and a story. Sometimes when you look it takes your breath away – and you want to stay in that moment forever.
The nook I found in the small town of Viterbo, Italy is like that. The sun was setting, and time stood still for a moment. When I looked down at it, I thought it was very romantic in its solitude. It’s a sweet little getaway in the center of town. And I was right – it is a romantic spot! Because what you can’t see in the video are the various teenage couples in hidden groves stealing kisses from one another.
I was kind of embarrassed to start moving in front of such an intimate audience, so I’m more restricted than I want to be in this video. I love it anyway because it’s all part of my movement journey and #RahDanceTravels. We’re all a work in progress, amiright?
The extra special bit about this vignette is the music. Last week I had a wonderful dinner with an older Italian couple, Silvano and Lucia. It took me about two minutes to basically fall in love with them. Both around 80 years old, Silvano played his harmonica for an hour while Lucia cooked up an incredible Italian Sunday dinner like it was the Last Supper. It was pure joy. What you hear in the video is a live-recording of Silvano playing.
And keep movin’,