Roman Road Walks began on the Via Appia in Rome. It was love at first sight. This photo of me was taken by a kindly young priest who was passing by.
Last June I returned to the Via Appia with a group that my daughter organized. Here I am with her friend Anna.
Note the knee brace. I’ll get a new knee in December — an early Christmas present!
I expect to be back on the trail by spring (fingers crossed!)
Now there are several trips to choose from. Most of my spring trips are fully booked, but the Valley of Umbria trip (1-8 June) still has openings — see below.
Write to me if you’re interested.
The Valley of Umbria
1-8 June 2023 (dates to be confirmed)
4 to 6 guests
The Valley of Umbria is surrounded by picturesque hill towns, towers and small castles. They were built to guard something much older: the Roman Via Flaminia, principal route from Rome to the northern Adriatic. Today the region is home to orchards producing Umbria’s prize-winning olive oil, and vineyards offering celebrated wines like Sagrantino di Montefalco. Scenic paths wind through the hills and valley. We’ll stay in the beautiful towns of Spoleto and Trevi. Newsletter 38 has more information.
Cost: 2300 to 2800 Euros per person depending on group size (double occupancy; add 15% for single). Includes daily guided walks (typically 5-8 miles), all meals, wine, lodging, transportation and site admissions. Excludes flight cost.
Departure from Rome between 10 and 11 am.
Rendezvous point to be arranged. Plan to spend at least 2 nights in Rome before your trip for jet lag recovery. Lodging suggestions available.
Write to me with questions or to book your trip.
Booking deposit US$500 per person.
Italy has dropped all travel restrictions and mask requirements related to Covid-19. But the virus is still thriving, and hardly anyone is wearing a mask. We must be alert: travel remains risky!
Vaccinations do not prevent you from catching Covid but may save your life if you get it. Over 90% of recent Covid deaths were unvaccinated or inadequately vaccinated people.
I strongly suggest getting the latest booster, and masking around crowds – especially in airports and on flights. In Italy we'll need to mask indoors. We'll avoid crowds and eat outdoors as a rule.
Traversing the Alban Hills: Rome’s alluring volcanoes
My newest trip is a grand traverse of the Alban Hills: Frascati, Roman Tusculum, Rocca di Papa, Nemi with its crater lake. See Newsletter 39. Newsletter 39 for more information.
Mountains and Sea: Rome’s south coast
Overlooking the Via Appia, limestone cliffs crowned with colorful medieval towns skirt the coast. Extra days at beautiful Lake Nemi are possible by request. See Newsletter 31.
Via Cassia: Sutri to Orvieto
The great pilgrimage road to Rome from the north passes through gorgeous hill towns with fascinating stories. See Newsletter 34.