5 thoughts on “Consiglio

  1. The next time the group is near the Colosseum you should go into the Church of St. Clemente. It is a church built on a church, built on a house. Near there is one of the best all night pastry shops. As the phrase goes “Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli”, they have the best, cannoli that is. It is called L’Antica Cornetteria and is located at Via Labicana 78, Rome.

  2. I am curious as to the state of bicycling in Rome: does anyone brave the traffic? Is there a bicycle rental system like Paris, London, Berlin? Where one can use a bicycle from a public rental station and then leave it at the nearest one to your destination?

    Any kind of signage for bike routes?

    Bike racks located at the entries to public places?

    Has anyone passed a bicycle shop? Gone in to see what kind of cycles are on offer?

    Or is there simply too much traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, for cycling to be worthwhile?

    • As to bicycling in Rome, I recently purchased a bike from a second hand store on Via Portuense along the river. Thanks to the help of Stephanie’s husband, Aaron, I was able to locate actual bike shops at various locations around the city. Townies and commuters bikes are abundant but being a “roadie” and finding a road bike, especially for a low cost, is a bit more challenging. The shop Lazzaretti (Piazza Fiume in the northeast side of town) is a very nice established shop that sells everything from commuters to high end road bike. There’s a shop off of Via Monserrato that is owned by a guy that makes custom steel frames called di Bartolomei Another shop, Moto Bici Moda, is located on the east side of V.d. Carni, just north of cross street Via F.S. Sprovieri.

      When it comes to actually riding, things can be a bit tricky until you are able to get outside the city. Today, Aaron and I rode to the coast and down it a ways before returning home. You have to use busier streets but the traffic pays enough attention that it isn’t too bad. If you are accustomed to riding on the roads it’s just busier. I haven’t really noticed any signage at all, at least from what I can tell, or maybe that’s just because I’ve missed them or just don’t understand Italian that well. There was a bike lane for a little ways while we were riding towards the coast and I’ve noticed small bike indicators on particular roads but just because it says those things doesn’t mean that you won’t find either a car or a moped on them from time to time.

      I have yet to see a bike rack outside of any building and from what I can tell people either chain them to the nearest street sign or railing or they just take them inside with them if it’s where they work or something like that. There are public bike rental systems in various locations throughout the city but I have yet to see one that has more that one or two bikes available at a time. I don’t know if that is because they are so popular or if they have been stolen or what.

      Despite the large amounts of traffic and congestion cycling remains popular both as a means of transportation and exercise. I’ve seen people of all types and ages riding bikes in heavy traffic and motorists are pretty good about looking for people on bikes. Most people who ride for exercise ride on the weekends because the streets are a little less congested and during our ride out to the coast we saw a number of people on bikes. Many of the main streets are used on Sunday morning most likely because a majority of people go to church in the morning.

      Cycling is a very efficient means of getting where you want to go and doing what you want to do as long as you’re paying attention to what is going on around you and you’re not too scared to ride in the street with high volumes of traffic.

  3. Tyler: thanks for your excellent response. Your description makes it seem about what I would have figured. My last experience (from almost a decade ago) was that you could cycle but had to be a brave enough rider to cruise along with the cars & Vespas. Out in the countryside there were weekend pelotons but even those were vulnerable to weekend drivers coming around curves too fast to stop for the cyclists. ‘Taking the lane’ is a more dangerous proposition.
    Sounds like you’ve begun to grow more accustomed to riding and I’m sure Aaron appreciates having someone to ride with at times. We’ll see you after Spring Break when we show up to review your projects. Tom

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