There is a medieval poverb- All roads lead to Rome. And the first road, the Apian Way led from.what is now Puglia to Rome.
On the small roads from Manfredonia, there are plenty of Roman reminders.
The main road into Rome is no longer the old Apian Way, there is a motorway instead, but the ancient road is still there.
As is the old city wall
But what can I say about Rome that hasn’t already been said, what pictures can I show that havent been shown?
What stunned me was that only an E-bike ride from centre of Rome along the old Apian Way, it was countryside.
So let me leave Rome and head north east to get the bike serviced in Rimini before heading to Croatia.
A short ride north of Rome in Tuscany are the Saturnia hot springs.
It was 32c when I was there, so probably not the best day for a 30c hot spa, but it was still beautiful.
The stop for the night was Lago di Bolsena, Europe’s largest volcanic lake. The shores of the lake is dotted with camping grounds. Even in the peak of summer, there are spaces to pitch a tent.
The riding through southern Tuscany toward Rimini was beautiful – beautiful roads and beautiful villages.
In the peak of holidays there was no accommodation in Rimini but luckily the was up the mountain in San Marino. A short ride from Rimini
The team at Opificio Bike Store in Rimini are fantastic, and I can’t thank them enough. On their first day back from holidays, they serviced, the engine, brakes, and fitted new tyres. Not only that, invited me to the Moto Guzzi Clunhouse for dinner that night.
The club house is an old farm shed between Rimini and San Marino. From the clubhouse, one can see the lights of the city of San Marino perched up on the mountain.
San Marino is in Italy but not in Italy. It claims to be the oldest continuous repblic in the world and is a seperate country. One of the handful of strange micro states within Europe.
With the mighty breva serviced, it was time to head to Anconna to catch the night ferry to Split, Croatia.
Ok ok ok! I just skipped over Rome.
In many ways, August is a good time to visit Rome. Though it’s full of tourists, most of the city due to its population escaping for holidays. Hence, the streets and public transport were easy to get around on. It’s both a beautiful and contradictory place. I’ll let some photos do the talking.