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Arrividerci Cortona, uhh, hello, Roma

October 16, 2011

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Patrizia with tiramisu at Trattoria Dardano.

Thursday, October 13

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Wrapping things up in Cortona, we ran errands and then took Patrizia and her family to dinner. Above, Lucia and her husband Gian Luca; Patrizia, a waitress, Liliana and Peggy.

Friday, October 14

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A few more last-minute things before we leave Cortona. A last look to the south, with Lake Trasimeno in the distance. If you squint you might be able to make out Castiglione del Lago jutting into the water.

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The church of San Marco, outside and in.

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A last shot atop the Etruscan wall.

Saturday, October 15

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Leaving Cortona. Peggu waits for Patrizia to drive up.

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A last look from Via di Porta Montanina.

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Termini station, Roma.

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Our room at the Alessandro Hostel. We’re just around the corner from the train station, which is very convenient.

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Bunkbeds, three pairs to the room.

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Lady Liberty lights up. A Tabacchi shop nearby.

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When we checked in at the hostel, we saw a sign by the desk advising guests to avoid a number of locations in the city because of a planned demonstration against the IMF scheduled for later in the day. After dinner, we decided to walk to the Colosseum, figuring that any demonstrations would be finished by then. However, as we walked down Via Merulana, we saw increasing numbers of police in riot gear, and heavy deployment of police vans and cars. Still no evidence of any disturbance.

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That changed as we walked further down the street, and saw some overturned garbage dumpsters.

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Then broken glass, smashed planters, and more garbage bins.

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Fresh graffiti on several buildings.

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Dumpsters overturned and set on fire.

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A branch of the Banco Popolare del Lazio, in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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The bank on the Via Labicana side. Apparently this was never intended to be peaceful.

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…and so they did.

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Burned-out cars.

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Continuing down Via Labicana, a trashed Manpower office.

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We were able to walk down Via Labicana, which, like Via Merulana, had been closed to traffic, and eventually reached the Colosseum, but what we had seen of the night’s events made it feel like less of a destination and more like a place to turn around and retrace our steps back to the hostel.

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A most interesting introduction to the Holy City.

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  1. Alyssa permalink

    Oh nooo! That’s horrific! A terrible introduction to such a special place. I hope in the light, things look better and they get all this stuff fixed and cleaned up. Damn hippies. Not quite your Occupy Rome (camp out in a park and sing) kinda folks…We heard you called tonight–sorry we missed you all weekend–we had a wedding to go to for sort-of-friends, and it was much nicer than expected. Arlene and Irv were good enough to babysit all day and into the night for us. I hope these last few days go smoothly and we’ll see you soon!

    Love,
    Alyssa

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