This week was a brilliant reminder that, even when I have nothing major on the agenda, there is just always so much going on here in Roma. I suspect that this is perhaps true in lots of other great cities worldwide. But one doesn't always have the available leisure time to seek out -- or stumble upon -- the fun events that are taking place right in your city or even your 'hood. I pretty much do.
1. Last Saturday night, right after getting back from Istanbul, I heard lots of commotion around the block in Piazza del Popolo. Turned out there was a 10K about to take place through the streets of the city. The starting gun didn't go off until 10:00 pm and the piazza was mobbed with runners and watchers. A very fun environment.
|Right after the starting gun, the runners take off down Via del Corso.|
3. Then, there is the Lungo il Tevere Roma. This is a little festival that takes place in Rome every summer. For about a kilometer of the Tiber right along the Trastevere neighborhood, dozens of stalls go up where they sell crafts, art, cute clothing, etc. There are also a bunch of pop-up restaurants and bars. I went over there with a friend on Wednesday night, and it was fantastic to walk along the river. Great place to spend a few hours on a summer night in Roma.
4. Finally, there is a hot music festival going on right now in Piazza del Popolo. I think it is going on for another night or two, so I'll have to check it out again. But even while passing through just before, a band was practicing and getting ready for its performance. They were great!
So much to do, so little time!!