In these weeks of forced stop in Rome, my hometown, we are keeping us entertained with our bicycles. Cycling in Rome is a mission: it's very dangerous if you are not used to, because there are no cycling paths, people drive like crazy and they have no respect for cyclists. But it's still the fastest way to move in such a big City with such a bad public transport system, and of course it's more pleasant.
Oti is quite a newbie to cycling, she learned last year to drive a bike! But she is progressing very fast, she is still not really comfortable in the italian traffic, but she is becoming more and more confident and we drove several times more than 50km in the city.
Ciemmona: Critical Mass 2013 in Rome
Cycling in the Aniene Valley Nature Reserve
Last friday instead we decided to take it more easy and to leave behind the busy roads to try one of the few cycling routes available in Rome; it's off-road, so rather a rural bike track than a bike lane. It's following the river "Aniene" one of the effluents of river Tiberim.
The first challenge was to arrive there: there is kind of a separate bike lane to reach the "natural reserve" of Aniene valley, but it's the most ridiculous you probably will see in your life: zero maintenance, continuous crossing of cars,inexplicable zig-zag, crossing through kids playgrounds, cars parked on it, signs and trees in the middle of the lane and many more.
Somehow we managed to reach the Aniene valley nature reserve, and at the beginning things got better. The track was visible and there were signs from time to time. The park isn't very well managed and dirtier than it should be, not to talk about the river and its banks, that are full of garbage brought by the current. But all in all it's a pleasant ride
After reaching "Ponte Nomentano" the route in the natural reserve finished, and we continued our trip reaching "Villa Ada" one of the biggest park in Rome, and cycled a little bit more, until Oti collapsed on the grass completely powerless. In my mind I was envisioning to try also the bike lane along Tiberim river and then back from Caffarella Park, but Oti was so drained of energy that we decided to go back home (20 more km to go) first stopping for a recharging ice cream!