Who knows the Great path ring of Rome?
All for sure the Gra for cars , but we believe only few this wonderful bike path. Here is the story of a journey into a parallel roman dimension view from two wheels and a date December 26 to try it.
A HIDDEN TRAIL
Can you imagine making a small journey all around your city? Explore forests, hills , meadows, river beds , riding for a whole day coming in contact only short distances with the urbanized areas? In Rome, this is possible! The structure of the city is interspersed with green areas , historic villas and archaeological areas , you just have to find a way to stitch together the boundary of urban parks using existing bike lanes and passing some bizarre unknown to most people.
This course has been completely traced back in 2006 and consists of a “ring base” about 50 miles, plus a handful of ” variants ” to avoid having to repeat the same identical lap , and takes the name of the GSA -Grande Sentiero Anulare (great path ring).
When you walk a ring , any ” point of departure” is arbitrary, but we like to do that start from the Piramide Cestia because it is easy for rail transport , and can be reached from many different areas of Rome by train or metro , days and times allowed even with the bike in tow. From there scroll down next to the Aurelian walls , we pass under the ” Monte dei Cocci ” (the oldest known landfill , composed entirely of fragments of Roman amphorae ) , we turn around the century slaughterhouse in Testaccio and go down on the left bank of the Tiber, on the side opposite to the one where it passes the bike path.
The reason for this choice, which results in a disconnected ground and a few minor difficulties, scroll next to the remains of the river port of Ripa and the Cloaca Maxima , in addition to being able to enjoy a lot of different points of view (and often better) than those on the other side , from the Tiber to the Castel Sant’Angelo.
LUNGOTEVERE E VILLA BORGHESE
The left bank ends up at the Ara Pacis , and forces them to move on the right at the cost of two flights of stairs bike on his shoulder , then continue along the path until it ends up on the Tiber River Tiber Oberdan , then you go back to cross Risorgimento Bridge and take the path of Via delle Belle Arti until you enter the Villa Borghese , the most famous villa in Rome. Passed the Bio-park we’re going to take the bike path that runs along via Panama to get to Villa Ada and it cross the lush forests of tall trees , completely losing the feeling of being inside a city.
WILD ZONE IN THE CITY CENTRE
Once at the lake and past the traffic lights on the Via Salaria , an additional bike path zigzags , will take us to the entrance of Aniene cycle path , which runs along the second longest river in Rome, most small and hidden , until you reach the medieval Nomentano bridge . The route follows the Aniene shore still venturing into wild areas, as a short distance from reaching the road junction of Bridge Bashful . From here the area of the Appia Antica Park avenue should lead the path of Togliatti , which unfortunately have been made only two sections are not connected , so as to oblige us to a detour through idyllic areas and other variously degraded (but also to cross the beautiful park of Tor Tre Teste )
THE PARK OF WATER
At the end of the long journey to the south, and passed the district “monster ” Tuscolano , our efforts will be rewarded by the sight of the Roman Aqueduct Park . Here we offer various possibilities for re-entry into the Pyramid : or the Via Appia Antica, the “Queen of Roads” of the ancient Romans , or the Parco di Tor Fiscale and Caffarella Valley , with its pagan temples converted into churches ( St. Urban ) , its nymphs ( Nymphaeum of Egeria ) , the Roman cisterns and tombs in the columbarium ( the temple of Dio Redicolo ) , from which emerge close to the catacombs of San Callisto and the Church of Domine Quo Vadis
THE RETURN OF THE PYRAMID
At this point a further short stretch connecting the green will allow us to reach the path of Via Cristoforo Colombo, from which we can return to the Pyramid along the Aurelian Walls , or going to the Baths of Caracalla and the Circus Maximus , a short distance from the Coliseum and via dei Fori Imperiali. The ring described develops a length of about fifty kilometers and it takes no hurry in a day … after which the Romans themselves have come to wonder : ” where I’ve been today? ? “
To date the Great Way ring road is only a small wonder for those who know the path, or are able to be guided by a GPS device, the hope is to be able to do it sooner or later become a path formalized , structured and reported . It ‘ a dream easily achievable but the power to make it come true is in the hands of the city administration .
The route of the GSA , in the same direction in which it was described but starting from Tor Tax is told in a documentary video that you find here : http://youtu.be/aduuTwDt7fI
Additional information, track GPS / KML variants fotoracconti and more are on the GSA website : http://gsaroma.wordpress.com/