IMG_8401For the past few years, when I am in Roma, I call the neighborhood of Collina Fleming my home.  This is a quiet, upscale area in the north of Roma — mainly residential, but with enough businesses thrown in to make it an easy zone in which to live.  IMG_8404Corso Francia is close by, as is the neighborhood of Ponte Milvio.  It is always fun to explore this area, as each time that I do, I venture deeper into its winding side streets and discover new things.IMG_8421IMG_8423IMG_8465IMG_8477IMG_8484IMG_8487IMG_8498One of the many traditions here is to incorporate fragments of reliefs or other items, which are found when building a new home, into the walls of the one that you are erecting.  You can find evidence of this practice all over the city.IMG_8504IMG_8507IMG_8512IMG_8516IMG_8540IMG_8545IMG_8542IMG_8549IMG_8575IMG_8586IMG_8602IMG_8608IMG_8615IMG_8632Another fun pastime is walking down towards the center of town, along the river.IMG_9669IMG_9671IMG_9675IMG_9686IMG_9690IMG_9685IMG_9700IMG_9711IMG_9713IMG_9727IMG_9746The Mausoleo di Santa Costanza (Mausoleum of Saint Costanza), on Via Nomentana, is definitely worth making the effort to see.  This is a beautiful sacred space, which was built in the 4th century by Constantine I, as a mausoleum for his daughter Costantina.  IMG_9831IMG_9731IMG_9767IMG_9791IMG_9796IMG_9815IMG_9825IMG_9833IMG_9834IMG_9836IMG_9844IMG_9847IMG_9852IMG_9854IMG_9860IMG_9866IMG_9877IMG_9896IMG_9898IMG_9899IMG_9908IMG_9920IMG_9924IMG_9928IMG_9994IMG_9916

There will be more from Roma later, but next up:  Busto Arsizio.

Note: This blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations which may appear.  If you enjoyed this post, please, feel free to check out our archives for more blogs from Roma, and other wonderful Italian destinations!  Grazie!

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