Vincenzo invited me along one day for a walk with Pepino, treasured mascot of via del Mandrione. We ambled down a road we had driven many times, lined by the aqueduct on one side and tiny homes on the other. And then much to our surprise, the homes gave way to a beautiful public garden we had never noticed before.
It’s obviously being used, as there was a barbecue pit, tables and chairs scattered around.
On one occasion, it seemed I had just missed a delightful, and possibly romantic, lunch:
But even when we had a nighttime cookout, no one came and told us we were trespassing:
It’s a serene paradise ten minutes from Termini train station by trenino, and we’re thrilled to have found it in time for the long summer nights ahead of us.