|Via di Boccea, looking east from a bus stop.|
We had arranged to have lunch with a friend, in her neighborhood, a second-tier "suburb" to Rome's northeast, beyond the Vatican. Boccea, it's called, after its main street, Via di Boccea, which runs east of the Cornelia Metro stop on the "A" line.
We had arrived by scooter with about 45 minutes to spare, just enough time to get a sense of the area. What we found was "just" a Roman neighborhood: teeming with shoppers and workers, touched by the marks of recent history, graced by one of Rome's finest parks, brightened by color and creativity.
Among the dozens of shops that line Via di Boccea and the side streets to the north, we noticed a pet supply store with its carriers and beds arranged along a broad sidewalk
A line of new bicycles added color to the streetscape.
And a macelleria (meat market), receiving its supply of meat from a couple of guys in blood-colored garb.
A bicycle with an old-fashioned basket (it could have belonged to Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz) and--a real prize--an old but still functional Vespa, decorated in the pointillism style of Seurat.
|Parco del Pineto|
Just a Roman neigborhood.