Rome – The City of Seven Hills

August 14, 2006 at 4:32 am 2 comments

Rome was founded on seven hills – the Capitoline, Palatine, Celium, Aventine, Quirinal, Viminal, and Esquiline. From among these hills the ancient Romans administered a vast empire stretching from Britain to Africa, from Spain to the Middle East. The modern day visitor to Rome sees many reminders of the splendour of the Roman Empire including the Coloseum, the Forum, Circus Maximus and the Pantheon. It was in these hills that an underhanded attack on the Summit Cheeseburger leadership was avenged.

As they say, Rome was not built in a day, and its peaks are not scaled without proper preparation. This began with a dash from the Rome airport to the Adriatic town of Fossaccesia Marina for acclimitization to both low altitude and high espresso levels. Periodic ascents of the road up to Santa Maria Imbaro provided additional exposure to a range of elevations. Our loins were further girded by a visit to Ravenna – the mosaic capital of the world. The wonderful Santa Maria in Foris bed and breakfast provided a jumping off point for visits of the Basilica di San Vitale, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra, and the Basilica di Sant’Appollinare Nuovo. All contained outstanding examples of fifth and sixth century mosaic work but the Basilica di San Vitale was stunning – mosaics on the walls, floors, and ceilings were breathtaking.

After too much pasta, too much cappacino, and too much proscuitto we made our way to Rome. After visits to the Trevi fountain and the Pantheon, we undertook the arduous climb up the 124 steps of Santa Maria in Aracoeli. Why? To get to the top of the Capitoline Hill, eat a Cheeseburger, and claim the first non-US peak for the Summit Cheeseburger effort. With this accomplishment in hand, we proceeded through the ruins of the Roman Forum to attack the Palantine Hill. Success! Two of the Seven Hills of Ancient Rome in one day. The only casualty was Paul’s stomach.

The next day the blizzard of Cheeseburger summitting continued. After visiting the Vatican we crossed the Tiber to begin the long, winding ascent of the Janiculum Hill. While not one of the original seven hills of Rome, it commands a tremendous panorama of Rome and the Vatican.

Photos and additional details will be provided upon my return to a fully functioning computer

Paul / Capitoline, Palatine, Janiculum Hills.

Roman Cheeseburger Ascending the Capitoline Hill PICT2339 Pantheon


Entry filed under: International Summits.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. summitcheese  |  August 14, 2006 at 4:36 am

    Crap! – Patrick

  • 2. John  |  August 14, 2006 at 11:17 pm

    Welcome to the first party of international summiteers!


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