Something we love doing with our boys is taking their bike or scooter to one of the beautiful parks in Rome. It gives us a chance to get outside into green space and just let the boys explore. It’s also a great place to go when you’ve had a bad day. Something about getting outside in God’s creation just lifts the spirit.
We had never had the chance to go to the Parco degli Acquedotti before and when we finally did, it was truly amazing to see the aqueducts weaving in and out of the park. It’s a peaceful place to go for a nice walk or even a run as there are paths all throughout the park. I love the rustic quality the park has and it’s amazing to think about how the Italians constructed these acquedotti during the Roman Empire so that they could bring water into the eternal city.
But, I have to say, my favorite thing to do on these passeggiate is to just slow down. So many things in life can creep in and really weigh you down and sometimes you just have to stop and put that phone down, get away from the computer, forget the car, take that walk, and really see the people in front of you.
For me these moments allow me to stop and look up at the umbrella trees I love so much or listen to friends telling animated stories as they walk by. My soul wells up within me as I see my children’s faces filled with joy as they find a clover or see a dog running through an open field. My heart feels at home as my husband walks with me hand in hand. It’s the simple things that matter isn’t it? It’s all of those little moments that make up an unforgettable afternoon.