Up, up and away

This week I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a combined photography plus fitness boot camp for travellers to Perugia. I think being back at the gym four mornings a week lately is making me homesick for some proper medieval steps to climb for a change. Not to mention the scenery. Variations would include ascending and descending Via Appia or the Scala di San Ercolano with or without fully laden bags of shopping on each arm. (And I speak from experience here.) Probably best too if the photography part happens before we hit the shops. But I’m open to suggestions.

What goes up....the stairway of San Ercolano heading down towards Corso Cavour


The Chiesa di San Ercolano in a patchwork of steps

The steps of Via Appia heading up towards Perugia centro start innocently enough...

Via Appia again. The arches and buildings above are a good excuse to take a breather

I love the mustard colour of these shutters with the stone

Via dell'Acquedotto with the university quarter (and 'casa mia') beyond, viewed from Via Appia


Comments 18

  1. jann March 4, 2012

    Your stairs are absolutely wonderful!!!!! Fabulous shot. (I can feel my legs ache just looking at them.) No gym necessary in these hill towns. I’m always amazed at the strong calves of the old-timers in Sicily.

    • janinevasta March 4, 2012

      You’re absolutely right Jann. No gym required. It drives me a bit mad actually because I work sooo hard gym at home then when I’m in Italy – and it doesn’t even need to be Perugia – it’s no effort at all to stay in shape! Anzi. I seem to feel 10 times better! And yes those hill town women have the best legs going – at any age!

  2. Shelagh March 4, 2012

    Wonderful idea. I’ve often noticed how old women in Italy (especially in the countryside) are remarkably capable of walking up and down hills that make me short of breath, having done it all their lives. The ultimate stairmaster, with much better views, whether you’re talking about hills or the beautiful steps you’ve shown above.

    I’d be very interested to hear your plans as they unfold.

    • janinevasta March 4, 2012

      Thanks so much Shelagh….sounds like you’ve worked it all out already! Walking is really my thing in Italy. You get to enjoy the eating part so much more after a day on those stairs! I’m very happy you think my idea might have legs as they say…Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one!

    • janinevasta March 4, 2012

      I have to admit to being a bit of a show off on the steps in Perugia, Debra. Two at a time and racing my daughter up are my biggest indiscretions…! All in a good cause. I thought you’d love the stairs!!!

    • janinevasta March 4, 2012

      OK I will!!! You can send me your guests after you’ve fed them up in Lucca!!! The best thing is that you get all the exercise, all the results and virtually no pain. I’m not sure how it all works but it does!

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