Today’s rabbit quest offered an interesting and impossible challenge: smack dab in the middle of the Regina Coeli prison in Trastevere. I got as close as I could.

If I walked there I knew I would get a good overview of the prison and I did.

A view of the Regina Coeli prison from the Janiculum hill. There are two panopticon-type towers and the quest is near the one on the left. Behind is the urban landscape of Rome and overcast skies.
The quest target is near the panopticon-type tower on the left

On the way down towards the river and the prison itself, I came across a very natty folding bicycle. Does a paint job like this really deter thieves? I imagine that’s what it is for. Probably the absent saddle is more effective. Not sure what cavallo paxxo means. Horse, yes, and Paxxo’s horse?

A folding bicycle painted in a razzle-dazzle fashion, labelled cavallo paxxo and with its saddle removed
Paxxo’s horse?

The number of seemingly derelict properties in Rome, needing only cash to turn them into something fabulous, always astonishes me. Often hidden behind crude gates, sometimes you get a peek inside.

A metal gate with a crudely cut hole in it. Beyond, out of focus, is an interesting set of empty buildings
What might that building in the back become?

Just before I got as close to the quest target as I could, I was struck by this sentry box on the other side of the road from the prison wall. You see these here and there around the city, although I've never investigated further. There are a couple of barracks around here, so maybe this was part of the peripheral security.

A round sentry box with an arched opening and a domed roof

As for the quest itself, I got as close as I could.

Composite image with my location on the left and on the right, the quest: a wide-andle photo of a wall missing most of its stucco at the bottom, revelaing ancient brickwork and two courses of windows, the lower ones barred, the uppwer ones with shutters. Above, a fence of glass panels.
Quest location at the base of one of the panopticon towers in the prison

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