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Italy in May - Rome

An April 2002 trip to Rome by roza4

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Quote: This is where I started my first trip to Italy. Rome is full of history and art. Where else would you find so many paintings by Rafael, statues by Bernini...

Italy in May - Rome

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The places you absolutely have to visit are Villa Borghese, Palazzo Doria-Pamphilj, Vatican museums and St. Peter's, Pantheon, try also to visit a lot of churches, fountains, Spanish steps, Colosseum.Quick Tips: Decide before hand what you want to see and plan your trip. Rome is very large and you cannot see everything in a short period of time so decide what are the most important things for you to see and find out whether you need reservations. Some places like Villa Borghese require reservations. Get comfortable shoes and prepare to walk a lot.Best Way To Get Around: Use public transportation, it's cheap and convenient. Buses and trams will take you everywhere you need to get....Read More

Westin Excelsior Rome

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Hotel | "Westin Excelsior"

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To get here from Rome Fiumicino airport, take a train to Stazione Termini, then go downstairs into the subway and take subway to "Barberini" station. Before boarding the train in the airport, make sure to validate the ticket in the yellow machine. From "Barberini" take bus 95, 63, 62 or 116 along Via Veneto. You will see Excelsior on the right hand side right after the US Embassy. The hotel is very impressive. It just finished a complete restoration that went on for 2 years, and all the rooms are newly refurbished. The rooms are rather large with furniture looking like antique. The bathroom has 2 sinks built in black marble counter top, a full bath, shower, toilet and bidet. It is tiled w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 23, 2002

Westin Excelsior Rome
VIA VITTORIO VENETO 125
Rome, Italy
39-06-47081

Vatican Museums

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Attraction | "Vatican Museums (Part I)"

Vatican Museums Photo, Rome, Italy
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Open: 8:45 am – 4:45 pm Mon – Fri, 8:45 am – 3 pm Sat and last Sun of the month www.vatican.va Best way to get here is to get to Via Cavour and take bus 49 which will bring you right to the entrance of the museums. Prepare to spend a day in the Vatican museums and St Peter’s. When we came in around 9am the line was about 150 people and we got in in about 20 minutes. I bought nice postcards of Rome (20 postcards for 2 euros) while I was standing in line. Once you get inside and buy your tickets, you have two choices: either start with the Pinacoteca or see everything else and finish with the visit to Pinacoteca. I preferred t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 31, 2002

Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano
Rome, Italy 00165
0039 06 69884676

Vatican Museums

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Attraction | "Vatican Museums (Part II)"

Vatican Museums Photo, Rome, Italy
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Let's continue with the tour of Sistine chapel since the journal entry is limited to 500 words. Who can forget the most famous ceiling in the world – frescoes by Michelangelo that show scenes from Genesis, surrounded by prophets, sibyls and scenes from the old and new testament. The most famous fresco of this ceiling is probably Creation of Adam. After painting this ceiling for 4 years, Michelangelo for several years couldn’t read other than by bringing a letter or a book up above his head and looking up at what he was reading. As you exit the chapel, you go through another set of galleries, of which the most impressive is the library that shows pictures of all the famous scholars ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 31, 2002

Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano
Rome, Italy 00165
0039 06 69884676

Rome Synagogue

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Rome Synagogue Photo, Rome, Italy
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Florence synagogue was the first synagogue built in Italy after the emansipation. Rome synagogue very follows the same tradition as Florence synagogue in its décor. It was built 2 blocks away from the place where 5 of Rome synagogues used to be. Now all the Roman Jews come to this synagogue to pray during the holidays and on Sabbath. The synagogue is very large and it has sephardic décor, with walls painted with Moorish patterns from the floor to the ceiling. It also has Art Nouveau features in the rainbow colors of the ceilings, stained glass patterns of the windows and the iron work on the balcony. It is much lighter and brighter than Florence synagogue with prevailing colors of yellow and lig...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2002

Rome Synagogue
Trastevere
Rome, Italy

The Colosseum/Coliseum

Attraction | "Colosseum"

The Colosseum/Coliseum Photo, Rome, Italy
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Phone: 06-3974 9907 Open: 9 am – 7 pm daily (4 pm in winter) Closed: Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25 This is truly a huge building taking up a very large block of the city. Obviously everybody knows at least approximately how it looks. There are 4 floors, parts of the building are made of its original yellowy stone, parts have been later restored and are of brick. Each of the first 3 floors is made of arches and each floor has different column types. There are 80 arched entrances on the 1st floor and they used to be numbered to let the people in to see the fights. There was a special emperor’s entrance and emperor’s box. Inside there is a huge arena where gladiators used to fight and surrounding it ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2002

The Colosseum/Coliseum
Piazza Del Colosseo
Rome, Italy 00184
+39 (06) 7004261

Pantheon

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Pantheon Photo, Rome, Italy
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Phone: 06-68 30 02 30 Open: 9 am – 6:30 pm Mon-Sat, 9 am – 1 pm Sun Closed: Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25 If you take electric bus 116 it will bring you right to the Piazza della Rotonda and you will get to see not only the entrance to Pantheon but also the back of it, where the brick walls are much older then the façade of this magnificent church. The first Pantheon was built by Marcus Agrippa in 27-25 BC and there is an inscription on the façade portico above the granite columns that has his name on it. You can tell that the building is really large but you start to really appreciate the size of it when you come in. It is built in circular shape, the floors are made of various colors of marble: gre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2002

Pantheon
Piazza della Rotonda
Rome, Italy 00186
+39 0668300230

Villa Borghese Gardens

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Attraction | "Villa Borghese"

Villa Borghese Gardens Photo, Rome, Italy
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phone: 39 06 32 81 01 open: Mon-Sat 9 am – 7 pm, Sun 9 am – 1 pm The villa is located in the middle of the large park and if you have time you can spend here some time, relax, enjoy the nature, Rome and observe the locals. To get here from Westin Excelsior where I was staying, I went up Via Veneto to Porte Pinciano, the remains of the ancient city walls, walked across the street to the entrance into the park, turned right and walked straight until you hit the villa. You absolutely must have reservations. They are easy to make on the internet at this website. A month before you are going, request a two hour time slot on a particular day (which mea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 2, 2002

Villa Borghese Gardens
Piazzale Flaminio
Rome, Italy 00196

Roman Forum

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The Roman Forum starts near the Colosseum and continues all the way to Piazza Venezia. It was built on three hills and it was the center of political, commercial and judicial life in ancient Rome, and the current Forum (or rather its ruins) is the Forum that was built by Julius Caesar, with triumphal arches built by emperors to honor themselves, basilicas being the largest buildings where cases were heard and not having anything to do with religion. I recommend reading a lot about the history of ancient Rome before going here, since if you do you will feel like Mr. Chips, with history rising right in front of your eyes. The major sights are: 1) the Arch of Septimius Severus showing ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2002

Roman Forum
Largo Romolo e Remo
Rome, Italy 00186
+39 066990110

Villa Farnesina

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Open: Mo-Sat 9 am – 1 pm Phone: 06 68 80 17 67 Villa Farnesina is one of the most amazing Palazzos that you will see in Rome. Located right across from Palazzo Corsini and built by Baldassare Peruzzi in the beginning of the 16th century for wealthy banker Agostino Chigi, it was later bought by cardinal Farnese whose name it bears now. It has amazing frescoes on the walls and ceilings, and is truly unique in its style and decorations. From the outside the building looks very modest and is painted in a terracotta color. The gardens surrounding the building are well- maintained. You cannot take pictures inside. When you walk in and turn right, the first large hall that you see has Ra...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2002

Villa Farnesina
Via della Lungara, 230
Rome, Italy 00165
+39 0668801767

Galleria Spada

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Phone: 06 32 8 10 Open: Tue-Sat 9 am – 7 pm, Sun 9 am – 1 pm, closed on Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25. This gallery is located just off Via Guilia, 2 buildings away from Palazzo Farnese (French embassy) and Campo de Fiori. The Palazzo Spada also houses several municipal offices. It was built in mid 16th century for Cardinal Capo di Ferro, and the Piazza bears his name. Cardinal Spada in the 17th century hired Bernini and Borromini to work on the façade of the building that resulted in the false perspectives, one of which is part of the gallery exhibit. The day I got there, they would allow 15 minute tours of the second floor and a tour of the second floor 15 minutes later. The 2nd floor has ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 7, 2002

Galleria Spada
Piazza Capo di Ferro, 13
Rome, Italy 00186
+39 06 6832409