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Rome, the Vatican and Italy

A February 2001 trip to Rome by de Witt

Basilica di San Pietro Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: Our trip to Rome, and the world's smallest country

Rome, the Vatican and Italy

Overview

Basilica di San Pietro Photo, Rome, Italy
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The highlight of visiting Rome was the "Holy See," otherwise known as the Vatican. I would also recommend the Coliseum, the ever impressive "David" by Michelangelo, and of course shopping.

Quick Tips:

Rome is best on its' off seasons. During the summer it’s hot, crowded, over-booked, and the Vatican only allows you a couple of minutes with the Sistine Chapel, which is a crime. Many things are closed down during August, which is when Europe traditionally has vacation.

Best Way To Get Around:

Rome has all the usual European transportation including: the subway, buses and taxis. I recommend a personal taxi driver. Read my thoughts on transportation for more information.

Clube Praia da Oura

Hotel | "Housing In Perugia"

Clube Praia da Oura Photo, Albufeira, Portugal
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In Perugia our friends found us a little condo. The price ended up being about $9 each for three. The condo was studio style, brand new, one bedroom, two bathroom, with a hide-a-bed in the living room. There are similar housing units in the area if you look. I'll try to add details later.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2002

Clube Praia da Oura
Rua Oliveira Martins, Praia Da Oura
Albufeira, Portugal
289 590 324

Vatican

Attraction

Vatican Photo, Rome, Italy
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Save a week or two for the world’s smallest country. Besides the Sistine Chapel, thousands of famous relics, and the incredible tomb of the popes, there’s the Basilica di San Pietro. The Cathedral alone can hold 60,000 people, and was designed by Michelangelo with a backward perspective, which makes the cavernous Cathedral appear larger than it already is. Thankfully, the space lacks the garish colors that adorn most cathedrals, which lets you appreciate the myriad of beautiful marble statues. The best of these lies directly to the right of the entrance: Michelangelo’s Pieta. This masterpiece is the only one Michelangelo ever signed. Legend has it that he snuck into the Cathedral to sign the pie...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2002

Vatican
Vatican City
Rome, Italy

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After getting lost with the buses, and having our purses slit on the subway, we took our chances with an independent taxi driver named Marco. Ever willing and waiting, Marco took us to each destination for $5 a piece and then waited to take us to the next one. At the end of the day he dropped us off at the Hotel and where we arranged to meet him again. Marco charged $5 a piece on each trip, but if there were more than two people the fee remained $10. He liked American money and although his English was choppy he gave as much history as possible. Marco was so excited for our business that he offered to make us lunch, kissed my mom's hand and put us up at his house. Naturally this gave plenty of...Read More

Perugia

Story/Tip

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Perugia is the capital of Umbria, and home to the famous Perugia chocolate. This would be an ideal base for visiting most of Umbira, including: Assissi, Gubbio, and Corcianno. It's also about 150 KM from Rome and Florence. The town is gorgeous, and has a center plaza with great shopping. The stores are open from 9.00 - 13.00 and 15.30 - 19.30. a very long lunch. Perugia also has one of Italy's leading universities which holds classes for beginning Italian. Some friends of mine took their courses and said they were excellent. If you want to stay in Italy for a while and need to learn Italian, or want to take courses this is the place to go. Check out this ...Read More

About the Writer

de Witt

de Witt
Gilbert, Arizona