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When In Rome...

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A December 2001 trip to Rome by michaelhudson

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Quote: Once seen never forgotten, Rome ranks highly among the grand European cities.

When In Rome...

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Overview

Rome Photo, Rome, Italy
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The Coliseum is truly awe-inspiring, ranking alongside the Great Wall as possibly the most spectacular man-made structure I’ve ever seen. Once inside the arena, after a lengthy queue for tickets outside, thoughts inevitably turn to images of gladiators, baying crowds and imperious rulers. I found the experience to be at once eerie, breathtaking, and strangely voyeuristic. In the midst of narrow, winding streets, the Fontana di Trevi looms suddenly, spectacularly and unforgettably. It took thirty years and the life of its designer - whose lungs were irreparably damaged by long sojourns in the waterworks of the fountain - to complete, but the end result fully deserves its reputation. Refrain from...Read More

Hotel Giubileo

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Hotel | "Hotel Guibileo"

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I booked two nights at the Hotel Giubileo through Hotel Connect, for a total of £91 for 2 people, bed, and continental breakfast. You can contact the hotel directly by emailing info@hotelgiubileo.com, or find out further information on this website. Considering the price, the hotel offers superb value for money with large rooms and good facilities including a fridge, color TV (Italian channels only), wardrobe, shower, bidet and hairdryer. Breakfast, consisting of croissants, cakes, cereal and drinks, is served from 7-10am, with two tables inside the breakfast room and a further six outside on a heated terrace. With an excellent location close to Termini and very fri...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2002

Hotel Giubileo
VIA CARLO ALBERTO 13
Rome, Italy
06-44-70-2259

Spanish Steps (Scalinata)

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Attraction | "The Spanish Steps"

Spanish Steps (Scalinata) Photo, Rome, Italy
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Sweeping down from the impressive Trinita dei Monti church, the three flights of majestic Baroque steps more than matched up to my expectations. From a purely aesthetic perspective they may seem disappointing, but crowded with camera flashes, cigarette smoke, and flowers, the steps represent both the essence of romantic Rome and the ways in which it can sometimes over-commercialize itself. Fronted by the understated glamour of the Fontana della Baraccia, the juxtaposition of the seething masses thronging Via del Condotti with the studied elegance of the more sedentary locals is something often mimicked but very seldom emulated elsewhere. Arrive at dusk, buy an ice cream, find a place to sit, and spend...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 17, 2002

Spanish Steps (Scalinata)
Piazza Di Spagna
Rome, Italy 00187

Piazza Venezia

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Attraction

Piazza Venezia Photo, Rome, Italy
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If all roads lead to Rome, then once in the city all roads eventually lead to the magnificent, monolithic monstrosity, more officially known as The Altar of the Fatherland, that dominates the south side of the Piazza Venezia. Erected to commemorate Italian Unification, and since likened to a typewriter and a wedding cake, it’s well worth climbing the stairs up to the top of the monument for the fantastic panorama it affords. The equestrian statue of the king is reputedly the world’s largest-his moustache alone is 3m long! To the west, Palazzo Venezia gives the square both its name and its darkest memories. From here, Mussolini once held crowds in thrall with his fascist oratory. The gran...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 17, 2002

Piazza Venezia
Piazza Venezia
Rome, Italy 00187

Roman Forum

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Attraction

Roman Forum Photo, Rome, Italy
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The imposing Arch of Constantine - at 25 metres tall, the largest triumphal arch preserved in Rome - stands between the Colosseum and the Arch of Titus, one of the entrances to the Forum. At the latter Arch, reached by walking up the small road directly opposite the entrance to the Colosseum, a path branches off to the left for the Palatine Hill (admission charge). Constrained by time, I decided to leave that for next time and thus continued straight ahead into the Forum itself. Once the very heart of the greatest Empire known to man, these few acres are a potent, if ruined, testament to the glory of ancient Rome. As you walk along the Via Sacra, once traversed by emperors and victorious generals...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2002

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

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michaelhudson

michaelhudson
Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom