A December 2001 trip
to Rome by michaelhudson
Quote: Once seen never forgotten, Rome ranks highly among the grand European cities.
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 throwing yourself in a la Anita Ekberg, and remember to throw the coin over your shoulder with your back to the fountain if you want to return to Rome.
Public transport ticket machines accept both notes and coins, but are often broken and unable to take the former. English translations are available when purchasing your tickets.
Remember to validate your tickets by feeding them into the yellow machines found at metro station ticket barriers and onboard buses and trams.
Hotel | "Hotel Guibileo"
The Giubileo is situated behind Santa Maria Maggiore, one of Rome’s five great basilicas. From Termini, come out of the main exit, turn left and follow Via Giovanni Giolitti down, passing McDonald’s on your right, until you see the Tavola Calda restaurant. Turn right at this corner and continue straight ahead until you see the Upim department store adjacent to Santa Maria Maggiore. Turn left here, and the hotel is on the right side of Via Carlo Alberto.
If you want a beer nearby, I’d recommend the Fiddler’s Elbow in Via dell’Olmata. The bar opens at 5pm and is situated just behind the Tourist Information booth at the front of Santa Maria Maggiore.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2002
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Attraction | "The Spanish Steps"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 17, 2002
Spanish Steps (Scalinata)
Piazza Di Spagna
Rome, Italy 00187
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 grandly titled Palazzo della Assicurazione Generale di Venezia stands on the east side of the square. Standing in front of its majestic facade, you can glimpse the Colosseum in the near distance.
On the north side of the Piazza, Via del Corso, Rome’s surprisingly narrow main thoroughfare, runs up towards the Spanish Steps and the Tiber. Walk along the road for around 10 minutes, soaking up the atmosphere of one of the city’s principal shopping streets as you go, before turning right into Via d. Muratte. After another 4-5 minutes you’ll see the Trevi Fountain on your left.
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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, you need a lot of imagination, and perhaps a grasp of history, to fully appreciate what you are seeing. Ignore the crowds of tourists, stop for a moment, and contemplate.
As you exit the Forum through yet another magnificent arch, turn left, and continue up the steep bank until you reach Via Di Monte. There are some magnificent views over the entire Forum, and indeed of the Colosseum itself, as you walk back in the direction of the arch. From here, follow the street as it bends to the left into the elegant square, the Campidoglio. Designed by Michelangelo, the square houses Rome’s town hall, Palazzo Senatorio, an equestrian statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and the Capitoline Museums. Although I didn’t have time to explore the museums, they are by all accounts extremely impressive.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2002
Largo Romolo e Remo
Rome, Italy 00186
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