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Eternal Rome

An October 2002 trip to Rome by mooncross

Kennedy Hotel Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: There isn't a city in Europe that has such a long and colorful history as the 'Eternal City' of Rome. Three days isn't nearly enough to see all the sights although we valiantly tried.

Eternal Rome

Overview

Teatro di Marcello Photo, Rome, Italy
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What surprised me most about archeological Italy is the fact that everything is 'hands on'. You can literally walk in the footsteps of ancient Rome. You have to be careful not to stumble over the many remains of ancient buildings. Everywhere you can touch pillars or piles of rubble that once belonged to a temple or villa. It's a stark contrast to the glass display cases featured in many museums, and therefor much more attractive. Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Discover Rome on foot: many archeological and other sights are within walking distance from each other. But be careful! Crossing the road in this busy city is like playing Russian roulette, even on the pedestrian crossway...Read More

Kennedy Hotel

Hotel | "The Kennedy Hotel"

Kennedy Hotel Photo, Rome, Italy
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The Kennedy Hotel is a smallish, family type hotel, located a few blocks from the main railway station, on a fairly quiet street. The rooms are decent-sized, especially for a major city, and have both a/c and heating. The shower stall could be bigger, but the bathroom comes equipped with all important comforts. Breakfast is served buffet-style. The hotel can also arrange for sightseeing tours. Staff is friendly and helpful. Though not located in the old city center, the nearby presence of both of Rome's metro lines (at the Central Station) helps to get around. Colosseum and Forum Romanum are within walking distance.

For more information, visit the hotel website at www.hotelkennedy.net.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2002

Kennedy Hotel
VIA FILIPPO TURATI 62 64 LAZIO
Rome, Italy 00185
39 06 4465373

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When searching for a restaurant to eat lunch in the vicinity of the Colosseum, we almost accidentally stumble down the steps into the Ristorante Al Cardello. This small but renowned restaurant can seat perhaps up to 20 people. Since it is a Monday and off season, we find ourselves the only guests. The restaurant staff speaks a few words of English, and we can barely manage a few words of Italian. So we let them decide what we should eat. A few minutes later the proprietess comes along with a plate filled with tasty marinated vegetables, like cooked onions, potatoes, mushrooms and peppers. When we are finished with the antipasti, the cook himself, an older man with a stained apron (con...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2002

Ristorante al Cardello
Via del Cardello 1
Rome, Italy
+39 (06) 474 5259

Spanish Steps (Scalinata)

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Attraction | "The Spanish Steps"

Spanish Steps (Scalinata) Photo, Rome, Italy
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Famous all over the world as the Spanish Steps, the Scalinata della Trinita' dei Monti are a must-see for any first time visitor to Rome. We arrive at the Piazza di Spagna after a short but not very comfortable ride on the Rome subway. At the foot of the stairs, dozens of tourgroups are already gathered, although it is not yet 10.30 am. The stairs themselves are exactly like in the many photos we have seen, with the Trinita' dei Monti-church hovering over them. We take a couple of pics and begin to climb the stairs. Funnily enough, the look down is one I have never seen before on any picture. Once we reach the church at the top of the stairs, we turn left on the road, and as crowded...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 19, 2002

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

Trevi Fountain

Attraction

Trevi Fountain Photo, Rome, Italy
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The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is located at the crossroads of several narrow roads in the old center of Rome. When we turn the corner, we stop in shock. The fountain is located at a piazza that is far too small to accommodate the many international visitors. But fortunately several guided tours are about to depart and with the departure of so many people at once, it turns out not to be that crowded at all. We can take our pictures at leisure and admire the young bride and groom that have their wedding photo taken at the ultimate picture spot in a town full of romantic locations. Though it used to be customary to throw coins into the water to assure a return to Rome in the fut...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 19, 2002

Trevi Fountain
Piazza di Trevi
Rome, Italy 00187

The Colosseum/Coliseum

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Attraction | "Colosseum"

The Colosseum/Coliseum Photo, Rome, Italy
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We approach the famous Colosseum from the Monte Esquilino by walking through the Parco Traiano. After a few minutes the pitted walls of the Colosseum shimmer among the trees. We are on the same level as the top of the structure and as we get closer we realize how big it really is. Hard to imagine that 2000 years ago people could build structures this big (the Colosseum is 50 meters high and offered seating to 55.000 people), that still stand today. I have yet to see a football stadium achieve the same... The grounds around the Colosseum are filled with milling crowds, many clustered in groups that follow a guide who holds up a colorful banner to show them where to go. Hawkers are selling knickk...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2002

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

Roman Forum

Attraction | "Il Foro Romano"

Roman Forum Photo, Rome, Italy
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Entry to the Forum Romanum is free. It is situated next to the Colosseum and is impressive in its simplicity. Two main streets, lined with many temples and other buildings, dedicated to both the ancient gods and Christianity.

Some of the ancient temples are nothing but a couple of blocks of stone, and require a lot of imagination. But others still have many pillars left, such as the Tempio di Saturni.

During the day, especially in the high season (spring and fall) it will be very crowded in and around the Forum Romanum. After our visit to the Colosseum we decided to have lunch first and returned around 4 pm. It turned out to be much more pleasant a little later in the day.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2002

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

Monumento a Vittorio Emanuelle II Photo, Rome, Italy
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The Monumento a Vittorio Emanuelle II has to be the ugliest building in Rome! Wherever we turn, the immense white marble structure looms on the horizon. Construction started in 1885 and the Monumento was inaugurated in 1925. It is dedicated to honor Italy's first King. It is impressive in its ugliness and clashes with the more sedate ruins of ancient Rome nearby. Entry is free, though, and the wide gallery at the top offers some incredible views across Rome.