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Italy in May - Rome, Part III

An April 2002 trip to Rome by roza4

Palazzo Barberini Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: This is the third journal in the series about Rome. To rephrase, Rome is always Rome, and once you find yourself there, history is everywhere...

Italy in May - Rome, Part III

Overview

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In this set of journals I will continue my exploration of this amazing city by visiting Piazza di Spagna, Santa Maria in Trastavere, Palazzo Barberini, Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Trevi fountain. It is unbelievable how many places you can see in just 3 days, and how many more are still left to come back to again and again...Quick Tips: All the phones in Italy have switched to using local calling cards or credit cards, you can hardly find one that you can use your calling card from the US to call back home, and some older phones always ask you to deposit some change before you can call. But when I was in the Vatican, I found out that there you can call using any type of calling card, so my Spri...Read More

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

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Attraction | "Palazzo Doria Pamphilj - Part I"

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj Photo, Rome, Italy
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Phone: 06-679 73 23 Open: Fri-Tues 10 am – 5 pm, closed Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25 To find this magnificent private collection of art may be quite difficult and even when you ask people on the street very few know where it is. But it contains an absolutely amazing collection that you have to see once you are in Rome. So since I managed to get there, I will try to explain where it is located. If you take a bus to the stop that is right in front of Palazzo Venezia near Victor Emmanuel monument on Via del Plebiscito, you have to follow Via del Plebiscito forward to the end of the block along the side opposite Palazzo Venezia, then turn right into a small street called Via Della Gatta and fol...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2002

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
Piazza del Collegio Romano 1/A
Rome, Italy

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

Attraction | "Palazzo Doria Pamphilj - Part II"

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Continued from Part I Doria Pamphilj also built a large gallery for the paintings that they’ve accumulated over the years (over 400 paintings). Here you can see these paintings from 15th-18th centuries, they are hung along the long corridors. The corridors ceilings are painted with gorgeous frescoes, that remind somewhat the frescoes in the Vatican. As you move along the corridors, you find yourself staring at myriads of paintings by famous masters. There is a large hall devoted to antique statues, and the Hall of Mirrors (very reminiscent of Versailles) in the middle of which is one of Raphael’s masterpieces. The most precious part of the collection is in the halls that are num...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2002

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
Piazza del Collegio Romano 1/A
Rome, Italy

Palazzo Barberini

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Attraction | "Palazzo Barberini - Part I"

Palazzo Barberini Photo, Rome, Italy
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Phone: 06-482 41 84 Open: 9 am – 7 pm Tue –Sun, Friday and Saturday extended hours till 10 pm, closed on public holidays Cost: 6.03 euros http://www.galleriaborghese.it/barberini/en/einfo.htm http://www.galleriaborghese.it/barberini/it/default.htm - the Italian version has links to major paintings, but the English version shows the map of the building, there is much more info on the Italian website Palazzo Barberini is one of those jewels in Rome, that if you haven’t heard of it, you will miss it and therefore, will miss an unforgettable experience. You don’t need to make reservations, since there is never a line to get in, even though all the websites tell you t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2002

Palazzo Barberini
Via del Quattro Fontane 13
Rome, Italy

Palazzo Barberini

Attraction | "Palazzo Barberini - Part II"

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Continued from Part I The best part of this building is the Gran Salone on the second floor, an amazing huge room used for balls with the ceiling fresco painted by Pietro di Cortona in baroque style showing the "Triumph of the Divine Providence". The room is very large and the ceiling measures about 7’ by 5’. There is a description of what is shown on the ceiling in Italian and it explains in great detail the story. The frescoes are amazing with bright vibrant colors and the story is from Roman mythology, and once again you can see the bees as part of the frescoes. Unfortunately, there is currently restoration effort ongoing in this room and the walls don’t have the paintings that used to ha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2002

Palazzo Barberini
Via del Quattro Fontane 13
Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain

Attraction | "Fountains of Rome - Trevi Fountain"

Trevi Fountain Photo, Rome, Italy
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Rome is famous for its fountains. The most popular and the grandest of Rome's fountains is by far the Trevi Fountain which has become famous from the movies Three Coins in a Fountain and Fellini's La Dolce Vita. It is a very large and glorious fountain located very close to the Pantheon. The fountain was built to mark the construction of the frist aqueduct about 1,800 years after the aqueduct was built. The Trevi Fountain was completed in 1762 by Nicola Slavi and it is literally part of the building, surrounded by windows. The fountain looks like a stage from a theater. In the middle is the figure of Neptune standing on a huge shell, pointing down with his hand to step...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2003

Trevi Fountain
Piazza di Trevi
Rome, Italy 00187