Rome Journals

Italy in May - Rome, Part IV

An April 2002 trip to Rome by roza4

Piazza Navona Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: This is the fourth journal on Rome. Who could have known that spending 4 days in Rome will last me a lifetime of memories and stories?..

Italy in May - Rome, Part IV

Overview

Quote:
I will continue my exploration of Rome with stories about Piazza della Reppublica and Baths of Diocletian, Via Guilia, Victor Emannuel monument, fountains and plazzas, museums and galleries. In Rome old and new live right next to each other and somehow nothing looks out of its place, or maybe we just aren't shocked anymore by Eiffel towers. Quick Tips: If you are on the run or on the budget, McDonald’s and Burger King are your best friend. The food is decent and cheap. Usually you will find a McDonald’s either in the building of the train station or right next to it. Nowadays, you don’t even need to change money, just come up to the ATM and get your euros from the wall. And since euro ...Read More

Piazza Navona

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Fountains of Rome - Piazza Navona"

Piazza Navona Photo, Rome, Italy
Quote:
Truly the most beautiful Baroque piazza I’ve seen in Italy, Piazza Navona boasts three of Bellini’s gorgeous fountains. The first, Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, was unveiled in 1651 and was built for the pope Innocent X Pamphilj. The fountain is built around an ancient Roman obelisk, with the pope’s coat of armor attached to it. The obelisk is surrounded by four giant figures, each representing one of the four rivers – the Ganges, the Danube, The Nile, and the Plate. The second fountain on the Piazza is the beautiful Fontana del Moro, which very much like the Trevi Fountain has a sea scene, with a figure of Neptune in the middle standing on sea creatures with water coming out of their...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2003

Piazza Navona

Rome, Italy 00186

Quote:
This Piazza once had a portion of the Baths of Diocletian, the remains of which are now adjacent to it. It has a shape of a semicircle, and on two sides of it are the buildings that were built in the 19th century with the massive arches supported by columns. The three floors above the colonnades now house various banks and travel agencies. There is quite a traffic through it nowadays, and right in the middle of that traffic is a small island with an elegant and rather provocative fountain, Fontana delle Naiadi (Fountain of the Nayads), that was built in 1901 and created quite a stir when it was first unveiled. Each of the four nymphs is naked and when the water hits them, it creates a halo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2002

Piazza della Repubblica
Piazza della Repubblica
Rome, Italy 00185

Campo de' Fiori

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Campo de' Fiori and Palazzo Farnese"

Quote:
Campo de Fiori is a large piazza that for centuries now has been a food and flower market with a very appropriate name that in translation means "field of flowers." When you are here, you can imagine medieval Romans walking from one merchant to another, and you are following in their steps. The square is surrounded by buildings, small restaurants, and cafes. Also nearby is the French embassy-–Palazzo Farnese-–and if you cross the square you can get a good view of its façade from the entrance to the building right behind the statue of Giordano Bruno. This statue is here because this square has also been in those long gone medieval times the place of mass executions, and Giordano Bruno was burnt at the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 30, 2003

Campo de' Fiori
Piazza Campo de' Fiori
Rome, Italy 00186

Quote:
This is a very large white stone monument that natives call a wedding cake, and it most certainly looks it. The monument was built in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of Italy. The monument is very large and you can see it from the roof of St. Peter's. It has white columns in the background with large porticos on each side and a carriage with horses showing the triumph of victory of unified Italy. In the center of the next layer is the king himself, with fountain in front of him and lots of steps to get to the statue. If you get a chance to walk along one of the porticos on the outside, look up and at good lighting you will see frescoes all the way at the top. You can only look at the mo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Victor Emmanuel II Monument
Piazza Venezia
Rome, Italy