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Weekend in Rome

A March 2003 trip to Rome by Zoe travelwriter

Quote: Possibly the most romantic city in Europe. Chic fashions, culture, fantastic and reasonable restaurants, lovely weather. So much to see and all in walking distance from the centre. Spanish steps; Vatican; Trevi fountain, and many other architectural delights. Photo opportunities on every corner - it's what dreams are made of.
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Right on the Piazza di Spagna, Spanish Steps, you cannot expect a better location. Very nicely decorated rooms with clean but small bathrooms - perfect for a weekend. Partial views of steps are available. Not many amenities at the residence but staff very friendly. No English speaking TV, communal seating areas or restaurant. They provide breakfast in the room only. Plenty of restaurants close by.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Palio Bianco Spanish Steps
PIAZZA DI SPAGNA 20
Rome, Italy 00187
39-06-699-24831

Rosa Rosae

Restaurant

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You can sit outside on the cobbled street if the weather is warm. Just around the corner from the Trevi fountain, this is a good place to stop at night for a romantic dinner.

If you like pepper steak - I had the best one ever in this restaurant! Otherwise the usual, pizza, pasta dishes were very nice.

The waiters were especially friendly and gave us free grappa limone after our meal.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Rosa Rosae
Via di Pietra, 88
Rome, Italy
(06) 678-6789

The Colosseum/Coliseum

Attraction | "Colosseum"

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The distinctive Colosseum is an oval building consisting of a ring of arches piled four high. It is in fact three walls deep at the bottom and was originally very strong and could have withstood many more years of wear and tear. However the structure was weakened when Popes raided its valuable materials for use in the Vatican years ago. The weakening of the structural integrity led to half of the south side falling in during an earthquake. Inside, the arena has a deeply recessed floor space with many internal walls built of stone. These were cages for large animals and would allow the animals to climb a ramp and appear on the stage floor according to the design by the stage manager. The s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

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

Orto Botanico

Attraction | "Orto Botanic del Giancolo"

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A little run down, some of the greenhouses were closed to the public. There is still a huge amount of flora to see - would be especially interesting to those with gardening interests. Lovely view of the city from the highest point. Easy to walk around in a few hours, even those with walking diffulties. Roman woodland, Bamboo gardens, rockeries, Japanese garden, Cacti and Palm section. Probably best in early summer.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Orto Botanico
Largo Cristina di Svezia, 24
Rome, Italy 00165
+39 066864193

Via dei Condotti (Via Condotti)

Attraction | "Shops of the Via Condotti"

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If you like your labels and use Vogue as your guide for what to buy then you will find all you desire on Via Condotti and the surrounding streets. All the top names are there with Louis Vuitton; Armani; Maxmara; Valentino; Bugliari and many more. Leather shoe shops (highest quality) are everywhere and some are quite reasonably priced. The streets are very busy and full of shoppers wearing the latest fashions and with the smartest bags and jackets you will see anywhere in the world. So put on your designer specs and your best togs and go...just to have a drool if nothing else.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Via dei Condotti (Via Condotti)
Via Dei Condotti
Rome, Italy 00187

Trevi Fountain

Attraction | "Fontana di Trevi"

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Well, what a beautiful sight, especially at night! You would have thought we were all sighted out after the Vatican but I could not fail to be overwhelmed by the romance of the fountain. It fills the entire piazza and is a vision of white horses leaping out of the minty, mouth-freshener coloured water. The yellow lights shine through the water and highlight parts of the statues. Water trickles and spurts and flows over the white stone – it is utterly wonderful.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Trevi Fountain
Piazza di Trevi
Rome, Italy 00187

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The Vatican is surreal and amazing. The cobbled floor seems to extend as far as the eye can see, flanked by two huge semi-circular colonnades. In the centre is an obelisk (a huge stone needle) and fountain. All this is overlooked by St.Peters which has to be seen to be believed. I am not a religious person by any means but I could not help but be moved by the splendour and richness of the architecture of the chapel of St. Peter and the domed basilica, famously decorated by Michaelangelo. The first thing that struck me was the size of it: 448ft high in the dome and the 715ft length of the nave. I found myself standing with my mouth wide open. The sense of history is incredible. Starte...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

St. Peter's Basilica
Piazza San Pietro
Vatican City, Rome 00193
+39 0669883462

Piazza Venezia

Attraction | "Piazza Venezia/Forum/Palatino"

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If you start at the Piazza Venezia you can walk through to the Forum (Roman Remains) and Palatino area and onto the Colosseum as they are all pretty close by. Allow yourself a full day to fully enjoy. The Piazza Venezia is incredible in terms of the buildings and statues. you can’t miss it as there is a huge monument to the first King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel. Behind this are the Capitoline museums and a huge geometric square designed by Michaelangelo. Originally the political heart of Rome this area is now home to the Roman City Council and other government buildings which are quite impressive. At the top of a grand staircase you will find huge stone Egyptian lions and classical statues. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2003

Piazza Venezia
Piazza Venezia
Rome, Italy 00187