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Rome in a Hurry

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A July 2000 trip to Rome by soñadora

Colors Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: How could anyone go to Europe and skip over Rome...That's what I call a senseless act... I just tried to make the most of 3 days in Rome, which is just as senseless.

Rome in a Hurry

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Overview

San Pietro Photo, Rome, Italy
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There is so much to do and see in Rome. Here are a few well known and great places to visit... 1. Spanish Steps 2. Trevi Fountain 3. Pantheon 4. Colosseum 5. Vatican City(everything went so fast, that I totally forgot about the St Peter's Basilica, can you believe it? Going to Vatican City and forgetting about the Michealangelo's Pietá!) 6. Roman Forum But my absolute favorite places were: 1. Platine Museum(part of the Roman Forum) 2. Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna 3. CatacombsQuick Tips: Now, don't get me wrong, I did encounter some wonderful Italian people in Rome, but I also encounter exactly the opposite...then again, it might h...Read More

Colors

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Hotel

Colors Photo, Rome, Italy
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This hostel could not be more perfect! For starters the neighborhood where it is located is so wonderful, and you have everything you might want within an short walk. If you want shopping, they've got it. If you want gelato(oh my God!), they've got it. If you want cafes, they've got them...pizza, supermarkets, money exchange, scooter rentals, nightlife(Rome's most famous night spot, Campo di Fiori is just a few blocks away)...well just about everything... And the best part is that it is away from the Termini Station and near Vatican City(about 2 blocks down Castel S. Angelo)... The hostel is so cute and small...The doors of the rooms are painted with different bright colors(...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2000

Colors
Via Boezio 31
Rome, Italy
+39066874030

Sandy's Hostel

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Hotel

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KEEP OUT!!! This is the first time I write to not recommend a place, but I just can't help myself. I forgot to make another reservation at Colors and I had to leave the hostel. The girl found me a place at Sandy's. What a difference a day makes! The place is around the Termini station which is in no way one of the best parts of Rome. It's dirty and extrememly crowded. It's not that I ask for much. It's simply that after staying at Colors it's really hard not to expect at least some place clean. The hostel is in like a 5 or 6 floor which is a killer on you legs and back. It's an extremely small hostel and not attractive in the least. The girls in charge where quite n...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 3, 2000

Sandy's Hostel
V. Cavour 136
Rome, Italy
064887734

Palatine

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Attraction | "Palatino"

Palatine Photo, Rome, Italy
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I think that many people don't notice this part of the Roman Forum or maybe they just don't want to pay extra. To go into the Palatine Hill you have to pay 12.000 L, but it is well worth it. The day I went to the Forum it was incredibly crowded as I'm sure it is every single day(and for a good reason). So going up to the Palatino was a nice change of pace. You feel like you're entering someone's terrace and garden...From the terrace of a house you can see the entire Forum. It's quite a breathtaking view! And what made it even more special is that I had the whole terrace to myself(later some people did come, and so I moved on). You start imagining people walking through the streets and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 3, 2000

Palatine
Via San Gregorio
Rome, Italy 00184
+39 066990110

Galleria Nazionale dell'Arte Moderna

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Attraction | "Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna"

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This museum I positively loved! The reason I wanted to go to the Gallery was because I knew they had paintings of Klimt, which is one of my favorite painters. When I got there I realized that they only had one painting, 'The Three Ages of Women'... Oh, but it was so worth it... After standing there for about 40 mins, just taking the painting in...I went ahead and saw the rest of the museum. The museum itself is not so big, but I loved it so much that it took me longer to see than the Orsay in Paris. I guess it all depends on what kind of art you go for, but I'm telling you, if you like modern art, forget about the very famous museums and get to the Gallery... It's a shame and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2000

Galleria Nazionale dell'Arte Moderna
Via delle Belle Arti, 131
Rome, Italy 00196
+39 06322981

Rome Colosseum Pub Crawl

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Attraction | "Pub Crawl"

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Now, this is not your typical walking tour...You do get to see the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, but you do it with a bit of a twist, and is in no way educational. The tour takes you around those sites stoping at about 5 to 6 different pubs for a drink. The drinking starts right at the bottom of the Spanish Steps with about an hour of drinking beer and wine. Then it keeps going from pub to pub. In each pub you get a free shot(well, not really free, you paid for it). And in one of the stops you also get pizza. Which by that time, you really need. Aparently it ends up at the piazza, Campo di Fiori, but I didn't stayed long enough to find out. Also you get 30 minutes ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 2, 2000

Rome Colosseum Pub Crawl
Colosseum Metro Stop
Rome, Italy

Villa Borghese Gardens

Attraction | "Villa Borghese"

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When I was looking for the Galleria I got a little lost, but even that was a sightseeing trip of its own... To get to the Galleria you have to enter Villa Borghese, which is a park where the people of Rome of all ages go to relax...You see people reading newspapers, eating, sleeping or just walking, but you never feel a crowd which makes it very special... Walking up the Viale George Washington you get to what appears to be an artificial lake. The place is gorgeous; with swans and ducks and a lot of nature. Even though is not a big lake(actually it is very small) you can rent boats...and like I said, the day I went, there weren't many people and it all looked very inviting, but I was ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 3, 2000

Villa Borghese Gardens
Piazzale Flaminio
Rome, Italy 00196

Lavanderia

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Story/Tip

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If you ever find yourself in Rome with nothing but dirty clothes, this is for you. The laundromat where I did my laundry is situated near Termini Station, probably 1 or 2 blocks from it. You just have to bring your clothes and the guys do the laundry for you while you wait... And you will ask, what am I suppose to do while waiting? Well, here's the cool part. This place is part laundromat and part internet place...So you can check your email while wainting for your clothes and have a soda if you like. I checked my email, bought some food, ate some ice cream and talked to the very friendly owner for a while... Now, here's the info you really want: Wash/Dry (6.5kg) 6....Read More

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