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Rome, "The Eternal City"

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A June 2003 trip to Rome by slabeaume

Hard Rock Cafe Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: When I joined my daughter after her semester of school at Czech Tech, we took the train to several places. On the list was, of course, Rome!

Rome, "The Eternal City"

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Overview

Rome Photo, Rome, Italy
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From its early days as a settlement of shepherds on the Palatine hill, Rome grew to rule a vast empire stretching beyond western Europe. Later, after the fall of the Roman empire, Rome became the center of the Christian world. The legacy of this history can be seen all over the city. The Pope still resides in Vatican City, an independent enclave within Rome. In 1870, Rome became the capital of a newly unified Italy, and now has over 2.6 million residents. In summer, many of the grand Baroque piazzas and narrow medieval streets are crammed with sidewalk bars and restaurants -- and tourists. During my daughter's and my two week Eurail trip through Europe, we made Rome our base for three days and f...Read More

Best Western Ambra Palace Hotel

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Hotel | "Golden Tulip Ambra Palace"

Best Western Ambra Palace Hotel Photo, Rome, Italy
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Golden Tulip Ambra Palace is a new four-star hotel located close to Termini Train station, Vittorio Emanuele square and the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore. It opened in March 2001 and is the result of a complete renovation of a building that dates back to 1850. We rented a two-bedroom which had in it tea and coffee facilities, satellite TV, in house pay movies and free use of an in room safe deposit box. As with most places we stayed in Europe, the two beds were placed together, but had separate bedding. The staff was very nice and professional. The rooms also had a desk and mini bar in it. We were suppose to have access to the internet with your own laptop, but we never figured out how to conne...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 31, 2003

Best Western Ambra Palace Hotel
Via Principe Amedeo, 257
Rome, Italy 00185
+39 (0)649 2330

Hard Rock Cafe

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Restaurant

Hard Rock Cafe Photo, Rome, Italy
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Yes, we were in Rome and ate at Hard Rock Cafe. But I was really craving beef! Seems like Europeans tend to eat mostly pasta and chicken. That's fine for a while, but there comes a time when you gotta have beef. So I got the classic hamburger and fries. It was great. My daughter got chicken -- seems Europe has turned her against beef. This was pretty much like any other Hard Rock Cafe I've been in---decorated in rock and roll memorabilia. It was somewhat smaller than the Hard Rock Cafe’s I've been in around the USA. But the menu was basically the same--quite varied and good: the usual starters of nachos, chicken wings, potato skins, onion rings, various salads, etc; then the large variety of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 1, 2003

Hard Rock Cafe
Via Vittorio Veneto 62 A/B
Rome, Italy
3 (906) 420-3051

Trevi Fountain

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Attraction | "Fontana di Trevi"

Trevi Fountain Photo, Rome, Italy
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Fontana di Treve, or Trevi Fountain as we Americans call it, is thought to get its name from the three streets (tre vie) that come together at this rather small piazza. Although the present fountain wasn't finished until 1732-1751, it was started some hundred years earlier. Its source is still the Aqua Vergine aqueduct, although for the past 40 or so years it has been chemically treated and partially recirculated by a system of electric pumps. The fountain was cleaned and restored for the first time from 1989-91, but needed it again by 1999. The large archway represents the palace of Neptune. Neptune is in the statue in the chariot drawn by sea horses. Other white marble statues also adorn the beauti...Read More

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Trevi Fountain
Piazza di Trevi
Rome, Italy 00187

Pantheon

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Attraction

Pantheon Photo, Rome, Italy
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The Pantheon was rebuilt in A. D. 117-125 by Emperor Hadrian to replace an earlier temple built in 27 B.C. The Romans were the first to use concrete in building and the Pantheon is a great example of their work. They molded the concrete on the ground to get the domed top, then it was hoisted into place on top of a rotunda. The Pantheon was originally dedicated as a temple to all gods, hence the name. Of all the buildings of ancient Rome, the Pantheon is the best preserved. Its masonry dome is the largest ever built and one of the greatest achievements of the Roman engineering. Although the outside looks quite old, the interior has been restored and is quite beautiful. Even the light beaming ...Read More

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Pantheon
Piazza della Rotonda
Rome, Italy 00186
+39 0668300230

Roman Forum

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Attraction | "The Forum in Rome"

Roman Forum Photo, Rome, Italy
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This is the original Roman Forum (there eventually were several) and had been a marketplace, financial center, seat of government, home to the legislature, site of the courts, shopping mall, city park and general gathering place. The word forum generally referred to the open space in any Roman town where business, judicial, civic, or religious activities were conducted. The Roman Forum was the largest forum in Rome and is the most famous. Even before Caesar's time, the forum was continuously being built. But by the end of the 5th century AD, several attacks on Rome finally caused the end of the Roman empire. The temples, basilicas, and other monuments in the Forum were abandoned and looted. For ...Read More

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

The Colosseum/Coliseum

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Attraction | "Colosseum"

The Colosseum/Coliseum Photo, Rome, Italy
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The Colosseum was originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. It was built in 72 A.D. by the Roman emperor Vespasian and it was finished by his son Titus in 80 A.D. (both of the Flavian family). It took its name as The Colosseum from the huge statue of Nero that once stood at the entrance. It was built for the entertainment of watching gladiators and Christian fight animals to the death. It was even flooded from time to time to stage naval battles. This went on for about 450 years. After that era, it was damaged by many earthquakes and was even transformed into a fortress for awhile. In 1312 Henry VII gave it to the Senate and the Roman people. Some of its travertine rock was taken for construction ...Read More

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

St. Peter's Basilica

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Attraction

St. Peter's Basilica Photo, Rome, Italy
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As with all the old Roman buildings, there was an old St. Peter's (completed around AC 349) before the current one was built over it. It was built on top of clay soil that didn't drain well, so the hilltop was quite soggy. Because of this, the old basilica developed structural damage over a few hundred years and had to be rebuilt (starting in about 1506 and taking over 100 years to finish). The present St. Peter's Basilica is one of the most important and beautiful churches in Rome. It is over 25,616 square meters in area and has 44 altars, 11 domes, 778 columns, 395 statues and 135 mosaic pictures. For the architecture buffs, its dome was designed by Bramante and Michelangelo. The columnad...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 3, 2003

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