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Rome - I am eternally yours

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A September 2003 trip to Rome by jaybroek

Trevi Fountain Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: Rome was the third stop in our Grand Italian Honeymoon Tour. Three days to capture something of the essence of the Eternal City--a little wandering, a spot of light ‘awe and wonder’, and plenty of fine food and drink interspersed liberally throughout the day.

Rome - I am eternally yours

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Overview

The Pantheon Photo, Rome, Italy
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The food The Italians take dining very seriously although they also know how to pass rubbish off to unsuspecting tourists. Use the guidebooks and ask at your hotel/lodgings for the better places. Riccis and La Pigna (see journal entries) are a couple of our favourites. And take your time! The sites Rome is an experience - as a modern European capital it is breathtaking with its fashionable stores around the Piazza La Spagna and its residents just dripping with cool. And they seem too cool to notice the plethora of classical remains that litter their city. The Forum made the most lasting impression on me but then I like my ruins to look like ruins!! And then there's Chr...Read More

Hotel Miami

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Hotel

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The Hotel Miami is located a few minutes walk from Rome’s main station, Termini. The area around the station has a distinctly grim feel but once you pass the grand facades of the Piazza della Republica and head down Via Nazionale things begin to get a bit smarter – it’s an OK part of town. Now, call me naïve but up until this trip to Italy I have only ever come across hotels that occupied whole buildings – you went in the door and there you were. This is clearly not the case here. I never quite got to grips with how much of this building was the Hotel Miami…I like to think they were taking it over by stealth (woe betide the resident who takes a long weekend and asks the guy in the lobby to water...Read More

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Hotel Miami
VIA NAZIONALE 230
Rome, Italy 00184
+39-06-481-718-0

Ristorante La Pigna

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Restaurant | "La Pigna"

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The route from the Forum to the Pantheon has been well travelled for centuries. On such a significant tourist trail one would expect our hunt for a quiet restaurant with pleasant outside dining to be a hopeless one. A degree of desperation was setting in as we wandered past plastic tables on main thoroughfares and glossy photos of what you aren’t going to encounter on your plate. We then stumbled on the Piazza Della Pigna and suddenly, all was well with the world. With a front terrace seemingly plonked down in the middle of a scooter park, La Pigna proved to be an oasis of calm. The few tables outside were populated with business lunchers and the waiter seemed a little surprised by the arrival o...Read More

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Ristorante La Pigna
Piazza Della Pigna, 54
Rome, Italy

Ricci's Pizzeria

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Restaurant

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On our last night in Rome we were determined to shake off an unfortunate lunchtime restaurant experience near the Vatican. All this history and stuff . . . well it just fills the hours between fabulous meals for the Blonde and to have selected a bad restaurant . . . ? Well this could ruin the whole holiday unless its evil effects could be negated by the perfect evening. Under the straightforward rules of holiday eating laid down by the Blonde, we must eat outside. My selection of the Ricci family pizzeria on Via Genova flew in the face of this principle but I had a good feeling about it as soon as we walked in. The restaurant is wonderfully authentic – it has been in the Ricci family since 1905....Read More

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Ricci's Pizzeria
Via Genova
Rome, Italy

The Colosseum/Coliseum

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Attraction | "The Colosseum"

The Colosseum/Coliseum Photo, Rome, Italy
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So you're in the Eternal City - where do you start? We opted for the Colosseum, surely one of the most recognisable historic sights in the world. There's no doubt about it, the Colosseum is incredible. We approached down the Via dei fori Imperiali - an ugly boulevard built by Mussolini and carving through ancient ruins with seemingly little thought for their preservation. The area immediately to the west of the arena has been paved so the risk to life and limb of approaching the Colosseum has been significantly reduced. Getting around to the entrance involves dodging a large number of beefy Centurions offering to be photographed with you for a small fee - just as soon as they've finis...Read More

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

Roman Forum

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Attraction | "The Forum"

Roman Forum Photo, Rome, Italy
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Some years ago, when I lived in Canterbury, I would regularly take a short cut from where I was studying into the centre of town. The short cut just happened to be through the Cathedral grounds and I took great delight in claiming this significant monument to Christianity in England as part of my daily routine. I envy the Romans that pleasure with the Forum. It is a place that I feel would best be appreciated over months and years of casually cutting through, absorbing each detail one at a time and giving each the attention it was due. The Roman Forum largely fills the space between the Colosseum and the enormous, starkly white marble bulk of the Vittorio Emanuele II monument. Covering five acre...Read More

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

Pantheon

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Attraction | "The Pantheon"

Pantheon Photo, Rome, Italy
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We approached the Piazza della Rotunda from the south having recently completed a rather splendid Roman lunch. The mood was one of serenity coupled with that self-satisfied, slightly smug feeling one gets from ACHIEVING in a foreign land. We were becoming increasingly demanding judges of Italian ‘sights’ having already visited Florence and Siena on our ‘Grand Tour’. How would the Pantheon fare? The Pantheon one sees today is the reconstruction of a 27BC temple designed by Marcus Agrippa. It dates from 125AD (‘it’s a repro, I knew it! It looks far too new to be 27BC!’) and leaves one marvelling at the quality of its preservation. This is a complete building, heading towards 1900 years old and you...Read More

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Pantheon
Piazza della Rotonda
Rome, Italy 00186
+39 0668300230

Trevi Fountain Photo, Rome, Italy
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Both these world famous landmarks can be found to the east of the traffic clogged Via Del Corso; the bustling main artery that cuts through the historic districts on its way to the lunatic traffic lottery that is the Piazza Venezia. If you ever want to reassure yourself that you were right not to hire a car in Rome just sit and watch the Piazza Venezia for a few minutes. Oh my god. Following the signs to the Trevi Fountain is a curious experience. I began to suspect the work of some nefarious Roman gang luring masses of tourists into a rabbit warren of streets that they would never escape from. And then you stumble upon a tiny square packed, and when I say packed I mean underground train-at-rush...Read More