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Rome: A Lifetime Is Not Enough

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A March 2004 trip to Rome by jaebirdypie

Ostia Antica Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: On the surface, Rome may seem as chaotic as an overpriced plate of spaghetti. In truth, it has been functioning delightfully well for over 2500 years! With a little pre-trip research, this city can be a bustling, beautiful open-air museum ripe for the picking.

Rome: A Lifetime Is Not Enough

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Overview

Outside St. Peter's Photo, Rome, Italy
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Aside from all of the incredibly beautiful, famous sites and wonderful food found in the city, my husband and I had the unforgettable joy of exploring nearby Ostia Antica. The ancient ruins of this city are somewhat like those found in Pompeii, but far less wealthy and maybe even a bit more preserved. The site is an easy half hour train ride from Rome, and is well worth the trip!Quick Tips: You need not hear from me that the Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, and Vatican are all on the list of breathtaking must-sees. These are classic, world famous sites that no one should miss, and everyone already knows to visit. What I can suggest is simply this: choose at least one le...Read More

Hotel Seiler

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Hotel

Hotel Seiler Photo, Rome, Italy
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Hotel Seiler is located in Rome’s historic center, on Via Firenze, right across from the Military Police headquarters. Although this is only a two star hotel, its safety and convenience factor can’t be beat. The building itself dates back to 1885 and, as a result, has some really beautiful floor designs and cute architectural features throughout the building. The rooms themselves, however, are rather plain and small (even for European standards). Our triple occupancy room was actually taller than it was long or wide…an observation that made us laugh until we cried! The rooms are equipped with a telephone, small color TV, writing desk, heating and air conditioning as well as a private bathroom. The bat...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

Hotel Seiler
VIA FIRENZE 48
Rome, Italy 00184
39-06-485-550

Hostaria Romana Ristorante

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Restaurant

Hostaria Romana Ristorante Photo, Rome, Italy
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Looking at Hostaria Romana Ristorante from the outside, no one would ever guess that behind its small façade lies a gourmand’s paradise. The upstairs, or what visitors can see from the street, has a casual, offbeat, diner-like quality to it. Patrons can load up their plates at the very inexpensive antipasti bar or have a more relaxed meal in one of the booths. For an especially unforgettable dining experience, have a full-course meal on the lower dining level. Here, the fun-loving gang of waiters and chefs serve, banter and joke with their patrons making everyone feel like family. The mood is friendly, the sentiments are warm and everyone gets to share in great conversation. Some even leave with a few...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

Hostaria Romana Ristorante
Via del Boccaccio 1
Rome, Italy
+39 (06) 4745284

Ostia Antica

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Attraction

Ostia Antica Photo, Rome, Italy
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Located at the mouth of the Tiber River, Ostia Antica was among the first stomping grounds of the ancient Roman Empire. In its glory days, this city served as Rome’s main commercial and military base. With the fall of Rome and invasion of malaria, this working port city was abandoned and eventually buried beneath mud and sand. Often such tides of time can prove cruel, but in this instance Ostia was remarkably well protected from both erosion and stone scavengers. It’s no secret that Ostia holds less fanfare than wealthy Pompeii, but in some ways it’s better. As both the rich and miserably poor lived here, Ostia's remains provide a more complete view of a typical Roman town and the gritty workada...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 16, 2004

Ostia Antica
Via dei Romagnoli, 717
Rome, Italy 00122
+39 0656358004

The Colosseum/Coliseum

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Attraction | "The Colosseum"

The Colosseum/Coliseum Photo, Rome, Italy
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Built in 80 AD, when the Roman Empire was at its peak, the Coliseum is the World’s first and one of the largest stadiums ever built. Nothing else evokes the brutality and greatness that was once ancient Rome. It reflected and reinforced the larger picture of Roman existence financed by warfare and conquest of foreign lands. The Flavian Amphitheater, as it was truly named, was in no doubt ahead of its time. The 2,000-year-old stadium with its four stories and 80 entrances would be impressive if built today. That it was completed inside of ten years during ancient times is dumbfounding. Operated by slaves, massive treadmill-powered pulley cranes hoisted the gigantic, heavy stones into place. With ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2004

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

Arco di Costantino

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Attraction | "Arch of Constantine"

Arco di Costantino Photo, Rome, Italy
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The city of Ancient Rome is home to many triumphal arches. They are found practically at every turn, standing proud and strong, proclaiming yet another victorious win for the "eternal city". In fact, there are so many that visitors can spend an entire afternoon touring and pondering these gargantuan trophies. The Arch of Constantine, however, holds a bit more meaning than any of its peers. It marks a great turning point in world history. In 315 AD, this arch was dedicated to celebrate the emperor Constantine’s victory over his rival and co-emperor, Maxentius, in 312 AD. The night before that crucial military blow, Constantine had a vision of a cross spread across the sky. Proclaiming he owed his...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2004

Arco di Costantino
Via San Gregorio
Rome, Italy 00184

Santa Maria Maggiore

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Attraction | "Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore"

Santa Maria Maggiore Photo, Rome, Italy
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Upon entering the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore visitors will ultimately leave Italy behind and enter into the Vatican. Considered one of Rome’s four major basilicas, this fifth century church (dedicated to Mother Mary) is actually a Vatican possession. The church was built around 432 AD in response to a vision had by Pope Liberius. He dreamt that the Virgin told him to build a church where he would find snow. The next morning on the fifth of August 432, in the middle of a roasting summer, a small patch of snow was discovered on the Esquiline Hill. Naturally, the Pope did as he was told and the rest is history. Each year since its completion, the basilica has seen the commemoration of this miracle ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 28, 2004

Santa Maria Maggiore
42Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore
Rome, Italy 00185
+39 06 44 65 836

San Pietro in Vincoli

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Attraction | "Church of San Pietro In Vincoli"

San Pietro in Vincoli Photo, Rome, Italy
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This small church was built around 440 AD to house a reliquary believed to contain the prison chains of Saint Peter. The chains are actually two sets (one from Rome’s Maritime Prison and the other from the time of Herod) with a splendid story behind them. Legend states that when the Jerusalem chains were brought to Rome to join those from the Maritime Prison, the two sets linked together miraculously. The chains and their reliquary are still kept here on display beneath the altar. The vincoli, or chains, may have given the church its name, but today it’s best known for Michelangelo’s Moses. This amazing work of art captures Moses, armed with the Ten Commandments, just at the moment he makes read...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

San Pietro in Vincoli
Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli, 4a
Rome, Italy 00184
+39 064882865

Pantheon

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Attraction | "The Pantheon"

Pantheon Photo, Rome, Italy
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Consecrated as a church in 609 AD, the Pantheon was originally built in 27 BC by Marcus Agrippa as a temple for the worship of all the gods. Later on, in the early part of the second century AD, the emperor Hadrian completely revamped the building into the engineering marvel we see today. Most tourists tend to bypass the exterior of the Pantheon and rush right in to be dazzled by the spectacular dome. True, the outside of the building doesn’t hold quite the mystique and splendor found within, but a little study of it is necessary to appreciate this fine gem of the Ancient World. When facing the portico, visitors may notice a bit of a wall behind the triangular pediment. This is not a structural ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 2, 2004

Pantheon
Piazza della Rotonda
Rome, Italy 00186
+39 0668300230

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