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La Dolce Vita--Rome in the Millenium

A November 2000 trip to Rome by jlomboy

Quote: As a sporadic visitor to Rome (6 trips in 2 years), I was leery of the squeeky clean, millenium jubilee touted by the travel industry far and wide. Where was the classically aged, worn-in Rome I knew so well? Surprise! A very pleasant side to Rome is what I found...

La Dolce Vita--Rome in the Millenium

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Overview

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Wandering aimlessly through any street or piazza at night, allowing curiousity to be your guide instead of a tourist map, is perhaps the grandest Roman experience to be had. Beyond the Forum's ancient ruins, the legend of Romulus and Remus, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome's countless other churches, and the architectural wonders like the Colosseum, lies the core of what Rome really is, the emotion Rome evokes in the soul. La Dolce Vita is the feeling of owning the world and having control of life and freedom--a priceless gift that Rome offers to all who look for it. The finest moments are those chanced upon-- and not mapped out, though those are not to be missed. To be sure, gelato at Giolitti is an ab...Read More
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All around, you can't beat a deal like this hotel. Just off Via Corso, the location couldn''t have been more central...less than 5 minutes from the Trevi Fountain, 5 to the Spanish Steps, 10 to the Pantheon, and 15 to Piazza Navonna. The pensione goes above and beyond the expectations of the two-star norm: made to order cappucinos and a assortment of fresh juices and rolls for breakfast (included in the rate), towel warmers, a/c, in-room safes, tvs, hair dryers, and tastefully-decorated (marble counters, wooden antique replica furniture), clean rooms. The only gripe I had were walls erring on the thinner side. The front desk staff was warm, Engligh-speaking, knowledgeable, and friendly (they made ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 16, 2000

Pensione Parlamento
Via del Convertite 5
Rome, Italy

Da Gino

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Restaurant | "Osteria/Trattoria dal Cav. Gino"

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Caveat: Finding this trattoria is not easy--but it's a hidden gem to be found if you're persistent. Just off Piazza del Parlamento, the osteria is located down a narrow hidden alley (exactly where you don't think it is--and only by looking hard enough you'll see a "trattoria" sign on Via de Campo Marzio pointing in the right direction). It's the kind of place where the Italians don't really need to speak English (it's off the tourist beaten track), and where the only way you can communicate is through smiling and gesturing. With no more than 15 tables, reserve in advance. You'll know you did the right thing when you realize you're the only diners there NOT Italian, and there isn't a spare seat in s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2000

Da Gino
Vicolo Rosini, 4
Rome, Italy 00186
687-3434

L'Eau Vive

Restaurant | "L' Eau Vive"

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An interesting stop and a charitable one to boot. Your dining experience begins with Catholic sisters serving you in their native costumes--make sure you sit upstairs if you're a non-smoker. The dining areas there showcase painted high-ceilings, and are much more formal in appearance. Make sure you try the french onion soup...very tasty. The rest of the entrees were okay, but it was fascinating speaking with Catholic sisters from all over the world. All proceeds go to charity.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 16, 2000

L'Eau Vive
Via Monterone, 85
Rome, Italy 00186
+39 0668801095