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Italian Holiday - Rome

A February 2005 trip to Rome by uyyek

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Italian Holiday - Rome

Overview

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With over 2,500 years of recorded history behind it, Rome has a plethora of things to see and do. If you're interested in the ancient world, the Colosseum, the Roman and Imperial Forums, and the Pantheon are mandatory. Is the baroque era more your thing? Visit the Villa Borghese for baroque art and culture. Obviously, a stop by the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain are both good photo opportunities, and you should reserve at least a full day to see Vatican City.Quick Tips: Get a combination ticket to the Colosseum and Palatine Hill at the entrance to Palatine Hill; there will be shorter lines and fewer people to get in the way. Book yourself on guided tours of the ancient sites, because t...Read More

Grand Hotel Beverly Hills, Rome

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Hotel | "Hotel Beverly Hills"

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A newer hotel in the north end of the city, near the Villa Borghese, this richly appointed hotel features spacious rooms, courteous staff and a wide variety of services. Its 183 rooms provide ample space for any size group and feature air-conditioning, satellite and pay TV, in-room safe, minibar, and soundproofed walls (my wife and I only found out after two days that we had teenagers on one side and honeymooners on the other, so we appreciated the soundproofing). We didn’t take advantage of the overnight laundry service, but it is available, as is Internet access in their business center. The concierge desk provided us with ample resources to schedule tours, and the staff at the front desk we...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2005

Grand Hotel Beverly Hills, Rome
Largo Benedetto Marcello 220
Rome, Italy 00198
39 068 542141

The Colosseum/Coliseum

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Attraction | "Colosseum"

The Colosseum/Coliseum Photo, Rome, Italy
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The Colosseum was begun by the Emperor Titus in 80 AD and completed by Domitian. It was the first permanent amphitheatre built in Rome and originally known simply as the Flavian Amphitheatre (after the family of emperors under which it was built). Designed to hold between 50,000 and 100,000 spectators, it is a marvel of engineering, with three tiers of vaulted arches supporting stands, much like a modern stadium, featuring a distinct style of column on each level (ionic, Doric, and corinthian). It was originally clad in marble, but after the fall of Rome in the 6th century AD, the marble was torn off to get to the metal rods supporting the cladding for use in weaponry and other metalworking. T...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 26, 2005

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

Roman Forum

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Attraction | "The Roman Forum"

Roman Forum Photo, Rome, Italy
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Think a bunch of ruins are boring? Hardly, if you realize how important these buildings were to the ancient world; this was the nerve center of Roman society for over 800 years, beginning with the first stirrings of the Republic through the Imperial Age until the fall of the Roman Empire in the 6th Century AD. It started with a small temple dedicated to Vesta, the goddess of the home and hearth, where the communal flame was kept lit by the vestal virgins (who were greatly honored and served for 30 years, after which they could marry and live more or less independently wealthy for the rest of their days, but if they lost their virginity before their term was due, they were placed in a crypt with a lo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2005

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

Pantheon

Attraction

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Originally a temple built in 27 AD by Marcus Agrippa to honor all gods, the renovated building was appropriated by the Roman Catholic church in the 6th century AD, probably one of the reasons why the building is one of the few intact structures from the imperial era: it has been continuously maintained and protected for most of the past 2,000 years. The dome atop the structure features a marvel of engineering - the oculus, an open skylight that offers the only natural lighting. Inside are monuments and tombs housing the remains of several popes and important political figures, as well as the Renaissance master Raphael. Even though this is one of the best-preserved pieces of Roman architecture,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2005

Pantheon
Piazza della Rotonda
Rome, Italy 00186
+39 0668300230

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Seattle, Washington