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Rome Never Gets Old

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A July 2004 trip to Rome by Ed Hahn

Rome Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: On my second trip to Rome within six months, I discovered what I missed the first time and how interesting and friendly this incredible city is. While I didn't visit many of the usual tourist sites, I did spend hours walking and become even more enamored of the place.

Rome Never Gets Old

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Overview

Rome Photo, Rome, Italy
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After an all-day train ride from Frankfurt, I meet one of my oldest friends Tom in Rome. He is very excited, as this is his first trip to Europe, and I get caught up in his enthusiasm. We check into our hotel, The Julia, which is housed in a centuries-old building in a superb location. We are less than a block from the Piazza Barberini and also very close to the Via Veneto, where we head first for a quintessential Roman meal and an evening stroll up and down this most famous of Roman thoroughfares. The next day is Sunday, so we vow to explore as many places as we can reach. We visit the Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and a couple of so-called minor churches, San Luigi dei Fra...Read More

Hotel Julia

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Hotel

Hotel Julia Photo, Rome, Italy
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The 33-room, four-story Julia is in a 200-year-old building, but the rooms have all been remodeled and the location is superb. Piazza Barberini is less than 100 yards from the entrance. There you will find metro access, bus stops, and, most importantly, a number of street-side cafés. The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Via Veneto are all within a half kilometer (1/3 mile). It is on a cobblestone side street, so, except for some very noisy police smoking and talking one night right beneath my window, it is very quiet. My room was quite large by European standards, though the furnishings were nondescript, but so what. The plumbing worked, the windows opened, and the air-conditioning was qui...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2005

Hotel Julia
VIA RASELLA 29
Rome, Italy 00187
39-06-488-1637

Roman Forum

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Attraction

Roman Forum Photo, Rome, Italy
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It is a beastly hot day, in spite of a light breeze, as I go off to the Forum. I am determined to explore it in detail, which I wasn’t able to do in December. This, the Foro Romano, was the political, religious, and economic center of the Roman Empire. On the way, I stop at the "Watch Rome Grow" plaques that are on the outside east wall. I enter near the Colosseum along the Via Sacra. There’s a gate, but no entry fee. As a history major with 4 years of high-school Latin under my belt, I am in awe of being in this place where so many historical events occurred. You can see the photos I shot in my photo album. The heat does not stop me f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 20, 2005

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

Ostia Antica

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Attraction

Ostia Antica Photo, Rome, Italy
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We unravel the mysteries of the Rome train system and arrive at Ostia Antica at about 10:30am. According to our guidebook, this site contains the best preserved Roman ruins in Italy including Pompeii. Having never been to Pompeii, I can’t agree or disagree but I do know we are overwhelmed at the extent, beauty, historical significance and preserved condition of many of the ruins. Ostia was founded as a military colony to guard against seaborne invasions. Later, it was the major port serving the capital, and by the 2nd century AD, it had become a flourishing commercial center inhabited by 100,000 people. We enter through the Roman Gate and walk along Ostia's main street, the Decuman...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2005

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

Piazza Venezia Photo, Rome, Italy
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It’s Sunday, and Tom and I are slightly lagged from his flight and my 14-hour train ride. We just make breakfast in time, and the dining room is crowded. The Julia seems to be a very popular hotel with Americans. We Americans do love our breakfasts. We decide to walk to as many of the popular tourist sites as we can fit in before the heat gets too bad. We start with Trevi Fountain, featured in the famous Federico Fellini movie, "La Dolce Vita." We are disappointed when we don’t see Anita Ekberg wading in the pool. We throw three coins into the fountain insuring our return to Rome someday. Started in the 17th century and not finished until 1751, it is an incredible sight and one of the most...Read More
Rome at Dusk Photo, Rome, Italy
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After my visit to the forum and Tom’s tour, we meet our nap requirement and head out for more exploration. We want to enjoy dusk along the Tiber and have a relaxing evening on the Piazza Navona, as well as see some sights. We first visit the Spanish Steps. They get their name from the fact that the Bourbon Spanish envoy to the Vatican built them to connect the Embassy to the Holy See. All the buildings, however, were funded by the French. I still get confused trying to understand the connection between a church, a monastery, and the steps being built by the French surrounding Spanish Square (Piazza de Spagna). Being a history major does not help in this case. Pam and I had walke...Read More