Rome Journals

The Eternal City

An August 2005 trip to Rome by Jarde

Quote: Situated halfway up the west coast of Italy, this thriving city has more treasures than is possible to see in a lifetime, let alone one short visit.

The Eternal City

Overview

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The obvious highlights of Rome are the major tourist attractions of the Colosseum, Vatican City, Roman Forum, Basilica, etc. However, it can be equally rewarding to simply wander the streets, as we did, and take in some of the fascinating architecture and ancient Roman ruins that you will inevitably see.Quick Tips: For all the main attractions, arrive early in the day if possible, as the queues quickly build up, with little shade offered.Best Way To Get Around: After arriving in Rome's main train station, we only walked around the city, using no public transport at all. With hindsight, this was a mistake, as it is a fairly sprawling city, and in the hot sun, all the walking proved ex...Read More
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For our stay in Hotel Katty II, we stayed in a double room with our own bathroom and shower and very welcomed air-conditioning, but breakfast was not included. This was priced at 55€ per night, and cheaper rooms without bathrooms or A/C were also available. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the main train station. It is run by a lovely Italian lady who, to our great delight, confirmed my stereotype of Italians, saying, "Mama Mia," when she got the remote controls mixed up. The room was very clean and functional, and the hotel is in a reasonably nice area of Rome with many restaurants and shops.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 29, 2005

Hotel Katty II
35 Via Palestro
Rome, Italy
+39-06-4441216

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Situated inside the Stazione Principe, the food offered is typical station fare – mediocre, lukewarm pizza and cold chips (as well as a range of dubious-looking sandwiches). If you do eat here, watch out for the service charge, an extra euro for the waiter to bring your food to you, after you've ordered it from the counter. It was a very disappointing meal.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 29, 2005

Ristorante Chef Express
Stazione Piazza
Rome, Italy

Vatican

Attraction | "Vatican City"

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If you are not spending long in the Vatican City, it is a good idea to choose carefully which queue you join. We joined the one going to the top of the cupola of St. Peter's, mistakenly thinking that it was for the Sistine Chapel! Although St. Peter's was very impressive (200m high, with a dome of 43m, all lavishly decorated with mosaics), it was a great disappointment not to be able to see Michelangelo’s fresco on the ceiling. Be aware that most of the tourist attractions in the Vatican are also places of worship, so shoulders and knees must be covered up to go in (and they do check). If you forget, you can buy paper overalls at a great expense. If you want to send postcards home with the Vatican...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2005

Vatican
Vatican City
Rome, Italy

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With a capacity for 70,000 people and an ability to seat them all within minutes, the Colosseum is a very impressive piece of architecture. However, entrance today is much slower, with long queues snaking up to the ticket office in high season. Tickets cost 10€ (less for students/concessions). Queue-jumping guided tours are available from outside for an extra 8 to 10€; however, as the most impressive parts of the Colosseum appeared to be visible from the outside, we settled for walking round the outside of the building and the ruins of the Roman Forum opposite. The Colosseum is one of those must-see sights, but having seen it (and feeling duly impressed), we don't think it warrants a return visit.