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Honeymoon in Italy

An April 2005 trip to Rome by am331

Ara Pacis Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: My husband and I visited Rome and Florence for our honeymoon and took a day trip to Naples and Pompeii.

Honeymoon in Italy

Overview

Trevi Fountain, designed in 1732 Photo, Rome, Italy
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My husband and I decided to go to Italy for our honeymoon. We started in Rome and then took a train to Florence, and in between we also did a day trip to Naples and Pompeii. Here is a description of the first half, in Rome. The Florence album is listed separately. We happened to be in Rome during the time of the pope's funeral, so things were a bit crazy! We went in April of 2005. The weather was great and it was not too cold, and we only wore light spring jackets every day. Day One: We arrived in Rome at about noon and took a taxi to the hotel. Then we rested for about an hour before heading out. Our first stop was the Trevi Fountain, which was right next to our hotel! The tradition...Read More

Accademia Hotel

Hotel | "Hotel Accademia"

Accademia Hotel Photo, Rome, Italy
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This hotel was recommended to us by our travel agent, and it was really nice. The rooms are nothing fancy; they are actually pretty simple, but the location can’t be beat! Right next to Trevi Fountain! Every day after we went sightseeing, we’d stop by the Trevi Fountain and get gelati and walk back to the hotel. It is also located right next to a major street that has buses going to all parts of the city, including the Coliseum and other places. There is a computer with Internet connection in the tiny lobby, but they charge patrons to use it.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Accademia Hotel
Piazza Accademiadi San Luca 75
Rome, Italy
39 06 69922603

Ara Pacis

Restaurant

Ara Pacis Photo, Rome, Italy
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What an amazing restaurant! We started with house red wine and an appetizer of three kinds of bruschetta (artichoke, tomato, and olive tapenade). Then for dinner my husband had linguine with langostine (a very tender lobster) in white wine with cherry tomatoes - it was the best linguine he had ever had, and I agreed! I got duck breast with pears and a wine sauce - it was also delicious! For desert we shared a traditional tiramisu - so yummy! The bill was steep (75€), including tip, but we loved it! This was our favorite restaurant in Italy!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

Ara Pacis
L. go D. Lombardi
Rome, Italy

Hostaria Romana Ristorante Photo, Rome, Italy
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They started us with two complimentary appetizers and the house white wine. Then we got the mixed appetizers of the day (just fabulous!). My husband got spaghetti carbonera and I got liguine al funghi. I didn't love my pasta, but everything else was great, especially the apps!! We got a piece of ricotta cheesecake for dessert and some complimentary cookies and complimentary limoncello, a great after-dinner cocktail.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

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

The Colosseum/Coliseum

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Attraction | "Colosseum"

The Colosseum/Coliseum Photo, Rome, Italy
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The Colosseum, also called the "Flavian Amphitheatre" after its builders, the emperors Vespasian and Titus, both of the Flavian family, started to be constructed around 70 AD and was completed in 80 AD. As they love to tell on the tour, its opening was celebrated with 100 days of games in which thousands of animals and gladiators were killed. Occasionally the Colosseum was flooded in order to stage small naval battles. The emperor had his own entrance to the Colosseum, and from his private box seat he decided the fate of defeated gladiators. The Colosseum was used regularly for almost 400 years and has been through every natural and man-made disaster imaginable. Its architecture is elliptica...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

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

Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi)

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Attraction | "Day Trip to Naples and Pompeii"

Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi) Photo, Pompeii, Italy
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One day when we were in Rome, we decided to take a day tour to Naples and Pompeii. The hotels have information in the lobby about these bus day trips. The one we picked cost 106€ and lasted all day, about 13 hours. The tour of Naples was mostly done while we sat on the bus, so it was not too exciting. But when we got to Pompeii… now that was a very interesting place! We first ate lunch in the new part of town (and even had the local Mount Vesuvius red wine!) and then visited the excavations on foot with a local guide. We saw the remains of the city that had been covered by ash after Mt. Vesuvius erupted in AD 97!! It was absolutely fascinating, especially since our tour guide explained everything abou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 13, 2005

Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi)
Pompeii
Naples, Italy

Pantheon

Attraction | "The Pantheon"

Pantheon Photo, Rome, Italy
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The Pantheon is really interesting to visit and more than that, free to enter: rare in Rome! It is considered a masterpiece of Roman architecture, built originally by Agrippa in 27 AD and rebuilt in AD 120. We learned that it was named "Pantheon" because it was dedicated to several divinities. It was later consecrated as a Catholic church, which is how it survived the medieval period. Considering its age, it is in excellent condition, surviving 20 centuries of plunder and invasions! The entrance is through huge bronze doors, and the interior is a circular room with Catholic alters and artifacts. The dome has a span of 43.2 m (142 feet). One of the fascinating architectural aspects of ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Pantheon
Piazza della Rotonda
Rome, Italy 00186
+39 0668300230