Rome Journals

First Day in Rome

A June 2005 trip to Rome by SvetaB

The Colosseum/Coliseum Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: To be in Rome is to have the entire history of Europe looking back at you.
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The Saracusa is located right in the center of the city by the main subway station (I can't remember the name of the street right now). It's only a couple minutes away from many monuments and sights. The hotel is great in that it accommodates almost any sleeping arrangement. There were four of us on four twin beds in my room. The room is spacious, with its own bathroom, which can be rare in Europe. Everything was really clean, but there was very little warm water in the shower, and after a very short while, the water would run out completely. Two of us showered a day.A continental breakfast is included with your room fare. The breakfast is a typical European breakfast of tea, coffee, pastry,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 27, 2005

The Colosseum/Coliseum

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Attraction | "Coloseum/ Ruins"

The Colosseum/Coliseum Photo, Rome, Italy
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It's amazing to be in a place that at one time was the center of the world. I took a million pictures and I could say a million words but nothing can capture the feeling of being in Rome. On our first day (I traveled with EF College Break Tours), we went on a walking tour of the city. Our first stop was the Colosseum. The Colosseum is a must for any tourist in Rome because we have all read about it in our high school history books, but nothing is like standing inside this monumental structure and feeling like an ant. From there we went, umbrellas in hand, to the ruins behind the Colosseum. The ruins were excavated relatively recently and are a must-see. There are temples to specifi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 25, 2005

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

The Drunken Ship

Attraction | "Drunken Ship"

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The night we spent at the Drunken Ship was by far the best night in Rome! The patrons of this bar are mostly tourists but not just Americans (though there were a lot of Americans). If you want to meet a lot of Italians, this isn't the place. But my friends and I met many interesting people from all over the world, including a very attractive Australian bartender. The Drunken Ship closes at 2am, but it is located on a small circle full of bars, so if you want to keep partying after 2am, just walk next door! It has a really lively atmosphere with loud music and young people. The drinks were good, and they can make anything you could ever want. I definitely suggest spending a night (or at lea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 25, 2005

The Drunken Ship
Piazza Campo de Fiori, 20/21
Rome, Italy 00186
+39 0668300535

Vatican

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Attraction | "All over the Vatican"

Vatican Photo, Rome, Italy
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The lush lawns and amazing artwork in the Vatican is absolutely breathtaking. I'm Jewish and I still felt a sense of awe while visiting this tiny "country."Give yourself a lot of time when traveling to the Vatican, because the line to get in is about an hour-long wait, even during the off season. Also, girls must have covered shoulders and cleavage. It was very humid the day we went (of course, it was the middle of June). So I suggest you layer with a light shirt you can take off after you leave the Vatican walls. We first went into the Sistine Chapel. I thought of all the slides I saw in my art history class. They don't do the works any justice. All the pictures you have ever seen are nothi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 20, 2005

Vatican
Vatican City
Rome, Italy