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The Pagan Pleasures of Rome

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An August 2006 trip to Rome by phileasfogg

Hotel Delle Muse Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: Rome conquers. The barbaric beauty of the Colosseum; the grandness of the Fontana di Trevi. Streets lined with pink-flowering oleanders. Sunset on the Tiber. This city has many faces, each unforgettable.

The Pagan Pleasures of Rome

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Overview

The Arch of Titus Photo, Rome, Italy
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Only Rome can resist Rome.- Pierre Corneille, French playwright (1606-84)Corneille was talking in a political context, but his words about the Eternal City are true enough. Rome is irresistible. Despite the drawbacks- the beggars, the pickpockets, the chaotic traffic, the fact that not too many people speak English. I’ve seen cleaner, greener, safer, more polite cities in Europe- but they lack the virility and the unabashed charm of Rome. Part of that charm, of course, is in the fact that Rome is so old- it’s been around for literally thousands of years, and there are plenty of attractions that stand testimony to the city’s history. The colossal Colosseum, with the adjoining ...Read More

Hotel Delle Muse

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Hotel

Hotel Delle Muse Photo, Rome, Italy
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We arrived at the Hotel Delle Muse after an early flight, tired and bleary-eyed and wondering what it would be like. Our first glimpse of the entrance- whitewashed, mundane, single-storeyed and looking like a shop- was disappointing. But we had bookings, and we didn’t have the stamina to go looking for another hotel. So of course we went in- and ended up spending three nights in one of the most pleasant hotels we stayed in through our Europe trip. The receptionist, a man in a smart suit, was brisk and efficient and spoke English well. He checked us in, handed us a map of Rome (gratis), gave us a verbal list of do’s and don’ts for the hotel (and Rome in general- of which "Beware of pickpockets" wa...Read More

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Hotel Delle Muse
Via Tommaso Salvini, 18
Rome, Italy 00197
+39 (06) 80-88-333

Ristorante Nana

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Restaurant | "Nanà"

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We’d passed by Nanà on our way to and from Trevi a couple of times, and one afternoon, we finally decided to go on in and have lunch at this attractive restaurant. Like many of the eateries in Rome, Nanà too divides itself into two parts: an indoor restaurant and an outdoor one, complete with garden umbrellas, pretty round tables and wooden trellises covered with flowering creepers. It was a warm day, so we opted to sit out. A waiter led us to a table right next to the `fence’- draped in a creeper with pretty star-shaped white flowers. We were handed our menus (thankfully in both English as well as Italian), and left to ourselves to figure out what we wanted to order. Nanà has a fairly wide range...Read More

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Ristorante Nana
Via Della Panetteria, 37
Rome, Italy 00187
066 9190750

Hostaria Romana Ristorante

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Restaurant | "Hostaria Romana"

Hostaria Romana Ristorante Photo, Rome, Italy
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By the time our second evening in Rome rolled around, we’d realised that the area around Fontana di Trevi had an abundance of restaurants. The closer we got to the famed fountain, the more expensive they were, but we guessed that a recce in the vicinity would probably yield something affordable. We weren’t mistaken- for we found, tucked away in a lane just short of the Trevi, a lovely little restaurant called Hostaria Romana. The Hostaria Romana was nothing short of serendipity- a chance glance towards the left, and there was a beckoning golden light streaming out of the windows, illuminating what looked to be a very contented crowd of diners. We went and checked out the menu (written up in Engli...Read More

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

Roman Forum

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Attraction | "Forum Romanum"

Roman Forum Photo, Rome, Italy
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Tarun’s cousin in London had given us a good guidebook to Rome, and it contained an artist’s depiction of the Forum Romanum in its heyday. I still remember the picture: soaring columns, magnificent façades, wide steps leading up to temples to virtually every Roman god and goddess. It must have been a memorable sight, and even though only its ruins remain now, it’s still one of Rome’s most impressive areas. We walked from the Colosseum, past the intricately carved Arch of Constantine, up the hill to the Forum Romanum. The entrance to the Forum is yet another arch- the Arch of Titus, not quite as ornate as that of Constantine, but richly carved nevertheless. The Arch of Titus stands more or ...Read More

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

The Colosseum/Coliseum

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Attraction | "The Colosseum"

The Colosseum/Coliseum Photo, Rome, Italy
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We’d decided to visit the sights of Rome in a somewhat chronological order, so the Colosseum ended up being the first on the list. It may not be the oldest building in Rome, but it’s definitely the largest and one of the most impressive relics of ancient Rome.We joined a long but mercifully fast-moving queue that snaked its way along a dark and gloomy passage, the outermost circular gallery at the foot of the Colosseum. Scattered about were blocks of white stone, some of them with carving eroded over time. We bought our tickets (€11 per person; students, senior citizens and citizens of the EU pay half the price) and made our way up a stone staircase to the first of the circular levels that look out...Read More

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

Gelati, Glorious Gelati

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Story/Tip

Gelati Photo, Rome, Italy
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We had the good fortune to visit Rome during a summer that was particularly hot. Good, I say, because it provided ample excuses for indulging ourselves most unashamedly—eating gelati every few hours! Not that gelati need an excuse, of course. Rome’s most famous iced dessert is so completely and utterly gorgeous, anyone with a sweet tooth would succumb to the temptation.Gelaterias, big and small, good and bad, are scattered across the length and breadth of Rome. Many are mere counters (the vans you’ll find outside major sights like the Colosseum or the Musei Vaticani are examples of this). They often have just a handful of flavours to choose from: hazelnut, chocolate, lemon, maybe a couple of others...Read More