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Rome in September

A September 2008 trip to Rome by fionademp

The Colosseum/Coliseum Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: Overview of Rome including the Colosseum, Janacium Hill, Trevi Fountain, the zoo and others.

Rome in September

Overview

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The Collosseum, Trevi Fountain and Vatican Museums are a must. If you have more time I’d recommend you visit the Travesvere. The whole area has a different feel to it and is much more of what I would call ‘real Rome’ than anywhere else. It’s the place that you can imagine locals visit for dinner. The views from Janiculum hill are also worth the trip. Make sure you visit at least one of the Piazza’s, I recommend Piazza Navona for the ice cream shops. If the weather is good and you have the time take a wonder in Villa Borghese park, it’s more than a park and you can visit some museums whilst there. Quick Tips: Top tip – plan ahead. Plan roughly where you want to go each day, firstly you can sav...Read More
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Hotel Condotti Palace Our arrival at Hotel Condotti through me somewhat. We arrive using the address on the confirmation to find a small door with some buzzers, slightly concerning. Thankfully I had read on the web that the entrance was round the corner so we made our way there. It would have been helpful if it had stated this on our booking, particularly as we arrived at night. However once we entered the reception was really pretty, the staff helpful and they had plenty of materials for exploring the city. The hotel is split between the main hotel and further rooms entered round the corner. We were staying in the rooms round the corner. The room itself (a double) was a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2008

Hotel Condotti
VIA MARIO DE FIORI 37
Rome, Italy
003906-6794661

The Colosseum/Coliseum

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Attraction | "Colosseum (The)"

The Colosseum/Coliseum Photo, Rome, Italy
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Depending on where you are coming from the Colosseum is easy to get to on the underground. When you arrive there will be lots of people offering you tours. Don’t feel pressured into taking a tour – though we did and I would recommend it. The tour we took included the Colosseum and the forum (next to the Colosseum). An advantage of a tour is also the queue skip ability. Registered tours queue separately and you are admitted quicker. Tours come with headphones that allow you to hear the tour guide better as group sizes and the number of people in the Colosseum make it difficult to hear. You can also buy tickets on Palatine hill to avoid queues at the Colosseum. Inside the Colosseum itself the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 5, 2008

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

Vatican Museums

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Attraction | "Vatican Museum"

Vatican Museums Photo, Rome, Italy
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The Vatican The Vatican is an absolute must when in Rome. Even if you’re not into museums, religion or history it is worth visiting. Make sure you plan your trip as the museums have strict opening times and the first time we tried to visit they were closed. It is always closed on Sundays and normally closes around 1pm. Check before visiting though. Entrance is 14 euros. The queues for the museum are really long, stretching right back to St. Peters so plan to queue for some time. We queued for over an hour. We spent about 2 hours in the museum so I’d advise going early, visiting the museums, stopping for lunch, then visiting St. Peters. The museum is split into several dif...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 6, 2008

Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano
Rome, Italy 00165
0039 06 69884676

Villa Borghese Gardens

Attraction | "Villa Borghese"

Villa Borghese Gardens Photo, Rome, Italy
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Villa Borghese Villa Borghese is a huge public park in the centre of Rome. We were staying near the Spanish steps and you can enter from the top of the steps – go left at the top and follow the path, which will lead you to the park. There are several entrances though. The park is huge and it’s easy to lose your way once inside it. It is sign posted but it took us several attempts to reach the zoo – our planned destination. Make sure you have a decent map for navigating your way round. The park contains several lakes, fountains and statues, along with museums and a Zoo. We didn’t visit any of the museums in the park but it contains the Villa e Galleria Borghese, the Galler...Read More

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Villa Borghese Gardens
Piazzale Flaminio
Rome, Italy 00196

St. Peter's Basilica

Attraction | "St. Peters Basilica "

Vatican Museums Photo, Rome, Italy
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St. Peters Basilica You must visit St. Peters. I would advise that you visit it after having been to the Vatican museums but do pay it a trip. It is beautiful. We didn’t spend long here but it is worth seeing. The Piazza San Pietro is a perfect circle with 4 entrances. If you walk from the Vatican museums you will with the Basilica on your left. The history behind the Basilica is that a small shrine to Saint Peter existed here and the church building that surrounds it was added in 349 AD. It was later restored and enlarged making it the largest in the world. Michelangelo designed the Dome but died before it was completed. The St. Peter's basilica was dedicated by pope Urban VIII ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2008

St. Peter's Basilica
Piazza San Pietro
Vatican City, Rome 00193
+39 0669883462

Pantheon

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Pantheon Photo, Rome, Italy
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The Pantheon The Pantheon borders on the Piazza della Rotonda and is not far from the Piazza Navone. The building's dome, is really impressive and was, at one time the largest in the world. At the top of the dome is a large opening, the oculus, which was the only source of light. You can see this in my pictures. Originally a temple for all pagan gods, the temple was converted into a church. The Pantheon contains the tombs of Raphael and of several Italian Kings. You can see some of the interior in my photos. The inside is really impressive; partly due to the dome but also due to how well it has been preserved. There is no real damage to be seen and the colours ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2008

Pantheon
Piazza della Rotonda
Rome, Italy 00186
+39 0668300230

Janiculum Hill

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Circus Maximus  Photo, Rome, Italy
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Janiculum Hill We visited Janiculum hill as part of a wider trip to the Trastevere area of Rome. We reached the Trastevere by taking the underground to Circo Maximo and walking. It is quite a long walk from here – at least 20 mins – so take another route if you don’t wish to walk. We walked along side the Circus Maximum, once the largest stadium in Rome. Despite now just being an area of flat ground it is still impressive and provides nice views of Palatine Hill. We walked past during the day and it looked as though there were bubbles all over the field, when we returned at night these were lit up with different colours and was truly beautiful. I don’t know if this was due to a spe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 6, 2008

Piazza Navona

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Piazza Navona Photo, Rome, Italy
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Piazza Navona was one of my favourite Piazza’s we visited, mainly due to the large array of amazing ice cream shops of its side streets. The Piazza is large and the central area of fountains and statues in surrounded by restaurants and cafes. It is expensive and touristy. All the restaurants are pricey and even if you stop for a drink it can be expensive. There always seems to be something going on here though. There is often art displayed in the middle and the whole area has a buzz to it day and night. It’s a good place to spend a little time people watching and relaxing with a beer or ice cream. We visited almost every day just for the ice cream. We ventured to the surrounding a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2008

Piazza Navona

Rome, Italy 00186

Spanish Steps (Scalinata)

Attraction | "Piazza di Spagna"

Spanish Steps (Scalinata) Photo, Rome, Italy
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Piazza di Spagna We stayed in this area and I’d really recommend it as a place to stay. The tube makes it easy to get around and it’s lively at night, without being too busy. The Spanish steps are the main focus of the Piazza. I’ll be honest I didn’t quite get what all the fuss was about, their just steps! They are pretty and imposing due to their size but they really are just steps. The best thing about them is that they’re a good place to stop for a sit down, particularly with an ice cream from one of the local cafes. The steps do get very busy though, especially in the evenings. The Piazza is littered with shops, cafes and restaurants. The shops tend to be very upmarke...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2008

Spanish Steps (Scalinata)
Piazza Di Spagna
Rome, Italy 00187

Trevi Fountain

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Trevi Fountain Photo, Rome, Italy
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Trevi Fountain The most famous fountain in Rome you won’t need to spend long here but it’s well worth a trip. We visited twice, once during the day once at night. It’s particularly beautiful at night but is very crowded. The fountain is a short walk from the Spanish steps (10 mins) or you can get the underground there. The centre feature of the fountain is Neptune, god of the sea. He is riding a chariot in the shape of a shell pulled by 2 seahorses. The horses symbolise the differing nature of the sea, one is calm and the other restless. The water at the bottom of the fountain represents the sea. Legend has it that you will return to Rome if you throw a coin int...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2008

Trevi Fountain
Piazza di Trevi
Rome, Italy 00187