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Via Torino, 36-37, Rome, Italy 00184
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Rome Italy All the Sites & Hotel Patria
St Aman~Soult, France
November 28, 2009
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In A city notorious for cost Hotel Patria turned into a welcome godsend for me. Close to the Rome Terminal Station and just a short walk past the Diocletian Baths. I was met with a Ukranian Receptionist who blonde blue eyed looked out of place ...
In A city notorious for cost Hotel Patria turned into a welcome godsend for me. Close to the Rome Terminal Station and just a short walk past the Diocletian Baths. I was met with a Ukranian Receptionist who blonde blue eyed looked out of place behind a counter in Italy but turned out to be the nicest guy and charming to say the least. He provided proficient service with a broad smile. My room was small but I was installed for a treat A BATH! so I lounged my hours at night soaking in the Hot Tub. The Hotel is reasonably priced and serves a buffet breakfast downstairs in a chandelier lit room.
This hotel is popular because of its close proximity to via Nazionale which you walk down to the Trajan Column and Forum. Rome cant be missed and is in many ways the beginnings of our modern culture. My first stop was the Trevi fountain set in a pedestrian only district it is burgeoning with tourists but well worth the visit. Word of warning you need good shoes/boots in Rome the cobblestones were laid a long time ago so you dont want to break a leg! The uneven cobbles of the Forum and coloseum are also wonky dont forget Caesar himself once walked them so good foot ware is a necessity, High heels are out.
I was blessed with good weather. I visited the Trevi on my first evening and it comes to life at night with lighting. I then made my way to the Pantheon and it is well worth visiting at night. The Worlds first dome and oldest building it glows in the soft lighting a testament to time itself this grand building commands respect it was built for the people and is still welcoming all. The Popes turned it into a church but it is hard to realise this when its origins are obvious. To the left inside is a crypt to Raphael himself behind glass. Take time in this building to soak up its longevity over time and memorial. Remember early Popes were keen to erase any existance of the Roman empire so we are blessed to have this building nearly intact.
The next day I did the big tour, I usually walk as you see more, so I bought a multi ticket and the side entrance to the Roman Forum it gives you entry to the Forum, Palantine Hill Museum and the Coloseum. Well I spent nearly 5 hours just touring the Forum area it is so huge an area with such diversity you need to take a deep breath and take it all in. There is the spot that Ceasars body was burned and the people of today still place flowers on the spot.
There is the remains of the site for the Vestal Virgins and then a walk up to Palatine hill and the opulance of what once was the Palaces of Rome. I spent an hour going through the museum on the hill. and viewing all the statues, frescoes and of course early art work from the time of the Germulus tribes and romulus and remus. The modern Italians are proud of their past and it is not hard to see why. I eventually had my picnic lunch near the steps of the Forum before walking past the Arch to Titus and head towards the Colosseum.
Colosseum only 1/3 the building remains but it is amzing engineering to say the least. There is a crude cross to all the Christians murdered here. Take time to ponder the hordes of spectators and hordes of prisoner/slaves and animals put to death.
On the top level of the Arena is a display of the Flavian Family which built this structure and take note of the differing hairstyles over millenia.
Sunday I went to St Peters Vatican and it was like being at an airport going through security to enter the great temple to Christianity. I was unaware that Sacrament was being held and who should be giving it but the Pope himself. Which he sometimes does and then heads to the stairs to the balcony to give a blessing to the crowd. I was lucky enough to see him on his procession through the church.
St Peters is all and more and the Crypt below is worth a visit there is a queue to John Paul II crypt and many kneel to pray.
Last day in Rome I went to Lanterno Church it is the oldest church founded in 310 AD and shouldnt be missed. The doors of the church were scavenged off the Roman Curia at the Forum and are massive down the knave and too the L) transept you will find the original solid gold columns and portico from the temple of jupiter scavenged from the original Temple in Rome to be reused for a Christian altar. Just seeing these icons of old Rome make you realised how powerful and advanced the Romas really were.
Out under the terrace is the original statue to Constantine and he legalised Christianity. So there is so much to see in Rome take your time 2 days is not enough but 4 ~ 5 days will see you through. Word of warning to see the Sistine Chapel you have to purchase a Vatican Museum ticket and it is right at the back of the complex. The museum itself takes 6 days to see all that has been plundered.
Rome dont miss it. Hotel Patria Friendly and well worth the stay.
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