To Roma, To Roma...

Roma! The city of stone, as I like to call it. If you are a historian, a roman culture enthusiast, a romantic or just seeking some good old fun, go to Rome! Its beauty, and history are almost indescribable...but I can always try.


Hotel Dolomiti

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Jglassb311 on August 11, 2004

We arrived in Rome on an overnight train in the blistering heat at 6AM. We carried our huge packs the 6 blocks from the station to Hotel Dolmiti, where we were warmly greeted and allowed entry to our room. Although we had a reservation, our room was the only room that didn't have air conditioning. Let me tell you this - at 7AM, Rome heats up. Our room was ridiculously HOT. I showered and fell asleep for a few hours. The next day they were able to move us to a nicer room with air conditioning, which was welcomed with open arms.

The room was spacious, clean and had a great shower. There was a balcony and a king-size bed. We couldn't have been happier. We were within cabbing or walking distance to everything, and the room was quiet, cool and nice.

If you do stay there, make sure to call ahead and ask for an AIR CONDITIONED room. Although they gave us a nice discount on the first night, it wasn't worth the tossing and turning in the sweaty Roman heat.

Hotel Dolomiti
Via San Martino della Battaglia 11 - 00185
Rome, Italy

Any Gelateria

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Jglassb311 on August 11, 2004

Gelato! You can always count on close-to-sickeningly-sweet gelato to cool you off on a hot Italian summer day. Rome boils over in the summer and gelato cools you right off, and fills your tummy with delicious sweets. Every stand has different flavors, and variations on the same flavor. I found that strawberry and coffee flavors were consistently delicious, while chocolate was usually hit or miss. Try cioccolato... an interesting mix of chocolate and vanilla.

Trevi Fountain

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Jglassb311 on August 11, 2004

The Trevi is a sight not to be missed in Rome. It is a fountain that was carved into the side of a building and finished at around 1751. It is intricate, cooling, and huge. To snap a photo of the fountain in its entirety, one has to go WAY back. The carvings consist of people, horses and details too small to speak of. Do not miss this enchanting plaza. It is romantic, and special, and worth the walk. Turn around and throw your euro in and wish to come back to Rome.
Trevi Fountain
Piazza di Trevi
Rome, Italy, 00187

Colosseum

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Jglassb311 on August 11, 2004

Tigers, Spectators, Gladiators, oh my! On a hot summer day, we undergrounded it to the Colosseum to see the spectacle the Romans used to enjoy. If you enjoyed the movie Gladiator, and have an affinity for violent history, then the Colosseum is for you. It's an amazing feat of architecture, and is a sight to behold. Walking through it was incredible, as if you could imagine being there during the actual time.

Go with a tour - you always learn more, and you don't feel like you cheated your way through the history. There is always a group looking to recruit a few extras outside the gates, and then you don't have to wait in line, like we did. Also, try the restaurant across the street outside of the underground station... the eggplant panini is fabulous!

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

Vatican City and St. Peter's

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Jglassb311 on August 11, 2004

We almost missed Vatican City, and thank God (no pun intended) we didn't. We made our way to the Vatican by underground. It was easy and painless, and went on a day when it wasn't too warm. After a prerequisite gelato, we got in line to go into the Sistine Chapel. Oh my gosh! What an amazing place. While not a religious person, I can admire the beauty in religious art, and can only say that the work housed within the chapel is truly amazing. My neck still hurts from looking up! Be sure to go, and bring your camera. I would go back again and again, because I am sure there is always something else to see!
Vatican
Vatican City
Rome, Italy

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