Going to Rome

Going to Rome

Hotel Picasso

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Jctravel1983 on August 22, 2012

The hotel is a 7-storey old building, which is very well maintained. The reception is located diagonally across from the Hotel Caravaggio, which belongs to it. The lobby was welcoming and offered some seating and free Wi-Fi / Wi - Fi access.
The other guests were on our visit, especially young couples from mid-20s to mid-30th Leaving the hotel, will be asked to leave the key at the front desk, which is manned around the clock.

The Picasso Hotel is centrally located in the Via Venezia, a cross street of Via Nazionale, which leads to the Opera Theatre and Repubblica are the many shops. Just on the junction of Via Venezia Via Nazionale is a supermarket, this is hardly 100 meters from the hotel. The nearest metro station is one less than 5 minutes (Repubblica metro station, about 450m) to Termini station is 800 meters (just under 10 minutes walk). About the Metro to reach all the sights of Rome without problems, but as you can the 750 meters from the Trevi Fountain also easily run.
From the Central Station can be reached within 40 minutes by shuttle bus or train to the airport (Bus 5 €, train 8 €), as well as leisure trips are Ostia possible to the excavation sites or to the beach. (1.50 € per trip)

Our room number 6 in the 1st Floor was of medium height, light and bright. It was tiled about 16 square meters plus bathroom (about 3 square meters) and was in a warm auburn hue. The walls were decorated in yellow, equipped with 2 layers of window blinds (blinds and blackout). The windows opened and had shutters that could be closed if necessary.
On entering the room is to the left cloakroom, you walk straight into the bathroom. To the right of the bed with 2 bedside tables, a luggage rack and a desk with chair. In one of the side tables, the mini-bar was built across from the bed, a small TV hanging on the wall.
The door of a night cabinet hung slightly askew on its hinges, the mini-bar but worked perfectly. The prices were fair, not as common in expensive hotels exorbitantly high.
The furniture is a bit dated, but still ok, the room was clean.
The room had air conditioning, which could be regulated by remote control, which we found very pleasant.

The bed was about 1.60 x 2.00 tall, with 2 mattresses on one side and was very worn, but still reasonably comfortable. On the other hand, it was solid and enjoyable. The pillows were good, the blanket was made of a continuous sheet and to a quilt, which was sufficient completely given the temperatures. The bathroom was tiled blue, left there was a sink, a bidet and a toilet, everything was a bit dated, but clean and well maintained. Straight ahead there was the shower, on the right wall as a radiator towel rails. Also there was a shelf on the wall, ready to lay on the anemities as shower gel, soap, etc., and Tumbler. The towels we had when we arrived draped beautifully on the bed. Bath towels and bath mat were nice and soft and clean, the towels were a little firmer from linen and also clean.

With the windows open you will clearly perceive noise from outside, especially from Via Nazionale, which is late in the evening traveled quite strong. Also included is hear about it a little, just as one can perceive sounds from the hallway clear. However, lying on the floor, only a few rooms, so this is not so much weight to a minimum.

The hotel only offers breakfast, there is no bar (but there is a mini bar in the room). Breakfast was served in the 1st Stock of the Picasso restaurant serves, the breakfast room was tiny, but bright and friendly. 12sqm on the incredible depth 16 people found space. The cozy little tables were decorated, on each table stood a basket of (relatively dry) and (relatively fresh) croissants and sweet particles prepared also butter and some jam pack into a small bowl. In the mini-hall nor cakes, cookies, crackers, granola / cereal and fruit yoghurt were built, also juice and milk. In a small kitchen staff prepared a fresh coffee, cappuccino, tea, etc., especially the cappuccino was delicious.
Italian standards, the breakfast was very good, although of course it can not compete with a large common breakfast in Northern Europe.
The staff was very friendly and helpful.

The check in was quick and easy, the guy at the desk spoke good English and told us where it would be the next day breakfast and happy hour of the hotel. At happy hour in the lobby for 3 hours, a small variation of free snacks and drinks are available that can be used by guests, as while surfing the Internet. It was also provides a public PC.

The porter took us to our room in the house opposite.
Also the other staff spoke good English was friendly and helpful when we had questions about a train and checking out.
Check out was very quick and easy, the room service was also satisfactory.

The Hotel Picasso impressed us with its central location and the excellent value for money. The room was nicely furnished, clean, and equipped with minibar and air conditioning also quite comfortable. Point deduction is available for a saggy bed half. The breakfast is quite good for Italian standards and included in the price. Positive are also the friendly service and the staff speaks good English.
Noise sensitive guests should bring ear plugs or the like, in a central location in Rome, but it is generally very difficult to find a quiet room. I recommend the hotel to others with 4 stars and will certainly book there again when I come again to Rome.
Hotel Picasso
Via Venezia 25
Rome, Lazio, 00184

Piramide di Caio Cestio

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Jctravel1983 on August 22, 2012

When i think about a pyramid i believe it a burial site and surely will first think of Cairo, Giza and / or Egypt. Then I remember still the pyramid in Paris, which forms the entrance to the Louvre, but few are likely to come up with the idea to look for such a right in the city St in Rome.

But exactly where the steady Piramide di Caio Cestio that this same Caio Cestio in the years 18 - 12 was set up BC. It stands on one of the main streets of Rome when the port of Civitavecchia, and comes to the city of Rome would, so you will almost inevitably comes along to her. Geanu taken it brings together several major roads and the railway station "Stazione Roma Ostia" is very close.
In the year 12 BC Caio Cestio was buried in the 36.4 m high pyramid. She has a side length of 25.5 m and the grave chamber is located inside 4.10 x 5.95 m tall and 4.80 m high. The pyramid can be visited only on special guided tours, which has as one told me, because of the very special frescoes but worthwhile. The client, who was 11 BC praetor and tribune of the people, settled here after his death, as our tour guide said, "like a little Pharaoh" bury.

At the time, this was built as a tomb in Rome, other pyramids were built. As our tour guide told, it was the time when the Romans in Egypt and the wealthy Romans watched the "Pyramiden" from the ancient Egyptians. Today the Piramide di Cestius is the only one still exists.

Piazza Ostiense, accessible by metro or tram B 3rd The pyramid boundary on one side of the Cemetery Protestane. It’s worth to have a look!
Pyramid of Cestius
Near Porta San Paolo and Protestant Cemetery
Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Jctravel1983 on November 30, 2010


I was recently in Rome for one week when it was about 40 degrees in the shade, but still I enjoyed it very much. In Rome, I discovered a lot of tourist attractions. One was the Trevi Fountain.


The Trevi Fountain is located in the center of Rome and is pretty easy to reach. The fountain is near the Barberini metro station.

What is there to see?

The Trevi Fountain is a huge fountain that both width and depth is about twenty meters high. Its theme is the "ocean" and the sea god Neptune, his horses and other major gods are found in various statues. These images next to the fountain and make it all into one beautiful whole. In itself it is already a beautiful thing, but the fact that’s it’s right in the heart of Rome, gives me a special feeling when you walk by.

What to do?

The place is really just enjoy. There are many benches around the fountain to find. In addition, you can see lots of tourists, couples and families taking pictures of each and everyone here just seems really happy, very nice! There is also a myth about the Trevi Fountain that says when you trow a coin in your right hand over your right shoulder into the fountain you will come back again in Rome.

Stalls, beggars and street vendors

The Trevi Fountain has now been a tourist attraction and of course there are many stalls around. Everyone usually gets holiday souvenirs and I recommend you get them here. The range is large, the prices are the same as in the real souvenir shops and you have the opportunity to bargain.

With loads of tourists to this place it’s a good revenue source for beggars. Outside the fountain you will see a lot of them. There are also street vendors that you actively want to sell the most ridiculous things, like a laser lights, a stress ball or a plastic propeller helicopter you can shoot in the air. They are very pushy and you really should say clear 'no' , before they finally left you alone.

I have a visit the Trevi fountain in late August v and that was actually in the high season. It was extremely busy, both day and night. Fortunately, it is an attraction you can visit within a half hour, which places on the benches where you can sit. The street vendors are pretty annoying, but if you let them clearly know that you want nothing they will leave you alone. I just enjoyed this fountain and I hope someday I will be come back, thanks to my coin.


If someone asks for a few famous tourist attractions in Rome, it’s almost always the Trevi Fountain. It gives a special feeling when you just come across this huge fountain in central Rome. You may as well relax and watch both the fountain and the happy people. It is also the ultimate place to buy souvenirs.
Trevi Fountain
Piazza di Trevi
Rome, Italy, 00187

The Pantheon

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Jctravel1983 on November 30, 2010


What is Rome still a beautiful city! For seven days I was in Rome. The whole town is really just as a big museum. While walking in the modern center of Rome is, you just see so much. So you see between the streets suddenly the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and the Pantheon.

The Pantheon is located in the center of Rome. A walk of about five minutes you're at the Trevi Fountain and after ten minutes you can also look at the Spanish Steps. The temple has no subway station. That needs a walk to the underground station Barberini, the station of the Trevi Fountain.

What is the Pantheon?
The word 'Pantheon' and 'dome' will often come together in a sentence. Rightly so, as the Pantheon is known for its large dome. While you're at the front facade of a beautiful Roman temple, it conceals itself behind an impressive thing, a large room and above is a dome with a height of more than 40 meters. At the top of this dome is in the middle a hole, also called the oculus, which ensures the stability of the building.

A little bit of history I find important in a historical building. Around 30 BC, the Pantheon has built, led by Marcus Agrippa (who is also named on the front of the temple). 150 years later it was again destroyed by fire, however. A reconstruction followed soon and this version is the same as the one we now can see. The building was in fact used as a church and this is the Pantheon over the years so well preserved and was not destroyed.

Things to do today?
Nowadays, the Pantheon is still free to visit. Admission is free and it can not hurt to take a step inside if you are in Rome. Inside, you walk on a beautiful marble floor and there are several statues. There are also some seats on benches to find, so after a long day it’s perfect for going out to rest. If you still just look up you will see the dome and oculus, as the highlight of the Pantheon. Then you can through the same pathway to leave the temple.

The Pantheon is a major tourist attraction and outside the entrance are the necessary stalls selling souvenirs. There are Beggars with a sign on the ground and now and then you see street vendors.

The temple is situated on a large and famous square, the 'Piazza della Rotonda. In the middle of the square stands a large obelisk (an obelisk / tower) and a nice fountain where you can sit at. Nice to know also that the square may be as reflected in "Angels and Demons' by Dan Brown.


My Times
During my visit to Rome this part could not have been left. By subway get off at the Spanish Steps and then about ten minutes walk to the tourist attraction. From outside it looked all nice, but inside it makes the experience even better. The images were ok, the only thing it is really all about is the dome.

Once you are in the middle of the building is, the dome is very impressive to see. From that base, it all seems very large and it's just clever when you consider how they ever made this. The dome is fully open (no cover). This openness means that the rain goes right trough it. Too bad that I have not experienced this, it seems very funny to watch.

I have visited around late August visit. It is terribly hot than in Rome, but in the Pantheon was to do well with temperature. In terms of tourism it is seen as the peak season in August and it was very crowded in the Pantheon. You had enough room to walk and you are free to move.


The Pantheon, located in the center of Rome is a great attraction to see in Rome. The construction of the impressive dome and the opening hole is just extraordinary to see, especially when it rains. It is one of the most important temples in Rome that is still standing and thus one of the things you really must see during your trip. It's free, so a visit can never hurt and close facilities are also great opportunities.
Piazza della Rotonda
Rome, Italy, 00186
+39 0668300230

The Colosseum

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Jctravel1983 on November 30, 2010

The Colosseum

When we went to Rome, we visited many monuments, Renaissance, Baroque, Medieval and of course the classics. You can not miss the Colosseum. We looked at a lot of information and photos and of course I also have seen many films about the the Colosseum. This made me have very high expectations of this ancient fighting arena. Has the Colosseum met these expectations?


The Colosseum is surrounded by the ancient Roman town and is therefore very easy to reach. In Rome for a few euros you can easily but not quickly get there by taxi. There is also the possibility of a bus but the best option is still underground. From the main station Termini you come in once stop at the Colosseum, a few meters away from the Colosseum itself. The area offers plenty to do, for example, you can visit the Roman Forum or near one of the typical Italian cafes or bars have a drink or lunch.

Brief History

The Colosseum was the largest amphitheater in the world, located in the city itself, of course, Rome. Emperor Vespasian gave in the year 72 the command to build the building. Construction was completed in 80. Besides that the Colosseum was built for the people it was also built to forget the hated Emperor Nero of Rome. The Colosseum was built at the place where Nero wanted to establish his palace.

Were was the amphitheater for?

As most of you know from movies like The Gladiator, gladiator fights were held, but that was certainly not all! On an average day in an amphitheater consisted of many other aspects, in the mornings were such battles with exotic animals to fight against each other or against the fighters. Afternoons were often with comedies held and convictions. Only at the end of the day began most popular games, gladiator fights. These two people fought mostly against one another to overcome it, the emperor or sponsor then decided, under the influence of the public, or the defeated gladiator should live or die.

The Building

The building is very large and massive. The first sight is therefore certainly impressive, the idea that 2000 years ago this was built. The Colosseum covers 188 to 156 meters and the height is about 49 meters. The Colosseum is famous for its impressive columns and arches, all arches served as entrance and exits. Research have shown that within 5 minutes the Colosseum could be evacuated. The Colosseum is made of brick, concrete, travertine, marble and sandstone. The holes in the Colosseum are made by barbarians who wanted to get the iron out. The seats in the Colosseum was divided to class with the best seat of course for the emperor and leading senators. The Colosseum was covered with a giant screen from sun and rain.


Apart from the building itself are in the Colosseum toilets and in between some reliefs are exhibited but the attraction is the building itself more naturally. Around the Colosseum are gladiators posing for photographs and you can buy at a stall for three euro a drink. The Colosseum is disabled-friendly.

My Visit and Conclusion

How have I experienced this visit to the Colosseum? On a sunny day with our walk group we entered the huge building. Then I got no sense of joy or disappointment, it was exactly, but exactly what I had expected. I wasn’t really surprised with the inside and I even thought it was a bit small compared the massive outside. It’s definitely a place to visit inside and you can even take a tour.
The Colosseum/Coliseum
Piazza Del Colosseo
Rome, Italy, 00184
+39 (06) 7004261


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