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Celio

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17 travelers at this place:

  • Day4

    This is the official seat of the pope. Absolutely stunning building. Once again just a short walk away.

  • Day5

    Colloseum, forum and palitime hill

    September 7, 2017 in Italy

    We spent the entire day doing the Caesar shuffle. A required Rome experience. Things have really changed since I was here in the 80's. Back then you just walked in: no lines, no fees, no explanatory signs, and actually not much of a crowd. Now everything has changed. I certainly learned more this time -- even without a guided tour you can read the signs and get a lot of formation.

    Still,for me, it is an exhausting experience -- never been much of a museum buff.Read more

  • Day3

    Roma!

    September 5, 2017 in Italy

    Our arrangements work well. The flight to Rome was smooth and the service was great -- but neither of us slept much. As we walked out of the customs area Ricardo Nemi was standing there holding a sign with our name on it. His limo took us to the hotel where we met Emerson our host at the AirB&B- which is simple but clean, private and quiet. Arrived at the airport at 10:30 and were relaxing on the patio of our hotel by noon. But I was knackered- and promptly crashed for a two hour nap.

    By 2pm local time we were out and about getting acquainted with the area. The location is pretty cool. We are three blocks from the Colosseum. One would expect this to be pretty cheesy with tourist junk (and some of that exists) but it is easy to dial into the local community that lives and works here.

    Our first meal out was at a family owned place that has been around since 1945 ( think end of the war). The wait-staff were having a fun time greeting friends as they walked by and the prices were really reasonable - at least $20 less than we would expect to spend for a similar meal on Lopez.

    We finished the evening with a visit to the locals grocery to get supplies for a picnic.
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  • Day4

    " Getting to know you ... "

    September 6, 2017 in Italy

    Today we set off walking and did at least 7 miles before the heat and humidity told us it was time for a break. We began the process of understanding this city as more than a map or a chapter in a travel guide. With this in mind we selected two sub-communities, separated by the Tiber River. Trastevere and the Jewish ghetto. Here we got to experience some of Rome's history that is not simply ancient monuments.

    Trastevere retains the small single lane roads from the Middle Ages. Following a tip we looked for a sandwich place that features prosciutto-- WOW! This is nothing like what we get at Costco! A mixture of salt and fat that I have never experienced before. We will be eating here again before we leave Rome

    We also found the Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of Rome's oldest church sites where Christians worshipped illegally until the year 313. Most of the church is from the 12 century -- very peaceful -- in a city like this it does not stand out, yet it is certainly a magnificent example of citizens expressing their devotion to faith. This is negatively contrasted by the ghetto where "Christian" leaders defined Jews as second class citizens and forced them to live in difficult conditions.
    We walked through the section of town that was once the Jewish ghetto. In 1555 the pope forcibly moved all Jews to a confined space that became known as the Jewish ghetto. October 3rd, 1943 -- for the Roman Jews it was, to paraphrase Roosevelt "a day that will live in infamy " - the nazi's demanded 20 kilos of gold or they would deport Jews to concentration camps. It is reported that the citizens of Rome contributed their personal jewelry to pay the ransom -- and of course history reveals the deportation of Jews happened anyway.

    As I said, it was hot and humid today. Thank goodness it is possible to drink water "from the tap." In fact there are water fountains everywhere that can be used to fill water bottles.
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  • Day6

    Wrapping up phase one . . .

    September 8, 2017 in Italy

    Tomorrow we meet our Road Scholar group for transport to Foligno. Today we figured out how to use the light rail system and got oriented at the main train station for the train out to the airport where we will meet the RS group.

    The Baths of Diocletian were an easy walk away. Built in 10 years about 300 A.D. This was "Huuuge". It originally covered 30 acres and could accommodate 3000. The bath I am standing in was 4 feet deep with a surface area of 32,000 square feet. This facility was in service for 237 years.

    Next we found the Trevi fountain. It is impressive but probably more amazing was the number of people that where also there. Great watching couples, young and old toss coins in the fountain pool.

    Then on to the Spanish steps. Factoid of the day -- the Spanish consulate to the Vatican is located here and has been for 300 years. When the newly weds appeared everyone rushed to snap their picture.

    Last stop of the day was a church recommended by Val -- Santa Maria Della Vittorisa -- location of Bernini's best known statue -- the swooning Saint Teresa in ecstasy.
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  • Day2

    Piazza di San Giovanni

    September 29, 2012 in Italy

    ... zur Erkundung des Lateranviertels. An der Piazza di San Giovanni finden sich Lateranspalast und Lateransbasilika sowie ein Obelisk und die Triclinio Leoniano, ein Mauerfragment mit Mosaik von Papst Leo III.

    San Giovanni in Laterano ist die erste christliche Kirche Roms, die bereits im 4. Jahrhundert von Kaiser Konstantin gegründet wurde. 2mal abgebrannt, wurde sie 2mal wieder aufgebaut, das letzte Mal 1646 umgestaltet. Die Fassade wurde im 18. Jahrhundert hinzugefügt. Als Papstkirche wurden bis 1870 alle Päpste in San Giovanni gekrönt. Noch heute hält der Papst als Bischof von Rom am Gründonnerstag hier die Messe. Die Porta Santa wird nur in einem Heiligen Jahr geöffnet.Read more

  • Day2

    Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

    September 29, 2012 in Italy

    Auf dem zentralen Papstaltar darf tatsächlich nur der Papst die heilige Messe lesen. Das Apsismosaik zeigt das wundersame Erscheinen Christi bei der Einweihung der Kirche.

    Das eindrucksvolle Kirchenschiff wird auf beiden Seiten von überlebensgroßen Statuen der Apostel flankiert.

  • Day6

    San Giovanni in Laterano

    October 3, 2012 in Italy

    Am Nachmittag machen wir uns nochmal auf zur Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, in der Hoffnung, dass heute das Baptisterium geöffnet ist.
    Die Taufkirche stammt ursprünglich aus der Zeit Konstantins. Ihre achteckige Form erhielt sie im Jahre 432.
    Nachdem wir es endlich geschafft haben, die prächtigen Mosaiken des Baptisteriums zu bewundern, zieht es uns nochmal in die Kirche nebenan, wo gerade eine Messe gelesen wird. Andächtig lassen wir den Tag ausklingen... :-)Read more

  • Day17

    Day 17: Rome, Italy

    July 7, 2017 in Italy

    Food, food and more food.

    Whenever we plan our day, we always make sure we add in a restaurant (or two) to our itinerary. For those of you who know me well, this shouldn't come as a surprise. Today we had the most amazing fresh gnocchi from That's Amore (a cute restaurant near the Trevi Fountain) and gelato from Venchi. I've recently become obsessed with Pistachio gelato because it's the best.

    Thank god we've been walking a lot the past few days to work it all off. Cumulatively, we've walked 47 km within the two and a half days that we've been in Rome. Today we visited the Jewish Ghetto, the Piazza Venezia and the Crypt of the Capuchins. The crypt was cool, yet eery and the Piazza was gorgeous. The detail in Italy's architecture is on another level. It's incredible.

    Today also reminded me of the best advice that we got for Italy. It was from two Australian girls we shared a room with in Santorini. They said "just walk" and at first we were confused, but after having been in Italy for a few days, it makes complete sense. No one gives you the opportunity to cross so you've got to wait for the perfect moment (or take a chance) and just walk across. Seems like we've got it down pat as many people today followed our lead.
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