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Centro Storico

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  • Day35

    From the Pantheon we made our way to Piazza Venezia. This is the central hub of Rome and it takes its name from the Palazzo Venezia, built by the Venetian Cardinal, Pietro Barbo (later Pope Paul II) alongside the church of Saint Mark, the patron saint of Venice. The Palazzo Venezia served as the embassy of the Republic of Venice in Rome.

    One side of the Piazza is the site of Italy's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Altare della Patria. The Altare della Patria, Altar of the Fatherland, is also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II, National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II. It is a monument built in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. I had not heard or read about this building so it really took me by surprise. The Altare della Patria is impressive!!

    With its wide stairways, huge columns, numerous fountains and impressively massive statues, it is a stunning building. It has a total area of 17 000 square meters.

    The monument holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame, built under the statue of goddess Roma after World War I. Two soldiers are constantly standing at attention guarding the tomb. The body of the unknown soldier was chosen on 26 October 1921 from among 11 unknown remains by Maria Bergamas, a woman from Gradisca d'Isonzo whose only child was killed during World War I. Her son's body was never recovered. This was an impressive site to visit.

    The piazza is at the foot of the Capitoline Hill and next to Trajan's Forum. The main artery, the Via di Fori Imperiali begins there and leads past the Roman Forum to the Colosseum. Our next destination.
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  • Day109

    Bella Roma

    October 29 in Italy

    Auch wenn die Zeit auf Shippy für uns am Sonntag zu Ende ging, so geht die Reise für uns zumindest noch ein paar Tage weiter. Wir haben uns nämlich entschieden nach Rom zu fliegen, wo wir beide noch nie waren, und die Reise dort bei angenehmen 20 Grad ausklingen zu lassen bevor es nächste Woche nach Hause ins herbstliche Deutschland geht. Ein kleiner Puffer also damit der Kultur- und Temperaturschock nicht allzu heftig wird.
    Und damit lagen wir goldrichtig, denn die Stadt ist wirklich ein traumhaft schön. Man hat die ganze Zeit das Gefühl durch eine riesige, antike Auagrabungsstätte zu laufen. An jeder Ecke wimmelt es von imposanten Gebäuden und Ruinen sowie hübschen Plätzen mit einer Vielzahl von gemütlichen Cafés und Restaurants mit rot-weiß-karierten Tischdecken:-)

    Direkt am Montag haben wir uns das Kolloseum angesehen, mussten unsere Besichtigung jedoch leider nach einer halben Stunde abbrechen, da alle Sehenswürdigkeiten in Rom aufgrund eines Sturnes mit Windgeschwindigkeiten von 100km/h geschlossen wurden. Übrigens blieben auch die Schulen sowie die meisten Büros geschlossen und es wurde allgemein empfohlen zu Hause bzw. im Hotel zu bleiben.

    Wir waren heilfroh, dass wir in diesem Sturm nicht mit Shippy unterwegs waren. Ein besseres Timing konnte es wirklich nicht geben, da wir von Palmiro, Shippys neuem Besitzer, erfuhren, dass auch in Porto Pino die Welt unterging mit heftigen Böen und über 5 Meter hohen Wellen! (s. Foto)

    Shippy hat zwar nasse Segel bekommen, aber den Sturm hat er zum Glück überlebt!

    Tipp: Das Best Pantheon B&B ist sehr zu empfehlen, es liegt fußläufig zu allen großen Sehenswürdigkeiten, ist richtig stylisch und modern eingerichtet und sehr sauber. Außerdem bekommt man ein leckeres Frühstück im Café nebenan dazu. (s. Foto)
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  • Day11

    Chiesa di S. Ignasio di Loyola

    October 17, 2015 in Italy

    We walked into this random church on a dise street. It wasn't listed in our guidebook or any tour map. What a spectacular church. I can't imagine how many other churches are like this throughout Rome that most people don't know about!

  • Day7

    11.10.2016 Vittoriano

    October 11, 2016 in Italy

    Heute Morgen sind wir mit der S-Bahn, die direkt vor unserem B&B Hotel Trastevere startet, bis zum Plaza Venezia gefahren. Hier haben wir zunächst das Vittoriano besichtigt. Es ist dem ersten König des neugegründeten Königreichs Italien, Viktor Emanuel II. aus dem Haus Savoyen, gewidmet ist. Es liegt auf dem Kapitolshügel am Südende der Via del Corso zwischen der Piazza Venezia und dem Forum Romanum, neben dem Trajansforum. Es zählt heute zu den Staatssymbolen der Italienischen Republik.Von dort oben hat man einen wunderschönen Ausblick.Read more

  • Day2

    Piazza Venezia

    September 29, 2012 in Italy

    Unser erstes Ziel an der Piazza Venezia: das Denkmal für Vittorio Emanuele II. Über die Schönheit des Monuments, von den Italienern spöttisch Schreibmaschine genannt, kann man sich streiten, aber es führt ein Fahrstuhl hinauf und von oben hat man einen fantastischen Blick über die Stadt, auf das Kolosseum und am Horizont ist bereits der Petersdom zu sehen...

    Flankiert wird das Monument von zwei Quadrigas der Siegesgöttin Victoria: Einheit und Freiheit.Read more

  • Day2

    Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli

    September 29, 2012 in Italy

    Unsere nächste Station: Die Kirche Santa Maria in Arocoeli. Sie steht an der Stelle des ehemaligen Juno-Tempels. Die mit maritimen Motiven versehene Decke erinnert an die Seeschlacht von Lepanto.

    Hier findet gerade eine Trauung statt - es ist Samstag - und welche Braut möchte nicht diese Treppe hinunterschweben?

  • Day62

    Of Gods and Men... and Markets

    November 4, 2017 in Italy

    Of gods:
    Checked out The Pantheon (meaning: temple of every god). It was once a Roman temple (until the 7th century), then a church dedicated to St. Mary and the Martyrs. The original building (built some time between 27 BC – 14 AD) burnt down, the current structure was then completed by Emporer Hadrian on the same site.

    It was cool. Line moved really quick and the inside was impressive. The dome has an oculus (a hole at the centre of the dome) which is the church's main source of light and cooling. Apparently there's a drainage system below the floor that handles the rain that falls through the oculus.

    Of men:
    Also went to Il Vittoriano (a monument dedicated to Victor Emmanuel - the king dude who unified Italy). Was quite big - in fact it's the biggest monument in Rome. Rather controversial as it's construction meant the destruction of a big chunk of the Capitoline Hill with a medieval neighbourhood. On the upside it had nice views from the top. Decided to pass on the free museum to the sacred flag of Italy inside.

    Of markets:
    Went to a little arts and craft market in Monti. Some cool things - very hipster vibe which we felt too nerdy lame for.

    Of other things:
    Oh also saw an interesting column with a decorated frieze winding around it.

    Had OK food throughout the day. Pasta for lunch was OK. Then got a big "boat" (container) of fried, breaded anchovies from Zizzi and some funghi pizza from another random place (chef who makes the pizzas at Zizzi didn't come in til later) for dinner. Anchovies were delicious as always. Pizza nothing special. Supermarket gelato was surprisingly good - though hazelnut much better than the weird siciliana trifle flavour.... Don't think we did anything else. Overall a pretty relaxed day of wandering around.
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  • Day2

    Rome, Italy

    April 6, 2016 in Italy

    Day 2 Roma Part 3
    My last stop was The Capitoline Museums. My host has told me this is the 2nd best museum behind the Vatican. If shes right, the vatican must be the best in the world. This museum was fantastic. Rooms and rooms of ceiling to floor paintings and Full body sculptures.
    Also i had an English Audio to tell me the significance of all the pieces.
    It stretched over 3 buildings.

    Here i always went into a church which blew my mind. It's amazing that regular people go to churches that look fit for a king.

    In my travels i had to pass the colosseum and the roman forum but ill talk about them when I'm on my contiki tour.

    It's pretty easy to get around the city. Everything is easy to walk to.
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  • Day1

    Rome, italy

    July 5, 2017 in Italy

    We landed just before 9 am in Rome and deplaned. After snaking our way through the baggage claim area, we found our driver holding a "Brad Bamford" sign! After seeing the chaos of the taxi waiting area, I was so happy that we booked a private car!

    Danielle, our driver, drove us to our apartment. The drive was curvy, fast and no one seemed to obey any kind of traffic law. Nonetheless we arrived and met Elisa who showed us around the apartment.

    After quick showers, we ventured out to the grocery store. We bought fragola (strawberries), yogurt, succa (juice), and meat and cheese. We also stopped at a bakery for bread and a market for peaches. It was incredibly hot and so we just went back to our apartment for lunch (and some AC).

    After some discussion, we agreed to have a short nap. We all slept for about an hour before reluctantly getting up. It was about 2:30 pm when we reemerged.

    We decided to go to the Altere della Patria where we took an elevator to the top to see a panorama of Rome. It was so beautiful! Evan also got to see the Colosseum for the first time as well! He was getting quite sweaty by this point, so we found some shade to sit in for a bit before waking to Trajan's Column.

    We checked out the column and surrounding ruins before walking to the Musei Capitolini. Evan got the audio tour, so between him and Brad I was set to learn about Roman art.

    Some highlights included: Bust of Medusa, the Capitoline Wolf, Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius, and a couple Caravaggios! We spent several hours perusing the entire museum (with several benches along the way).

    By this time, it was nearly 7:30, and I was fame (hungry)! So we walked towards Fish Market Travestere and got a table quickly. We ordered fried baby octopus and shrimp, as well as a curry rice with red shrimp and an octopus and potato salad. I also got sparkling wine, and it was truly an Italian meal! We left very full and very tired.

    Back at the apartment, Evan showered and watched Netflix while I wrote this entry. I'm hoping we can all sleep through the night!
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  • Day2

    The first place where the staff haven't been helpful. As part of the entrance fee we should have had audio guides but they weren't offered and when we realised we were already through the turnstyle and so couldn't get back. It didn't stop us enjoying the sumptuous palace and the hundreds of paintings though and it was raining outside!

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