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  • Day3

    Where do I start. After a busy walking day, 30 minutes of rest and off again, this time to Tiberina Island for our pasta cooking class and dinner with wine of course! When in Rome!
    We had a tour, then got put to work... cutting vegetables, drinking wine, making pasta, drinking wine, sampling our ravioli stuffing of zucchini more wine then time to eat.
    Sleep now for tomorrow morning we head south to Naples. But first I want to add some pictures but took so many where do I start...
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  • Day2

    Ciao da Roma!

    November 3 in Italy

    No time at the Heathrow airport to see or do much. We arrived in at Terminal 2 then took the shuttle to Terminal 5. Good bit of walking, but it felt good after a 7+ hours. Nope, didn't sleep much.
    Flights were great, all on time. On our 2 hour flight to Rome, I dozed a little but then we hit turbulence passing the Swiss Alps , beautiful view (I'll post those pictures later).
    On our approach into Rome I think I saw Vineyards, the the cruiseport which has a Princess and if you look really close, upper left is Disney.
    After clearing customs which took 5 minutes tops... scouted around for my driver from Avanti- there were at least 25 people with signs, wish I had my phone/camera out for that. Drive into Rome and Vatican city was wild but here at Hotel del Mellini for a few nights.
    Showered, unpacked and resting with my feet up until happy hour when I meet the rest of the group.
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  • Day3

    Rome in the passing showers

    November 4 in Italy

    Start out with nice breakfast and great cafe' with steamed milk. 9a we were off. Mirko our driver is joined by Franca our guide for the morning. Visited Parthenon, Trevi fountain, Colesium. Spanish steps and 2 hotel inspections, with lunch. Tonight is cooking class and dinner!

  • Day66

    Drei zerschlagene Nächte

    December 16 in Italy

    Entgegen unserer Idee -wir schlafen schön auf der Fähre und gehen dann einigermaßen ausgeruht herunter- haben beide Fähren riesige Verspätung, so dass wir jeweils mitten in der Nacht auf die Fähre und in Barcelona auch wieder mitten in der Nacht runterfahren. Wenn man sich dann mit dem Kinderwagen und einem Kleinkind zwischen eng stehenden LKWs durchschlängeln muss, während die Einweiser laut rumbrüllen wird sogar Erna wach, die sonst nicht viel wecken kann. Resi wird beim Gang an und von Board beide Male wach und ist quietschfidel um 3 Uhr nachts, findet es anscheinend spannend...
    Auf der ersten Fähre, als wir dann endlich alle in den Kojen lagen, ist Kaki später nachts noch einmal wach geworden, weil Erna an den oberen Bettstangen geturnt hat, und hängend zu ihm sagte "Guck mal was ich kann, Papa!" 🙈 Um halb 6 morgens sitze ich dann mit beiden Kindern im leeren Boardrestaurant. Klasse! Ich hole einen Kakao für Erna und mich, wobei erstere dann auch umkippt und Kuh und Manni (Erna s Weggefährten neben Löwe) ein Kakobad nehmen und von nun an halb braun durch die Gegend getragen werden. Immerhin sind beide Male andere Kinder in der mäßig bestückten "Kids Corner ", und Kaki und ich können uns mit "nachschlafen" abwechseln. Zwischendurch muss auch mal das Tablett eine Weile herhalten und es werden Bücherei eBooks geschaut. Bei der Querung Italiens gab es auch für uns nochmal Weihnachtsfeeling -Italien zugeschneit! In Barcelona sind die Temperaturen nun wieder angenehm. Nur die Nächte sind frisch.
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  • Day19

    Florence to Rome

    September 26, 2017 in Italy

    We took the speed train to Rome this morning, arriving in early afternoon. The trains travel at a speed of over 200 mph, but it never felt like it. On the other hand, the taxi ride to our hotel was much more exciting. We only had a short opportunity to sightsee today as we picked up our tickets for tomorrow's Papal audience! Early start in the morning.Read more

  • Day20

    Rome now and in the past

    September 27, 2017 in Italy

    Yup, that's the Pope! We got up early to get to Saint Peter's Square for a papal audience today. We followed the advice of the priest who handled the tickets and got into a position for a close up photo op. Very exciting day. The man was about 6 feet from us.
    We also took a walking tour of the Colosseum and other historic sites this evening. We are tired, but content. Sistin Chapel tomorrow.Read more

  • Day278

    Laghetto

    March 31, 2017 in Italy

    Sorry for the recent lack of updates: Vicky has had a knitting project with a deadline- nearly finished now though!

    There isn't much to say about Laghetto. Our previous night had been spent more than 80km from Rome and we hadn't wanted to spend half a day driving before arriving in the capital. Laghetto was marked as a free car park on the outskirts of Rome. From here it would be a short drive to the central stopover. It was beside a few independent shops, eateries and a very busy main road. There was no sign indicating it was a designated stopover so we parked near the road to minimise any obstruction to shoppers. The vehicle noise made it a noisy night and Poppy got scared by the dogs who barked at her from multiple locations and the strays she saw wandering when she went out for the toilet. However, it served its purpose and we set off for our adventures in Rome the following morning.Read more

  • Day31

    The Colosseum

    July 28 in Italy

    The main attraction of the ancient city of Rome would have to be the Colosseum. This really is an amazing structure. The scale of this building takes one's breath away. Even today it is a huge theatre. The incredible thing is that it was built 2000 years ago. It was built using the Jewish money and Jewish slave labour the was taken from Jerusalem in the successful Roman siege of Jerusalem in AD 70. Some cheeky New York Jews have been known to make the point that it really should be regarded as a Jewish building given that it was built using Jewish money, labour resources and expertise.

    The Colosseum was Nero's gift to the Romans to entertain them and buy their support for his rule and policy. He opened the theatre with a festival which went for 100 days during which spectacles were held every morning, midday and afternoon. It was gladiators versus animals in the morning. It was executions during lunchtime, often involving criminals being thrown to wild animals, being crucified or being killed by the Roman sword. In the afternoons it was fighting to the death between gladiators. Sometimes the gladiators numbered in their hundreds. It was reported in the displayed information that 11,000 gladiators were involved in one festival.

    The Colosseum is a testimony to the cruelty of man. It represents the kinds of conduct that even the most sophisticated ancient society was involved in. Human beings are not much better than animals when such sport is the preferred entertainment of the people.

    The arena was at times filled with water and naval battles took place using full-size naval ships. Sometimes the drama of the event told the story of famous battles the Roman emperor felt should be told to communicate their greatness.

    The Colosseum is one of the best places we visited.
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  • Day278

    Rome Day 1

    March 31, 2017 in Italy

    We made it to the large car park with a €20 per night camper stop and services at about 11am. An attendant showed us to our bay and after ensuring Poppy was ok, we grabbed our sun hats and set off to experience Italy's capital city!

    It was about a 2km walk to reach the edge of the historical centre. The area we passed through had many high rise buildings and seemed neglected. There were several homeless people and a market selling piles of clothes for €1 per item. We took a short cut through a park but it was strewn with litter. People had tried to keep it clean by using the bins but the authorities obviously hadn't emptied them in a while, it seemed they were more focused on the presentation of the tourist areas than the cleanliness of residential amenities.

    Our first port of call was the grandiose Colloseum whose scale it was difficult to get a perspective on. Pushy touts swarmed around the tourist hive and we nearly got roped into giving a seller money, literally. He spun us a yarn and put bracelets on our wrists as 'gifts', before asking for money for his baby. It ended with us placing the bracelets on a railing because he refused to take them back. After 30 minutes queuing for tickets and being processed in the airport style scanners, we were finally in. We've seen a few Roman ampitheatres on our travels and this was the most imposing. Others have had a beauty to them, but we found this huge structure's allure was the solid strength it exuded. Perhaps the difference was due to how intact the ancient building was.

    A visit to a gelateria refuelled us with some interesting flavours of ice cream, green tea, cointreau and orange peal to name a few. We'd entered the historical centre of Rome by now and couldn't believe the concentration of majestic historic structures. No other city we have visited even comes close. Everywhere we turned there was something to look at, whether crumbled ruins or towering columns supporting well maintained roofs. We stumbled accross many things that would appear spectacular in other cities but faded in significance in the midst of all the other grand places.

    The temperature was well into the 20s so we sought refuge inside an air conditioned restaurant for a healthy(ish) lunch of simple pizza and cous cous with vegetables.

    From several different points around the city we'd seen a splendid white columned building with bronze effigies of horse drawn chariots and winged charioteers on top. It turned out to be the Vittoriano, a 20th century construction that among other things, provided views over the city from its terrace and for a price, access to the top level for an even better perspective. It felt like we walked miles around this huge place trying to find the way in, not that there wasn't sights to amuse us along the way! Our favourite was a piazza containing huge statues, most of them in white marble but some in bronze. We felt dwarfed by their sheer size and number. Once inside the Vittoriano, a richly decorated building with large moulded roses on its arched ceiling, we climbed up and looked out over the terrace on to the tops of domes and stone buildings. We had planned to go all the way to the top but it was getting late and the sun was shining from behind the main views, making them difficult to see to best effect.

    Our last visit of the day was to the Pantheon, a circular building with marble pillars arranged in a rectangle at the front, so as to provide an impressive wide entrance. From the outside, its rounded brick walls were nothing much to look at, save for their size, but the interior design and works of art were stunning. The building was beautifully proportioned and its ornately decorated walls, with alcoves for statues or frescoes, led up to a more simplistic domed roof, in the centre of which was a 8.7m wide circular opening (the oculus), to the blue sky above.

    More than a little tired and overwhelmed with all we'd seen, we returned to our stopover. There were several areas for campers and one of these seemed to be devoted to people who we supposed to be living there full time. Perhaps it was cheaper than renting an apartment?
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  • Day31

    The Old City of Rome

    July 28 in Italy

    Today we ventured out to see the main ancient and cultural sights of Rome. We walked a long way, but were rewarded with seeing some amazing things. We saw Piazza Navona, The Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Trajan's column, Hadrian's column, to name just a few. We really walked a long way and it is tough on the feet walking on the cobbled streets of Rome all day. We did feel like pinching ourselves at times as we walked past such amazing places.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Città metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Citta metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Rom, Rome, Roma

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