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  • Day54

    Alle Wege führen nach Rom.

    August 15, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Drei Tage ROM 🏛️🎈 ...das ist mindestens nötig, um Einiges zu entdecken und die ganzen Eindrücke zu verarbeiten. 😬

    "Rom ist eine Welt, und man braucht Jahre, um sich nur erst drinnen gewahr zu werden. Wie glücklich find´ ich die Reisenden, die sehen und gehen."
    Johann W. von Goethe, Italienische ReiseRead more

  • Day14

    The Spanish Steps

    September 30, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Very large staircase... not gonna lie, too tired to climb but looked fab from the bottom.
    Very impressive fountain at the bottom and a lovely church at the top.
    Fill those water bottles now whilst you have chance!!

  • Day186


    September 26, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Fortunately Take Five was exactly where we left her and none the worse for her summer holiday. But we were there less than 24hours before we headed to Rome. It has been a long day but we walked miles and visited Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Saint Angelo’s Castle, Pantheon, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and lots of Churches. Here are a few photos, more from Vatican Museums on next post.Read more

  • Day26

    Spanish Steps + Piazza Navona

    September 21, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    After leaving the Pantheon, we meandered through the shopping streets of Rome en route to the Spanish Steps. A Gold Lotto wish then popped into my head: Shopping trip to Rome with an unlimited budget and someone to carry all the bags! Piazza di Spagna mustn’t be terrorist proof yet, as there were a lot of military vehicles and personnel blocking the entry points onto the Piazza in lieu of bollards. An obligatory sit on the steps, which we then walked up to be rewarded with fabulous views over the rooftops of Rome including the dome of St Peter’s Basilica.

    Lunch was had in a café in the Borghese Gardens, after which we strolled back home for a quick rest. For the rest of the afternoon, we spent the time in the Fora Romano, Palatino and Colosseo. The queue for the tickets moved slowly and the security line for the Colosseum was ridiculously long, so we opted to do the Forum first. Good decision as it turned out – by the time we got to the Colosseum we basically walked right in.

    We then meandered to the Piazza Navona for the evening meal and found a little restaurant just off the main square. We opted to start with “happy hour” which included a plate of antipasto. Dinner was quite rustic pasta dishes (to the point where when I asked the owner/waiter for parmesan to go with my risotto I received a “no, no good” and he walked away!). I feel like I have had my own version of the soup nazi: "No parmesan for you!".
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  • Day36

    Palazzetto Zuccari, Rome

    October 4, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    In Rome there are thousands of churches and old buildings, with each one having an incredibly ornate and decorative design. We are forever ohhing and ahhhing as we walk past the many beautiful old buildings and monuments.

    Palazzetto Zuccari is a bit more unusual and quirky to the norm. It has become known as The Monster House due to the facade of the building, which features large monster faces with their mouths gaping wide, in the process of swallowing the doors and windows.

    This palace was built by the famous Baroque artist Federico Zuccari in 1590 as a studio for himself and his children. He drew inspiration from the Gardens of Bomarzo and the architectural style has been both praised and criticised. It soon became a hot spot for aspiring artisans in the area.

    It certainly was a little bit different and a break from Rome’s traditional style and a cool detour on our way to our next site.
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  • Day36

    Scalina Spagna & Piazza di Spagna, Rome

    October 4, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    After the peacefulness of Piazza Navona it was quite a shock to enter the Piazza di Spagna, the Spanish Piazza, at the base of the famous Scalina Spagna, the Spanish Steps. It was crowded!!

    The Spanish Steps, considered one of the most romantic places in Rome, were built in 1723-1725 to connect the lower Piazza di Spagna with the upper Trinita dei Monti church that was under the patronage of the king of France. With its irregular butterfly design, the steps are lovely but I’m not sure how they can be considered the most romantic place in Rome when they are always so full of people.

    The Piazza di Spagna is at the base of the steps and features the fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia, Fountain of the longboat, built in 1627–29. Once again due to the crowds this was hard to see and appreciate. According to a legend, Pope Urban VIII had the fountain installed after he had been impressed by a boat brought here by a flood of the Tiber.

    In the piazza, at the corner on the right as one begins to climb the steps, is the house where English poet John Keats lived and died in 1821. While the piazza has many beautiful buildings it was hard to enjoy while being constantly bumped into. I am not enjoying the crowds in Rome at all and was very happy to climb the Spanish Steps and leave the square behind.
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  • Day12

    Piazza Navona, Hotel, and Dinner

    November 12, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We had already walked back as far as the Piazza Navona, and I knew I could walk the rest of the way back to our hotel on the Via Giulia. The Piazza Navona was beautiful, as it always is, with its wonderful spouting statues in its fountains. We ducked into several upscale apartment lobbies just to see what they are like. We happened to pass a little store and I was ready for a Coke and some batteries. The store had two motorcycles and a vespa inside. I thought that was a wonder! The owner, a motorsports fan, warmed up to my enthusiasm, and in my broken Italian I let him know that I thought his store was definitely excellent. He beamed. We made it back to the hotel in time to dress for dinner at a very nice restaurant, the Cabiria. It started raining again, and it took the bus almost an hour to reach the restaurant. However, once we arrived, we were warm and happy. The meal was a wonderful ending to a perfect day.Read more

  • Day12

    Anniversary Dinner at Sofia

    May 17, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Doug had booked this cute restaurant for our last night in Rome. Food and atmosphere was good - very intimate as compared with La Favorita in Sorrento - we shared a primi of cacio de pepe with zucchini blossoms and then had a great filet with asparagus and potatoes as we had been eating very little meat during our vacation - lots of pasta and cheese and tomatoes. Our table was very close to a couple from Oregon. They had organized a family trip for 17 in Tuscany, renting a villa along with a dinner hour cook - nine grandchildren - and now were on a couples trip before going home. Sounded like it all went quite well for them, that takes a lot of planning and coordination. Nancy still hoping to spend time with our kids in Tuscany, the last of her bucket list family trips that she had written down over 10 years ago (yes, we made it to all the other places on the list!) Maybe in 2021?Read more

  • Day2

    Going Up?

    November 8, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    After switching from the Leonardo Express to a subway train, we've arrived at our stop, Spagna. I'm glad that the trains here have escalators. If this was stairs, they would be so steep! This view reminds me of the subways in London. Their trains are very deep underground too.

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