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Colonna

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  • Day36

    In Rome there are thousands of churches and old buildings, each one has an incredibly ornate and decorative design. We are forever ohhing and ahhhing as we walk past the many beautifully 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.
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  • Day36

    After the peacefulness of Piazza Navona it was quite a shock to enter the Piazza di Spagna, 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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  • Day26

    Spanish Steps + Piazza Navona

    September 21, 2017 in Italy

    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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  • Day2

    Walking Tour with Stephano

    June 30, 2017 in Italy

    Obwohl unsere Füße bereits platt gelaufen waren hatten wir für den heutigen Nachmittag noch eine Reservierung für die "one free walking tour rome". Um 17:00 Uhr sammelte uns Stephano vor der Spanischen Treppe, die eigentlich eine "Französische Treppe" ist und von den Franzosen für die Franzosen in Rom erbaut wurde, ein.

    Die nächsten zweieinhalb Stunden ging es dann kreuz und quer durch enge Gassen und in zwei Kirchen rein. Die Zeit verflog wie im Fluge und ehe wir uns versahen standen wir vor dem "Trevi Brunnen" in Scharen von Touristen, die ihre Münzen in den Brunnen werfen, da es angeblich Glück 🍀 bringt. Wer es glaubt 😉!

    Wir haben nicht nur geschichtliche Dinge über Rom erfahren, sondern wissen jetzt auch das die Pizza 🍕 "Margarita - den Landesfarben von Italien 🇮🇹 entspricht: rote Tomaten 🍅, weißer Buffalo-Mozzarella und grünes Oregano. Auch Eis 🍦isst man in Italien nur auf eine Art und Weise richtig, will man ein Eis beim spazieren gehen schlecken, dann nur ein Hörnchen und ganz wichtig ohne Löffel, das Eis im Becher wählt man nur zum Sitzen.

    Stephano hat uns auch erklärt, dass die Italiener nur der Polizia vertrauen und nicht den Carabinieri, man nehme Mister Bean und Inspector Clouseau zusammen und erhält einen Carabinieri, der zudem noch zwei rote Streifen an seiner Hose trägt um zu wissen wo vorne und hinten ist 🤣. Wie man sieht war es mit Stephano sehr lustig und unsere Free-Walking-Tour war ein einziger Erfolg 👍.

    Zum Abschluss des Tages gings noch in ein Pub für ein, zwei Guinness und Cider, 🍻bevor wir dem Kolosseum im dunklen noch einen Besuch abstatteten und bei einem Straßenkünstler ein gesprühtes Gemälde vom Kolosseum und dem Petersdom bei Nacht erworben haben.

    Totally exhausted but a great day! 😎
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  • Day1

    1.nap: Spanyol lépcső

    April 26 in Italy

    A fincsi vacsora után elindultunk felfedezése a várost. Az első célpont a Spanyol lépcső volt. Gyönyörű a sok virággal, a tetején egy szép templom. Sára leszámolta a lépcsőfokokat kétszer is, én meg csak gyönyörködtem a naplementében.

  • Day12

    Piazza Navona, Hotel, and Dinner

    November 12, 2014 in Italy

    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

  • Day2

    Rome, Italy

    April 6, 2016 in Italy

    Day 2 Roma Part 1.
    This morning i started my day at the Spanish steps. The whole quarteris very lovely.
    Here i had my first Italian Lunch. I had fettuccine Bolognese. The taste of the sauce was very different. Even though it just looked like a tomato sauce it was full of flavour.
    Luckily for me this quarter is very touristy so the waiters spoke english and the menu was in english. But it was a bit like Lygon street in Melbourne where they stand out the front and try to entice you in.Read more

  • Day2

    Rome, Italy

    April 6, 2016 in Italy

    Day 2 Roma Part 2

    After the steps i went to Villa Borghese. It's a bit like a botanical garden but more like a massive park. It has many museums and even a zoo. Most of the time i was on a bike riding around so i didnt take many photos here.

  • Day1

    The Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy

    May 18, 2017 in Italy

    Sunday, May 28, 2017

    In the 17th century, the men in charge of building Rome had a problem in the shape of a large, wooded hill. It separated the newly-built Trinità dei Monti church, owned by the French, from the Piazza di Spagna, or “Spanish Plaza” named for the Bourbon Spanish Embassy that stood alongside it. With a newly-established peace between France and Spain, the French wanted to create a symbolic connection between the two countries in Rome; this hill was really cramping their style. A competition was held for the best design and the winner, a little-known sculptor named Francesco de Sanctis, gave the world the Spanish Steps. There is still some debate about how much the more-famous Alessandro Specchi contributed to the design, but one thing we can say for sure is that the end result is one of the grandest public works in Europe. The 135-step staircase is also bookended by two of Rome’s most whimsical monuments, the Fontana della Barcaccia, and the Sallustian Obelisk. The first foreigners to make the steps famous were the Romantic writers of the 19th century, like John Keats, who died in a house overlooking them. Since then everyone from Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday to Ray Romano in Everybody Loves Raymond has made sure that taking in the view at the Spanish Steps is part of their Roman Sojourns.Read more

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