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Ludovisi

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  • Day42

    All roads lead to Rome...

    April 8, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Pulled out of Montecatini this morning and headed back to Rome where we will spend one night before flying home. We were dropped off for a brief walking trip to the parthenon & trevi fountain. Then a quick lunch and some shopping. Checked in for the night, now off to our farewell dinner.

  • Day35

    Hotel Victoria

    April 1, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    No April fools day here, greet this morning to another beautiful sunny day. Moved to the Hotel Victoria and meet a few of the other agents. Took a stroll around this side of the city, made it to the top of the Spanish steps and weaved our way through Villa Borghese and a street front cafe for a light lunch and wine! Tonight we will see an overview of Rome, dinner at a nearby pizzarelli and early night. We have early morning skip the line passes to the Vatican and museums.
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  • Day35

    More pictures

    April 1, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    So many pictures, so little space. Penguins only allows 6 pictures at a time. Here's a few more.

  • Day35

    Rome and dinner at San Marco

    April 1, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Best way to end the day; pizza and vino after a quick circle around the city. Off to bed, early wakeup call so we can beat the crowd and have an early entrance into the Vatican.

  • Day2

    Un petit rooftop

    August 13, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    On a trouvé ce petit coin pas vraiment par hasard mais grace aux guides.

    Il se trouve dans un petit hôtel tout simple (joke) qui se nomme "Sofitel"

    On y a pris évidemment un cocktail 😍

    La vue y étais splendide et unique !

  • Day6

    La dolce vita

    September 26, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We were living the beautiful life today, except we were not quite as well dressed (I'm dying to buy an Italian suit!), stylish or vocal as the typical Roman. I have seen hardly any women in activewear and the ones that were wearing it were probably foreigners. Actually I believe Activewear in Italian translates roughly to 'big lass who doesn't own a mirror'. But I digress, what we did have was the Italian trifecta; pizza, pasta and gelato. This was only consumed in the name of scientific research and was promptly burned off after we had walked another 20k around Rome. But why wouldn't you walk as much as you could here when every street is cloaked in history and has heard the footsteps of generations over two millenia.

    Our morning began with breakfast served by our hosts. I don't know what I ate, but it had pastry, custard, fruit and something else that's probably banned in 3 systems. I do know that it had me repeating 'grazie mille' to our hostess like I was some demented Italian CD with a scratch in it.

    After humbling myself before this breakfast saint we headed out for another day of Italian sightseeing.

    We started by following the Via Del Corso towards the Spanish Steps, continued to the Obelisk before backtracking to see the Trevi Fountain. Fountain must mean something different in Italian, as this one had no water in it, at the moment. I guess the Trevi Stone Bowl doesn't flow off the tongue quite the same though.

    We finished our tour off with a look through the Pantheon, which wins dome of the year award from me. It's a cracker!

    Sightseeing ticked off we headed back up the hill towards Corso d'Italia and our hotel, but some cunning person went and plonked about 50 authentic Roman restaurants in our path. They even had the foresight to include outdoor seating and proudly proclaim their ability to give me gelato. That sealed the deal and after careful technical analysis we chose Baccanale, where we proceeded to devour fresh pasta and pizza chased down with the aforementioned gelato.

    By now clinically obese we somehow managed to drag our bodies back to the hotel and crash for a siesta.

    Tomorrow we're up early to take on Italian drivers as we run the gauntlet of Roman traffic to the airport and on to Berlin. Arrivederci Rome, it's been strabiliante and I hope to come back soon, for longer and to see some football. Viva l'Italia!
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  • Day5

    What we do in life echoes in eternity

    September 25, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    The Nightjet sleeper train between Vienna and Rome left Vienna on time, to the second, at 7.23pm. The Austrians are doing nothing to help dispel cultural cliches about Germanic peoples being sticklers for punctuality. It was great for us though, as we got settled into our sleeper cabin and soon had the beds down and ready to sleep our way south through Austria and onwards to the Eternal City. I even got to sleep within minutes and was sleeping the sleep of the just until being jolted awake around midnight in Villach Austria. They must have been changing some wagons. No problem, I just rolled over and dozed off for another couple of hours until we stopped again near Venice. The final two stops were Florence and Bologna, before the guard served our breakfast about 90 minutes out of Rome. Naturally being a train out of Austria the breakfast was meat and cheese heavy. The Austrians/Germans, a people after my own cholesterol.

    Around 9.35am, only 13 minutes behind schedule, which was pretty good after a 14 hour trip, we pulled into Roma Termini. The first clue I had that I'd like Rome was the giant transparent video screen at the end of the station concourse showing football highlights. I may have found my people!

    Being the frugal fellow I am I decided we'd walk to the hotel, seeing the 50 metre long taxi queue helped with that decision. 20 minutes later, dodging Italian drivers and seeing more scooters in ten minutes than the rest of my life we arrived at our hotel. It is located on the fifth floor of an old apartment building and has a historically protected lift, which is serviced once a week. That filled Jean with confidence about riding in it.

    We dumped our bags and headed out to catch an Uber to the Colosseum. It took a while for it to arrive and after being in it for five minutes I realised why. Italian drivers seem to regard rules and regulations as suggestions. We did get to see more of this incredible city while watching the madness though. It's so different from Vienna. They are both staggeringly old, but Vienna looks very planned and structured, whereas Rome seems to have grown and aged organically.

    We got to the Colosseum about 25 minutes before our scheduled entry time and boy was I glad I had booked. I think most of Asia and 25 percent of the American population had decided to descend on the Colosseum for the day. Once our pre-assigned time arrived we marched through the entry and up the stairs to the first floor. I fought the urge to bust out my Maximus Decimus Meridius impressions, mostly. We spent a good hour taking in this incredible structure and yes, we were entertained.

    Leaving the Colosseum we decided to take a Hop On Hop Off bus tour, which would also eventually stop near our hotel. We passed the Vatican, the Spanish Steps, Trevi fountain, Circo Massimo, Villa Borghesi and a few others. This was a scouting trip to see what we will go back to tomorrow. Until then, arriverderci.
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