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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.

  • 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.

  • Day36

    Piazza Navona

    October 4 in Italy

    After the grime of Rome it was nice to visit the Piazza Navona. This is a very pretty (and clean) square built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in the 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans went there to watch the agones, games, and it was known as Circus Agonalis, competition arena.

    The buildings surrounding the square include the Palazzo Pamphili, the family palace of Pope Innocent X who reigned from 1644 to 1655. The church of Sant’ Agnes’s in Agone also faces the square and with the other beautiful buildings they make a lovely backdrop to the important sculptural fountains.

    In the center stands the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers, created in 1651 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. I am still fascinated how the artists/sculptors could achieve so much detail and definition. So much talent.

    The Fountain of Neptune, created in 1574, is another example of great skill and talent, and is striking against the orange tones of the building behind.

    This was the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee while admiring the view and listening to a nearby busker play the guitar. And best of all this place didn’t appear to be on any tour guides so it was very uncrowded.
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  • Day4

    Ristaurante Tucci

    May 29, 2017 in Italy

    While exploring the first piazza on our list in Rome, we got suckered into one of the deliciously overpriced dining venues. But! At least thus one had an incredible view.

    Must Try: The chicken dish. AND the Roman style artichoke!!

    Price: $$
    Food Quality: 4 Stars
    Service Quality: 3 Stars

  • Day24

    Nach einer kurzen Stärkung an einer Eisdiele ging es weiter zum Trevibrunnen und dann zur Piazza Navona.
    Zwischendurch sind wir noch über einen Markt mit allerlei Gewürzen und sonstigen italienischen Produkten geschlendert. -mit ständig hungrigem Hund nicht ganz ohne! Und hier in Italien sind sie doch so streng mit Hunden. Ich wurde mehrmals angepfiffen, den Hund da weg zu nehmen. Die Kleine hatte ihre Nase aber auch wirklich überall!

    Apropos... der Satz, den ich in diesem Urlaub am wirklich meisten gehört habe, ist: "Can I pet your dog?" Die Engländer fragen wenigstens vorher.
    Cleo ist dem ganzen aber überdrüssig und inzwischen so genervt davon, dass jeder sie antatschen will, dass sie nur noch die Leute anbellt, wenn sich ihr jemand nähert.
    Das kenne ich von ihr nicht. Ganz besonders schlimm ist es bei Italienern. 😂🤣😂

    Am Trevibrunnen begann dann der echte Wahnsinn! Die Massen an Menschen davor am Kolosseum waren nur die Aufwärmphase.

    Der Platz schwarz von Menschen. (Ebenso am Phantheon) Nichts bewegte sich mehr. Wer einen Platz hatte, blieb dort. Die eine Hälfte starrte den Brunnen an, die andere zeigte ihm den Rücken wegen diverser Selfie-Posen.

    Einige sind sogar auf die ersten Steine vorne geklettert. Am laufenden Band trillerte die Polizei Leute wieder zurück.
    Es erinnerte mich stark an Eisbärgehege im Zoo kurz vor der Fütterung.
    Wir haben gemacht das wir Land gewinnen. Durch das Gedränge mit Hund ist kein Zuckerschlecken.
    Cleo allerdings ist total ruhig geblieben. Sie hat uns vertraut, das wir uns und ihr den Weg schon bahnen werden. Man kann sie getrost überall mit hinschleppen. Cleo macht das schon! 😊😉👍

    Während wir uns von diesen ganzen Anstrengungen in einem Cafe erholt haben, ging mein Blick zum Haus gegenüber. Letztes Foto.

    Kann mir jemand verraten, warum ea an einem einzigen Haus gleich VIER Hausnummern gibt?
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  • Day13

    Lunch at the Four Columns

    November 13, 2014 in Italy

    After visiting Vatican City, our Cruise Director Tony Campaiello took us all to a restaurant, 4 Colonne, just off the plaza at the Piazza Navona. We had an excellent meal, but I couldn't help notice the artwork on the wall. All of the pictures were paintings of very well endowed, unclothed women. To be gracious, I'll say it was sensual. This trip to the Piazza Navona, we took the bus back to the hotel so that we would have time to visit the catacombs on our own.Read more

  • Day15

    Walking in Rome

    September 29 in Italy

    Ok, we had to give Pompeii a miss and instead headed for some walking in Rome. First we went back to the colosseum to have some better photos of the exterior, we were just to tired to do it yesterday.

    From there we went to the Pantheon. We initially decided not to get inside as the queue was ridiculously long however as we sat there to have a rest we noticed that at around 12:30 there was almost no line so we walked straight in. I guess people were just having lunch, anyway there were some crowds inside but reasonably ok for some photos.

    From there we headed to Piaza Navona where we spent the rest of the afternoon.
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  • Day78

    Rome - Food

    October 17, 2015 in Italy

    How have I been in Rome so long without a food post?! I think Rome had my favourite food choices of anywhere on this trip, especially when you consider price (Paris also had some great food but it was much more expensive). Most of these places were in the area around Piazza Navona, but you had to hunt for them (preferably online) to avoid the expensive tourist trap places.

    Here are some of my favourites/notables:
    Pizza at Baffetto (#1), was recommended by our walking tour guide. The place was packed, with a line to get in, and the pizza was excellent and reasonably priced.

    I averaged at least one gelato per day in Rome (so good, so cheap - usually 3.5€ for 3 scoops), and right beside Baffetto was the 2nd best gelato place I found, called Frigidarium. The best gelato had to be Giolitti, where the blueberry sorbet was just amazing (#2). And free whipped cream on top. Very Roman system: pay at one counter, order at another, no free seating inside or outside.
    I also tried a "cannoli siciliani" (#3) at Dagnino. It's a hard biscuity tube filled with chocolate chip ricotta. Although Dagnino apparently makes these well, I just thought they were weird (also, expensive).

    At a place called Il Fico I had an excellent lasagne (#4), which was much more about the pasta than the meat/cheese compared with other lasagne I've had. Also here I had an AMAZING parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant parmesan) that I ate too fast to take any photos - probably my favourite dish in Rome.

    Basically every pasta dish I had was very good, but these ones (#6) from Osteria Della Suburra, along with the huge antipasti dish (#5) was probably my favourite combination of price and taste (PS. I'm not that much of a glutton, that's Gyurme's food too!).
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