Piazza Barberini

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  • Day187

    St Peters Basilica

    September 27, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Photos of the Basilica. Now don’t get me wrong it was stunning but the audio guide felt it was necessary to tell me about every single thing in the church, the artist/sculptor of each piece, when it was created what it was made of and at whose instigation, what it was, what was in its hands, on its head, at its feet who else was there etc etc for me this was just too much information especially delivered in a monotone voice through headphones so we just walked around and looked at everything we were allowed to see. We thought about queuing to climb the dome steps but it looked like we would be there nearly all day. Saw the Vatican guards, well the guys in the odd striped outfits, only a few had weapons and they were spears. So glad we paid extra for our skip the line type tickets as the heat was still pretty awful today though a lot better than before we left for the summer. After a delicious salad lunch we collected our bags and headed back to the boat €1.50 each from Rome to the boat not bad eh? Oh yes got to go back and update yesterday’s post as forgot to mention the running!Read more

  • Day5

    Hardrock Cafe Rom

    August 30 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Wieder zurück in Rom sind wir auf direktem Weg zum Hardrock Cafe aufgebrochen.

    Unterwegs kamen wir an Teilen des alten Stadtwalls und an der Pyramide vorbei.

    Dieser Plan entstand eher spontan, war aber ein guter Einfall. Ich habe zuvor online einen Tisch reserviert, sodass wir dort direkt etwas Essen konnten und dadurch haben wir 2 Fliegen mit einer Klappe geschlagen.

    Wir genossen das Essen und das spezielle Ambiente im HRC Rom und die Cocktails kann man wirklich nur weiter empfehlen dort!

    Bevor wir nachts zurück zum Hotel gestartet sind, haben wir noch einen Stop im Cafe eigenen Shop eingelegt für Shirts und weiteren Merch mit den HRC Rome Branding.
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  • Day3

    Das neue Rom (2)

    February 3, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Mit einer Ausgangssperre von 24 Uhr hatten wir noch reichlich Zeit um durch das nächtliche Rom zu streifen und zu Abend zu essen. Da einige von uns von zuhause den Auftrag bekommen hatten, aus dem Hard Rock Café etwas mitzubringen, fuhren wir zunächst mit der Metro dorthin. Ohne Lehrer waren wir zuerst leicht verwirrt, doch eigentlich ist die Metro in Rom ziemlich simpel, da sie nur aus drei Linien besteht. Im Hard Rock Shop angekommen stellten wir jedoch fest, dass es die gewünschten Dinge nur im Hard Rock Café gibt und so mussten wir wieder ein paar Stationen zurückfahren. Davor machten wir jedoch noch einen Abstecher zum Petersdom, der direkt nebenan war. Dort schossen wir noch ein paar Fotos, ganz ohne Menschenmassen im Vordergrund.

    Beim Hard Rock Café angekommen, wurden wir dann auch fündig und machten uns nun auf die Suche nach einem Restaurant. Da wir uns jedoch gerade im Regierungsviertel Roms befanden, mit all den schicken Prachtbauten und 5-Sterne-Hotels, waren die Restaurants entsprechend teuer und wir liefen ein bisschen, bis wir ein gutes Restaurant fanden. Wie wir dann jedoch feststellten, waren die Portionen zwar lecker, jedoch auch sehr klein für ihren Preis. Anschließend ging es mit der Metro wieder zurück an unseren Hauptbahnhof, wo wir noch die Shoppingmeile auskundschafteten und ein wenig einkauften.

    Nach einem kurzen Boxenstopp im Hotel besuchten wir wieder den Irish Pub in der Nähe unseres Hotel, wo zunächst die Lehrer und dann noch andere Schüler unserer Stufe eintrudelten. Nach und nach kehrten wir dann wieder zum Hotel zurück und beendeten unseren Tag.
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  • Day49


    May 26, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Rome, take 2.

    Seen a lot, walked a lot, queued a lot, over the last four days.

    Tuesday we spent the majority of the day in the Vatican City. It is absolutely mobbed here in Rome. Not sure if it is the time of year or if it is always like this but I don't recall the sheer amount of people when I was last here, admittedly about 12 years ago.

    We queued for about 45 minutes to view the Musei di Vaticani - a collection of museums - and most importantly to be squished like sardines into the Sistine Chapel. Incredible collection of sculptures, artwork and artifacts in the Musei - which Stuart and I took really seriously - and worth the wait to see Michelangelo's masterpiece. Next we headed to St Peter's and queued for about an hour and 15 minutes as despite returning three times during the day the queue never got any shorter, The experience was made much more enjoyable by spending the time chatting to a Korean chap called Reagan who is travelling Europe on his own.

    When we finally got through security, I made the journey up to the Bronze Doors to request tickets for the audience with the Pope the following day. Only one person is allowed to go up the stairs and I got to chat to a Swiss Guard. Visiting St Peters is a must,it really dwarfs any other church that we have visited.

    On Wednesday we headed in what we deemed to be early to get back to St Peter's square for the audience with the Pope. Reckon we underestimated it by about two hours as the place was swamped when we arrived. Although we couldn't get into the centre of the seating, we managed to hear and see him from a distance so pretty pleased with that.

    We then went onto Castel Sant'Angelo, which sits on the west of the River Tiber which was built by Hadrian as his Mausoleum. Whilst I didn't really find the exhibits that fascinating.. can I say that? it was worth it for the view from the top. As we left the Castel we crossed the River only to bump into our friend Reagan again randomly in the street, we are now Instagram buddies so can follow each others travels. Despite having seen the Pope a few hours earlier I think that chance meeting was definitely Stuarts highlight of the day!

    Headed to the city last night to eat after doing washing and preparing for moving on. Visiting my gran's friend Maria today and on the ferry to Croatia next Thursday, in the meantime who knows, will keep you updated!
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  • Day4

    The Long Walk Home

    November 10, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 55 °F

    After a great dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, we left the restaurant and walked out into the rain. Nobody had brought an umbrella, since rain wasn't forecast for tonight, so we just had to deal with it. At least Kathy stayed dry because she was wearing her raincoat. By the time we got back to the hotel I was drenched!Read more

  • Day1

    Hotel Savoy

    March 28, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Das Herz unseres Hotels ist der Roof Garden mit seiner Bar auf der Terrasse und einem tollen Blick über die Stadt. Wir sind nicht weit entfernt von der Via Veneto, der Villa Borghese, der Piazza di Spagna und dem Trevi-Brunnen. Unser Hotel ist eigentlich ein historischer Palast . Uns gefällt unser Zimmer sehr gut, wir fühlen uns sauwohl.Read more

  • Day11

    La Dolce Vita on the Famous Via Veneto

    May 23, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    After strolling the Borghese Gardens, what could be more perfect than a mid-day merenda in the glamorous Via Veneto neighborhood. We dined on an imaginative antipasti misti of grilled zuchinni and eggplant, roasted peppers, marinated fave beans and Italian peas, and prosciutto. And, caramel panna cotta to die for served in the Italian version of a Southern mason jar!

    According to Wikipedia(!), the Via Veneto neighborhood "acquired international fame as the centre of la dolce vita ("the sweet life").... The 1960 film La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini immortalized Via Veneto's hyperactive lifestyle, lights and crawling stream of honking traffic."
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  • Day61

    Tourist Traipsing and Thor

    November 3, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Slept in and it rained a bit so decided to take it easy. Jets flew over head randomly. Unsure why. Eventually went to a cinema to see Thor Ragnarok (in English with Italian subtitles). Had a brief lunch on the way - decided to splurge and get traditional Italian food hand made at home by a renowned chef (jokes, it was 10 bucks worth of BK and was good).

    Movie was good (won't post spoilers). Also did some wandering and saw Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Not really sure what the fuss is about but man there were a lot of tourists taking a lot of selfies. Eventually made our way back (enjoyed some random sights too).

    Then grocery shopping and takeaway pasta and gelato for dinner. Yum!
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