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  • Day45


    May 22, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Day one of four here in Rome. Got through quite a few of the big 'sights' so will try to document Rome in a few days of blog. Colloseum was the first stop, which I had never been inside before and really is quite an epic reminder of how cruel humans are! Next we wandered around the Roman Forum (thanks for the suggestion Nia!) so much to see there but would get a tour guide if I went again.

    After lunching about 4pm we headed to the tourist filled Fontana di Trevi which was beautiful as ever but you cannot move for us holiday makers there.. and the bustle can detract from the real beauty of the fountain itself. We then walked to the Pantheon in search of a Gelateria that I visited nearby on previous visits. Evidently whilst my memory is pretty awful at the best of times, it obviously doesn't forget a sweet treat as I found it - Della Palma - and it has 150 flavours to try! Perfect temporary remedy to the heat!

    Hot hot hot for little old me here and I am not coping too well with the heat vs clothing situation. I could quite possibly be the worst dressed person in Italy at the moment :) Definitely not made for this climate so don't worry Mum I won't be moving to Italy!

    Campsite is a bit of a let down after the last one as we didn't realise before we came that it is 18 - 30 on a budget vs a Saga holiday. Lots of noise from the bar which is open til 2am and definitely not made for tents - after hours of hammering and a few bent pegs - hence why the majority of other (older) campers are in caravans and mobile homes! But it did teach me to read trip advisor in more detail before choosing the next one!

    Plenty more to see tomorrow so will keep you posted
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    Anne Setters

    How wonderful - on my bucket list x

    Jennifer Langlois

    Wow so busy, well done for seeing so many sights xx

    Rahul Bhintade

    Cool pic

  • Day26

    Roma - Trevi Fountain and Pantheon

    September 21, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    A very big walking day today, so our feet were feeling the effect of all the uneven stone and the distances covered by the time we got home. But, still not a complaint from the children!

    Our original AirBnB was cancelled last week and we have ended up in a newly renovated apartment near the Termini - so new that we think we are the first guests to ever use it. We are connecting the water to the washing machine and the dishwasher in order to use them, opening the manuals to work out how to use the brand new appliances etc. It is a great location so lots of walking has been occurring as a result.

    We started our day with a visit the Trevi Fountain. Apparently, every other visitor to Rome had exactly the same idea. Nanny bought the kids their first Italian gelati – delicious!

    Craig had banned all sightseeing of the interior of the "fake Pantheon" in Paris, but this one was open slather, being the real one and all that, and free, unlike the fake Pantheon which was charging for entry. On the way, we stumbled across the façade (remaining columns) of Hadrian’s Temple on the way, which is now tastefully attached to the side of a bank. A good chunk of the crowd who were at the Trevi Fountain had also moved on to the Pantheon (Roma is VERY busy but in a fun way). The Pantheon was just incredible and so well preserved. As it was a bright sunny day, the sun was shining through an almost perfect circle on the interior of the dome.
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  • Day36

    Galleria Sciarra, Rome

    October 4, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    When we were in Rome last year we had lunch near a gated courtyard and we could glimpse through the gates some amazing frescoes. This year I found out what it was and we got to experience it from the inside.

    Located just a few steps away from the Trevi Fountain is this largely unknown courtyard that transports visitors back to the height of the Art Nouveau movement. Its gorgeous frescoes and brilliant colours are a feast for the eyes and a welcome change from the pale, faded ancient Roman ruins scattered throughout the city.

    The opulent courtyard was built in the late 19th century for the wealthy, influential Sciarra family. It was meant to be a shopping mall, which, had the mall come to fruition, would perhaps be one of the most beautiful shopping centers in Rome. Every inch of the four-story walls enclosing the space is covered by colorful frescoes of women and men surrounded by elegant, curling floral designs. The women are the main focus, as the gorgeous artwork, which was painted by Giuseppe Cellini, is intended to celebrate women in the various phases of life.

    The glass and iron ceiling lets sunlight spill into the courtyard, illuminating the details in the frescoes. It was something a bit different to see in Rome.
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  • Day38

    My Magnum, Rome

    October 6, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    So this is a very random inclusion in our travel story but I just had to include this place as it is a place I have not heard of before, and it was pretty cool - My Magnum. This shop allows you to create your own unique Magnum ice-cream, with your choice of toppings and Belgian chocolate.

    You get to choose your “naked” Magnum, vanilla or chocolate, then have it coated with your choice of white, milk or dark Belgian chocolate and topped off with toppings from a vast range of toppings. This is then finished off with your choice of Belgian chocolate drizzle.

    At €4.50 these weren’t cheap but we had to try the experience at least once. For me I still prefer the Ego Magnums you can buy at the shops. I did however like the decor, from the sign to the light shades created from Magnum sticks. Very cool and a very different last tourist site for our time in Rome.
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  • Day4

    The Piazza's of Rome, Italy

    October 5, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Set off early to wander around Rome today, 13 km walked over many cobblestoned streets. We visited the Trevi Fountain, missing the crowds, then onto the Spanish Steps. The Spanish Steps are a set of steps that climb a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base up to the Trinità dei Monti Church at the top. We then meandered through the backstreets past the Piazza Di Pietra, which has the remains of enormous colonnades from a temple which dominates the Piazza, onto The Pantheon, which was a former Roman Temple but is now a Church. The Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome, which is amazing as it was built around 1900 years ago. After a well earned Italian coffee with corneta (croissant) we headed towards the Piazza Navona, which has the Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Obelisk of Domitian, in the centre of the Piazza. Our trek took us back past the Piazza Venezia, near the Roman Forum to Santa Maria Maggiore Church. We went inside the Church which has amazing 5th Century mosaics and gilt gold ceilings.Read more

  • Day36

    Fontana di Trevi, Rome

    October 4, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    One of my favourite sites in Rome is the beautiful Trevi Fountain. Luckily for us it was so close to our apartment that we walked past it, or visited it, more than once every day. Many of the times the fountain and the area around it were so packed that it was almost impossible to even get a glimpse of it. Due to the closeness we made sure to visit early in the morning before the crowds arrived and later at night when the crowds had thinned out to take some photos, to sit for a while, admire it and appreciate the artistry.

    There is something about the whiteness of the travertine stone and the aquamarine colour of the water that creates such a contrast against the gritty backdrop of Rome. And different times of day and night and the weather conditions highlighted different aspects every time we saw it.

    Designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini, construction began in 1732 and it was opened in 1762. Standing 26.3 metres high and 49.15 metres wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.

    Coins are purportedly meant to be thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder. This was the theme of 1954's Three Coins in the Fountain and the Academy Award-winning song by that name which introduced the picture.

    An estimated 3,000 euros are thrown into the fountain each day. In 2016, an estimated €1.4 million was thrown into the fountain. The money has been used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome's needy; however, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain, even though it is illegal to do so.

    It is one of my highlights from Rome, and I loved it every time I saw it.
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  • Day12

    Walking to Trevi

    November 12, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    We were given time on our own. Glenda and I wanted to see the Trevi Fountain again, but more than that, we wanted to see a little pizzeria we had noticed on a previous trip here. We didn't know the name of the store. So we walked and saw all sorts of interesting things. First we came upon a demonstration by socialist workers, complete with a man in a sandwich board touting the injustices of the labor system. There was a bookstore that specialized in ancient, printed volumes. We came across our share of street actors, buskers, who impersonated everything from gangsters to popular celebrities. Finally we got to the Trevi Fountain to discover that it was covered with scaffolding for repairs. We went just past it and found the pizzeria named Yum-Yum Style Pizza. We had already enjoyed lunch, but another slice of pizza was tempting. Then we retraced our steps back to the Pantheon. Glenda went into a store that sold nothing but olive oil and spices. We got to sample some one-hundred-year-old balsamic vinegar. It was delicious.Read more

  • Day3

    Monti, Roma

    November 24, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    We awoke to a wet and rainy day in Rome but were determine not to let that deter us on our explorations. Rain jackets on and we were ready to hit the streets, but not until we had had our first Italian coffee and croissant for breakfast. Because this is our third time in Rome, we didn’t need to rush everywhere and cram in as many sites as we could. We could take our time and soak up the atmosphere, revisit some favourites if we wanted to, and because we had a better idea of where we were it was so much easier to wander and not worry about getting too lost.

    First was a stroll through the Monti neighbourhood, known for its vine covered buildings and quaint shops. What we hadn’t taken into account was that it was Sunday and there wasn’t a lot open, but that didn’t detract from our enjoyment of the area. I was reminded once again how much I love the historic buildings in the pretty pastel colours with the lush green vines slowly taking over. Walking through this neighbourhood definitely got us in the mood to wander more and see more.
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  • Day3

    Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto, Roma

    November 24, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    From here we crossed the road to have a look inside the Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto. This is another stunning church with its simplicity highlighted by the amazing dome and ceiling. I didn’t realise until I had taken a few photos that cameras were not allowed inside so have to make do with the couple I managed to take. Oops.

    Situated opposite the Trajan’s Column, the construction of this church began in 1507 and took 75 years to complete. The highlight of this church for me was the amazing chapel covered in mosaics by Paolo Rossetti and even on this overcast and rainy day, they glistened under the lights.
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  • Day3

    L'Archetto Pizzeria, Rome

    November 24, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    After a wonderful and extremely enjoyable morning strolling around Rome we found a great place to enjoy a well-earned lunch, L’Archetto Pizzeria. What we didn’t realise was we had stumbled across a great authentic Italian café and were lucky enough to beat the rush, as there was a line up waiting to get in as we were leaving. It was time to enjoy our first pizza in Italy for this trip and we were looking forward to it. Along with Brad’s HUGE medium birra (beer) and my jug of wine (you order by the ¼, ½ or 1 litre and I chose ½ litre), our pizzas were delicious. What always adds to our dining experiences are the brief interactions we have with either the waiters or other guests. It was a lovely stop for lunch and picturesque inside and out. We are loving our first full day in Rome, rain and all.Read more

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