Spanish Steps

Bella Roma

George took Jo Anne to Rome first in 2011 for New Years Eve. He knew she liked architecture and interesting cities. She had never been to Italy so this was the perfect place to visit first. Jo Anne was totally amazed by Rome as you will be if you haven’t yet seen it. It has everything about Italy that we talk about in this BLOG. The food, wine, people, sights and architecture.

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New Years Day we went to the coliseum, it was closed but walked empty streets and had rome to our selves. We saw the remnants of New Years Eve (champagne corks) in the streets.

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Rome is the eternal city. There is no other like it. To walk its streets and think of Roman soldiers walking the same streets millennia ago wow! We loved Rome. Its people, wine, food and buildings. Here is a simple tour of Rome and how to get around on your own. Rome is a walking city. If you can’t walk much take the metro or a taxi.

We love to stay near Trevi Fountain. We stay at Hotel Trevi. It’s central and easy to get to everything else.

  1. Pantheon, Campo de Fiori and Piazza Navona – Standing facing the Trevi Fountain take the pedestrian walkway to your left. It winds through some small piazza and past some nice restaurants to the Pantheon. Piazza Campo de fiori is a short walk away. It has Rome’s flowers and fresh fruits and vegetables. Piazza Navona is a direct walk from here. It is a very large piazza with fountains and restaurants.
  2. Bocca della Veritá, Castel Sant’Angelo and the Vatican – Bocca della Veritá is a mouth that you put your hand into and if you are truthful you get it back. It’s fun. Accross the Tiber river from the mouth is the Castle. Castel Sant’Angelo is an old fort seen in the movie “Angels and Demons”. It is very close to the Vatican.
  3. Spanish Steps and Shopping – Facing Trevi Fountain the road on the right going behind the fountain leads to Rome’s best shopping area, more restaurants and the Famous Spanish Steps.
  4. Borghese Gardens – These are beautiful cool gardens to walk around. The museum here is a must but usually requires reservations. In the museum are Bernini sculptures. The two most famous are “Apollo and Daphne” and “The Rape of Proserpina“. It is hard to believe you are looking at marble and not real skin.
  5. Central Train Station – You can catch a train to nearby towns like Naples, Pompeii or Orvietto. There is also a train that runs to Fiumicino Airport.

Enjoy your trip to Rome. Eat in non touristy restaurants and Trattorias. Meet the people they are fun and friendly. See Rome and imagine this great city during the Roman Empire. It is very romantic.

A 5x5 segment panorama taken by myself with a ...

A 5×5 segment panorama taken by myself with a Canon 5D and 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. Stitched with rectilinear projection to keep lines straight. This view is about 100 degrees horizontally, close to the upper practical limit of rectilinear projection. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have a pizza, eat the food, enjoy the local wine, stop in a bar for breakfast and have a cornetto and don’t forget the gelato.

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Cornetto

George & Jo Anne

 

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Roman Holiday

When you plan a trip to Rome, there are certain things you must see. Rome is an ancient city and a modern city of architecture. People have apartments with modern convinces in ancient buildings. The cobble stoned roads make you think of ancient roman with an army of Roman soldiers riding into the city on horseback.

Rome has many museums and attractions as does any big city. The attractions we love are:

  • Trevi Fountain – This fountain has been undergoing restoration but is a beautiful work of art. It is not that old by Roman standards. It was constructed in 1732.

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  • Pantheon – Originally commissioned during reign of Augustus (27 BC to 14 AD). The current structure was built 118AD to 128 AD. It is a modern structure with a floating roof like modern sports arenas. They actually built a wooden roof structure then used blocks and cement to create the actual roof. Finally they tore down the wooden structure. It has a hole in the center that is open to the sky.

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  • Old Roman & Coliseum – The Coliseum was commissioned 70-72 AD. although most of old Rome is ruins, the coliseum is still seen in its full glory. There are stone roads in old Rome that make you fill the Roman legions are marching through. This is what Roman Citizens would see during the Roman period. It is a very unique and interesting place preserved for all time.

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  • Vatican City & Saint Peters Basilica – Vatican City is a separate country from Italy. It’s president is the Pope and its army is the Swiss Guard. At one end touching upon Rome is Saint Peter’s Basilica. The courtyard is massive and the church is impressive by any standard. You can usually enter any time and see this magnificent structure. The vatican and Sistine Chapel is on the other side behind well guarded walls. You will need a reservation to enter. After you go through the Sistine Chapel, there are two exits: 1) to Saint Peter’s (but you can not return and 2) back to the vatican city.

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  • Castel Sant’Angelo – Construction began 135 AD. This beautiful castle is just down the street from Saint Peter’s. The bridge nearby leads back over the Tiber River to the main part of Rome. The bridge has beautiful angels on it.

Castello Sant'Angelo

  • Villa Borghese – This is a huge park behind the Spanish Steps. It has restaurants, walks, rides for the kids and the Borghese Gallery which is a wonderful museum worth seeing. You will need advance reservations.

Villa Borghese

  • Spanish Steps – Was first opened in 1725. A set of a 135 steps lead up a steep rise in Rome. Climb them to see Trinità dei Monti church at the top. You can then continue into Villa Borghese park.

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We started at Trevi Fountain and circled around and ended up at the Spanish Steps. There is much more to see in Rome but we love these sites.

George & Jo Anne

 

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