Back in Rome in the summer of 2003 it was so hot we decided to visit this fortress, which was begun in AD 139 as Emperor Hadrian's mausoleum. Not only was it a cool place to escape the intense heat but it was really interesting and the views from the top were terrific. In fact I'd say it was the hilight of our return trip that summer. It has since been used as a citadel and prison. It has also been used as a residence of the popes in times of political unrest. It is now a museum with military relics and art works.
A day to Ostia Antiqua. You go...
A day to Ostia Antiqua. You go to the Railway station by bus e.g., buy a return ticket for Ostia and wait for the comfortable train, but always be on the alert...for itchy fingers... The oly thing you have to do is 'cambio' and that means 'change trains' otherwise you will end up somewhere unknown. Their knowledge of English is scanty, so have your little book 'How and What in Italian' at hand.
Travelling by train is very pleasant.
In this photo you see 'the Public Toilets' (in Rome and Ostia Antiqua) because people didn't have toilets in their houses, they went to these public toilets like going to a public bath. You can see that they sat there side by side, probably gossiping? : can you imagine????
Agility on two wheels
Laugh at the car drivers and dash through between the cars during (constant) traffic jam.
Only, it takes some guts not only to mount one these speedsters but to actually drive them, for once you are being sucked up by the flow you may not pace down, THAT would be dangerous.
However, these vehicles are undisputedly a good alternative to four-wheeld transportation.
Thoroughly enjoyable albeit slooooow service!
We were looking for a restaurant off the main tourist roads,that also had seating for allof us this time of night. Having a baby with us meant earlier meals than the time people usually eat, but this suited us as it meant we found space at restaurants easier, and then had time to walk it all off! haha
Our time here was fine, albeit the service being VERY slow. The restaurant wasnt crowded either at this time, so I am not sure where the waiter was half the time. The table next to us had 4 adults (sounded like Canadians). Three of them got their meals in good time, and the fourth - who'd ordered a steak, got his only 45 minutes aftre they had finished their meals!
But he never saw it, as, having waited so long for his meal, he got up and left his friends, saying he'd meet them later at their hotel. We ended up chatting to them as it was so clear what had happened. They were so shocked with the service, and then, to top it off... when they did FINALLY bring this poor man's meal out, they were so put-out and cross that he wasn't there and hadn't waited for it! To be honest, I would not have waited half the time he waited for the meal. Our food was delicious - the pizzas super! We all felt like pizza and ordered different ones.
The wine was okay, nothing special, but then we had ordered inexpensive wine, so cannot complain!
The atmosphere was nice, the musicians playing for most of the time we sat there.
The obvious icon of ancient Rome. A marvellous ruin with a stunning history and a huge impact on the appearance of the city. Always lots of tourists, but waiting lines aren't that long. The Colosseum itself is big enough to absorb the hords.
Tip: Amusing to watch the 'gladiators' outside, wearing plastic helmets and smoking cigarettes. They are only after your money if you want to take a picture of them.