Lazio Off The Beaten Path

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Lazio Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Rome

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    This villa was commissioned by Ippolito d' Este; son of Lucrezia Borgia in the late 1500. It is listed as UNESCO world heritage site. Its interiors are decorated with beautiful frescoes, but this mansion is mostly known for the gardens. These have five hundred fountains, built in various shapes. Some of these are activated during the day. Check...

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  • Christian Rome

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    A lovely, tucked-away church on the Celian Hill. Only 10 minutes walk from the Colosseum, but very peaceful. Giovanni and Paolo were two weathy-ish Romans who were beheaded on the spot (their houses) in 361AD, because they refused military service. What is supposed to be their house(s) is accessible under the church (the Case Romane: see tip),...

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  • Ancient Rome

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    Insula Romana is a building (Roman block) dating back to the 2nd century AD, at the base of the Capitoline Hill and close to the basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli. The building, formerly five or six floors high, is an testimony of the extensive city planning in Rome during imperial age. It was a kind of apartment building that housed most of the...

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  • Villa Torlonia

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    This is a huge beautiful property in my usual area of Nomentano , you hve plenty of buses and metro bologna and st agnese/annibilaino on the line conca d'oro to get here. Located on the via Nomentana, Villa Torlonia was built from 1806 to the banker Giovanni Torlonia, who ordered the execution to the architect Giuseppe Valadier. It drew an...

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  • Villa Borghese

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    If you need to forget about the noise and dust of the city lead yourself to this wonderful park for one day. You can stop in Barberini Line A metro station or Spagna. In both stations get Via Sistina and from there get Via Franceso Crispi till you get Via Veneto, then crossing the Aurelian Wall and you will be inside the park.

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  • Via Giulia

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    Via Giulia is a beautiful street, almost one kilometre long, that leads from the city centre straight down to the Vatican. It was laid out in the 16th century by the famous architect Bramante on the orders of Pope Julius II, from whom the street gets its name. It is actually the longest street in Rome that is built in a straight line; to do so...

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  • Isola Tiberina

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    A tiny island in the Tiber River, Isola Tiberina, is wedged between Trastevere and the Ghetto part of Rome. The island has been inhabited since ancient times and contained the Temple of Aesculapius. The 10th church of San Bartolomeo all'Isola was built on the ruins of this temple. Connecting the Ghetto with the island is Rome's oldest bridge that...

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  • Centro Storico

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    old bridge next to the church with skulls...i wonder how old it is...? just below this lady was crying and arguing with this guy that was about to tow her car...i guess rome isn't so different then san diego after all...

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  • EUR

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    Someone suggested we visited EUR to see a different side of Rome, so we did. EUR stands for 'Esposizione Univerale Roma', and was built on the orders of Mussolini for the 1942 Trade Fair (which did not take place, for obvious reasons). It's laid out on a grid of streets with huge, 'blocky' buldildings. There are some good museums here,...

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  • Fontana del Mascherone

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    Walking on Via Giulia toward the Tiber from Rome center just after we pass under the extraordinary vine covered bridge (another off the beaten path tip) built by the family Farnese, we find the Fontana del Mascherone (the Big Mask - do we wonder why it is so named?). Everyone agrees that this is one of the more bizaare monuments of Rome - and it...

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  • Fontana delle Tartarughe

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    Piazza Mattei, named after an important family of the Middle Ages, hosts the Tortoise Fountain. One of the most beautiful fountains in Rome, it was designed by Giacomo Della Porta at the end of the 16th century. The tortoises were added in 1658 by Bernini.

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  • Cat Sanctuary

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    Torre Argentina has some very old Roman Ruins, with 4 temples in one block and hosting the ruins of Pompey's Theatre. It was here that Julius Caesar was stabbed by Brutus. You will see stray cats all over the city, there is apparently a huge problem with that. The cat sanctuary came about when the area was excavated in 1929 and the cats took up...

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  • Piazza Garibaldi

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    A steep hill behind Trastevere’s restaurant area leads up to a very green park area. The Piazza Garibaldi offers one of the best views all over Rome. You will get a great kick out of it, especially if you climb up at the end of your stay when you are already familiar with Rome’s layout and buildings and are able to recognise the most famous...

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  • Villa Celimontana

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    The Celian Hill, although within easy walking distance of the Colosseum and the forum, is an entirely different experience. remarkably quiet and peaceful, with some lovely churches (see tips on Santo Stefano Rotondo and Santi Giovanni e Paulo), the Case Romane 'hidden' Roman houses/street and the lovely, shady park of Villa Celimontana. This is a...

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  • Museo delle Murra

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    The Museum of the Walls is located in Porta San Sebastiano, one of the largest and best preserved parts of the Aurelian Walls. The current display, on the first and second floors, opened in 1990 and is divided into three sections - ancient, mediaeval and modern, each with explanatory texts, drawings and photographs. The display narrates the history...

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  • Quattro Fontane

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    I've been wanting to photograph these four fountains for over a year and they were so dirty you couldn't see any detail. Well, it was worth the wait - here they are, clean and leisurely lounging at one of Rome's busiest intersections. You could really become a statistic trying to photography these guys from the street! I pass them often as I walk...

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  • Go to the trails! Lucretili Mountains

    There are so many different mountains around Rome, that you can have a big problem to choose only one to visit. Giovanni and I, we hiked in Monti Lucretili and Monti Prenestini. We did a few time a very nice hike in M. Lucretili, starting from Monteflavio (a charming little town) to the top of Monte Palecchia - 1368m. It took us about 5 hours, as...

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  • Civita di Bagnoregio - The city which...

    Civita di Bagnoregio is located about 150 km from Rome, direction to the North of Lazio. This region is called Tuscia and besides of Civita, there are many other towns around worth your visit: Montefiascone, Bomarzo, Bolsena and Lago di Bolsena.Civita di Bagnoregio was founded about 2500 years ago by Etruscans, it's located on the top of limestone...

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  • Venture Down to Southern Lazio

    The region of South Lazio is so rich in natural beauty, history and culture. There is something of interest to be found around every corner, yet is virtually undiscovered by foreign tourists. This is still “Real Italy”, unlike “Chianitishire” - Tuscany / Umbria which are now inundated with Brit Ex Pats. We liked it so much here, when we came on...

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  • Fontana Romana practical information.

    Click on the pic for a readable sign English. And of course more information is available through the www. by searching with google or other.

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  • A bit of fine detail for Fontana Romana

    Two main water outlets -- one indicating summer (see pic) and the other winter (not as well preserved).

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  • Cività di Bagnoregio - a small historic...

    This small town lies half way between lake Bolsena and the famous city of Orvieto in an incredible volcanic landscape. You can enter it only by foot over a small bridge. One of the jewels of this region of Middle Italy, hardly known to any foreigner. Be sure that even in the high season in summer you will not meet many other tourists there.

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  • It was, but it wasn't if you know what I...

    Off the beaten path that is. If you have been to Italy you will have seen a wall like this one and probably not thought much about it. But what happens to me is I just keep on thinking about it. Why did they build these walls with a curved peice on top? Does anyone know? Why would they spend the time carving the rock like that? HELP. Someone has to...

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  • How many times have you met someone...

    Had a coin minted in their honour? It wouldn't surprise me to hear that you haven't but isn't it amazing that Munazio Planco did. He met himself every day, and yes had coinage printed in his honour.Inside Planco's mausoleum (I have been inside 3 times now) and on the first occasion there was a photo of his coin. I didn't get to Gaeta's museum, but...

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  • Second glimpse of the castles

    ...........and around another bend in the road. By this time I had forgotten about the sore feet the aching back and the thought that maybe we weren't going to be able to get off the mountain this way, by the second glimpse of the castles............wow.

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  • First Glimpse of the Castles

    We were walking down this really rocky hairpinned road seemingly in the middle of nowhere in amongst all of the ruins of past eras when I caught this glimpse of something a little different..........I couldn't wait to get closer but that meant going around another corner and travelling downhill some more.............

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  • Pretty stark and frankly quite...

    The Castles unprissied.The castles...........the upper one .....Arogonese and the lower Angevin.The upper part has a rectangular shape and cylindrical tower in 3 of its angles.........one tower is now missing.The lower part has an irregular shape and the angles of its two sides are located toward the medieval quarter and Mt. Orlando.........It has...

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  • The Centre of Lazio is all heart.

    This was taken in a garden in Lazio. I had never before seen a daisy with a red centre, hence the centre of Lazio having a red heart.

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  • A closer picture of Cicero's Tomb,...

    It is not possible to visit the inside of the tomb whenever you feel like it, but it is possible to make arrangements with the local museum to have it opened at specific times.There are a number of references with more information through google.The tomb of Tulia, a daughter of Cicero's is also nearby.

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  • Visit Cicero - or Cicerone as he's known...

    Formia is not one of the most popular places for tourists to visit, but being based in this area on both occasions that I visited Italy, I find that hard to understand. The area has much to offer tourists, having everything that makes a place great for a holiday and yet if you just wanted peace and quiet , you could have that too. Anyway Cicero's...

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  • You'll be surprised at what you find.

    On my first trip to Gaeta in 1998 and armed with my $50 camera, we decided to walk up Mount Orlando to visit the mausoleum of Munazio Planco (pictures coming). Having spent a couple of hours in awe over both the size and state of this monument, we decided to take an alternate route back down to sea level. Among the unusual sights was this rare shot...

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  • Imagine quenching your thirst beside the...

    Just north of Formia on the Via Appia is this well preserved watering place that even Caeser may have used.

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    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

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    Satisfaction: Very Good

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  • Hotel Imperiale

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