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    Architecture

    by Packerman Updated Feb 2, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Look around at all the different architecture. Rome has plenty to see, but don't get so busy that you miss the color and flavor of Rome. These buildings stood out to me because they look relatively new and are very brightly colored. They are located just north of the train station Termini near Santa Susanna & S. Maria D. Vittoria churches.

    Fondest memory: The smooth flavorful gelato!!!

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    The Square that Nobody Wanted

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Piazza del Popolo at the north end of the city is the first thing to greet people entering through the Porta Flaminia. Access to the Villa Borghese is just outside the gates from this square, which has the four lions gurgling acqua beneath another obelisk. At times the square is used to display new cars, and motorcycles often choke the environs. The square has some great overlooks on its perimeter, and two thoroughfares going straight to the Spanish Steps and the Piazza Venezia, but otherwise this square attracts the people who have no other square to use. Personally I like the place, but not because of its crowd of outcasts and misfits. Without much merit of its own, it is closely associated with the dearest parts of Rome.

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    The Stolen Ornaments of Conquered Lands

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: All of Rome's 15 obelisks are permanently borrowed from Egypt or the Levant, stolen by emperors from Augustus to Constantine. (Paris and London can only claim one each, both gifts from the 19th century.) Today the obelisks stand on often-ornate pediments and decorate squares throughout the city (Navona, Trinita dei Monti, San Pietro, Laterano, Rotonda, Popolo, etc) and are just another wonderful and unique aspect of this enchanting Eternal City.

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    Decorative Fountains

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Most of the public fountains pipe out drinkable water. Some are merely decorative (Piazza Navona), but dozens are meant to be used as drinking fountains, such as this one beside San Giovanni in Laterano. The obelisk it supports, one of fifteen throughout the city, is the highest in Rome.

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    The Smaller Decorations

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Public fountains lie all over the city in Rome, and just like other cities in Europe, there are mementoes, plaques, and markers detailing the famous personages who lived in the neighborhood, a poet who took apartments nearby, or a painter who stubbed his toe on the underlying cobblestones. All the neat things about Europe and particularly Rome are not always the soaring public edifices or the expansive ruins, but the little things that decorate countless street corners.

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    Enshrined on Every Corner

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Public fountains lie all over the city in Rome, and just like other cities in Europe, there are mementoes, plaques, and markers detailing the famous personages who lived in the neighborhood, a poet who took apartments nearby, or a painter who stubbed his toe on the underlying cobblestones. All the neat things about Europe and particularly Rome are not always the soaring public edifices or the expansive ruins, but the little things that decorate countless street corners.

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    Grafted Onto the Old

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: In many places throughout Rome you will see outward columns fused onto a modern constructions. The Teatro Marcello was once a miniature amphitheater near the river, and today looks somewhat like a smaller, filled-in Coliseum. Look for the arches from Rome's ancient and medieval past to see how they are kept alive by serving as modern foundations for today's architecture.

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    Big Things in Little Packages

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Some of the greatest and prettiest churches in Rome have the plainest front facades that almost divert attention away to the better-known attractions in town. Do not be fooled by outward appearance! If you see a church door open anywhere, at least poke your head inside. You might be surprised and you might not, but a quick survey only requires an instant.

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    Keep Your Eyes Open

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Keep your eyes open when touring the city, or you'll miss an ancient statue, overlook the columns of a former monument, or entirely bypass the remnants of an ancient structure, such as an aqueduct which looks fused upon the modern building.

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    The Ancient Past is All Around You

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Nowhere else in Europe is the past millenium more fully on display than in Rome. While some of the relics in the Roman Forum are little better than shells, and the statuary about the city often defaced with the march of time, many other monuments and relics are in a fair state of preservation. Some of those can be visited like an ordinary church, while others must be viewed from behind a gate. Temples that stood when Christ preached his message can still be found today.

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    Fontana delle Tartarughe

    by OrlandoBR Updated Dec 28, 2002

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    Favorite thing: This famous little fountain - the "Turtle" fountain - is hidden somewhere in the narrow streets between the Forum and the Tiber River. It is a relief to take a detour from the beaten touristic track and wander around the streets where most tourists don't go. Italy in Spring or Summer can get very crowded around any major points of interest, but there certainly are many calm and even silent streets to be explored, and that does not mean there are no important ruins or monuments or fountains there as well.

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    HISTORIA Y BELLEZA

    by venezuela_65 Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: es una ciudad que es yo pienso una obligacion de visitarla, por su pasado historico, la belleza de su arquitectura, la ciudad del vaticano, palazzo borghese, creo que se nesesitarian por lo menos unos 10 dias para poder decir visite roma.

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    Wonderful skyline

    by rachel_sun Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Fondest Memory: Rome has a wonderful skyline.Where ever you look,you can see steeples,wonderful buildings etc.No matter how long you go for,you will never see everything as Rome is full of great things.

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    The night concerts...

    by fed-up Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: During the summer time there are lots of little night-time concerts held in public squares. Often people sit on steps and just listen to the band playing. My favourite concert was played by some police band outside the College of Rome. They were incredibly good and very professional.

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    Rent a bicycle or take a pony ride

    by GeoDenia Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: Rome's activities (apart from the mandatory sight-seeing) usually involve nothing more strenuous than eating, drinking and listening to good music. Conceivably you could work up a sweat running up and down the Spanish Steps; it's just that everyone will get excited thinking you're chasing a pickpocket. If you really want some exercise, you can rent bicycles near the Porta Pinciana in the Villa Borghese. Villa Doria Pamphili, 2km south of the Vatican, is the largest park in Rome and a lovely spot for a stroll or a picnic. If you're with kids or just a child at heart, there are pony rides and Sunday Punch & Judy shows on Gianicolo Hill, a short walk south-east of the Holy City. If you're sore from foot-slogging from one monument to the next, reward yourself by escaping to the relaxing thermal springs mentioned in Dante's Divine Comedy.

    Fondest memory: A short walk south-east of the Holy City.

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