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    Modern Not-to-Mentions

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Though not the norm with modern Italian architecture, certain structures are way too heavy for the modern skyline. Some are literally so, such as the Palace of Justice which is presently sinking under its own weight (near the Castel Sant'Angelo). Like Mussolini's monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, some of Rome's largest modern buildings sadly borrow the grandeur of Rome's past in the most outlandish constructions.

    Palace of Justice, near Castel Sant'Angelo
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    Santa Maria sopra Minerva

    by oneonta_ni Updated Feb 13, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This is a 13th century gothic church built on top of a temple to the goddess Minerva. I loved the blue star-studded ceiling in this church. Michelangelo's Risen Christ is located near the altar. Apparently, the church officials were so shocked by the nudity, they put a little bronze 'cloth' on it to cover up the offensive bits. (Photo in my 'More Photos' travelogue).

    The remains of St Catherine are near the altar as well. The church is open from 7am - 7pm; do be respectful if there is a mass on.

    The beautiful blue ceiling.

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    Worldwide Pilfering Crisis II

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: In the later empire, Rome had lost much of its ability to feed itself. Most of the grains and corns were imported from provinces in Egypt and Africa. Italy had almost lost its entire capacity and experience in agriculture. Throughout the city you'll see Egyptian sculptures that are not tributes to the older culture (now the grainary of Rome), but rather pilfered originals, stolen when the province was conquered.

    lion, foot of Cordonata, Capitoline Hill
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    Take a bus tour around Rome

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Feb 10, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Take a bus tour around Rome!!

    Fondest memory: Whether you're gonna stay in Rome for a long time or only for a couple of days, I strongly recommend that you take a bus tour around the city. It enables you to see the main attractions in no time, make some pictures, and this is very good when you don't have enough time to visit every single place on your own. If you're planning to stay in Rome for a long time, it enables you to get a general idea of what the town looks like, where the different attractions are located, and even project your future visits to all the different places. Of course you can't see everything while riding the bus, but I could make some gorgeous pictures while touring the town this way and it gave me a broad panorama of what Rome was. Plus, these tours aren't expensive and it only takes you a couple of hours to tour the city, and besides you have the possibility of getting on and off the bus as many times as you want along the day, in case you want to stop at a specific place for a while.

    These tours depart from the Termini train station (right in front of it) and you can purchase the tickets there, in Piazza dei Cinquecento. You can see beautiful places & monuments such as the one on this picture (which was taken FROM THE BUS!), called the Vittoriano and which I think is my favorite monument in all Rome!

    The Vittoriano monument

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    Rome is neverendless discovery...

    by vysnaite Updated Feb 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I've been to Rome two times, once in 2002 January for 3days (hated Rome), second 2003 January for one Week (LOVED ROME!:)). The more you stay in Rome, the more you see. In every street you go, with every single lift of your glance up, or down. Few days is not enough for Rome, also a week is too little. Wonderful fountains, architecture, stories, small pleasant particularities... a lovely place to be.

    Fondest memory: I loved fountains, obeliscs especially one in particular with the elephant, fouintains, Jewish quaters, a walk IN Fori Imperiali, manifestation and great athmosphere with wonderful people.

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    Hundreds of fountains

    by Packerman Updated Feb 2, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Rome has hundreds of fountains and they aren't just a place to get a cool drink. So much variety and creativity went into these fountains, it's amazing to see them. Don't take them for granted. Take pictures of all them, it would be a good collection, I wish I would have done that.

    Hello Egyptian feline

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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!!!

    Colorful buildings

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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.

    Piazza del Popolo
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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.

    Piazza Minerva
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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.

    fountain at pediment of obelisk
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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.

    street fountain near Vatican City
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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.

    mosaic near Vatican City
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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.

    between the Isola Tiberina and the Capitoline Hill
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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.

    lesser known churches abound in Rome
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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.

    broken aqueduct near St John Lateran
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