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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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    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.

    Greco-Roman temple north of the Isola Tiberina
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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.

    Wonderful skyline
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