While touring in the vicinity of multiple fountains, I noticed people filling water bottles from them. The fountain in front of the Spanish Steps had quite a few people filling bottles from an accessible spout. Well, the day was hot, and the water ration was low. Rather that pay too many euros for a small bottle, I stepped up to the fountain and filled my empty water bottle. The water came from one of several spouts, not the main body of water that filled the actual fountain. It was very refreshing cool water and I never got sick in Rome or in the time frame after I returned home. Would I do it again? Sure! Of course, it is up to you when deciding whether or not to tap Rome's fountains for a drink. I hear people have done this for hundreds of years.
Fondest memory: That cool refreshing water from the fountain.
Why not just take a walk and get lost and try to find your way. I did that after I saw the Panthion. I walked for couple of hours along the river and it was amazing! I saw so many things that I wouldnt have seen otherwise.
So enjoy the real Rome and have some fun!
This laundry is very near the termini, has free internet access if you use their service or very cheap otherwise. (1 euro for 1/2 hour) Has 7 hour luggage storage for 2 euro, and has a couple of very friendly Indian brothers I think running it that speak very good English. It was most helpful for us to do our laundry, use the internet, and on way back into Rome we used the luggage storage.
They also have an Indian Fast Food restaurant around the corner which we did not eat at but the price was right, 5 euro for 3 courses.
Fondest memory: Via Milazzo, 20 B
Favorite thing: The Ponte Sante Angelo was one of the more attractive sights I saw along the Tiber River in Rome. It connects the Castel Sant'Angelo to the city center. For a good view, cross the Vittorio Emanuele bridge which comes straight out of the Vatican.
There's a nice walk between the Trastavere neighborhood and the Vatican called the Passeggiata del Gianicolo (or something like that). If you can manage to not get lost finding the beginning of the damn thing, as we did, you'll find it a lovely walk. It offers numerous views of the city and surrounding hillsides.
I saw a few churchgoing types enjoying the view. I like this shot.
When we were enjoying the view from the top of Castel Sant'Angelo (or Hadrian's Mausoleum) we saw a strange sight in the sky across the city.
It was a dark shape that was moving and winding like a tornado.
After watching it transfixed for a while we realised that it was a huge flock of birds!
The area around the station of Ostiense might not be the most elegant but there certainly are interesting sights.
Fondest memory: When I visited Rome for the first time I came in by train from Fiumicino. On the way I suddenly spotted a pyramid on my left hand side.
Wasn't I surprised, was I?
There is a real pyramide in Rome close to the station of Ostiense. It's not as huge as the ones in Egypt, but it's still massive.
Go and have a look at it!
Probably one of the wilder walks I took while in Rome was from the Baths of Caracalla to the Catacombs of St. Sebastian on what is more commonly known as the Appian Way or Via Appia Antica. The famed road was built in 312 B.C. and led from Rome to the seaport of Brindisi. Much of the road where I walked, especially around the catacombs, was flanked by impressive ancient monuments. Amongst them was a hippodrome, some ancient fortifications and the Tomb of Cecilia Metela. This latter monument was built during the time of Caesar. Cecilia was a wife of one of his more important generals. The tomb is the best preserved of the many tombs along the road.
Fondest memory: Walking along the Appian Way was a crazy event for me. There are no sidewalks!. Cars wiz by a great speeds. Therefore take the bus. Bus 218 will get you to all the catacombs from the San Giovanni Metro stop. I took this bus back. The Tomb of Cecilia of Metela is virtually across the road from the Catacombs of St. Sebastian.
The people we encountered in Rome were all exceptionally nice with the exception of the street vendors who just didn't understand "NO."
Fondest memory: The hotel we stayed at (Albergo Del Senato) looked into the square in front of the Pantheon. It had an excellent roof top bar where we enjoyed the company of friends in a beautiful setting.
Favorite thing: ...I like this pic....do not ask me why...maybe I'm just waiting for the european cup of june in portugal....ale' Italia ale'!!!.........ok,for us the Euro Cup is over....see you next Mundial2006....Antonio Cassano number one!!!
The basilica is especially noted for the 5th-century Roman mosaics in its nave, as well as for its ceiling, said to have been gilded with gold brought from America. The church contains the tomb of Bernini, Italy's most important baroque sculptor/architect.-
Esta basilica es especialmente conocida por los mosaicos del Siglo V en su nave, tanto como por su techo, que se dice fue hecho con el primer oro que trajo Colón de América. La tumba contiene también la tumba de Bernini, quién fuera el más importante escultor y arquitecto de estilo barroco.-
The 28 marble steps here (now covered with wood for preservation) were originally at Pontius Pilate's villa in Jerusalem . These were the steps that Christ climbed the day he was taken before Pilate. The steps were brought from Jerusalem to Rome by Constantine's mother, Helen, in 326, and they've been in this location since 1589. Today pilgrims from all over the world come here to climb the steps ON THEIR KNEES, although some historians say the stairs might date only to the 4th century.-
Allí se encuentran los 28 escalones de mármol (ahora cubiertos con madera para su preservación) .Eran los originales de la villa de Poncio Pilatos en Jerusalén y fueron los que Cristo subió el día que fue llevado ante Pilatos. La escalera fue traída a Roma por Sta. Elena, madre del emperador Constantino, en el año 326 y se encuentran en ese edificio desde el año 1589. Actualmente peregrinos de todo el mundo van a ese lugar para ascender la escalera DE RODILLAS, aun cuando muchos historiadores dicen que la escalera data sólo del siglo IV d.c.-
Fondest memory: I don´t know if it´s the real stairs, but the visit was so emotive, because you can see young and old people making an extraordinary effort to climb the steps, with a lot of faith in God.-
No sé si es realmente la escalera que ascendió Cristo, pero la visita fue muy emotiva sólo por ver el extraordinario esfuerzo que hace la gente para subir la escalera con gran fé en Dios.-
The stately Gothic baldacchino over the altar houses two golden reliquaries containing the heads of Saints Peter and Paul.-
El majestuoso baldaquino gótico que se encuentra sobre el altar, aloja dos relicarios de oro, conteniendo las cabezas de San Pedro y San Pablo
The basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, officially Rome’s cathedral, was for centuries the main papal residence.-
Look up the unusual ceiling and the sumptuous transept, and explore the 13th-century cloisters with twisted double columns.
La basílica de San Juan de Letrán, Catedral oficial de Roma, fue durante siglos la residencia papal.-
Observen el techo, de inusual belleza y el suntuoso crucero, y luego, exploren los claustros del Siglo XIII, con sus columnas gemelas en espiral.-
After the unification of Italy in 1870, it became the official residence of the king, then in 1947 of the president of the republic.- Beside the palace there is a stairway that you can use to go to the Trevi Fountain.-
Antiguo palacio pontificio, hoy es residencia del presidente de Italia. A su lado se encuentran unas escaleras que llevan a la Fontana di Trevi. Bajar por las mismas y luego tomar la Vía di San Vicenzo y uno se encuentra de frente con la Fontana.-
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