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    The Pope is adressing to people

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 26, 2011

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    It was December 31st in the morning and the square St. Peter was occupied by the huge crowd who came to Rome from all over the world. Besides Europeans I could have noticed catholics, and not only catholics, from Both Americas, Africa, Asia and of course many Europeans too. I am agnostic but was glad to see people from different religions and races joined together and waiting for Pope to show up on his window and expressing good wishes to all people of good will. I guess we all, gathered on the suqare, were excited and full of joy feeling ourselves as a part of the world united.

    the Pope the crowd

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    Vatican - chiesa di San Pietro

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 26, 2011

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    The Basilica of St. Peter is probably the best known and the most visited among all churches on the earth. It isn't the largest church I have seen but it has huge proportions which could be noticed better only after entering inside of it.
    We probably all know it was designed by great Michelangelo, who started to work on it in his relatively older age. The project started in 1546 and when he died in 1564 only the drum had been completed. Michelangelo's work was continued and finished 1589 by Giacomo della Porta and Domenico Fontana.....

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    Piazza di Pietra- Old and New

    by Arizona_Girl Written May 19, 2011

    On an easy walk from the Trevi to the Four Rivers Fountain (Piazza Navona) by way of the Pantheon. It is a small plaza with quaint little shops and cafes. There is modern art on display along with a building that instead of taring down the last of Hadrian's Temple, they used it and incorporated it into the new building. Cool little plaza to visit on your walk.

    what remains from Hadrian's Temple with the new Piazza di Pietra
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    USO Rome Welcomes You - Serves You

    by icunme Updated May 12, 2011

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    This is just a welcoming place for U.S. military - full of information and lots of free perks - PC/internet, TV, staff to assist you, free snacks, drinks. Show your military-related ID at the street door and you will be admitted.
    From their service description:
    The USO Rome Center is located in the heart of the capital city of Italy. Conveniently located near the Vatican, our center's goal is to make Rome one of the most memorable and positive experiences of our patrons’ military service by offering a "Home while in Rome." Our center offers a wide range of FREE services including: area information, guidebooks, maps, Internet cafe w/ Skype, American canteen, comfortable TV lounge, luggage storage and the cleanest bathrooms in Rome. Want a Roman Holiday? Let the USO do the planning for you. Book one of our all inclusive vacation packages, which includes hotel, tours and meals! Check out our tours page for more information. And even if you are visiting only for a few days, we offer discounted prices on all hotels and tours booked through the USO Rome Center!

    * Note - If you do plan to vist, be sure to have your military-related ID with you - you will have to hold this ID up to the front door window as requested before you will be admitted.

    USO Rome Center
    Via Vespasiano, 44
    Roma - 00193 (Vatican Area)
    GPS Coordinates: N 41° 54.43' EO 12° 27.498'

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Saturday: 0830-1700
    Sundays: Closed

    Tel: 0039-06-397-27-419
    Fax: 0039-06-397-54-249
    E-mail: inforome@uso.org

    I get to pet the pup while using their PC
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    Orto Botanico - Garden Oasis for nature lovers

    by icunme Updated May 9, 2011

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    I am embarrassed now to say that this has been my back yard for 3 years now and I have just visited! It is similar to my brief tenure in New York City and never visiting the Statue of Liberty. I see a part of this garden from one of my windows every morning as I greet the world for the start of my day. It is situated right behind Palazzo Corsini which is my view from another window. What a surprise as in store for me when a dear friend, Emilia, suggested we visit.
    Dimentions: The Botanical Garden of Rome comprises an area of ​​12 hectares in a secluded position on the slopes of the Gianicolo. Irrigation of crops with several streams and water are fed from above aqueduct of the Acqua Paola.
    History: This was the garden park of Palazzo Corsini , the former residence of Queen Christina of Sweden. The Official website give you the detailed history and much information of interest.
    Species: he garden now houses over 3000 plant species. We give here only some hints of the greatest exhibition areas.
    palm trees
    groves of bamboo, fern gully, rose garden
    Japanese Garden
    At the top of the hill you will find the original tree structure, leaving a forest of Mediterranean evergreen. The area is called Bosco Roman , and the clearings between the ancient oaks and sycamores (350 - 400 years of age) will give you fantastic views of the city.
    Eighteenth-century furniture in the garden are preserved in this area the steps of the Escape and the niche which backs onto the top of the hill. You will see aquatic plants, greenhouses, simple garden and herb garden.

    Directions: From the small electric bus #125 you would exit at the University John Cabot stop - or simply tell the driver "Orto Botanico." Walking along Via della Lungara past Palazzo Corsini going toward the arch you will come to a stop light - Largo Cristina di Svezia, 24 will be on your right. Walking from Trastevere - a short walk from Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere past Piazza Sant'Edigio directly toward the arch to the stop light and the Park is to your left.

    Emilia by the statuary pond Efforts to brace and save this tree! Description of above tree Park entrance
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    Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum

    by abarbieri Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The museum contains the works of the sculptor Andersen born 1872 in Bergen (Norway) who lived for about 40 years in Rome. He was a naturalised American citizen who settled in Rome after travelling through Europe to further his education. The collection is made up of over 200 sculptures in plaster and bronze:

    Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen
    c/o Villa Helene
    Via Pasquale Stanislao Mancini 20 (few minutes walk from Piazza del Popolo)
    00196 - Roma
    Tel. +39.06.3219089
    Fax +39.06.3221579

    Opening Hours:
    Tuesday - Sunday 9am - 7pm
    Monday closed

    Free Entrance

    There is also a small coffee shop and a lovely terrace

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    A taste of Russia in the Italian capital

    by tauroctonia Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A rather unusual place which offers delicious Russian tea and food in delicately decorated rooms, right in the heart of Rome, in the old ghetto near Palazzo Costaguti.

    Addresse: Via dei Falegnami 7/9

    Open all day from 9.00 a.m.- midnight

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    Modern Art in Ancient Rome

    by icunme Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Museo Carlo Bilotti – Aranciera Villa Borghese
    In the 18th Century the Orangery was known as the "Casino dei Giuochi d'Acqua" because of the fountains and g L’Aranciera was once a reception hall where entertainment; musica di camera and grottos there, surrounded by the Garden of the Lake with its spectacular displays. In its sumptuously decorated and furnished halls, the princes of the Borghese family organized parties and social events and water games were performed for the elite.
    In 1849, cannon fire from French troops defending the papacy all but destroyed major portions of the building. The palazzo was transformed into a hot house for citrus fruit plants from the Borghese Gardens horticultural collection.
    After decades of neglect, the Orangery is now once more a place for leisure and culture thanks to the efforts of Italian-American entrepreneur and international art collector, Carlo Bilotti. His donation of prestigous paintings, sculptures and drawings has found a home worthy of its world-class works. The collection of 22 works includes an important core of paintings and sculptures by Giorgio de Chirico, representing the best-known subjects produced by the painter between the end of the 20s and the 70s - a portrait of Carlo Bilotti in relief by American artist Larry Rivers - a 1981 portrait of wife Tina and daughter Lisa Bilotti by Andy Warhol - Summer by Gino Severini - and Giacomo Manzu's great bronze Cardinal.
    To keep the museum open to ever-new themes in contemporary art, spaces have been assigned next to rooms housing the permanent collection.
    Photo 1 - The only remaining element from the 16th century is a well-preserved oppulent Ninfeo fountain embellished with a basin bearing the Borghese family heraldry.
    Museum Aranciera Carlo Bilotti is the first experiment in Italy involving mutual funding from private and public sectors. Carlo Bilotti was born into a family of noble lineage from southern Italy. In the United States, he studied at Columbia University in 1963 and came to understand and appreciate contemporary art as it evolved within the social changes in the United States - this emotional connection prompted the start of his modern art collection.

    There is an entrance directly across from Casina del Lago along the walkway from the Lake - an entrance also on Viale Fiorella La Guardia - NEVER CROWDED

    Hours - Tues-Sat 9am-7pm Last admission 6:30 Closed Mondays
    Tickets - 4,50 Euro Reduced 2,50 Euro Free to Italian citizens and citizens of EC

    The adjacent gardens are not to be missed and astounding when in full bloom. Detailed photos follow in our next tip on Aranciera di Villa Borghese - the Orangery Gardens.

    Oppulant decor from original structure Benefactor CARLO BILOTTI relief by Larry Rivers Andy Warhol painting of wife and daughter Modern art - play of mirrors, light in space
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    Balloon Rides in Villa Borghese - Suspended

    by icunme Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    DON'T KNOW WHA HOPPEN BUT THE BALLOON RIDE NO LONGER FLOATS - CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR A NEW SCHEDULE. Too bad - we were in the Park today, May 7, and it was gone - the area was in bad condition. The website says they are "suspended" for the winter.
    Another very recent addition to the facilities of the Villa is a balloon, showing the decoration of the first balloons used by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783. A safety cable ensures the balloon does not move from its mooring site.

    Will pick up a schedule and post rates and more details soon. Click the photo for the full photo view****

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    Taste of the Orient -besides Chinese food & Sushi

    by icunme Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Museo Nazionale D' Arte Orientale (National Museum of Oriental Art) has its home in the Palazzo Bracciano. Here you will find a very noteworthy collection of artworks including ceramic neolitico vases from the Qing dynasty and an illustrated history of Buddha. The Palace itself is a treasure to behold and in the ticket office foryer was the first marquetry ceiling I have ever seen. You ascend two majestic flights of red-carpeted marble stairs before reaching the ticket office. Entrance fee is 4 Euro. Photos were not permitted inside the museum but we were able to take a few photos of the exterior and the Palace entrace stairs. The literature on the Museum is in Italian only and only Italian-speaking staff were available.
    Address: Via Merulana 248 - 00185 Roma - between Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore & Labicana
    Enjoy...........

    Museum Entrance on Merulana 1st flight of stairs 2nd flight of stairs Museum Garden in rear of building Museum Garden center detail
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    Geronimo's: the Easy riders' paradise!

    by AlexDJ Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a very special place where you can have dinner, drinks and listen to some good live music. It is located just few km out of Rome and it's not easy to find if you don't really know how to get there, but it attracts a lot of people everyday! Its peculiarity is that a lot of motorbikers have chosen this spot as their favourite meeting point , so you'll see several models of Harley, Triumph or similar kinds of motorbikes.
    This large, wood-furnished pub offers a vast choice of beers and simple Italian dishes as well as daily live music.
    Everything's beautiful, and I would add a special mention to the nice girls serving at the bar!!!
    The pub is in Via Appia Nuova, Km19, near the "Palaghiaccio" (the ice skating rink of Marino, Rome)

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    Ghetto

    by chiara76 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Very interesting place for walk.
    There are a lot of really old houses there and there is an unique atmosphere there.
    There are the shops with the kosher products and the shop with interesting stuff.
    You can find medieval buildings in the area of Ghetto.
    The Ghetto in Rome was created in 1555 year by the Pope Paul IV and Jews was forced to move in this area in July,1556.
    It finished in year 1870 when the king Victor Emanuel gave the Jews full citizenship.

    There have been still a lot of Jews living in the neighbourhood.

    Go to the internet page:
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/vjw/Rome.html

    Area of Ghetto in Rome.
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    Roseto Comunale

    by melissa_bel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    June is the best month to visit the rose garden. If you walk down from the Orange Park, not far from the Circus Maximus, you will find the city's rose garden. It has 2 sections. The most beautiful one is with the tea roses. It is a real enchantment. They come in every colors and shapes imaginable: yellow, red, orange, white, pink, even blue! Climbing roses, dwarf roses, bush roses, etc. You can go smell them but don’t touch! The flowers will wither faster if you do.

    The main section of Rome's Roseto Comunale.

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    Piazza del Viminale

    by tompt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A small piazza, but worth looking for. The Piazza is dominated by the Palazzo Viminale, home to the Ministery of Internal Affairs.
    Giovanni Giolitti, prime minister in the 1910's, decided to build a monumental construction joining together the two offices of the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Internal Affairs.
    Giolitti wanted to build the new Ministry near the Quirinale and the Parliament. So Viminal Hill was choosen. Architect Manfredo Manfredi got the asignment.

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    Pasta Pasta

    by chicabonita Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the museum you learn everything about pasta. The history, how the production was developed and advanced, the high nutritive value .... You get headphones which leads you with the explantions through all the rooms.

    The conclusion was that Pasta is the best eatable due to its high percentage of carbohydrates. And that their shouldn't been hunger in the world if everyone eats pasta because of it's low production costs.

    Click here for an online visit of the museum.

    The entrance fee for adults was EUR 9, which seamed to me quite high.

    You find the museum in a small street near Fontana di Trevi. Just follow the brown signs with the white writing on it.

    somewhere in the Jewish Ghetto somewhere in the jewish Ghetto
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