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    Piazza Navona

    by TRimer Updated Jan 30, 2006

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    I highly recommended visiting and eatting at the Piazza Navona. Here the real attraction of the square is the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, dated 1651. The rivers represented in the fountain are the Danube, the Ganges, the Nile and the Rio de la Plata. They are arranged on a steep rocky reef from which a Roman obelisk taken from the Circus of Maxentius daringly rises up into the air. Popular tradition has it that the sculptures on the fountain symbolize the rivalry between Bernini and Borromini, who were the most important artists in 17th century Rome. Borromini built the church of Sant’ Agnese in Agone, which stands in front of Bernini’s Fountain. For this reason the personified Rivers seem to cover their faces, not to see Borromini’s “horrible” work.

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    The Tiber RiverPictured here...

    by makai Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Tiber River
    Pictured here is the southern end of the Isola Tiberina, the island in the Tiber River in Rome and the ruins of an old Roman bridge that was here. The river is now at least 50 feet below the level it was in Roman times and presently not an attractive area for walking although there are stairs leading down.

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    This was outside of the...

    by mannymiami Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    This was outside of the apartment there was a court yard with a trattoria and a place where the old men would hang out and play cards and music and make there own wine.

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    Theres a road that runs along...

    by mannymiami Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Theres a road that runs along side Lago Albano from Albano Laziale towards Rocca di Papa where for some reason theres some type of magnetic field. As the road goes down hill if place a ball or a bottle on the road the object goes uphill on this down hill road. Very strange.

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    This was a monestery about an...

    by mannymiami Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This was a monestery about an hour south of Rome, I dont remember the name but it was high on a mountain and it was bombed by the nazis and rebuilt. This place was stunning...

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    Visit the CASTELLI ROMANI,...

    by drolkar Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Visit the CASTELLI ROMANI, which are just a short drive from Rome. The view of the volcanic Lake Albano is especially beautiful by night... You can also see the Pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

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    The Changing of The Guard

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Oct 21, 2002

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    The Changing of The Guard at the Buckingham Palace in London is very famous, but did you know they also have a Changing of The Guard in Rome?? This is fairly new, it was started by the new President and it's a nice short ceremony that takes place everyday at 3 PM in front of the presidential palace, called the "Quirinale".

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  • I only consider the Trevi...

    by TerryP Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I only consider the Trevi Fountain 'off the beaten path' because we almost didn't find it :) I guess we should have just followed the crowd. It is a huge tourist attraction.
    I heard a couple versions, but I think it goes toss a coin over your shoulder, first to ensure your return to Rome, toss another coin (for luck/to find love in Rome). Not sure which is the right version. People were all around the Fountain but I only saw one other person throw their coin in. From what I read, all Italian Lira goes toward the city and all foreign currency goes to the Red Cross.

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    The Ponte Sant’ Angelo is one...

    by wayward_son Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    The Ponte Sant’ Angelo is one of Rome’s most beautiful bridges. It spans the Tiber in front of the Castel Sant’ Angelo and is decorated with graceful angels designed by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680).

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    Near Pantheon there is a store...

    by heli Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Near Pantheon there is a store which looks like only selling old clothes and pianos and Darth Vader-masks, but that is really a place to find the true treasures of Rome! If you stand by the fountain and look at Pantheon, then it´s the street which is on the left and starts just from the left front corner of Pantheon, if I remember correctly. But it´s a store worth visiting. :)

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    Go to Palestrina and see the...

    by Igraine Updated Dec 7, 2003

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    Go to Palestrina and see the Nile mosaique. The amount of details, the colors it's stunning, going there you have to climb a hill with a bery good view on the local countryside.
    The mosaique shows the flow of the NIle from the South with the wild beast and dark people, passed Thebes and teh Karnak Temples and ending in the delta with Alexandrie.

    Also the therms off Caracalla are not the first place to go but they are much nicer then the therms off Diocletianus who are in the city center next to the main bus/railwaystation.

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    Hmmmm......we walked...A...

    by Angel_Dust Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Hmmmm......we walked...A LOT!!! Albeit we got lost a lot too...but it was nice just wandering around to Piazza to Piazza, they are all relatively near each other...but each with its own uniqueness....

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    STOP FOR A MOMENT and notice...

    by ClaesDenmark Written Aug 24, 2002

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    STOP FOR A MOMENT and notice how well organized Italy is to do with 2nd use of things. How often they clean the streets. That there are SO MANY places for any trash. Look here ! There are even special ashtrays in the steets

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    Go on a coach trip of the city.

    by rachel_sun Updated Aug 31, 2002

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    Go on a coach trip of the city,so you can be told the history of the monuments and buildings.Gruppo Garrani tours at Via Veneto,Orlando,Rome were brilliant.They had a choice of tours around different monuments and churches,3hr tours,morning or evening.They also done tours to Naples, Sorrento,Venice and Pompei.The 3hour tours were good because you had plenty of time to do other thongs as well.They were around £18 per person. Do go to the gardens in Rome .In the heart of Trastevere,near Farnesina palace,is the botanical garden.It is peaceful and romantic and only known by locals.It is open from 8-6pm mon-fri and sat-8-noon.

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    Palazzo Barberini.

    by oneonta_ni Updated Sep 30, 2003

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    This is the former palace of the Barberini family and is now a museum of paintings. The collection includes works by Caravaggio, Fra Lippi, El Greco and Tintoretto. Hans Holbein's famous portrait of Henry VIII is there as well.

    Open 8.30 - 7.30, Tues - Sun. via Quattro Fontane, 13. Admission charge, allow approximately 45 mins.

    The symbol of the Barberini family is the bee and everywhere in the area of Piazza Barberini are stone carvings of bees.

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