My first visit in Rome, Italy
I guess most tourists are doing the same thing when they first visit Rome. It's a pain, but then Rome is so amazing that you just don't mind. The first day, we started out by taking the bus to downtown. I guess the best location to start out is Piazza Venezia from where you can get to all important sites rather quickly. I know most of you will raise a million "but, but, buts"... ok important are the Forum Romanum, Colosseum, Pantheon etc..
Anyhow, our first stop was Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the most beautiful churches in Rome with a fantastic ceiling. It's apparently the first Maria-church out there.
Furthermore, we headed down to the Colosseum, but then the line was so long that I felt like just walking around there would be good enough. I have been inside a few times, and really the beauty of the building is best seen from the outside. To me it was much more important to spend some time inside the Forum Romanum. It's sad that all of these buildings were used as quarries in the past. How dare they use those awesome buildings to build up the new Rome... unreal!
We spend about 3 hours at the Forum Romanum. It was just perfect, with nice weather and some really nice relaxing time. Take a look at the pics to see what I mean.
Afterwards we headed over to the Pantheon to spend some time with my sis and to go visit Piazza Navona. I think this may be the square that was rebuilt in either Caesar's Palace or the Venetian, I better check my pics.
Unfortunately, it was a holiday in Rome, so that the Pantheon was closed, but the Pantheon is naturally a place that you always come back to, simply because it's so central and of course fascinating. At night we headed home and my brother in law went to buy some Pizza with me just down the road from where they live... incredible Pizza, you really need to try some really good Roman Pizza, it's soooo different - yummies...
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One of the oldest cities in the world, Rome has been dubbed ‘the eternal city’ and ranks high in the list of the most preferred holiday destinations in the world. The Colosseum is on every tourist’s agenda, and for good reason. A day pass costs 11 euros, but if you want to take your time exploring, get a seven day pass for 22 euros instead. This gives you access to the Colosseum as well as everything from Palatine Hill to the catacombs. A guided tour is not really recommended since the queues are endless, and you don’t really get to know anything from the guides that you can’t get out of your travel book or... Read more »
Recent reviews for Rome
Attractions in Rome - Apr 22, 2009, by cipristb
When I visited Rome I was impresed by the amount of historic sights and vestiges wich are present there. I've stayd there 5 days but I didn't had enough time to visit all those monuments. The representing colors of the city are red and... Read more »
Public transportation in Rome - Jun 13, 2009, by MadSuh
After a little fight with the police lady that caught us on the bus without a ticket, we were a bit agitated but still in good shape. And no, we did not go to the world's most important church because we wanted to wash ourselves clean from... Read more »
Einem kurzen Besuch im Vatikan - Jun 11, 2009, by mary
Am 4. Tag wachte ich sehr spät auf. Alle waren schon wach. Mama und Flavia weckten mich. Danach frühstückten Mama, Peter und ich ohne die anderen, weil Caro und Flavia schon gegessen hatten. Nach dem Frühstück... Read more »
Rome requires much time - Dec 16, 2008, by Wazling
Rome is really great. Sometimes a bit crowded in the season, but if you know the city, you can always find lovely places, bars and restaurants. I have discovered some very nice narrow streets, not crowded, only locals were there with their... Read more »
Favorite attraction in Rome - Apr 30, 2009, by cipristb
The Pantheon was built for the first time in the year 27 AD bt Agrippa, but suffered a serious fire in year 80 so that was rebuilt in the same form by the Emperor Hadrian in 127. In the year 609 the Pantheon came into the custody of the... Read more »
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