On the way to Rome, Italy
I got home from Romania at around 11:30pm, threw my dirty clothes in the laundry bin and immediately packed for my next trip... Rome.
Work is work, but enough of that... I had enough of my regular life and just had to escape for a short break to Rome to see my sis and especially to show Mary Rome. We left Ravensburg at around 6:45am and started heading down South. It's always a long drive, but usually also a nice one. You pass Lake Constance, drive through Austria, then drive over the Alpes (San Bernardino) in Switzerland and once you made it over you are already feeling the vacation feeling as the weather is starting to improve. The mountains are beautiful with a lot of water falls, lush green slopes and beautiful little villages.
Once you reach Italy, life again gets more hectic and maybe a little chaotic. You can already tell that you are in Italy from how people drive. As you drive South you come by famous places that are mainly known by their food. Of course Milan is known for many things, but places like Parma, Chianti, Bologna etc all ring a bell. It's an easy drive when you are in Italy and the landscapes are also beautiful especially as you drive over the Apennine mountains with the countless villages built on the hill tops, castles etc. I am always wondering why in Germany most villages are built in the valley and in Italy they are all built highly elevated above the valleys.
After passing Milano, Modena, Bologna, and Firenze you approach some beautiful little towns called Orvieto and then just before Rome, Orte. If you ever drive down, you should stop to see either one of them, they are truly amazing.
Finally, the signs said "Rome", that felt really cool after this long 10 hour drive. Usuall, you can make it in around 8-9 but it was raining like crazy when we drove over the Apennine Mountains :(
I was very happy to be in Rome at last and immediately wanted to stop to buy some hand made Ravioli filled with Ricotta and spinach, but then my sister had already bought it for us - yumm
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The city of Rome is one of the oldest and the most preserved to date. There are speculations that set the proximate era of its establishment. Despite the claims of the Romans that they were able to establish the eternal city in 753 B.C., views and analyses of modern historians suggest that the recognition of Rome as a city was not proven until over a century later in 625 B.C. Rome started as a small settlement in Latin-speaking vicinity on the Western side of the Italian Peninsula. This group of people where the first Roman predecessors came about is called the Latiums. During the early development of Rome, its type of rule is actually... 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 »
Alles über die Villam Adriana - Jun 11, 2009, by mary
Ich wachte schon sehr früh auf und las noch in meinem Buch. Dann weckte ich Mama und Peter, weil sie früher aufstehen wollten. Als sie angezogen waren, gingen sie in einen Laden und kauften Brot und brachten es in die Wohnung.... Read more »
My first visit in Rome - Jun 13, 2009, by MadSuh
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... 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 »
Few words about the International Cuisine - Mar 26, 2008, by lindamura
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