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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Recommended Rome Guide
The rich history of Rome was largely fueled by political undertakings, in 69 A.D. there were even four emperors at the same time. The changes in the social system from monarchic to republic to the time of emperors are but fragments of a very colorful and larger than life historical ‘facts and figures’ that is Rome. The fall of the Roman Empire to the Visigoths in 476 A.D., last roman emperor was Romulus Augustulus, has not been extravagantly portrayed in the chronicles of the Roman existence for it is plainly dwarfed by the beauty and grandeur that was Rome.... Read more »
Recent reviews for Rome
Top things to see in Rome - Jun 13, 2009, by MadSuh
I really think that walking around in the city is probably the most relaxing. Wherever you look, you see history and not just any history. We started out at the Pantheon and I was probably again the most amazed about this building that was... 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 »
Rome experiences - Jun 9, 2009, by MadSuh
Rome is a wonderful place. There is probably no place on the planet where old history is so intertwined with the modern world. Rome not only offers history, but also great night life, awesome food, and beautiful weather. If you have some... Read more »
Reise nach Ravensburg - Jun 11, 2009, by mary
Wir standen um 6.30 Uhr auf, aber frühstückten nicht. Caro und Flavia ließen wir schlafen. Nur Fillipo war schon wach und half uns unsere Sachen ins Auto zu bringen. Wir bedankten uns bei ihm und verabschiedeten uns und... Read more »
St. Peter Basilica in Rome is a must see - Apr 30, 2009, by cipristb
Basilica of St. Peter is one of the main attractions for tourists visiting Rome. It is located in Vatican City in the famous "Piazza San Pietro. The building today is the result of work across several centuries. Originally it was the... Read more »
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