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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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