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On the way to Rome, Italy

 
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added on 13th of June, 2009

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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2. May 15, 2009 Visiting Cluj for a couple of days (Cluj-napoca)  (* 12)
3. May 18, 2009 My trip to Oradea (Oradea)  (* 11)
4. Jun 1, 2009 On the way to Rome (Rome)  (* 5)
5. Jun 2, 2009 My first visit in Rome (Rome)  (* 181)
6. Jun 3, 2009 You must see Ostia Antica (Ostia Antica)  (* 32)
7. Jun 4, 2009 Public transportation in Rome (Rome)  (* 20)
8. Jun 5, 2009 Top things to see in Rome (Rome)  (* 27)

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Rome History

Rome, ItalyThe Eternal City, the Cradle of the Republic, the Pinnacle of Western Civilization… these and many others are the aliases of Rome. The beginning of this city played a vital role in the coursing and mapping of world history and has been the subject of both myths and facts alike. Poets and patrons made and told stories about this magnificent city of the gods. In hearing so, one may recall the tale of Prince Aeneas when he started the founding of a city that was later to be named Rome, after the fall of Troy from the Greeks; or the tale of the founder twins Romulus and Remus who were raised by a she-wolf as infants.... Read more »

 
 
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Recent reviews for Rome

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 »

Rom, eine Tour in die Stadt - Jun 11, 2009, by mary
Am 2. Juni um 9.00 Uhr standen wir auf und fruestueckten alle gemeinsam.Danach gingen Mama,Peter und ich in die Stadt zum Colloseum.Dort aber muessten wir eine Stunde warten bis wir erst rein kommen wuerden. Das war uns zu lange und... 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 »

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 »

 
 

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