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Nov 19, 2007 - La vita dolce

Need great places to eat while in Rome? There are many but some of the best and worst places we ate at were in Rome. Things I've learned... - Some of the best restaurants are paired with wine shops - Never eat at a place on a famous piazza Some of my favorites: - Casa Bleve, with an amazing wine shop and all the food is made to be paired with wine - Gusto, great modern place with good food and wine. Cheese was somewhat over-rated but meat place and pastas were to-die-for

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Nov 16, 2007 - Stuck in Italy

We are currently contemplating how we will get to Nice, France. The French transport system has decided to go on strike so we cannot cross the border. We have finished our action packed adventures in Rome. It is such a full on city-after our day exploring ancient Rom, we had a vege-out day, partly because it was raining and also because we were exhausted. We headed up to the People's Piazza (north of the Spanish steps) and admired the large square and sculptures from under a Church terrace (out of the rain), then we found a cinema that had...

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Nov 13, 2007 - Romping through Rome

We arrived in Rome on Sunday, checked into our hotel, then had an average pizza at a place round the corner. That pizza was the only negative thing we have experienced of Rome.The sites, other food, bars and people make this city such a bubbly, lively explosion of culture. Our hotel is to the east of the terminal, equiped with a lift and our room is very nicely furnished with jarrah furniture and a view from the 5th floor. We are very close to the main terminal and also one block from another train station. We spent the rest of Sunday...

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Nov 8, 2007 - Our Roman holiday

Yesterday we bade a fond farewell to Florence and hopped on to a fast Eurostar train to Rome. Angela was at the station to greet us - it's lovely to catch up with good friends in the final stage of our holiday. Angela and Julie are living in Rome for 5 months and have rented a lovely apartment in Monteverde, a suburb just next to the famous Trastevere area. Trastevere means "across the Tiber (Tevere) River" and the area is now linked with central Rome by a tram that terminates close to the Pantheon. We spent the afternoon catching up on...

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Nov 8, 2007 - Roma (ITALIA)

Regrese a Roma por unos dias. Hice el turismo que me faltaba, incluyendo las excavaciones debajo de la Basilica di San Pietro donde se encontro lo que se cree es la tumba de San Pedro. Se necesita reservar con anticipacion para entrar, pero vale la pena, es una parte de San Pietro que no mucha gente ve, y es muy interesante. Tambien vi las tumbas de los papas, inc. Juan Pablo II. Hay miles de gente, y se siente una cierta energia... Otros sites fueron las Termas de Caracalla, las Catacumbas de San Sebastiano, San Crispino una vez mas, etc.

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Oct 31, 2007 - Roma (ITALIA)

Llegue a Roma a quedarme un mes para aprender italiano. El primer hostal en que me quede fue un desastre, se estaba como sardinas, asi que al 3er dia me cambie a uno mucho mejor. Sin embargo, esta en pleno distrito de puro imigrante (al sur de la estacion Termini), asi que no te sientes en Roma. Todas las tiendas en 5 cuadras a la redonda son de chinos, y ademas hay indios, negros, latinos y miles de peruanos! Roma es la ciudad mas espectacular de Europa. Por donde mires hay ruinas, edificios historicos, palacios bonitos, gelaterias...

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Oct 31, 2007 - Return to Rome

We returned to Rome to fly out. We missed the last entry for Vatican by 15 minutes, which really sucked. We decided to make it up to ourselves by eating lasagna out. We chose the restaurant with the most attractive host and best price. Our waiter/host did not speak very good English, so we switched over to Spanish and Italian mix, which was fun. He was very attentive and taught us a few phrases. I had previously learned the way to ask for the check, which impressed him. After he brought the check he brought us limoncello on the house, which...

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Oct 30, 2007 - Rome

So Rome is/was AMAZING!!! The first thing that happened to me when I got off the plane was a German lady came up to me and started speaking German, then gave me a metro pass. I'm guessing she didn't use it all up before she left, so she looked for a fellow German to give it to, and I am blonde, so that was good enough for her. Actually, I was addressed in German a couple of times. Next I got on the bus and I thought I was going to die, it was scary. The drivers here are crazy. I would sooner have a blind person drive me around, as long as...

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Oct 30, 2007 - Rome continued

Hello again from Rome, While it is pouring rain and about 15 degrees outside right now it has been about 25 and sunny every day here so Jesse and I have some amazing pictures to show you of this town filled with ancient ruins everywhere you look. We started our second day in Rome by walking to the Colosseum and taking a tour inside of its remarkably preserved walls. We walked through the first and second levels of the structure, seeing original Roman brickwork and stairs dating back two thousand years. The size of the place is hard to...

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Oct 28, 2007 - Roma

Ciao We hit the roads in the afternoon, not quite sure how far we would be able to travel, but hoping we would make it to Rome tonight. We stopped in Pisa to see the famous leaning tower. And thats all they have there! Beautiful inside the walled area around the tower, but grotty outside it. And full of hustlers, selling their cheap knockoffs! You imagine it is going to be a beautiful little town, but no!! The entry is free to view the tower, and you wonder if they should charge a $1 just so they have money to scrub up the town. The tower...

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Oct 28, 2007 - Rome, Italy (Updated - Photos)

Bonjourno from Roma! Jesse and I got into Rome yesterday at about 3:30pm after a slightly uncomfortable train ride as we were in a car full of people the entire trip. Luckily the view of the Italian countryside made up for the cramped quarters. When we arrived at the station we bought a map of the city, then walked the few blocks to our hotel before taking a walk through town to take some pictures. Our first stop on our walk was the Colosseum and the many nearby ruins. We got some excellent pictures of the area while walking along the wall...

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Oct 23, 2007 - Roma

We had only two days in Rome and with so much to see, we had to dominate as much as possible. We met Mark and Trish at our hotel, and grabbed a quick bite before making it to the Spanish Steps and Trevi fountain before it got too dark. I then got us lost and we ended up walking home which took over an hour. (I thought it was a nice experience) A few drinks on our hotel terrace and then dinner at a family run place nearby. The bus boy, roughly 120 years old, gave us all a hard time for using a knife with our pasta. More grunting and pointing...

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