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Jun 11, 2007 - Rome

It was a tough transition to wake up listening to the birds in Santa M, and by mid-afternoon to be pulling into Rome. The train comes in through the Trastevere area, which my guidebook describes as "working class" but I think that is putting a very positive spin on it. Then another train station where the main building seems to be vacant but there is a tent city of homeless beside it. Arrived at the main station, which is a sketchy area, and the convent is a few blocks away. The convent was nice enough; my room (cell?) was much taller than...

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Italy 2007

Jun 10, 2007 - Rome

We arrived in Rome on June 10th after getting the best sleep of the trip on a night train. We spent the first morning walking through the biggest, and busyiest market we had ever seen. We walked one way down this and it took us two hours! The market had everything... and it was cheap. Jeff and I were able to get some nice things, and we were expert negotiators by the time we left. Once we dropped off our purchases at our hostel, we went to the Roman forum, Palentine hill and the Coleseum. We managed to sneak onto tour groups for both the...

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Jun 9, 2007 - Our first day alone

Rho and my mom left today so Kirbs and I had to take Rome on all alone. Actually we were lucky becuase Bailey and Thomas were still here so we ended up going out with them. Rho left early this morning so Kirbs, my mom and I spent the day together doing the usual, packing and eating. Then we checked into our "hotel" which was more like an international horror house. There was no lobby, just a small desk behind which sat a creepy Italian who spoke very little English. I felt really bad that my mom even had to see this place because Im sure...

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Jun 7, 2007 - Rome, Italy

After traveling to Rome on the autostrada we attempted to follow the horrible directions to the next B&B Dimore Storiche Roma. Ok place with a great location. It was right in the heart of the historic district of Rome. After following some bad road signs and seeing the road I actually needed, I decided to make a left turn... little did I know that there was a nice Honda Scooter right in the way. After he slid nicely on the ground to stop we had a nice little chit chat in a non native language kinda way. He spoke no english and besides "si"...

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Amandas Trip 07

May 31, 2007 - 07 05 31 Rome Funny Palace owned by Mabri

Lots of room for my legs on the Air Canada flight from Toronto to Rome. Took the Leonardo express from the Airport to the Rome train station. My pack was too heavy, behind my knees hurt, so I took 1/2 of the items in my pack out, and mailed a box full to Conca dei Marini to Sara Capriglione to store till I arrive down south. Slept for two hours this afternoon and then went to supper at a small recommended restaurant "Le Due Locandiere" that the hostel patrons gets 20% off at, it is across from the train station. I had meat tortellinis...

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May 19, 2007 - All Roads Lead to Rome

....luckily so do the trains because you certainly wouldn't want to drive there! As suspected, Rome was a bit of an assault on the senses after being in the Tuscan countryside. It is a huge city, full of honking cars, motorcycles and scooters. The other old saying is something like "when in Rome, do as the Romans". We would have loved to except that we couldn't see any Romans through all of the tourists. We'd hate to see what it would be like in the really busy season. Surprisingly, our hotel was really quiet and in a good location near...

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May 14, 2007 - A quick visit to Orvieto and onto Roma!

This morning, we said goodbye to the castle and made our way towards Orvieto, heading south in the direction of Rome. The drive was beautiful, as we gradually made our way down from the hill and traveled lower along the roads, often feeling like we were driving right in the middle of a beautiful grassy field. We then finally saw Orvieto in the distance, perched on a hilltop and made our way there. We had to drop our car off at the Avis rental office there and then take the train to Rome. We spent a bit of time admiring the Duomo which is...

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May 10, 2007 - Rome To London Tour Begins

The train down to Rome was crowded and noisy,even though we were on First Class tickets. The journey was slow. People on trains are friendly and are a real difference from the reserved clientele on English trains. For the first time there were no spare seats, the train stopped frequently and it was very hot. The toilets were less than hygienic. Not very nice for our last trip alone. We were pleased to arrive at our destination. We chose this hotel, the Universo, because it is close to the Termini-the train station from Milan. The staff was...

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ANNE and TASH'S TRIP

May 8, 2007 - Rome

I got an expensive train to Rome - the Eurostar - my mistake. It cost €33. If I had taken the local train it would have cost me only €6. I realised as I waited at the platform but could not get my money back so I went in more comfort and at a higher speed to Roma, the captial city of Italy. I was grabbed at the train station by a good looking young Italian man who promised me a good bed in a nice hostel so I followwd him for two blocks to Aladinos Hostel. It reminded me of Asia having someone grab me as soon a I was off the train. The...

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Karen's Travels 2007

May 4, 2007 - Florence to Rome

After several busy days in Florence, we had a short morning visit to Bargello Museum. It has Dantello's David but it was nothing as compared to Michaelanglo's David. The Museum was done well but we only needed the morning to see it. For a break we had Chinese food for lunch--it was nice change from pizza! So it was off to Rome on an afternoon train. Italian trains are fast, on-time and clean. The trip took about 2 hours and we hit speeds of 128 mph! That really makes the countryside fly by as well as flying by expressway traffic. Our hotel...

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Apr 26, 2007 - Rome, Italy

Ciao!! We arrived in Cititavecchia, Italy early this morning...this is a port city where the ships dock. We had a 12 hour tour of Rome....and,it was fantastic! Exhausting and exhilarating!! We boarded our tour bus and headed for Rome which is about an hour's drive from Cititavecchia....I've taken on my Italian accent now and am loving saying this city's name....and curling my r's and drawing out each vowel....my traveling partners are not so supportive of my language talents! Okay, so most of us know that Helgi can sleep anywhere,...

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Mediterranean Cruise

Apr 18, 2007 - Rome, Italy

Wednesday, April 18-Civitavecchio (Rome) A final gorgeous day, sunny and high to 75 degrees in the sun, with a nice breeze. Up early for tour departures; me for 6 hour Easy Rome, Kathryn and Gary for 12 hour Highlights of Rome and Vatican Museum. The "1 ½ hour" ride from Civitavecchio to Rome stretched into 2 hours 15 minutes due to the stop and go traffic as we came into the city. Roads were not as wide as LA's freeways, but every bit as congested. People are getting very testy now. A heavy lady with "leg problems" was denied a seat with...

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