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Dolce la Vita

Dolce la Vita


I remember when I visited Agra being amazed that I’d never heard of the Red fort and the buildings in Fatehpur Sikri, impressive buildings that in any other town would be the main landmarks. But everything pales in comparison to the beauty of the Taj Mahal. Roma is a bit like that but on steroids. Everyone has heard of the Sistine chapel, St Peter’s Baslicia and the Colosseum, but we spent the day getting lost and stumbling upon yet another (what in any other town would be a) world-famous landmark.
On the way to the forum (well Pantheon anyway)

On the way to the forum (well Pantheon anyway)

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We were a bit cultured out so decided not to squeeze in the Pitti Place in Firenze (another for the next time list), but had to walk past anyway. Struggled to find the bus promised on the internet, so gave up and paid too much for a cab, which possibly took longer than walking because of the all the narrow streets through central Firenze. Jumped on the train, eager to see what all the Roma fuss is all about.

Firenze was a concentrated glimpse of 1600 and nothing has changed much since, Roma is a mix of ancient Roman, 1600 century and some more modern thrown in. But while Firenze was concentrated in quality in the (smaller) city centre, Roma has quantity (with a fair dose of quality!). While you must pay in Firenze, all the churches were free entry in Roma (maybe because it was Sunday?) - seems there is a spectacular church or historic building on every corner.
The wedding cake (war memorial) - it's only about a hundred years old, so locals don't think it's so impressive - only in Roma

The wedding cake (war memorial) - it's only about a hundred years old, so locals don't think it's so impressive - only in Roma


The famous were good ...
The Pantheon (not to be confused with the Parthenon)

The Pantheon (not to be confused with the Parthenon)


.... but some of the best weren’t even on the tourist map, like San Luigi dei Francesi, which we stumbled across on the way to the Piazza Navona.
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The Piazza Navona ... patrolled by an Italian copper

Just a couple of Caravaggio’s in the corner, nothing special. And like all churches, nothing spectacular from the outside, although in Australia some would be consider it grand, but inside is generally magnificent.
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Escaped the crowds (it rained so the crowds weren't as bad as expected, but still busy!) at the Fontana di Trevi (which is really tucked away, which makes the crowding even worse), with pizza by the gram for lunch at Ristorante Al Picchio (quite authentic for such a touristy place).
The Fontana

The Fontana

I wanted to see the Tiber, which wasn't that impressive, but found the markets and funky cafes set up in marquees near the Ponte Sisto, so stopped for dinner on the river at hip Rock Island. Thereafter we were buggered so took the Metro home (cheap at only 1.5 Euro).
View from the bridge

View from the bridge

AirBNB review: It's a proper hotel, but well below our usual standard of AirBNB - best thing about the Rimini was the free breakfast (and it was right next to the Roma Termini railway station)! An honest, but barely there, 3 stars, with crap Wi-Fi.
Salute: Ichnuso, a local lager
Quote of the day: “what’s this place – oh THIS is the Pantheon”
Walk a mile …. 22,454, a new holiday record, doubly impressive because we sat on a train for half the day.
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The wedding cake

The wedding cake

Posted by scoleman29 17:00 Archived in Italy Tagged rome

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