Travel Blogs from Rome
... security that the line snakes all the way around both sides of the colonnade - never have I seen such crowds with the exception of a morning when the pope is coming out (this is NOT that day). I knew Rome was crowded but we have been managing to avoid the thick of things for the most part. So, we find our way to the bus stop to get ourselves to Trastevere, a neighborhood on the opposite side of the Tiber River.
In Trastevere, we visit Santa Maria in ...
... the painted border and key. Overhead the ceiling was decorated in small squares with pictures, flowers and colour all intricate and beautiful and bright. We were awed. The Raphael rooms were another beautiful discovery, the renaissance walls painting biblical scenes with the cartoon like figures this genius is so known for. The colours and style and sheer size impressed us and we spent so much time looking up and ...
... us off right at the Vatican entrance. We looked at the short line of people and thought no big deal. Then we found that this short line was just the end, and it went around the corner, down a whole street around another corner, down a whole other street and then around another corner and into the back entrance to the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel. So much for the plan.
We improvise and take a walking tour of Rome from ...
... exhausted from walking and were getting more and more disappointed with Rome.
And then it happened. We saw a bit of ruins in the middle of some tall buildings and walked over to it just for a break from walking. And we see a cat sitting in it. We laughed about it... then saw another.. and another. We could close to 20 plus cats in these ruins! We could not believe it.
Just like in the Camino.. whenever we get to the point where we want to break.. ...
On our third and final day we made it into the city. Which did not disappoint. For aforementioned reasons, and because we were so strapped for time, we decided to see as much as possible that was free, which leaves millions more things to see another time and excuses to come back, but also amounted to a surprising figure in itself which kept us busy all day. Number one, by a long long shot, was the Pantheon. A structure that I had studied in various classes ...
Other places to stay in Rome
Viale Castello Della Magliana 65, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $112
- Good deal if you don't mind the location
- Spacious, convenient, affordable way to start/end trips
- Good ending to our Italy trip
Vatican City, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $116
- Central to all the major sites in Rome
- Hot, Noisy, You Can Do Better
- Nice but noisy
EUR, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $98
- Enjoy your stay, don't make a fuss about the distance !
- Good hotel, very friendly staff
- Depends on your priorities -- I liked the hotel a lot
Monte Mario, Rome | 5 star hotelfrom $264
- Treated like royalty
- The Cavalieri Hilton is Outstanding
Historic Center, Rome | 5 star hotelfrom $305
- Top Notch Hotel
- Westin Excelsior March 2004
- Fantastic Empire stile hotel
Historic Center, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $146
- A great hotel for a city break
- If you want to be next door to the station...
- Not really a 4* hotel
Trastevere/Aventine, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $110
- Bad impression
- Thank you Trip Advisor! Spot on!
- Good hotel, questionable location!
Trastevere/Aventine, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $139
- $$ = what you get
- Near city with a pool
- Acceptable but not great
Ciampino Airport, Rome | 2 star hotelfrom $84
Vatican City, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $182
- Visconit Palace - Excellent Value
- Good location & Reasonably priced
- Good hotel
Via Colonnello Tommaso Masala 54, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $125
- Very Nice Hotel Outside Center of Rome
- Really outside town
- Disorganised expense
Ardeatino, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $99
Historic Center, Rome | 5 star hotelfrom $309
- EXCELLENT IN EVERY WAY
- Loved it
Castro Pretorio, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $165
- Great service!
- Rome Is Calling Me Back
- What a Load of Rubbish
Appio Claudio, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $71
Trastevere/Aventine, Rome | 3 star hotelfrom $76
- Do not go
- This hotel is hell on Earth
- Great for tour group
Via Prenestina, 944, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $72
- A good stopping point - on your way to city centre
- One miserable experience after the other
- Not recommended
Trastevere/Aventine, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $82
- Great Hotel! Loved it!
- Great hotel
- Great hotel
Trastevere/Aventine, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $132
- Very good hotel in a quiet place!
- Nice, but too far from major attractions
- The Villa in the Pines
EUR, Rome | 3 star hotelfrom $88
- Great hotel but not for tourists
- Una mala ubicación, un buen hotel
- Un hotel muy bueno
Trastevere/Aventine, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $78
- Refurbished Rooms
- Come on! It wasn't that bad.
- Not a **** hotel!!!!
Trastevere/Aventine, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $100
- Great Value
- A great hotel in great grounds
- Simply Fabulous!
Historic Center, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $170
- Perfect location
- Very Central
- Great location
Historic Center, Rome | 3 star hotelfrom $88
- Poor time at the Porta!
- Loved our stay here
- Very noisy hotel
Suburbio Aurelio, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $68
- Generally good
- NOt very central to the sights
EUR, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $82