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The group was in no rush to get moving this morning, following last evening's dinner extravaganza, so we finally began today's outing around noontime. The hastily-planned itinerary included the Piazza del Popolo, and the adjacent gardens atop Monte Pincio, which lie immediately outside the ancient walls that surround the Villa Borghese and its extensive park.
We walked along Via Cola di Rienzo toward the Tiber river, crossing it via the ...
... a beautiful piazza. There are treasures to discover, small and quaint trattorias and cafes , nice boutique shops with hand crafted treasures.
There is a hill close by to Trastevere, not considered one of Rome's 7 hills but one that is not insignificant either. Its name is Janiculum Hill and on it we saw multiple monuments dedicated to General Giuseppe Garibaldi and his troops. My knowledge of the history of Italy is very limited, but we learnt that it was on this hill ...
... to stroll the ruins. Rubble to some people, to me it speaks to my heart and I love it here surrounded by history. I stop by to see Julius Caesar and then over to see the Garden of the Vestal Virgins and all the statues that are now missing their heads. There is much restoration going on and now a large portion of the Palantine Hill is being excavated, something ancient is always being discovered in Rome.
After the Forum I head back to the subway ...
... but was instead the site of great chariot races back in the days (think Ben-Hur). We also had a chance to look at the ruins of the Roman and Imperial Forums - boy, those people loved to shop and worship gods! The Pantheon, once a church for all Gods and now a Christian church, is the burial place of Italy's first king and Raphael (no, not the teenage mutant ninja turtle, Joe was upset about this too). The hole in ...
... Trevi fountain in daylight. It was much busier but also a good place to stop and have a bit of a sit down and people watch.
We had dinner that night at a restaurant beside the Colosseum. We sat outside, drinking good table wine (such a luxuary - wine is so expensive in China) and enjoying the view. A great way to spend our last evening in Rome. It was such a lovely and impressive city. Next time we need much more time to explore it fully!
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Columbia Rome
Would never stay here again.
There are three positive things about this place, which stop me from giving it a rating of terrible.
First, it has a good location. Second, it has better than average breakfast (for Italy) and third, it has a lovely and friendly staff. The hotel itself is greatly lacking. The worse problem is the noise. The rooms must have walls and ceilings of paper. You hear every walk, every word, every creak, all the time. Its incredibly hard to get any rest.
The second problem is that it is not very clean. The carpets are old, worn and dirty, the bed comforter left much to be desired. The shower stall drain was plugged. I do not recommend this hotel. Go down the street on block and pay LESS to stay at the wonderful LIRICO
Convenient And Surprising
If you are looking for a quiet place to stay near the train station, give this place a try. We stayed at the hotel on May 28 and 29. The rooms are small and a bit austere but the showers are great and the air conditioning is excellent! The staff is multi-lingual and very helpful. When Katrina (I hope I've got your name right) found out that we were leaving at 5:30 AM, she packed a take away breakfast for us the night before - a very nice and unexpected gesture.
The hotel is very convenient for touring the Colosseum and the Forum. The hotel also has a nice roof top garden area where you can have a drink and some snacks. We had a very nice late night bottle of wine there and enjoyed the early summer evening weather.
The hotel is about 3 blocks from the train station and, at 150 euros per night, a good value in central Rome. Not a lot of "old world charm" in the building but a great staff and a pleasant and quiet place to sleep.