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Awoke quite early. Left at 6 a.m. to catch the early train to Rome. It arrived on time but was late to leave. Went slowly for a while, then made several unscheduled stops. Power died in the whole carriage and the conductor tried in vain to shepherd us all into other carriages by torchlight. Eventually arrived an hour late …
... and museum but we decided to leave this for next time. We had time and lack of crowds to tour St Peter's comfortably. Ken's quotable quote was 'This is impressive'! There was even music through the floors (a service taking place in the crypt).
Our next adventure was taking a lift and climbing 330 stairs to the top of the dome. Half way up you view the mosaics of the dome on the interior ...
Today we have reservations for the Borghese Gallery. After yesterday'sepisode we decide to take a taxi...we don't want to take a chance of losing our reservation! Our reservation is for 1:00 and we are to pick up our tickets up at least an hour early. We arrive shortly before noon and there is a sign that states it is closed for a union meeting and will open at noon. We think we are OK but there are people that have ...
... headed there afterwards. We deposited our stuff at the St Peter’s deposit area before. The tour was really really good! I would love to do it again if possible. You get to walk the roads that are at least a thousand years old. You can’t really see St Peter’s tomb though but it was really nice just walking through the area. The best tour I had on this trip.
After we left Vatican, ...
... clear evidence of the History of Rome. In fact they found possiblywhere Romulus and Reamus, whom Rome was named after, had lived with the wolves during their early life. Both of them loved this experiences as they were walking over the same cobblestones that
Cleopatra would have walked and maybe even Nero! Archaeologists are still working on this area!
While Tracey and Chris perused the Ruins I wandered merrily just looking and enjoying being in Rome! Popped into ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Grifo Rome
First thing to say about this hotel is that it is not going to suit anyone who is looking for luxury standards. The facilities are basic, the rooms are small by any standards and I didn't notice any internet access from the room although it may have been available on request from elsewhere in the hotel. Also, the mini fridge had no accessible plug socket so we had to do some rearranging of furniture to have the benefit of that facility.
We visited Rome and stayed at the Grifo in October of 2003. It is near the Collusium and surrounded by some great resturants. The hotel itself was not what I would consider up to my standards. I have been to Europe several times, so I knew what to expect. It was very expensive with hardly no ammenities. I knew upon arriving, this was not going to be a hotel to write home about. First, the hotel did not have our room ready, even though we arrived after check in time. The door to the room is the old time skelatin key, in which you have to use to lock the door from the inside as well as the outside. The room has ceramic tile floors, which were not clean and made the room very cold. The bathroom had mold in it and the towels were like a tablecloth. The bed was the worse I have ever slept in. The matress was very hard and the full size bed consisted of two twin matresses pushed together. You have to pay 10 euros extra for the heater. On the hotel website, it says they have free internet access, which they did not. The street noise outside at night was horrible.