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... wanted to get close to this place since seeing it in 'Angels and Demons' as I love the sculpture (Gabriel) on top. The sculptures that are placed along the bridge over to it are wonderful as well.
We then took the bus to the Spanish Steps which we didn't see last visit to Rome but appear in lots of postcards. Well wasn't this a BIG disappointment. The building (Church) at the top was covered in scaffolding. ...
... no roof, just the shell. We were tasked to create a gallery and cafe space specifically for the students at the university- providing a program not yet existing on this campus.
For a little insight- the campus is built on the existing foundations of the Mattatoio- or slaughter house. There are existing stables and each pavilion hosted a different stage of the slaughtering process- all of ...
... which is an incredibly beautiful basilica, boasting both size and ornate detail. The mass was in Italian, which I actually didn't mind at all. I felt so close to my origins while attending that mass, I even cried once or twice. The magnificence of being in such a significantly spiritual, holy, and meaningful place of worship is astounding (that was a lot of adjectives...). I can not fully describe how I felt coming out of that mass. At complete peace and in awe. ...
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This church contains the tombs of several famous people: Saint Helena, the mother of Constantine is buried in a monument to the left of the altar. The medieval traveller Pietro della Valle is also buried here, as is the man who discovered the Laocoon statuary group, and countless popes, military leaders and their families. But I was more interested in the statue of Bambino, the little statue of Jesus carved ...
... when I switched to the Barberini line it was a clean, new train with TV in each carriage.
The parkland around the Villa Borghese is quite beautiful. I had seen some photos of a small temple and a lake, but when I arrived at the actual site, it seems a bit contrived, with fiberglass boats and a very artificial lake.
On the way down through the Piazza Di Popolo I stopped at a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel RomAntica Rome
Small but neat Romantica
We spent a day in Rome pre a 10 day October Mediterranean cruise and stayed at the Hotel Romantica. The hotel is 5 minutes walk from the Termini Station where all buses, metro & trains come & go, very convenient. The station area looked a little seedy, but the crowd was very touristsy & we felt pretty safe. There are many restaurants both inside & outside the station and they stayed open till late. Romantica is a 2 star hotel and the rate very reasonable considering the price of hotels in Rome. Rooms were small but very clean & functional, & even had a hair dryer. Reception area was on the second floor and we had to maneuver a small elevator to go upstair. It was rather noisy at night because it was near the station area. But once we closed the window (it looked double paned), all's fine. Staff was very friendly and informative. There was a small breakfast room & the rate included a continental breakfast, with fresh orange juice, fresh buns, croissants, biscuits, cereal, coffee, tea. Nothing fancy, but good hearty breakfast. We did not leave Rome till early afternoon next day & since check out was 11 am, they let us leave our luggage on the premises after we checked out very early in the morning. If you are on a budget, we highly recommend this little hotel in Rome.