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Travel Blogs from Rome
... br> Elizabeth
Today we went to the Roman Coloseum. It has been around since AD 80, almost 2000 years ago. I'll give the Romans the award for engineering and building. It used to seat 60000 people. That is a lot of people. In the morning the soldiers would show the Christians and the animals and then the animals would kill the Christian people and then in the afternoon the gladiators would fight. Talk about ...
... asked for some pepper. Amazingly lovely people. He said "si si" and ran back into the kitchen and appeared with a small bag of peppercorns. I didn't realise that my Italian was that good.. Wonderful what a phrase book and the internet can do. We did have to crush the peppercorns,but let's not be ungrateful.
Then it was present ...
... renamed "Stairway to Heaven!"
And we did get to see the Vatican Guards...... a group of hand selected Swiss folk that have done the job since around 1500, a wow - what a colourful bunch they are!
And of course we mustn't forget to mention the street peddlers selling everything from Gucci handbags (well, almost Gucci) to tacky "SPQR" fridge magnets (SPQR = "for the Senate and the roman people"), and ...
... so they were hot and cranky. None the less, we persevered, I mean, we were in Rome - and standing outside the Colosseum. A quick history lesson, as big (and as entertaining) as I could make it - to try give this pile of collapsing rocks some meaning. I told the kids in my most theatrical, about how Nero had been a terrible emperor, and after a huge fire had ravaged Rome and burned 1000's of peoples homes to the ground, Nero had reclaimed all the land for himself ...
... baths (from the bus), and drove through Vatican City. We had about an hour to walk around, and I went to see the Trevi Fountain. It was very spectacular (and crowded!). There is a replica at the Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas that I’ve always thought was great, but of course not close to the real thing. I’m hoping to have more time to really see all the sites during my two days there at the end of my ...
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
Via Principe Amedeo 3, Rome | 4 star hotelfrom $189
- 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