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Travel Blogs from Santa Marinella
... Universita Gregoriana and is such named after Pope Gregory XIII. We had a lovely day strolling and taking it all in. We accidentally found ourselves in a very small but well to do piazza which had all the top names; LV, Christian Louboutin, Bottega Veneta and more. We saw more dogs out and behind giant metal gates are private pensiones and apartments which are centuries old. We finally made it to Campo Di Fiori, it wasn't by 1pm but we were pleasantly surprised ...
What a day this has turned into. When researching where to stay this place looked close to The Vatican and the B&B guy said it was close, but it was ridiculously close!. We re-visited The Vatican and were able to see a lot of the Basillica that we didn't see last time. We even went down under the main altar into the grotto where the body of Saint Peter and the majority of the previous popes are buried The one I most wanted to see; John Paul II, was not there as since he has been ...
We picniced on a nice sandy stretch of beach followed by a liesurly stroll down the embarcadero with the locals. We got quite a few strange looks as we were the only tourists about, however, I suspect it was becuase we wore fleece jackets while most of the locals wore heavy, down-filled looking parka things. It was at least 65F. The wine and food were ...
... the whole length.
So. finally we made our way to the Sistine Chapel (currently being made use of by the Cardinals to elect the new Pope).
The room is a simple chapel that has been transformed by the artists that painted the walls and of course Michaelangelo's ceiling and wall. At first we were under-awed (if that is a word) but listening to the audio guide telling how it all came about we could then see the story unfold. It took Michaelangelo (really ...
... closing time in an attempt to avoid crowds, but it seems you'll need to live with the crowds at the Capella Sistina.
On the way back to the apartment we stopped in Trastavere for some dinner. Trastavere is a popular spot for tourists in Rome and as a result some of the restaurants are a bit sub-par, so we deviated off the main road a little bit and found a pretty little ivy clad alley with a nice restaurant called San Callisto. We arrived a little early for dinner which ...
Other places to stay in Santa Marinella
Lungomare G Marconi 64, Santa Marinella | 2 star hotelfrom $122
Via Aurelia 164, Santa Marinella | 3 star hotelfrom $108
Via Aurelia 383, Santa Marinella | Hotelfrom $108
Via Aurelia, 30, S. Marinella, Santa Marinella | Hotelfrom $121
Piazza Trieste 6, Santa Marinella | 2 star hotelfrom $109
Lungomare G. Marconi, 23 , Santa Marinella | Hotelfrom $94