When in Rome

Trip Start Jun 03, 2012
Trip End Jul 12, 2012

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Assisi Hotel Rome
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Sunday, June 24, 2012

"We can go to Italy and maybe see the Coliseum"

I spent two nights in Rome at Hostel Vacanza. It was ran by an Asian woman who also owned a restaurant four blocks away. Cost per night was 23€ and it was a comfortable stay. The only issue was that check in/out, breakfast, and free wifi was all at the restaurant. It wasn't really that bad though. Staff was really nice.

What was not previously mentioned is that I already spent half a day in Rome ... When we stayed in Florence, we took a day excursion to Rome. It was not nearly enough time to see Rome, and it was also poorly planned. This time I had basically two full days to explore since I arrived in Rome at 06:45 in the morning. The first day I took it kind of easy because I was pretty pooped. The weather was super hot too. There was definitely no Thunder, it was all Heat! Anyone else disappointed about that? Traveled around with Matt from Toronto and he helped me find my way around. I saw the Trevi Fountain and hung around the Piazza Navona for a bit. Both with high foot traffic. We split and then I checked out two churches, it was Sunday so I was hoping to catch mass. No love but I ended up at a park and saw the most revolting thing ever. The Italians were playing volleyball on a basketball court. I almost threw up in my mouth. I just wanted to shoot some hoops. I met Devin and Lauren, siblings, at my hostel and we decided we wanted to check out more city, get dinner an watch the Italy futbol game. They were cool cats from Spokane, it made sense that I would bring up the legendary John Stockton. The game went to a shoot out and saw Italy triumph over England! Bring it on Germany (specifically Brian, you are going down Fooch. In fact, I will try to get to Munich by the 28th just so I can be the only dude rooting for Italy).

Day two was a busy one. I headed over to the Coliseum early and met up with Amanda, you know, the one I met in Barcelona? We happened to be in Rome at the same time. She's funny because she can't seem to get public transportation to work in her favor. I appreciated her making it out to experience the Coliseum with me. So do you spell it Coliseum or Colosseum? I've seen both. Cost was 12€. Anyway, I was surprised at the current state of the Coliseum. It is mostly bare and nearly everything had been extracted from it minus the main structure. Still impressive, it's just like being in a stadium except this one has been around since 80 A.D. Can you believe I've never seen the movie Gladiator? I was at a huge disadvantage because of it. I was a little confused how the whole thing worked, but after reading info passages and walking through the short museum part it started making sense. The use of levers and pulleys to bring up caged animals was cool. Fun facts - Only two percent of Gladiators made it out alive. Sound Hunger Games-y? Most gladiators were men sentenced to prison and put in the arena to fight for their life. Free men would volunteer to fight for the fame. And the blood of a dead gladiator was sponged up from the battlefield and sold for good money.

I said my goodbyes to Amanda and was off to the Vatican. It's 8€ (finally got a student reduced ticket) to get into the Vatican Museum and inside it is the Sistine Chapel. The museum consists of many small museums, so many I couldn't remember the names of them all. Good stuff, it has a large collection of art but I think I'm getting museum-ed out. The Sistine Chapel was "dank" as Louis would put it. Gorgeous. Place was painted top to bottom with the famous painting of "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo up on the ceiling. You have to get a seat along the wall to get a relaxed view of the chapel. St. Peter's Basilica is right around the corner and it is one of the world's largest churches. It was massive and stunning.

Took a mid-day break to get some gelato. I was referred by Miles McKee to go to Gelateria della Palma for the best gelato in Rome. It was delicious! Getting gelato daily is a must here. The rest of my day I explored the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and Piazza Venezia. That night I booked my hostel for Venice and hit the sack!
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Louis on

3 things:
1- You've never seen Gladiator? Possibly one of the greatest movies ever produced?
2- Glad that stupid ISIC card that we invested $25 finally got put to use lol.
3- "Dank" is to be referenced only in edible items :)
Sounds like you're doing perfectly fine without us man. Glad you're able to get through and meet people.

mario.costello on

It was $22 lou! Yeah brooo things are goooood. Unfortunately i'll be home before you know it... haha

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