"I found Rome brick,I left it marble" ~ Augutus.C

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Camping Tiber Roma

Flag of Italy  , Latium,
Friday, July 30, 2010

This campsite offered a free shuttle service to the train station so we were able to catch the train direct into Rome city centre. They also had a bar, restaurant and free Wifi!  We got to Rome city centre around lunch time...had to have a bit of a sleep in after last night!  We jumped on the 'jump on/jump off' bus – these are great for the first day in a new city.  Rome...how to describe this ancient city...certainly a lot of treasures and history, art and culture.  At the same time it stinks, polluted, over crowded and quite a bit of graffiti!   We saw the ‘Di Trevi Fountain’ – a lot of people here throwing in a coin – apparently when you do this you are meant to promise a return visit!  And a few steps behind are these guys with long telescopic rods secretively stealing the money out!  The water that flows from the fountain is fresh and drinkable water!  Apparently the Trevi Fountain was never a big attraction until the film called "Three Coins in the Fountain" was released... a movie I’m thinking of watching to see how it had this huge affect.... this place was buzzing with people!  We also went to the ‘Vittorio Emanuele Monument’ or ‘The Wedding Cake’ as they called it back in the ancient days.  This monument represents all of the Italians that lost their lives at war.  They have 3 guards guarding it at the top 24 hours a day – rain, hail or shine.  It was a hot day in Rome and I felt sorry for one of the soldiers that had the sun beaming on him. The guards are protecting the tomb of the unknown solider.   There is this massive statue of a horse and back in the days after it was built, they had dinner inside the belly of the horse... they were able to fit 22 people in it! We didn’t do much else in Rome as we were both buggered so went back to the campsite to enjoy a good meal at the restaurant!
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Mimster on

Man I just love the fountain - who cares about the coin thiefs its their lives to carry - its just such a cleaver piece of art with the building foundations blending into such a mix of statues and 'rock'.

look at yous in your sunnies - man we got more rain here than you can drive a bus through. . .literally - got the streets off greenhill road lined with pumps to keep one lane open for traffic - is very wintry and lovely if you have a good car heater.

Trav&Kel on

Hi ya Mimster....thanks for the update from home! Sounds like a lot of rain! it's great to hear the update. tell us anything else that is good that is happening at home! No TV no anything here! we're in austria atm and its raining! Trav is still wearing shorts but has a jacket on today so a little bit cold! xxx

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