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Please visit this heaven on earth
Member Name: smudge377
Date: 25/09/08, updated on 25/09/08 (30 review reads)
Advantages: everything: the architecture, the food, the cats
Like so many other reviewers Rome certainly rates as my favourite city destination in the world.
I only visited for 4 days during a hot August, but can only say I never thought it was possible to "fall in love with a city" but Rome
proved me wrong.
Around every corner is some spectacular site, and the whole city just oozes a feeling of ancient splendour. Just wandering around the collesseum, thinking about all thay has gone on there is quite thought provoking.
We stayed in a nice hotel just out of town, that provided a shuttle bus in and out. It was great, as it was very hot, so we'd site see in the morning, then have lunch, come back to the hotel, and swimm in the pool/sunbathe for a couple of hours, then go back into the town for the evening. The perfect combination.
If you like cats visit the Torre Argentina cat sanctuary built in the roman ruins. the people who run it do fantastic work- see their website search Rome cats.
Travel around rome is easy, we walked alot, but also used the metro system, which seemed very easy to navigate and reasonably priced. We took a guided bus tour as well, which was informative and helped us get our bearings.
I loved the Vatican, but have to say as a church St Peters left me a little cold, it just didn't feel "holy" enough, but I guess with that volume of people it does turn it into something else.
Couldn't get in to see the sistine chapel, as even though we got there early, the queue was horrendous, stretched for ever. I reckon if its top of your list be prepared to queue for a few hours plus.
I loved the river Tiber, full of some very large carp, my husband reliably informs me. Great just to stroll along. Another great strolling spot is the Villa Borghese, but one of my favourite buildings is Il Vittoriano, its very white and resembles a wedding cak.
My best memory is watching the sunset turning the whole sky and all the building pink, truly memorable
No trip to Rome is complete without mentioning the food. From the corner pizza vendor to the intimate restaurents in little squares, everything I ate there was wonderful.
Stand at the Trevi fountain with hundreds of other tourists throwing in their coins, hoping they will return, but you have to go first.
Summary: visit it soon