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Interested in history – just visit the Rome

Sad to say but this was my last of ‘full sightseeing day’ in Rome. And last day of this short vacation trip as well.  Didnt feel like getting up early & staying in long lines for getting in  ‘must‘ visit… Therefore (please forgive me 🙂 ) instead of  visiting Vatican, I sleep in & spend few more hours near pool. I know – Vatican is one of the  ‘must’ for people visiting Rome & Italy but I leave it for some rainy day 🙂

Rome. Piazza NavonaAfter some ‘morning sun’ I’m ready for more sightseeing of Rome. Main check points for the day –  Piazza Novana, Coliseum and Castel Sant’Angelo in the evening. In between – a lot of walking in narrow streets of the central part of Rome. Of course a lot of picture-taking, some ice cream, ‘lunch’ in some park with shadow & nice views, a book/music store on the way.

Rome. Silvio Berlusconi mansionAnd yes, not far from Trevi Fountain I stumble upon mansion of Silvio Berlusconi – place hard to miss because a lot of people, some police, TV & news reporters on the street. Or maybe I just happen to be there during some meeting because many ‘important’ guests were arriving… But since I’m more found of Italian culture, history and architecture than politics, then I did keep going to explore other monuments, museums and places of tourist attractions in Rome 🙂

Coliseum - world famous attraction of Rome

Coliseum - world-famous attraction of Rome. If you take an audio guide, plan more than hour for this visit.

Activity for the evening – ‘Notti d’Estate a Castel Sant’Angelo’. Saw this place already some other night, because with all the illuminations it looks really great in the evening.Rome, Castel Sant Angelo at night

As special summer event this museum has weekly programme for visitors. Every night there is a different events going on from 8:30pm till 0:30am. With entrance fee of 9 euros, this evening visit to Castle Sant’Angelo was very impressive. Worth every cent! So those ones that are in Rome till September 4 – hurry up to spend a balmy summer evening in this wonderful place full of  art, history and culture!

Well, could I squeeze in some thing more for today? Maybe visit to Terme di Caracalla (they are not far from Coliseum) but since it was close to closing time, this stays for some other time…

 
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My Roman Vacations – Day 1

Right from the beginning – this is my first trip to Rome. Since this is kind of last minute trip, I haven’t created big travel plans. Though I did check some travel forums & TripAdviser about interesting sightseeing places and have set approximate plan for every day. And since this is the end of summer & sunny days, most of my mornings include few hours near swimming pool  🙂 at the hotel before exploring Rome.

Since I arrived late evening last night at the Ciampino Airport, I did stay overnight in the hotel near airport & went to Rome in the morning. And looks like that it was a good decision. Because with all the reconstructions on ‘A’ metro-line it takes much longer to reach Termini train station than usual. Of course there are direct shuttle buses (costs around 5-6 euro one way) from airport to the Termini train station but they are not so fast as by train or metro.

Ciampino train station - takes just 15 min to get to the Rome

Ciampino Train Station - takes just 15 min to get to the Rome

The fastest & cheapest  way going to the Rome from Ciampino airport is to take Cotral bus to Ciampino train station (1.20euro) & then take a train (1.30 euro). If schedule matches for you, it takes a bit more than 30 min in total.  Similar it is with bus & metro but there are reconstruction works till the end of 2011& with some traffic limitations, therefore that connection is not convenient this year.

Since I did choose hotel with the outside pool, it is located a bit in outskirts of Rome. So my plan for sightseeing on the day 1 in Rome: from Termini Station take a direction to Pincio view platform & from there go to the hotel. No rush to get to the places, just direction…

Introduction to Rome - tickets to the sightseeing buses &attractions

Introduction to Rome - tickets to the sightseeing buses &attractions

Wonderful sunny weather in Rome 🙂 Here are the great sights of Rome on the way from Termini Station to Lepanto Metro station, where I could catch a bus to my hotel.

One of many water fontains in Rome - Piazza della Republica

One of many water fontains in Rome - Piazza della Republica

Basilica S.Maria delgi Angeli

Basilica S.Maria delgi AngeliRome - Piazza Barberini

 

Near the Spanish Steps - view over the Rome

Near the Spanish Steps - view over the Rome A little piece of park near Villa Medici - nice relieve from hot summer sun

View from Pincio view platform - Piazza del Popolo

View from Pincio view platform - Piazza del Popolo Piazza del Popolo - one of the famous tourist attractions in Rome

WOW – that was a lot of walking. you know, what was nice thing to do before heading to the hotel?

Nice & refreshing thing for tired legs :)

Nice & refreshing thing for tired legs - clear but cold water 🙂