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Rome: the rest of day 1, and day 2

Posted by – 12/05/2008

Ciao. This is to continue my post about this travel Benda and I are on.

So here is the rest of the pictures from day 1. I’ve already posted the one of Fontana di Trevi, one of the most beautiful things we’ve seen in Rome. The next are Piazza di Spagna, and the Pantheon.

I hope I was getting to Piazza di Spagna and the steps in front of it with Spring more advanced, so we could see more flowers on it. I was told it gets even more beautiful as shown in our pictures, but what we found was great already. From Piazza di Spagna we went up the stairs and saw a lot of Rome’s narrow streets (we were on foot). It surely is a walk worth taking. If you go to Rome, take your time to see everything, for in every corner there might be a pleasant surprise. It’s a pity not everything fits this blog.

We reached the Pantheon from a side street. It was breathtaking! As we came near it, it kept growing bigger in our sight, by the time we got in front of it we understood what meant having something so old and magestic still standing. Once a pagan temple for “all gods”, now a catholic church, there are three things one must not fail to notice inside: a grave for three children dating before Christ, the grave for the famous Raphael, and the beautiful dome.

Day 2

On the second day, we went to the archeological part of Rome. We finally got a Roma Pass (it costs EUR 20, and besides the three-day public transportation pass, it gives you two free entries to any of the archeological sites or museums – each costs EUR 9 in average – and discounts for other places), so we tooke the metro to the Coloseum station. Watch out in the metro trains, as they’re usually crowded (and I really mean it! I never saw a train as crowded, and I’ve taken the metro on Sao Paulo!).

The first thing I thought about the Coloseum is that it’s huge, but not as big as Gremio Olimpic statium :-). Funny thoughts apart, the Coloseum is really a piece of art. What remains of it today somewhat takes some of its glory away. The walls are made of brown bricks, but in the past they were covered in white, artistically built (some remains of the walls can be seen inside). The central part is not there, revealing what exists beneath it… I can imagine the slaves and Gladiators being kept under the central part, waiting for show time. If you go to the Coloseum, dodge the fake “gladiators” in front of it, as they will offer themselves o appear in your picture, but will charge big time for it. If you want a picture with one of this gladiators, it might be better to arrange the price beforehand.

Leaving the Coloseum, one will find the old roman Forum, a series of buildings and temples that were the political center for antient Rome. It’s a huge site and it took more time to go thru than we first imagined, but it worth it. I found the Temple of Pollux and Castor of special interest. Those are the twins of the Gemini constellation, which is from where we got the name for my company, Propus, so I took a picture in front of the temple.

There are a lot of other interesting places to know while going up and out of the roman Forum. There’s a church that have been built on top of the prision that once held captive Saint Peter and Saint Paul. We could even enter the cell!

Nearby is the Monument to Vitorio Emanuel II, first king of Italy, and taken by everyone as the father of the country. It’s a huge white building with a monument of him mounting a horse and a flame that is always kept burning. A great place, and a great picture!

We ended the day in Campi dei Fiori, a bohemian part of Rome. It’s a square where the free market goes on in the morning, but in the evening has a lot of small stores and bars where people get together for the happy hour. In the center of the square there’s a monument in honor to Giordano Bruno, what remind people of what thar square was once: a place where the inquisition burned people judged as heretic, Giordano as the most famous of’em. Amazing as it was turned in a place of joy nowadays…

Rome: days 0 and 1 (partial)

Posted by – 07/05/2008

I know I promised I would write, but I’ve been so tired when I get back to the hotel, that logging in and getting inspiration to write about the day is not as easy as I first imagined. So, let’s summarize what I have so far (I still have to work in the pictures, so I’ll update this article later with’em):

Day 0: (May 4th)

So, the first day (or day 0 as I call it), was the most uneventful. That’s because we spent it in plane and train, getting to Rome. We arrived at Termini Station about 18:30 local time, and went straight to the Hotel, which is nearby. We were so tired that we just had dinner in a restaurant near the hotel and went straight to bed.

Day 1: (May 5th)

We decided to visit Rome the first two days and then the Vatican in the third. That’ s so because the Pope was soppose to give a public audience on Wednesdays, so we thought that being all the way here, having the possibility to see the Pope, and not doing so was kind of a waste.

I was told to try to get a Roma Pass as soon as I get to Rome, and I tried. At the station, people were not very helpful and this day we spent some money taking taxis for we haven’t got the 3-day public transport pass that comes with “Roma Pass pack”. So here is three warnings for people coming to Termini: (1) the “Roma Pass” cannot be bought at the Tabacco stores they have at the station (but apparently everything else can); (2) when you ask for the “Roma Pass” and somebody answer something like “Binary 24”, they’re refering to the southwest “wing” of the Station – they have a “Roma Pass – Tourist Information” booth there, near the Post Office – and that is where you can get a “Roma Pass”; (3) Don’t trust the signs pointing to “Information”, they’re circular and point to nothing (that’s it, just like a badly designed infinite loop).

Today we visited Piazza di Spagna, Fontana di Trevi, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. First lesson we learned: being in the historical center is to walk a lot…. I mean A LOT!. The Pantheon and Fontana di Trevi were the most exciting things to visit, but by the time we ended the day, our feet were hurting so bad!

At Fontana di Trevi you’ll find people selling roses. Please! Don’t buy any. They’re a waste of money (they’ll be dead by the end of the day). I am a romantic guy and said nothing when Brenda bought some… but really, don’t.

As I am writing this at some Internet spot near the hotel while Brenda is shopping at the station, now that Brenda came back, I’ll just go to the hotel with her, for tomorrow we’ll have our trip to Capri (and we still need to pack). I’ll insert the missing picture of Fontana di Trevi in this post, finish writing about day 1, and tell about days 2 and 3 ASAP. Ciao.