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Sunrise Hunting

The idea was great, the plan brilliant, the execution none of the above.  We did not find the right hill to see the sunrise, I guess you have to be in the know to be in the right spot at the right time.  We will do better next however as we have acquired a map […]

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Last Night in Rome

Today is our last day in Rome, tomorrow are going to pack up and head for the Tuscan Hills.  Having said that though, there are still a lot of places to explore.  This morning we started with Eataly and a lot of food sampling and a huge lunch – naturally.  Then we wondered around through […]

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Ciao Roma!

The only thing on the agenda for today was to take it easy and relax and eat less. Failed on all three accounts.  We stopped at Eataly, an old train station that has been converted to a 5 story Italian Shop with 18 or so restaurants.  The store has pretty much everything you can imagine […]

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Villa Borghese

Our schedule for today is very relaxed.  A nice stroll through the Borghese gardens towards the Spanish Steps and a bit of shopping.  The Borgheses were  a wool merchant family from  Sienna.  The head of the family, Marcantonio, moved to Rome in 1541 and this Sienese family rapidly gained access to the upper echelons of Roman […]

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Revisiting Rome

After the morning museum trip and an extensive siesta from the unyielding and relentless heat, we set out for a lap around Rome.  Last time we were here the Trevi Fountain was being renovated and cleaned, which apparently is done once every 50 years or so. There are over 2000 fountains in Rome but this one […]

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MAXXI

MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, is a national museum of contemporary art and architecture in Rome and is about 5 min walk from the gorgeous apartment we are staying in. The museum was built on the old and decommissioned military compound site.  This spectacular building was designed by Zaha Hadid who passed away this […]

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Cardinal Giuseppe

While in Rome, our busy schedule did not allow us to meet with Papa Francesco!  However, not long after the visit to the Vatican we noticed that one of  our blog posts was checked out and favoured by – Cardinal Giuseppe, the right hand man of Papa Francesco himself!  Turns out Cardinal Giuseppe is quite […]

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Off to Cinque Terre

After a great Brunch we set  off for a 4 hour drive to Cinque Terre National Park on the Mediterranean.  None of us have been there so we are looking forward to it.  It is Sunday so there is almost no traffic as the big trucks are not allowed on the highways unless they carry parishables […]

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Wander around Rome

It seems that no matter where you go in Rome, there are old Roman ruins or something that predates the  Rome itself.  No visit to Rome  would be complete without spotting Hare Krishna people making a spectacle of themselves and being happy in their own way.  The final stop on our list of things to see was what […]

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The Roman Forum

Right next to the Colosseum are the impressive ruins of the Roman Forum.  The Forum Romanum was the center of life in Imperial Rome, evidenced by the many remains of triumphal arches, temples and basilicas.  Until 509 BC, when Rome became a republic, the city was reigned by an Etruscan dynasty of Tarquin Kings. They […]

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The Colosseum

The Colosseum is probably the most impressive building of the Roman Empire. Originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, it was the largest building of the era.  While the Colosseum is largely in ruins it is still an amazing site to see. The elliptical building is immense, measuring 188m by 156m and reaching a height of […]

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Saturday Market

First thing on our agenda today, after breakfast of course, is the weekend market.  This small market is where locals come to get their fruits and vegetables, pastas, oils, spices and just about anything else you might need or want to eat – all fresh.  We got some giant sweet peas and  cherries the size of  plums. […]

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Reality Check

After visiting the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica we decided to visit a couple of other churches.  These were simply on our way from point A to point B but we though it would be worth the effort to see if these smaller less impressive buildings will still have the same effect as they […]

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Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain  is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome.  It designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres  high and 49.15 metres wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.  Each day some €3000,00 are […]

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The Pantheon

  We continue our journey across Rome through the narrow streets and piazzas.   The Pantheon  was  commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus  and rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian about 126 AD. It is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings. It has been in continuous use throughout its history, […]

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St. Peter’s Basilica

The one Basilica to rule them all would be quite an understatement.  There is really nothing in this world that can prepare you for the sheer magnificence of this place, or its gigantic proportions or it’s over the top splendour.  We have seen our share of wonderful churches and cathedrals but nothing and I mean nothing comes […]

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St. Peter’s Square

St. Peter’s Square is a massive plaza located directly in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, the papal enclave surrounded by Rome. At the centre of the square is an Egyptian obelisk, erected at the current site in 1586. Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed the square almost 100 years later, including the massive […]

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Sistine Chapel Contraband

The Sistine Chapel  is a large and renowned chapel of the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. Since that time, the chapel has served as a place […]

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Papal Apartments

Papal Apartments – is where you start seeing the real splendour of the Vatican Museum.  If you were a Pope in the olden days you could commission Raphael to paint your apartment.  At the age of 25 Raphael was asked to do just that – scrap all the previous work done by some of the […]

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Looking Up

If a dizzying array of splendour that adorns the walls with famous paintings or tapestries or the floors done in priceless mosaics or just ordinary marble cut to perfection were not enough then perhaps the rooms and hallways and gardens lined with sculptures by every famous master from the beginning of time will impress and astonish. […]

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Sculptures

It appears that whatever is not at the Louvre or at the National Gallery in London is here.   There are a lot of priceless sculptures here and a great many of them share the same story.  No one knows how some of these 2 or 3 or 5 thousand year old sculptures found their […]

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Vatican Paintings

The first thing at the Vatican Museum that you see are the paintings.  Each more important and more famous than the last.  It appears that over the years the Popes were quite fond of Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and other famous masters. There are some modern works of art here too which the Vatican […]

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All Roads

If it is true that all roads lead to Rome then this is where we are heading this afternoon.  On the way there we  are treated to some amazing and spectacular sites along the way.  It appears that each mountain top has its own town.  Orvieto, Moltepulciano, Fabro, Orte and countless others.   Beautiful day […]

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