Sunday, March 29, 2009

Palatine Hill, Rome, Italy

The Palatine Hill is near the Colosseum. The word "palace" comes from this place.

People have occupied this site since 1000 BC.

The wikipedia article is here.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

What can you say about the Colosseum? It's OLD!

We approached it on foot and as we emerged from around an apartment building, there it was. I actually got goose bumps.

The wikipedia article is here.

Arch of Constantine is just outside the Colosseum.

With street view, you can actually "walk" around the Colosseum.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Vatican Museum, Rome, Italy

The Vatican Museum is just around the corner from St. Peter's but it's a big corner. Often the waiting lines wind back to St. Peter's. Get there early!

Our primary destination was the Sistine Chapel. As you walk through the museum, there are signs pointing out the way to the Sistine Chapel. I believe that they run you all the way through the museum. There has to be a more direct way to get there. But it's worth the walk!

The wikipedia article is here and their web site is here.

There's a pretty neat street view here.

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Sunday, March 08, 2009

The Vatican, Rome, Italy

One of our first stops was the Vatican. It's not on the subway route so we walked a little.

Pay attention as you wander around St. Peter's. We went down into the tombs and had to exit outside.

The wikipedia article is here and their web site is here.

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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Welcome House, Rome, Italy

We stayed in Welcome House at Via Nazionale, 230, just down the street from train station. There's even a McDonald's nearby! But we ate more gelato than Big Macs.

Their web site is here and their write-up on TripAdvisor is here. Many of the comments are in other languages. I think that gives you a feel that this is not a hotel that is routinely frequented by Americans. Remember that.

Here's the street view.

We walked back up to the train station and caught bus #110. Here's a page out of Rick Steve's Italy describing the bus route.

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