Category Archives: Rome

San Giovanni in Laterano

Rome has four major basilicas: St Peter (which is technically not in Rome), Santa Maria Maggiore (which I’ve blogged about here), San Giovanni in Laterano, and San Paolo Fuori le Mura (Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls). (Here’s an Italian quirk: wall (muro) … Continue reading

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Musei Capitolini

After you’ve climbed the Cordonata to the Campidoglio, admired Marcus Aurelius’s equestrian statue and marveled at the symmetry and elegance of Michelangelo’s piazza, visiting the Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museums) is a logical next step: you’re right there, and if you’re … Continue reading

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Il Campidoglio

Not far from the Piazza Venezia and behind the massive Vittorio Emmanuele II monument is the Campidoglio, or the Capitol, which is set on the antiquities site of the Temple of Jupiter at the top of the Capitoline Hill (one … Continue reading

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Rome’s Basilicas

There is a scene in the movie American Dreamer, in which JoBeth Williams and Tom Conti are on a boat floating along the Seine in Paris. A man beside them tells his wife “I know, dear, but when you’ve seen … Continue reading

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The Vatican Museums

Anyone who visits Rome wants to see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Many are not aware, until they arrive, that the famous chapel is not part of St Peter’s but part of the Vatican Museums–and a very small part of them at … Continue reading

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The Tivoli Gardens

Halfway through our month-long stay in Rome, we decided to head out to the fabled Tivoli Gardens. I had heard of them as a wonder of beauty and elegance and was curious to see if the reputation held true. We’re … Continue reading

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From the Villa Borghese

Most tourists coming to Rome (and us included the first time we visited) want to fit in St Peter and the Sistine Chapel–which, by the way, is not accessible from St Peter but is almost at the end of the … Continue reading

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The Aventino Walking Tour

An off-the-beaten track tour. Rome has been built on seven hills. Its most famous are the Capitoline Hill, the focus of political power for centuries and situated just behind the monument to Vittorio Emmanuele II and home to the Campodoglio … Continue reading

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Lesser-known sites, Part 2

If you want to see how the Roman elite lived, you must go to the Palazzo-Galleria Doria Pamphilj (pronounced Pamphili). It is close to Monument Vittorio Emmanuele II on Via del Corso just off Piazza Venezia. It is the largest … Continue reading

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Lesser-known sites, Part 1

In the past few days, we’ve gone to museums and galleries few tourist who are there for a short time will visit, and I must say it was a great experience. First was the church Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome’s Basilica, … Continue reading

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Rome — Week One

Today is officially our seventh day in Rome. It’s just amazing how fast it goes. I can’t imagine trying to visit the city in three or four days. The line-ups at most of the main attractions are long, sometimes hours … Continue reading

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Rome, day 3

For our first full day in Rome, we decided that we would roam the city as the whim took us, to sink into its atmosphere. Rome is more than old (really old) buildings and churches. It is the incredible colour … Continue reading

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Rome, Day 1 and 2

Our first leg of the trip led us to the train station, where our friend Peggy dropped us off so we could take the Air France bus for the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau airport in Montreal. I couldn’t get rid of this … Continue reading

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Leaving

It’s been a stressful week. Leaving for a month is different than leaving for a couple of weeks. That, or I’m getting older and I find things more stressful. The cat (Slinky) is at my girlfriend Peggy’s. It is the … Continue reading

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Trip Preparation

In less than a month, we’ll be setting foot on Italy’s soil, more specifically Rome. This is going to be our second trip there, so the preparations are quite different this time. Sure, there are the endless lists–I’m a list … Continue reading

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