Italy Travel Notes presents: Rome is an ancient city, not an old one. So are the hotels located in Rome city centre: ancient, historical, beautiful of that beauty that comes from winning the passing of time. Old is something that used to be beautiful, but it`s not anymore. Rome instead is still wondrous: more chaotic, more urban, probably more complicated, but just as breathtaking as it was two thousand years ago, or in the middle age, or in the Renaissance, or in every historic period you can think of.
Rome it`s changed, but only where it needed to. So if you`re booking a very central located hotel in Rome for your holidays in Italy and you`re worrying about sleeping in a shabby room inside a ramshackle palace, well, there`s nothing to worry about. That palace in which you`re going to stay is probably from the 17th or the 18th century and because of that is probably considered a piece of art to protect and take care of by the Italian State and the Municipality of Rome: this hotel has probably been restored recently, trying not to take away from it its ancient splendour.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: Rome is the capital city of Italy and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is ridded with fabulous architecture, historic attractions and small cobblestone streets. Its many famous landmarks including the magnificent Colosseum will make your stay in the city one that will be remembered for life.
Flying is an easy option as Rome has its own airport (Leonardo da Vinci Airport) that receives flights from many other worldwide international airports. There are frequent shuttle bus transfers and trains that run from both the international and domestic airports in Rome.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: MICHIEL VAN KETS
Steeped in antiquity yet bursting with all that’s fashionably modern, Italy is the birthplace of La Dolce Vita – the sweet life that celebrates beauty and happiness.
Climate Winters are long and cold in the northern alps; the summers can be rainy with frequent storms. The far south is warm but often lashed by the sirocco – the hot and humid African wind that brings weeks of stifling heat to the areas south of Rome. Pleasant temperatures make spring and autumn the best times to visit Italy.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: ORSON JOHNSON
The modern city of Rome, as legend goes, was built on seven hills. A city that is accustomed to foreign influences, it is known for it architectural treasures. There is a lot more to Rome than we know. Here are some interesting facts to give you an insight into the Roman culture, its history and treasures.
1. The birth of the Eternal City, Rome, which was founded in 753BC, is celebrated every year by Romans on the 21st of April. Celebrations include fireworks, gladiator shows, traditional Roman banquets and parades.
2. The Pantheon which was built in 27 B.C. by Marcus Agrippa is the only monument belonging to ancient Rome that still remains intact. What is even lesser known, is that it entombs Italy’s king Vittorio Emanuele II, and his successor, Umberto I.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: By Levi Reiss
Via Veneto is in many ways the center of Rome. This fabulous street was immortalized in Fellini’s famous La Dolce Vita (the sweet life). When you’re done shopping, people watching, eating, drinking, and simply enjoying La Dolce Vita on the Via Veneto there are several tourist sights worth visiting in this upscale neighborhood. Don’t miss the Seventeenth Century Palazzo Barberini now home to the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica (National Gallery of Ancient Art) and the Neoclassical Palazzo Margherita, which hosts the American Embassy. You should also visit some nearby historic fountains and churches. For your convenience we have listed neighborhood hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all website addresses making sure that they include English-language pages.
The Domus Pinciania is a new bed and breakfast located on the ground floor of a typical Roman palace. Unlike many other such lodgings, its reception area is open around the clock. This is a non-smoking property that includes a panoramic terrace. There are only four rooms so you better reserve early. The address is Via Campania, 61/a – 00187 – Rome.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: By Levi Reiss
The Spanish Steps area is close to the center of Rome. This is a great place to meet old and new friends and then go shopping or hit the cafes. Take lots of photos. Please note that the Spanish Steps themselves were built with French funds early in the Eighteenth Century. But the Spanish Embassy is nearby. The natives call these famous steps La Scalinata (the staircase). Other neighborhood sights to see include the Fifteenth Century Trinita dei Monti Church at the top of the steps and the Keats-Shelly Memorial House where the English poet Keats died. Don’t miss the Palazzetto Zuccari that resembles a monster’s face. Via dei Condotti is a famous shopping street. In spite of a lawsuit, there’s a MacDonald’s in the neighborhood. Make sure to visit Via del Babuino, the street of antiques, and Via Margutta, the street of artists. For your convenience we have listed neighborhood hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all website addresses making sure that they include English-language pages.
The Panda Hotel is located on a major shopping street near the Spanish Steps. The money that you might save by staying here can easily be spent in this upscale neighborhood. Unlike many other hotels, the Panda defines only two seasons price-wise. Most of the year is high season. There are 20 rooms, 14 of which have a private bath. The rooms have no television. Did you come to the heart of Rome to watch TV? The hotel address is Via della Croce 35 – 00187, Rome.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: By Keith Barrett
Italy attracts millions of visitors each year, drawn by its beautiful rural areas, historic cities and welcoming atmosphere. A touring holiday of Tuscany and Rome is a great way to see some of Italy’s real highlights.
A typical ten day escorted holiday of the region provides ample time to see some of the sights of the region. Relaxing on an executive coach provides a wonderful, stress-free way to enjoy the countryside of Tuscany.
Photograph by Trey Ratcliff – From Stuck In Customs
It’s little wonder that so many people have become enchanted by this part of Italy. Most excursions to this part of Italy would be expected to take in the two glorious cities of Florence and Pisa.
Both have enchanting districts, as well as the spectacular sights provided by their cathedrals. In the case of Pisa, its Leaning Tower remains one of the most distinctive structures on the planet.
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