jamie's "rome" http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/view/id/34943 en Copyright 2014 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:08:19 +0500 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss arriving in rome <p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3127/2579493545_ea5c3acea2.jpg" alt="" width="382" height="285" align="left" /></p> <p>this is the 1st of our 5 city tour of europe on our honeymoon.&nbsp;&nbsp; we were able to cram a lot in just three and a half days, but we were so tired afterwards.&nbsp; seeing all the famous landmarks in rome was like being right in a storybook.&nbsp; being surrounded by all this history that you only read about or see in movies felt surreal.&nbsp; it's amazing how something that was built centuries and centuries ago still stands today.</p> http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/300 http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/300 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 05:11:56 +0500 excedra hotel <p>loved this hotel --&nbsp; the best out of all the hotels we stayed at!&nbsp; clean, modern, luxurious....&nbsp; and we got upgraded to a suite!&nbsp;</p> http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/301 http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/301 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 05:13:15 +0500 Love the Exedra! <p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3281/2825879971_5d7b3d8437.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>absolutely gorgeous hotel!&nbsp; beautiful inside and out, accomodating and friendly staff</p> http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/2408 http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/2408 Thu, 04 Sep 2008 07:12:11 +0500 il Colosseo <p>this has got to be the #1 tourist spot in rome...&nbsp; and it was nothing short of spectacular.&nbsp; it's huge!&nbsp; definitely take the group tour inside, it helps to have the tour guide explain everything that used to take place here.&nbsp; what's crazy is that you'd expect this ancient landmark to be in a deserted area out in the middle of nowhere, but in reality rome went on and modernized itself around it.&nbsp; imagine if this were downtown in your city. &nbsp;</p> <p>the colossueum will not disappoint...&nbsp; we easily spent hours here.&nbsp; make sure you stay long enough or come back to get pics at twilight, they'll be some of the best photos you'll ever take!</p> <p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3257/2574843328_28433ecc00.jpg" alt="" width="401" height="301" align="left" /></p> http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/302 http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/302 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 05:24:31 +0500 trevi fountain <p>we went at night thinking it'll be less crowded and more romantic, but to our surprise there were tons of people hanging out all over that we weren't even able to find a seat.&nbsp; beautifully lit at night, though, and lots of shops to walk around in the area.</p> <p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3167/2574020041_c31e854f7f.jpg" alt="" width="409" height="293" align="left" /></p> http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/303 http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/303 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 05:44:07 +0500 target <p>so i have to do a quick mention of this place.&nbsp; we were a little reluctant to try this restaurant while walking by, but when the concierge at the hotel recommended it we decided to give it a go.&nbsp; casual italian comfort food...&nbsp; we liked it so much we went back the next night.&nbsp; table wine in italy is the best!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/304 http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/304 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 05:49:15 +0500 spanish steps, roman forum, and the pantheon <p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3007/2574843668_deecd407b9.jpg" alt="" width="299" height="224" align="left" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>the spanish steps was cool for about 20 minutes.&nbsp; you'll fine lots of people lounging and hanging out there on the steps, especially on nice days.&nbsp; great shopping down the way in the area.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3171/2574020385_bf297530aa.jpg" alt="" width="298" height="222" align="left" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>the roman forum.&nbsp; wow, these ruins are certainly a sight to see.&nbsp; this is where the development of ancient rome all started.&nbsp; while in the center amid all these ruins, it's difficult to imagine people working and going about their daily lives here.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3137/2574844122_c56a927b4d.jpg" alt="" width="297" height="222" align="left" /></p> <p>the temple to all gods... once inside the pantheon, all eyes will be drawn up to the center opening (the ocular or great eye) of the dome.&nbsp; it is the only source of natural light for the temple and is supposedly uncovered, think big hole in the ceiling.</p> <p>the pantheon is surprisingly in really good condition for a something that was built almost 2000 (?) years ago.&nbsp; right outside is piazza della rotunda, where there's a fountain, shops, restaurants and bars.&nbsp; we captured a funny/memorable moment with the roman characters mingling around outside near the columns.</p> http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/305 http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/305 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 05:50:07 +0500 piazza navona <p>a lively and bustling piazza!&nbsp; restaurants and bars a plenty :)&nbsp; a good area to wind down after a day's worth of jammed packed activities.&nbsp; lots of street vendors, performers, and people watching.&nbsp; in the center is the fountain of four rivers.</p> http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/306 http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/306 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 07:29:51 +0500 vatican museum and st. peter's basilica <p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3263/2574844298_90ec95833f.jpg" alt="" width="335" height="252" align="left" /></p> <p>the line to get in was insane!!&nbsp; i almost didn't want to wait in it but it was last item on our list of things to do before leaving for florence.&nbsp; so we picked up breakfast and drinks and began our quest to the sistine chapel, the last of all galleries after proceeding though the entire museum.&nbsp; soooo worth the long wait... benches line the entire perimeter of the rectangular chapel where people just sit, stare and study michelangelo's ceiling in awe.&nbsp;</p> <p>next we were led out into st. peter's square (or piazza), there is a great view of the basilica (which we didn't have time to go inside and see), a large fountain, and the most columns you will ever see in any one place.</p> http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/307 http://www.goplanit.com/itinerary/blog/entry/id/307 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 08:13:19 +0500