Rome Things to Do Tips by vickss
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Marvel@ the creative genius of greatest allrounder ever- da Vinci. The place has manmade exhibits based on drawings and etchings of da Vinci. Its a small place and you are not allowed to take pictures etc inside(there ar cameras everywhere).. Its a fascinating place looking at some original notes of the master and created avatars of what he wanted to make(maybe did too).. Mind you this is not exactly a museum of things he made but what he designed... so the stuff were not made in his time.
Directions: Its right next to Piazza Popolo
St Peters Square
I am not the most religious person around but I do come from a country which has thousands of different Gods. I had heard about how mad the scramble is at the Vatican specially at the museum and I wanted to check this one out.
St Peters Square is really grand. I mean more grand than what I had imagined
Directions: There's a metro station at Vatican and you need to get down and take a bus to reach a place closer to the Square and then walk down to the place
In the night
Its beyond words.. I dont know much about the history but I guess this was linked to the Romans finding some source of fresh water outside Rome.
The fountain looks much better in the evenign with the lights on and needless to say is more crowded then. Infact it is difficult to get a place to stand closer to the fountain given the rush of tourists at the place.
Interestingly the fountain itself is located at a very small square like place and one can almost miss it had it not been for the magnificent fountain.
There is a metro station named.. Barberini de Fontana de Trevi and whats more theres a fountain right outside this station in the middle of a sloping road. Dont get confused if you dont find this fountain too great.
People throw coins for various reasons.. more so as it the legend goes that one returns to Rome if one does throw a coin.. Some also believe one's wishes come true if he/she throws a coin.
Personally, I had kept a coin without any specific wish but couldn't throw it.. It so happened the place was too crowded in the evening and I thought I would return in the morning. But the place was beling cleaned up and I had to catch a train out of Rome so I still have the coin.. Have saved it wishing I would throw it in Trevi the next time I am in Rome:-)
Directions: Get out of metro station: Barberini de Fontana de Trevi and walk down the sloping road till you reach a sort of another junction though without too much of a signboard. You then a take a left in one of the narrow streets and voila
This arc is one of the biggest put up by the Romans and is dedicated to Constantine.
Constantine was the emperor who sort of ended the total internal battle ground that was Rome in early part of the 4th Century AD. He was the first Christian Roman emperor and came to power by defeating the emperor Maxentius in the battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312 AD. The arch, which stands right next to the Colloseum was built for Constantine by the Senate and people of Rome three years after the battle to commemorate his victory over Maxentius.
For someone viewing it from the Colloseum it would like a small but it has a rich history.
Its pretty much in the opne air and so obviously does not require any ticket!
Directions: Right next to Colloseum
One can get the history of the Colloseo anywhere on the net so lemme give you a small glimpse of what is arguably the most magnificent tourist point in Rome and for many people in entire Italy..
It is basically an amphitheatre where ancient Roman Empire used to organise events and deadly games such as gladiator and animal fights with three levels of seatings with an amazing architecture to insure against any stampede in case of emergency exit. The deadly games where stopped after the Christian takeover. Parts of the colloseum was cannibalised (I guess the marbles) to be used in the Vatican/St Peters Square
This un is right below the base of the Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagnia.. you hit it soon after coming out of the metro station at the piazza.
One can spend some time sitting alongside of the fountain as old tourists usually do..they sit an sit.. obviously after seeing the irrelevance of climbing the Spanish Steps and tiring the legs and losing energy
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