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I get to pet the pup while using their PC - Rome

I get to pet the pup while using their PC

USO Rome Welcomes You - Serves You

This is just a welcoming place for U.S. military - full of information and lots of free perks - PC/internet, TV, staff to assist you, free snacks, drinks. Show your military-related ID at the street door and you will be admitted.
From their service description:
The USO Rome Center is located in the heart of the capital city of Italy. Conveniently located near the Vatican, our center's goal is to make Rome one of the most memorable and positive experiences of our patrons’ military service by offering a "Home while in Rome." Our center offers a wide range of FREE services including: area information, guidebooks, maps, Internet cafe w/ Skype, American canteen, comfortable TV lounge, luggage storage and the cleanest bathrooms in Rome. Want a Roman Holiday? Let the USO do the planning for you. Book one of our all inclusive vacation packages, which includes hotel, tours and meals! Check out our tours page for more information. And even if you are visiting only for a few days, we offer discounted prices on all hotels and tours booked through the USO Rome Center!

* Note - If you do plan to vist, be sure to have your military-related ID with you - you will have to hold this ID up to the front door window as requested before you will be admitted.

USO Rome Center
Via Vespasiano, 44
Roma - 00193 (Vatican Area)
GPS Coordinates: N 41° 54.43' EO 12° 27.498'

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday: 0830-1700
Sundays: Closed

Tel: 0039-06-397-27-419
Fax: 0039-06-397-54-249

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  • Updated May 12, 2011
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Emilia by the statuary pond - Rome

Emilia by the statuary pond

Orto Botanico - Garden Oasis for nature lovers

I am embarrassed now to say that this has been my back yard for 3 years now and I have just visited! It is similar to my brief tenure in New York City and never visiting the Statue of Liberty. I see a part of this garden from one of my windows every morning as I greet the world for the start of my day. It is situated right behind Palazzo Corsini which is my view from another window. What a surprise as in store for me when a dear friend, Emilia, suggested we visit.
Dimentions: The Botanical Garden of Rome comprises an area of ​​12 hectares in a secluded position on the slopes of the Gianicolo. Irrigation of crops with several streams and water are fed from above aqueduct of the Acqua Paola.
History: This was the garden park of Palazzo Corsini , the former residence of Queen Christina of Sweden. The Official website give you the detailed history and much information of interest.
Species: he garden now houses over 3000 plant species. We give here only some hints of the greatest exhibition areas.
palm trees
groves of bamboo, fern gully, rose garden
Japanese Garden
At the top of the hill you will find the original tree structure, leaving a forest of Mediterranean evergreen. The area is called Bosco Roman , and the clearings between the ancient oaks and sycamores (350 - 400 years of age) will give you fantastic views of the city.
Eighteenth-century furniture in the garden are preserved in this area the steps of the Escape and the niche which backs onto the top of the hill. You will see aquatic plants, greenhouses, simple garden and herb garden.

Directions: From the small electric bus #125 you would exit at the University John Cabot stop - or simply tell the driver "Orto Botanico." Walking along Via della Lungara past Palazzo Corsini going toward the arch you will come to a stop light - Largo Cristina di Svezia, 24 will be on your right. Walking from Trastevere - a short walk from Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere past Piazza Sant'Edigio directly toward the arch to the stop light and the Park is to your left.

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Phone: 066 864193


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  • Updated May 9, 2011
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Oppulant decor from original structure - Rome

Oppulant decor from original structure

Modern Art in Ancient Rome

Museo Carlo Bilotti – Aranciera Villa Borghese
In the 18th Century the Orangery was known as the "Casino dei Giuochi d'Acqua" because of the fountains and g L’Aranciera was once a reception hall where entertainment; musica di camera and grottos there, surrounded by the Garden of the Lake with its spectacular displays. In its sumptuously decorated and furnished halls, the princes of the Borghese family organized parties and social events and water games were performed for the elite.
In 1849, cannon fire from French troops defending the papacy all but destroyed major portions of the building. The palazzo was transformed into a hot house for citrus fruit plants from the Borghese Gardens horticultural collection.
After decades of neglect, the Orangery is now once more a place for leisure and culture thanks to the efforts of Italian-American entrepreneur and international art collector, Carlo Bilotti. His donation of prestigous paintings, sculptures and drawings has found a home worthy of its world-class works. The collection of 22 works includes an important core of paintings and sculptures by Giorgio de Chirico, representing the best-known subjects produced by the painter between the end of the 20s and the 70s - a portrait of Carlo Bilotti in relief by American artist Larry Rivers - a 1981 portrait of wife Tina and daughter Lisa Bilotti by Andy Warhol - Summer by Gino Severini - and Giacomo Manzu's great bronze Cardinal.
To keep the museum open to ever-new themes in contemporary art, spaces have been assigned next to rooms housing the permanent collection.
Photo 1 - The only remaining element from the 16th century is a well-preserved oppulent Ninfeo fountain embellished with a basin bearing the Borghese family heraldry.
Museum Aranciera Carlo Bilotti is the first experiment in Italy involving mutual funding from private and public sectors. Carlo Bilotti was born into a family of noble lineage from southern Italy. In the United States, he studied at Columbia University in 1963 and came to understand and appreciate contemporary art as it evolved within the social changes in the United States - this emotional connection prompted the start of his modern art collection.

There is an entrance directly across from Casina del Lago along the walkway from the Lake - an entrance also on Viale Fiorella La Guardia - NEVER CROWDED

Hours - Tues-Sat 9am-7pm Last admission 6:30 Closed Mondays
Tickets - 4,50 Euro Reduced 2,50 Euro Free to Italian citizens and citizens of EC

The adjacent gardens are not to be missed and astounding when in full bloom. Detailed photos follow in our next tip on Aranciera di Villa Borghese - the Orangery Gardens.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Balloon Rides in Villa Borghese - Suspended - Rome
Balloon Rides in Villa Borghese - Suspended

DON'T KNOW WHA HOPPEN BUT THE BALLOON RIDE NO LONGER FLOATS - CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR A NEW SCHEDULE. Too bad - we were in the Park today, May 7, and it was gone - the area was in bad condition. The website says they are "suspended" for the winter.
Another very recent addition to the facilities of the Villa is a balloon, showing the decoration of the first balloons used by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783. A safety cable ensures the balloon does not move from its mooring site.

Will pick up a schedule and post rates and more details soon. Click the photo for the full photo view****

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Museum Entrance on Merulana - Rome

Museum Entrance on Merulana

Taste of the Orient -besides Chinese food & Sushi

The Museo Nazionale D' Arte Orientale (National Museum of Oriental Art) has its home in the Palazzo Bracciano. Here you will find a very noteworthy collection of artworks including ceramic neolitico vases from the Qing dynasty and an illustrated history of Buddha. The Palace itself is a treasure to behold and in the ticket office foryer was the first marquetry ceiling I have ever seen. You ascend two majestic flights of red-carpeted marble stairs before reaching the ticket office. Entrance fee is 4 Euro. Photos were not permitted inside the museum but we were able to take a few photos of the exterior and the Palace entrace stairs. The literature on the Museum is in Italian only and only Italian-speaking staff were available.
Address: Via Merulana 248 - 00185 Roma - between Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore & Labicana

Phone: Gabriella

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Charming medieval home at top of Rocca di Papa - Rome

Charming medieval home at top of Rocca di Papa

Rome Day Trips - Hidden gems Outside Rome Review

Most people head to Florence, Tivoli and Ostia Antica - and rightfully so. However, if you have been there - done that - many hidden gems are at hand right close to Rome - accessible by car or by comfortable, inexpensive tour busses (i.e. Cotral). Here are my top hidden gems - New pages and tips in each:

- ROCCA DI PAPA - ROCCA DI PAPA one of the towns in the Southern Castelli Romani region - close to Lago Albano - here is where you will see a medieval town and interact with locals.

LAGO BRACCIANO - North of Rome - super castle - enchanting, pristine lake (BarryAir favorite)

CASTEL GANDOLFO - no secret as this is the summer residence of the Pope

RIETI - Norther tip of Regione Lazio - the Sacred Valle of St. Francis - This is where St. Francis spent most time and it remains now as it was 800 years ago - here you can walk the steps of St. Francis - or simply hike among the serenity of nature.

Photo 5 The Sacro Speco is a kind of cave or crevice in the rock, and it marks the place in which Francis retreated in solitude and prayer in order to write the Later Rule. This is the cave where Brother Leo spent much time. Beside the cave is the stump of a tree where Jesus is said to have appeared to Francis and where Francis fasted for forty days and completed the Rule.

These destinations are best seen by car but readily accessible by train and tour bus (inexpensive Cotral is best as they offer many stops and good schedules).

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  • Updated Sep 19, 2009
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Most delightful staff in front of Museum - Rome

Most delightful staff in front of Museum

Museo Roma - Trastevere

Tucked away in Trastevere's Piazza Sant'Egidio, you will find the Museum of Rome that is dedicated to the main aspects of everyday Roman life in the late 18th and 19th centuries - filtered through the tastes and convictions of the artists and folklorists who described it. Major themes are costume, folk dancing, festivals, and crafts.
The first floor photos depict the rigors of Italy's War of the Nation - 1915-1918.
On the second floor a most impressive collection - the famous series of "Vanished Rome" watercolors by Ettore Roesler Franz (Rome 1845-1907). Franz was certain that many sites he treasured in Rome were about to disappear with development of the city. He went to the sites - took photos - made notes regarding light and which time of day was best - along with many other details that helped him execute these watercolor works - a most impressive collection is exhibited here.
Interspersed among the artworks you will be surprised by 6 rooms which depict the daily life of the period in Italy. These displays are lifesize and the many diverse characters are costumed and situated in settings with every detail in place - I especially liked the pharmacy, wine cart, and the tavern (which occupies two adjoining rooms).
You will also see a collection of personal artifacts from the home of Trilussa.
I was alone here and it was very nice to be unhurried and have such good interaction with the staff. They were very kind and happy to answer questions.

*Suggestion: If you plan dinner in Trastevere, a visit here would be an excellent apertif!

Photos were not permitted but you can preview an excellent slideshow on the website.
The statues you see here decorate the stairways and are reproductions of originals.

Tues-Sun - 10a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday Last admission 7p.m.
Admission: 3 Euro - reduced 1,50 Euro - A BARGAIN!
Free admission Italians and EC citizens


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  • Written Aug 27, 2009
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A rainy day in the Park at Villa Pamphili - Rome

A rainy day in the Park at Villa Pamphili

A day in the Park at Villa Pamphili

Villa Pamphili Park is the most expansive park of Rome with the perimeter of 9km.
Founded in 1630 for Pamphilius Pamphili, but a pivotal moment in the development and extension of it was between 1644 and 1652. Two artists from Bolonia, A. Algardi and G.F. Grimaldi, created the villa's palace, called "Casino dell'Allegrezza" (House of Mirth), a beautiful and impressive example of Baroque architectural masterpiece. Now it is a residence of the Chair of the Cabinet.
The villa was purchased by the Italian State in 1957 and the city of Rome in 1965-71, thus it is open to public and it is a favorite Roman place of rest, picnic and sport.

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  • Written Jun 16, 2009
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Display in Casa dei Teatri - enlarge 2 enjoy! - Rome

Display in Casa dei Teatri - enlarge 2 enjoy!

Theatrical Display at Villa Pamphili

The Theatre now has a home in Rome

The Casa dei Teatri, located in the historic Villino Corsini in Villa Pamphili, is the result of a project dedicated to live performances from a multidisciplinary view, combining study and training courses with those of "creating" and "seeing" performances. For this reason, collaboration between the Department of culture and the Biblioteche di Roma not only ensures a modern service for specialists as an excellent promotion of theatre culture for a larger public but a program open to research and reflection involving the scenic world.

The Casa dei Teatri offers a unique scenario in Rome because of its original special collections and areas for exhibitions, meetings and projections and the coming opening of the multipurpose hall in the previous stables. Activities take place agreed upon with the Municipio Roma XVI and with the contribution of an important body such as the Ente Teatrale Italiano. The magnificent seventeenth century architecture houses study areas communicating with each other, to be used for exhibitions, meetings based on subjects and consulting facilities related to research, specialised studies and cultural investigations.

The library of the Casa dei Teatri is highly specialised and houses the Giancarlo Sbragia fund which boasts a historical heritage of material for those who study live performances of great value. Carmelo Bene's Immemoriale is a centre whose goal is to preserve, spread and promote both written and sound documentation concerning the work that Carmelo Bene carried out.

The Cinema Umberto Barbaro Library offers a large number of books and magazines, film scripts and stage designs, journals on the subject and photographs. During the summer, the activities of the Casa develop into a real and proper summer season offering music, theatre and performances for children on a large open air stage set up in the area in front of the Villino Corsini.

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  • Written Jun 16, 2009
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Catacombs - ahhh, OK, maybe later............. - Rome

Catacombs - ahhh, OK, maybe later.............

Via Appia Antica Ancient Rome Review

Immerse yourself in ancient, Christian Rome along the Appian Way. HISTORY – In 71 BC six thousand slaves rebelling under Spartacus, having been captured after his final defeat and death, were crucified along this road by Marcus Licinius Crassus.
The Appian Way was begun in 312 BC by the consul Appius Claudius Caecus over an existing track that connected Rome with the Alban Hills. Supposedly, to be the one that originally brought Latins from Albalonga to Rome when it was founded.
The original path of the Appian Way connected Rome (heading in the area of Baths of Caracalla) with Ariccia, Forum Appii, Terracina, Fondi, Formia, Minturnae (Minturno), Sinuessa (Mondragone) and finally Capua – extended in 190 BC to Benevento (Beneventum) and Venosa which was founded at that time and populated by 20,000 Roman farmers – then to Taranto (Tarentum) and Brindisi (Brundisium).
Via Appia Antica was the most famous of all road that led to Rome, stretching all the way from Rome to the seaport of Brindisi, which accommodated trade with the colonies in Greece and the East.
A new Appian Way was built in parallel with the old one in 1784. After the fall of the Roman empire, the road was not as used as before; Pope Pius VI ordered its restoration and brought it into new use.
You will see many tombs and catacombs of Roman and early Christian origin along the road close to Rome with great monuments and ancient tombs of patrician Roman families. Burials were forbidden within the city walls as early as the 5th century B.C. and, beneath the surface, miles of tunnels were hewn from tufa stone.
Also the Church of Domine Quo Vadis is in the first mile of the road. It was along the Appian Way that an escaping Peter encountered the vision of Christ, causing him to go back to the city to face subsequent martyrdom.
These tunnels, or catacombs, were where early Christians buried their dead and, during the worst times of persecution, held church services discreetly out of the public eye. A few of them are open to the public, so you can wander through mile after mile of musty-smelling tunnels whose soft walls are gouged out with tens of thousands of burial niches (long shelves made for 2-3 bodies each). In some dank, dark grottoes, you can still discover the remains of early Christian art. The requisite guided tours feature a small dose of extremely biased history and a large dose of sermonizing.

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  • Updated Jun 11, 2009
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