2011 Italy

从rome fiumicino 机场到termini station是坐的Leonado express,花了14 euro, 30分钟。station termini ,站如其名,这是最后一站,所有车的最后一站,所以不用担心坐错站,这一点我验证过了。 在机场的时候出了点小插曲,我下飞机后顺着baggage claim的标志一直走啊走啊,一个不留神,从terminal 1 走到了terminal3,被告知行李在terminal1,于是乎我又绕着机场外面,从terminal3 回到terminal1。不想赫尔辛基的机场,这边没有wifi。还好回到terminal1的时候行李还在。在从helsiniki 的行李的那个bell上。train上没有空调,特别热。

从termini找tram回酒店也纠结了一番。termini真的是狂大。我当时没有把指示读清楚,酒店的地址上说明从main entrance出来后,就可以看到tram了,只是我一下火车,就找了个小通道出了termini station,迷了路后才又回到termini,问了info center,同时见证了他的宏伟。

tram to hotel,这一段也纠结了一番,因为手机地图没有load,也订不到位,所以不知道在哪一站下车。这里不得不说一下意大利人民了,很热情只是会英文的不多。一个老爷爷很帅,问他票要怎么validate,他就直接跑过去帮我刷好了,问他我应该在哪里下车,他就拿过我打印出来的gmap,看了看,自己点了点头,又和周围两个人聊了一下,但我问他怎么样了的时候,他只是很帅的用body language 表示了一下,不用担心。突然,他到站自己下车了。我那个忐忑哇!!有没有!!原来,他已经告诉让那两个人提示我到站下车。 帅!

hotel也不得不提一下。很特别,那个主人也很热情,小帅。房子是很colorful的,每一个房间没有room number,但有一个带颜色的方形 box挂在门外。屋内的主题就是这个颜色。我的房间是紫色的,超级喜欢。虽然是公用一个厕所,但是屋主打扫的很干净。屋子自带一个小阳台。这个hotel是在一个住宅区里面的,很温馨。有机会再来的话,可以继续住这里。

common knowledge:
票,不管是火车票,还是bus的,不管是day pass or single ticket,第一次用的时候都要validate,网上买的不用,如果注明了是validated的话。报亭和tabacco 厅一般也都有卖的。

发现这边小的婚纱店很多。

colosseum

Word to the wise: Come here within the first two hours of opening as that is the time when there are fewer tourists.

Description: One of Rome’s most famous and imposing structures, well known not only as a battleground for gladiators and an icon to the magnificence, power and prestige of ancient Rome, but also for it’s cruelty, as here thousands of gladiators, criminals and Christians met their violent end. The Colosseum is a structural and engineering marvel, one of the greatest works of Roman architecture. Originally called the Flavian Amphitheatre, it could hold more than 70,000 spectators, and the tiered seats inclined in such a way that good views could be enjoyed by all.

The structure we see nowadays is just the skeleton. During the Middle Ages when the amphitheatre was no longer in use, the marble was quarried and used in the construction of the cathedrals of St Peter and St John Lateran, and the Palazzo Venezia.

planatino
The Palatine Hill – Walk through the cradle of Roman civilization

Word to the wise: One of the best ways to experience this part of Rome is to take a guided tour. Many are reasonably priced and guides will take you through surrounding sights such as, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

Description: Rome was founded on the Palatine Hill. According to legend, it was here that the two abandoned twin brothers Romulus and Remus were found and kept alive by a female wolf. The first settlers are believed to have built their dwellings here and as the years rolled on it developed into an exclusive neighborhood, as many members of the nobility lived here. The area then gave way to the imperial palaces of the likes of Augustus, Caligula and Nero.

The grandeur and the opulence have long gone as only the ruins remain, but it’s possible with a little imagination to picture what the area would have looked like when Rome was at the height of her powers. Today, the ‘Emperor hill’ is green with many pine trees. Here you will find the left-over of Europe’s first botanical garden, ‘the Farnesina Gardens’, founded in the 16th century.

Noteworthy for: The Via Sacra or ‘Sacred Way’ is the road that cuts right through the Roman Forum and was once the scene of triumphant processions.

Description: The tourist attractions come at you thick and fast in Rome with layer upon layer of history at every turn. The Roman Forum is one of the most visited sites as this was once the center of the mighty Roman Empire. From this relatively small space the Empire was planned, developed and goverrned. And what’s great for the visitor is that you can walk through this fascinating chapter of history.

Many of Rome’s political, religious and judicial buildings were constructed here. Today, some of the surviving structures that can be seen are Septimus Severiu’s triumphal arch, the Temple of Saturn, Forum Main Square, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, and the Temple of Caesar.

Palazzo Venezia – Former home of famous and infamous figures from Italy’s history
Noteworthy for: Benito Mussolini declared war on France and the United Kingdom from his balcony in the Palazzo Venezia.

Description: Built by Pope Paul II, Palazzo Venezia was the first of Rome’s great Renaissance palaces and sits in the geographic heart of the city. Over the years this imposing building has housed a number of well known residents, the most famous being Benito Mussolini. The former Prime Minister used the Papal suite as his office and stood on the balcony that faces Piazza Venezia to speak to the people of Italy. The suite has now been remodeled to look like it did in Il Duce’s day.

Today Palazzo Venezia holds the National Museum of Palazzo Venezia containing ivories, tapestries, ceramics, paintings attributed to Renaissance masters, weapons, textiles and marble sculptures.

Piazza Venezia – The Victor Emmanuel Monument – Visit the huge monument that divides the locals

Noteworthy for: The monument houses the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was built after World War I to honor those soldiers who died and whose bodies were never found.

Description: ‘The wedding cake’ and ‘the typewriter’ are just two of the printable names that locals have given this humongous white marble structure. It is not the prettiest building in Rome and it has a large number of detractors, nevertheless it’s well worth spending some time here for the views from the top floor terrace.

The monument is also known as “Il vittoriano” and was designed by Guiseppe Sacconi (1911) and is named after Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the unified Italy. It features Corinthian columns, majestic stairways and a huge sculpture of Victor Emmanuel on horseback. To give you some idea of the sculpture’s size, 21 workers dined inside the belly of the horse before it was sealed.

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