Rome City Break, Italy 2014

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I have finally managed to organize a city break with my mother and brother! We spent 3 days in Rome. I’m so glad we had this time together in one of the most interesting cities in the world 🙂

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We stayed at B&B Abitazione Pigneto ( http://abitazionepigneto.freshcreator.com ) located on Via Perugia 16 about 7 tram/bus stops from Stazione Termini ( Tram 5 or 14 ). It is an apartment on 4th floor adopted for B&B with 3 rooms to rent. The Kitchen and balcony was used by all inhabitants. Basic breakfast was served on balcony by the owners living next door. Giorgio and Fulvio are very good hosts and gave us very useful advises such as to buy tickets to the Colosseum at the entrance to Forum Romanum instead of cuing at the Colloseum (It saved us at least 1 hour !)

There are a lot of small bars and restaurants in the vicinity (most of them are located on Via del Pigneto). Very little tourists in the area which is just perfect for somebody who likes to mix with locals. In the evening it is a lively place with Italian atmosphere.

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Via del Pigneto in the evening

You have on one side the Romans living their Italian live in bars and restaurants and on the other side immigrants hanging around with less or nothing to do. Watch out your belongings while being in Rome and don’t underestimate pickpockets ! They are really processional ! My brother got rid of his digital camera in the tram. It was in his jeans pocket and suddenly it was gone…

My favorite restaurant: MalaVite Risto, Via Pesaro 8. Very small restaurant with only about 6 tables but great food and unique atmosphere.

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Trattoria MalaVite Risto

First day of our stay was a real marathon … Felt like a Japanese tourist having only 1 day to see Rome …
We started with the Basilica of St. John Lateran and then went so see the Colosseum and Forum Romanum. On the way we visited also Basilica San Clemente.
After that we headed towards Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi visiting Pantheon and Fontana di Trevi on the way.

Coloseum

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The Colosseum , “Amphitheatrum Flavium”

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Forum Romanum

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Forum Romanum

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Vittorio Emanuele II monument. Due to it’s unusual shape the building is also called “the typewriter” (in Italian: “La macchina da scrivere”)

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Piazza Venezia

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

We started the next day with my favorite activity: visiting food market ! Campo de’ Fiori is my favorite place in Rome. It is one of the “must do” things while being in Rome. Go to the market, buy some fresh food, try different liquors sold on the market, buy freshly squeezed pomegranate juice and then go to the Forno Campo de’ Fiori and buy some fresh bread. You can now enjoy your breakfast sitting on the steps of the Statue of Giordano Bruno and watch everything around you … I love this place !

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One of the shops at Campo de’ Fiori

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After a beautiful morning at Campo de’ Fiori we headed to Vatican to see the St. Peter’s Basilica. On the way we passed by a building with following sign:

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St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

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Weeping Angel, St. Peter’s Basilica

The third day we took it easy and walked through the city visiting different places. Even after many days in Rome there will always be something new to discover …
On the fourth day early in the morning I went for a walk in the city. It was Sunday and the city was very quiet and peaceful. These are some shots I took on the way…

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