March 16, 2016

Rome

Some photos from our trip to Rome from March 2016!

The 3 1/2 days we had in the city were just enough to cover the most important things you “have to” visit: St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the archaeological center of Rome (Palatine Hill, Forum Romanum, Colosseum, etc.), the Pantheon and (for Dan Brown readers) the different locations known from Angels & Demons (Illuminati) like Piazza Navona and churches like Santa Maria della Vittoria. I guess you could easily spend two weeks or longer if you want…

I won't write much about Rome myself. But I'd like to leave a pointer to the Viel Unterwegs Blog (German only) as there is many useful information about the city and how to get along. My personal top tips are:

  • Visits to the St. Peter's Basilica are a little “problematic”. There might be services or other events you do not expect. In this case you cannot get inside or on the cupola roof. Don't wait with the tremendous crowd until the basilica reopens. Just go somewhere else.
  • If you are no fanboy, avoid the pope. Figuratively speaking, hell breaks loose when he shows up.
  • Never ever underestimate the waiting time in an Italian queue. There is no real system. There is only chaos. Everything takes endlessly.
  • Buy tickets for the Vatican Museums online to bypass the 200-meters-queue of people trying to buy a ticket. Buy your ticket early. Choose an early time to enter the museums. Be there in time. Use the separate entry for ticket holders with close to zero waiting time.
  • Don't buy the Rome Pass if you only have three days. I doubt that it will save you any time in the queues. I doubt it will save you any money. I doubt you will need the metro or buses much, as everything is in walking distance.
  • Go to Trastevere for dinner.

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Rom 🌍 Picture location - View to St. Peter's Basilica

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Rom 🌍 Picture location - Piazza del Popolo

Rom 🌍 Picture location - View to the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II

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Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside Santa Maria del Popolo

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Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside Trinità dei Monti

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Rom 🌍 Picture location - A Magnum ice bar with decoration. Splendid.

Rom 🌍 Picture location - St. Peter's Place at night

Rom 🌍 Picture location - St. Peter's Place at night

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Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums: the famous Laokoon Group

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums: the famous Laokoon Group

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Vatican Museums

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Piazza Navona

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Piazza Navona

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Piazza Navona, Sant'Agnese in Agone

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Piazza Navona

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Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Pantheon

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Pantheon

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Rom 🌍 Picture location - A very fancy building

Rom 🌍 Picture location - A very fancy building

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Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the St. Peter's Basilika

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the St. Peter's Basilika

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the St. Peter's Basilika

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the St. Peter's Basilika

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the St. Peter's Basilika

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the St. Peter's Basilika

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the St. Peter's Basilika

Rom 🌍 Picture location - St. Peter's Place at night

Rom 🌍 Picture location - St. Peter's Place at night

Rom 🌍 Picture location - National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II

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Rom 🌍 Picture location - Colosseum

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Palatine Hill / Capitol / Forum Romanum: Arch of Titus

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Palatine Hill / Capitol / Forum Romanum

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Palatine Hill / Capitol / Forum Romanum

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Palatine Hill / Capitol / Forum Romanum

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Palatine Hill / Capitol / Forum Romanum

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Palatine Hill / Capitol / Forum Romanum

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Palatine Hill / Capitol / Forum Romanum

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Palatine Hill / Capitol / Forum Romanum

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Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Colosseum

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Colosseum

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Inside the Colosseum

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Rom 🌍 Picture location - National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II

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Rom 🌍 Picture location - Trastevere

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Trastevere

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Trastevere

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Trastevere: the hostaria the the left side serves high quality food in very large quantities… Go there.

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Trastevere

Rom 🌍 Picture location - View to Castel St. Angelo

Rom 🌍 Picture location - View to Castel St. Angelo

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Piazza Della Repubblica

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

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Rom 🌍 Picture location - Near Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Near Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Fontana di Trevi

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Spanish Steps

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Rom 🌍 Picture location - Tele shot to St. Peter's Basilica

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Tele shot to Castel St. Angelo

Rom 🌍 Picture location - Tele shot to St. Peter's Basilica

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