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What is St. Peter's Basilica
The Basilica of Saint Peter, officially known in Italian as the Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly called Saint Peter's Basilica, is one of four major basilicas of Rome (St. John Lateran, St. Peter's, Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Paul outside the Walls). It is the most prominent building inside the Vatican City and built on the ruins of Old Saint Peter's Basilica. Its dome is also a dominant feature of the Roman skyline. Saint Peter's is also incidentally the patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, whereas the Lateran Basilica is the patriarchal basilica of Rome. Possibly the largest church building in Christianity, it covers an area of 5.7 acres (2.3 ha) and has a capacity of over 60,000 people
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"Vatican City is the smallest city-state in the world, with only 880 people, but is one of the most visited."
"The massive walls surrounding Vatican City strongly underscore the fact that this is an independent, sovereign state."
"An enclave of remarkable buildings and art surrounded by the city of Rome, Vatican City is the smallest sovereign nation in the world—and one of the most powerful."
"Vatican City ( Citta del Vaticano ), also incorrectly known as but popularly synonymous with the Holy See ( Santa Sede ),is the last Papal state in existence and the temporal seat of the Pope, head of the worldwide Catholic Church."
"Although the Vatican basilica is neither the Pope's official seat or first in rank among the great basilicas,( St. John Lateran )it is most certainly his principal church, as most Papal ceremonies take place at St. Peter's due to its size, proximity to the Papal residence, and location within the Vatican City walls."
"Saint Peter's Square ,or Saint Peter's Piazza ( Piazza San Pietro ), is located directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica ,in Vatican City ,the papal enclave within Rome (the Piazza borders to the East the."
"The wings of those buildings closest to the square would be preserved to form a propylaea ,blocking the greater portion of the Vatican City from approaching visitors and framing the Square and Basilica at the head of a grand open space that would allow for easy vehicular access."
"There is simply too much to see in Rome – the Vatican City alone can easily swallow up an entire weekend."
"St Peter’s Basilica stands in the Vatican City above the supposed resting place of the remains of St Peter."
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juha from Finland wrote about St. Peter's Basilica 4 years, one month ago
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karolina from Finland wrote about Vatican City 4 years, 10 months ago
Somewhere next to the outer walls surrounding Vatican, there is a condom dispenser machine (at least there was in 2006). It's an amusing detail, as the Catholic Church isn't exactly pro-(safe)-sex. Get your special souvenir from there :)
st.michael from Finland wrote about Rome 4 years, 9 months ago
La Sagra del Vino
Via Marziale 5, 00136 Rome
Very good food, personnel and reasonable prices. Dinner for two with three courses and coffee + vine + drinks only 50 €.
Be there about 8 pm. (it opens at that time but normally it is full at 8.15 pm.) Of course you can make a reservation.
karolina from Finland wrote about Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary 4 years, 10 months ago
A plaza surrounded by rather nice buildings, upon closer inspection revealed to be very old ruins protected with see-through barriers, with tons of cats hanging arround and chillin among the ruins! A definite must for serious cat lovers. The cats are fed and taken care of by volunteers, so they are rather happy and healthy-looking.
Eventho suffering from serious heat and overall too much Rome for the day-exhaustion, I spent quite a while hanging over the barrier and talkin to them kitties. Luv that place.
traanitapiiri from Finland wrote about Rome 5 years ago
St Peter's Basilica is a must see. One can only be amazed how MUCH MONEY some can waste on something SO USELESS and -well- mostly just hidious. Climb up to the Cupola and see a nice panorama. 320 steps really wasn't so bad but remember to bring an extra bottle of water.
psalmi from Finland wrote about Hotel Villa Patrizi 5 years, 10 months ago
leo from Finland wrote about Vatican City 4 years, 10 months ago
If you're in a hurry and don't mind paying a few euros extra, you can get in without long queuing with a guided tour. There are people selling guided tours outside the Vatican and there's no need to book in advance. Not sure about the quality of all of them, but ours was good. You should use your common sense of course.
chitucmirela from Romania wrote about Rome 4 years, 7 months ago
Great city and great history! I've spent 2 weeks there and I haven't seen as much as I wanted to... so, it will probably be a "next time" :P
By the way, if you intend to visit Vatican or basilica San Pietro, San Givanni or Santa Maria... or that kind of stuff :D... you should not wear short shorts... :P I didn't knew that, so... Anyway, good food, and *really* good capuccino! Yammy!
bjorglangesund from Norway wrote about Column of Marcus Aurelius 3 years, 5 months ago
The column is just a monument to tell the story of brave warriors and triumphes of the Roman men and emperor. The best way to study this column is to visit the "Museo Della Civilta' Romana" in the EUR the part of Rome created by Mussolini. They have made plaster copies of the column and divided it into many small parts so it is possible to admire all the figurines and carvings very close.
juha from Finland wrote about Column of Marcus Aurelius 5 years, 10 months ago
If you're a history freak like me you want to see all the columns and other stuff that you can find in Rome. Aurelius' column is one of the biggest if not the biggest column in Rome and a very cool sight. There are nice cafes around the piazza too.
Not the best of airports, though clean and adequate. Quite a small taxfree area. It was confusing trying to find where you return the rental car, there were no signs and eventually you had to go to arrivals first and from there on there were signs.
leo from Finland wrote about Triton Fountain 4 years, 10 months ago
Nice and 'a must see', but a certified tourist trap none the less. A lot of tourists and a lot of people trying to force you to buy flowers and whatever. Just go there, take the photos and get out of there before you get robbed one way or the other..
leo from Finland wrote about Sistine Chapel 4 years, 10 months ago
They say the japanese company Nippon TV sponsored the restauration of the Michelangelo's Frescoes in the Sistine Chapel in exchange for exclusive media rights to the restored ceiling, which is why you cannot take pictures. It is quite crowded with people, but astonishing none the less. If you're in the neighbourhood, it's a must see.
We had a lovely 5 day trip to Rome years ago with my girlfriend. It's a great city, you can just feel the long history of it and all. We stayed in a hotel very close to Piazza Venetzia and that was a really good call. It's a very central location and thus it's easy to go where ever you want in the city.
I've collected some of the places we visited into this travel story, but I'm missing the most important one which was a great small local restaurant with fantastic food and a queue of locals outside waiting for a table in the cold winter weather. I can't recall the name or the location of the place anymore. :( It was a walking distance from Piazza Venetzia but that's all I know.
I'm a history fan so I found the city great, but some of the touristic sights are a disappointment even if it's Rome, so make sure that you don't go to the bad places if you're tight on time.
Looking back on it the only places I should have gone to were Forum Romanum, Colosseum and Vatican. The rest of the vacation would have been best spent in the cafes and restaurants. :)
Oh, make sure that the taxi drivers put the meter on!
Of course very touristy but also fantastic. Along with the Forum Romanum and Vatican the only must see sight in Rome. Make sure to buy the guided tour to avoid waiting in the lines. The tours are also very good, or at least the one I took was. It's just amazing to think how old the building is as well as how large it is and is still in relatively good shape. Just amazing.
juha from Finland wrote about Trevi Fountain 4 years, one month ago
juha from Finland wrote about Vatican Museums 4 years, one month ago
juha from Finland wrote about Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II 4 years, one month ago
juha from Finland wrote about Piazza del Popolo 4 years, one month ago
One of the bigger piazzas but rather touristic. Well, so are a lot of places in Rome. :) This one is still quite nice and quiet. We went here just to see it and have lunch in one of the many restaurants close by. Nothing special to it. It made a nice stop on our way to Pincian Hill, otherwise wouldn't really have been worth all the walking.
juha from Finland wrote about Domus Aurea 4 years, one month ago
Perhaps the biggest flop in the whole of Rome. I went there to see something great but it was nothing, just a . Definitely not worth the time, even if it is close to Colosseum.
juha from Finland wrote about Roman Forum 4 years, one month ago
wheninrome from Italy wrote about Rome 3 years, 9 months ago
An unforgettable excursion from the Civitavecchia seaport to Rome
“ An unforgettable excursion in Rome”
Some fellow travelers were excited about their arrival at the Civitavecchia
(Seaport of Rome). They had planned this trip to the Eternal City for over a
year and wanted to be sure that each port of call made during the cruise experience was enjoyed to the fullest.
So they decided to do a little research to locate a company that
could provide an excursion for the day - with the intention to go to Rome.
As you can imagine, there were a number of limo, shuttle and taxi services
eager to serve tourist needs - the tough part, which company to choose?
They asked a few fellow passengers while en-route to Civitavecchia seaport
whether they had any recommendations of excursion providers for the day.
As they suspected, for most others they met, this was their first time
visiting - and they needed help as well! They did, however, find a couple
who had been to Rome or Civitavecchia seaport previously and remembered the name of the Rome limousine company they used - and they highly recommended them.
That company was www.tiberlimo.it - based in Rome.
Without dragging this account on and on, all I have to say is that my
acquaintances were provided absolutely fantastic, professional services with
a beautiful Mercedes C class “Mercedes Top Class” to boot!
They arrived on time and provided a 7-hour excursion to Rome and managed to fill every hour with the perfect mixture of sights and sounds as well as a great lunch to match. If you,
your family, wife, girlfriend, or whomever you may be traveling with is
considering Civitavecchia seaport to be one of your ports-of-call, and you
have the time - I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Tiber Limousine based out in of Rome.
They will be sure to make the most of your time in Rome - it's guaranteed!
Their website again is www.tiberlimo.it.
bjorglangesund from Norway wrote about Tiber Island 3 years, 5 months ago
It's definetly worth it going down to the front of the island and all the way down to the river bank. Then you can actually get an impression of how much water and force there is in this river. Also makes it quite diffiucult to imagine the the ships that sailed upstream (of course then, the walls of the Tiber river wasn't there and the whole area was like the Everglades...).
bjorglangesund from Norway wrote about Piazza Colonna 3 years, 5 months ago
This is a very interesting place: on one side is wehere the shopping street Via del Corso explodes into chaos, and on the other side is where the Italian government has one of their main offices, it explodes in press corps, paparazzi and crazy politicians. The column is a copy like everthing else in Roma.
eleanorboots wrote about Rome 2 years, 7 months ago
I've been here before and have never been disappointed.
Last time i stayed in hotel Golden - http://www.hotelgoldenrome.com/
Located as it is on the Villa Borghese was a definite plus.
Easy access to the via Veneto and to the Trevi Fountain. This fitted both.
nuoleekuinlassie replied 10 months, one week ago:
Can't really recommend other than the regular historical ones. I happen to like history. So Colosseum, Forum Romanum, Column of Trajanus and the likes. All are pretty neat. Of course the Vatican as well including the Vatican museum and St Peter's cathedral, but these are pretty obvious. I don't know if there are any other things to see/do in Rome than history. :) Food of course is pretty good too.
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