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TRAV E L – ROME


inscribed in its imposing historical sites with crowd pleasers such as the Pantheon, the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain jostling with crumbling ancient monuments to a bygone imperial age, sitting cheek by jewel with the boisterous modern chaos of the city. With the Vatican so close by, Easter is a highlight on Rome’s calendar and pilgrims flock to the tiny city-state, to adore Raphael and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.


Out on the streets, Vespas scuttle like ants at breakneck speeds waving in and out of the ceaseless traffic through cobbled streets of dense, vibrant neighbourhoods. Chaotic, frenetic and fabulous, Rome is a world city on everyone’s radar and is also the host to world-class football and Six Nations Rugby.


Mr Jones was eager to explore although Mrs Jones was keener to linger over her frothy Cappuccino, admire the view from the roof top terrace of the hotel and plot out her shopping map. A furtive disagreement broke out before order was restored and a compromise was heavily skewed in Mrs Jones’ favour.


‘Santa Pazienza’, patience, is considered ‘holy’ in Rome for good reason.


Things To Do Rome has two main sightseeing focal points; the Colosseum to the east and the Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill) to the west and you don’t have to stroll more than a few metres between both before stumbling upon an ancient world heritage Roman treasure or something knocked up by Michelangelo. If you are intent on seeing the Colosseum go early. Security is tight and the queues can be long. Rome’s most preserved and ancient building, the Pantheon is a must and within metres of the 18th Century Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, enabling a quick flit through the artistic ages in a morning.


See artistic treasures at Palazzo Dorio Pamphilj, a mansion housing a gallery of 15th-18th Century art with canvases by Caravaggio, then give your feet a rest by taking the ‘110 Open’, the open-top bus from Piazza Venezia on a hop-on, hop-off day ticket. The two hour tour takes in St Peter’s, Castel Sant’Angelo, Palazzo del Quirinale (hop-off point for the Trevi Fountain), the Colosseum and Forum and Circo Massimo and if you need open space, head for the sublime Parco della Villa Borghese.


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