Tagged With "Rome"

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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 10, 2015: Pantheon, Rome

DrFumblefinger ·
One of my favorite buildings in the world! Perhaps the first domed building of any size ever built and certainly the longest lasting. A testament to the architectural genius of the Romans and a building that has been appreciated by hundreds of millions over the millennia.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 10, 2015: Pantheon, Rome

PHeymont ·
According to Wikipedia, it's the largest un-reinforced concrete dome in the world...even today! I'm always staggered, considering marvels such as this, as Cologne Cathedral in Thursday's blog, and so many more, just how much could be done by artisans and craftsmen without the academic training we give our engineers and architects, but with a lot of thoughtful study.
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Re: Left Bank of the Tiber

IslandMan ·
aaahhh, Roma....!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 27, 2014: Rome from the Sky

rbciao ·
Agreed. Interestingly, Roma did not leave me with a good impression during our first visit in 1980. However, after returning many times, it becomes a more meaningful place for me to enjoy. Now, we take pleasure in just walking the streets, stopping when we decide to linger, and generally hanging out in its diverse neighborhoods. During our trip in May we found some new restaurants, walked familiar neighborhoods from different directions, and discovered new gelatorie to continue our...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 27, 2014: Rome from the Sky

IslandMan ·
..and it's a view that's worth the effort..!
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Re: Herculaneum, 79 A.D.

IslandMan ·
Thanks for the trip, PortMoresby, it looks like a fascinating place to visit. Those Romans certainly knew how to build a city..
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Re: Herculaneum, 79 A.D.

PHeymont ·
Pompeii has never attracted me, for a number of reasons...but I think you have just sold me on Herculaneum. It sill have to wait a while, sadly, but it is on the list.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 4, 2014: Frutta Fresca, Roma

GarryRF ·
I love walking through markets - the smells, the colours and the rare fruits that don't make it to the Supermarkets! And sometimes the samples of local cheese ! I could spend all day there.
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #11: The Arena of Arles and the World of Rome

Travel Rob ·
PHeymont-What a spectacular answer page to the puzzle!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #11: The Arena of Arles and the World of Rome

PortMoresby ·
The remains of Rome are great to see, it cannot be denied, but it's those lovely little bridges that will be the target when I go to Arles. And I will, no doubt. The village within the walls reminds me of the "anfiteatro" in Lucca Italy. It was filled by houses until the 19th century when it was cleared, leaving the ring of buildings on the perimeter and creating the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. I had the good fortune of renting a large apartment in the perimeter ring of buildings, overlooking...
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #11: The Arena of Arles and the World of Rome

PHeymont ·
When you get to Arles, you may want to look at another bridge, this one crossing the Rhone. The clip below is from this website , which also has several other side-by-side comparisons of his paintings and today. The bridge here is modified or replaced, but the steps and the walk along the Rhone have not. And here's another image from my visit, looking down the Canal d'Arles from near the Langlois Bridge (the official name of the "Van Gogh Bridge.")
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #11: The Arena of Arles and the World of Rome

PortMoresby ·
Thanks again, PHeymont. I'll certainly be back for more tips before I go to Arles. This website is becoming dangerous!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 4, 2014: Frutta Fresca, Roma

PortMoresby ·
No market here, just this free-standing kiosk on the sidewalk in the location I described, which is why it's such a surprise. Nothing else around it except a busy street and landscaping which you can see on the left of the photo. No cheese, just a Colosseum.
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Re: Rome getting unwanted new attraction: Active volcanoes

DrFumblefinger ·
We hear similar warnings here about Mt. Rainier and the Yellowstone hotspot. Hopefully we'll all be long gone before anything of consequence happens.
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Re: Rome getting unwanted new attraction: Active volcanoes

GarryRF ·
Just as I thought - a Volcano is only safe until the next time ! I will put my experience of Diamond Head Volcano up there with my first Marathon ! So brave - maybe ....
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Re: Rome and Milan get Chinese police to patrol hot spots

DrFumblefinger ·
It appears as if outsourcing of work continues. Italian police officers are not willing to deal with Italian pickpockets and have turfed the work to the Communist Chinese police. I never cease to be amazed!
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La Dolce Vita (Part 1) Rome: Ruins of an Empire

DrFumblefinger ·
(Interior of the Colosseum, revealing tunnels below the floor) One of the challenges in crafting these blog posts is deciding how to best convey my impressions of a travel destination. How to best discuss a city as fascinating and historic as...
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La Dolce Vita (Part 2) Rome: A City in Renaissance

DrFumblefinger ·
(Overview of the city, viewed from "Rome from the Sky") I'd previously discussed the old Roman Ruins, which you can read about here. After the fall of the Roman Empire around 500 A.D., Rome entered a dark age that lasted a thousand years. ...
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La Dolce Vita (Part 3) The Vatican’s Treasures

DrFumblefinger ·
(Mural of Pope John Paul II, St. Peter's Square, The Vatican) When visiting the Vatican you leave Italy and enter another country, albeit a very small (110 acre) country with only a few hundred permanent residents.  Yet the Vatican...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 13, 2014: The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

DrFumblefinger ·
 One of the most famous structures of the Roman empire, the Colosseum, still stands some 2000 years after it was built.  It's a truly remarkable feat of architecture, engineering and craftsmanship -- one of the world's great iconic...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 4, 2014: Frutta Fresca, Roma

PortMoresby ·
    We all know Rome is a colorful place.  On Christmas Eve, spent walking all around the city, I came along the Via dei Fori Imperiali past Palatine Hill toward the Colosseum and couldn’t help but be particularly struck by...
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Rome Treasure Worth More Than British Crown Jewels

Travel Rob ·
" The Treasures of Naples" opens in Rome.  Photo: AFP Photo: Reuters
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Herculaneum, 79 A.D.

PortMoresby ·
    As a visitor to Naples, Italy and the surrounding countryside, it’s hard to disregard the presence of Mt. Vesuvius looming everywhere one goes.  For example, should one forget for a moment, we have only to step onto the...
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Where Gumbo Was #11: The Arena of Arles and the World of Rome

PHeymont ·
 For Where in the World is Gumbo #11, Gumbo traveled to the Roman arena of Arles, in southern France. This puzzle produced a record number of responses…more than a score on the page where guessers went to great lengths to get it...
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Be careful where you make your mark!

DrFumblefinger ·
  A Russian tourist was recently fined 20,000 Euro for defacing one of Italy's most beloved national symbols, the Colosseum, in Rome.   It's said to be the fifth act of vandalism to that ancient structure this year.   The Russian man...
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Rome's Iconic Trevi Fountain Reopens

Travel Rob ·
  Trevi Fountain in Rome reopened after a 2 million Euro restoration that included installing a suspended transparent walkway and hundreds of lights to improve nighttime illumination. Tourists flocked to see it.   Read More :...
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Fendi to Pay for 4 More Rome Fountain Restorations

Travel Rob ·
After the paying for the restoration of the Iconic Trevi Fountain in Rome, Fendi's  Fashion house announced it will pay 300,000 Euros for maintenance and  restorations on the Janiculum Fountain, the Fountain of...
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Rome roadwork turns up new history

PHeymont ·
Photo: Archaeological Superintendency Rome   Pipeline excavations in Rome's Via Alfonso Lamora last week turned up an unexpected prize: a nearly complete 2000-year-old room with its plaster and frescoes intact. At first, when workers removed...
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Mar. 19, 2016: Ancient Trees, Ancient Bridge

PHeymont ·
Three ancient olive trees keep company with an even older bridge, the famed Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct that once brought water to Nîmes.
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The Boss to play Rome's Circus Maximus (and Milan)

PHeymont ·
Bruce Springsteen—The Boss—has two concerts planned for Italy this summer, including one in the historic Circus Maximus.
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Rome and Milan get Chinese police to patrol hot spots

Travel Rob ·
4 Chinese police to patrol hot spots in Rome and Milan
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Rome: Metro station will be archaeology museum

PHeymont ·
Builder's find a Roman barracks while building a station for the new Metro Line C; it will become an archaeological museum within the station.
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Banksy exhibit opens in Rome

Travel Rob ·
An exhibit featuring street artist Banksy opened on Tuesday at the Palazzo Cipolla in Rome
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Surprise! Naples Best Pizza Invades Rome

PHeymont ·
Famed for pizza and featured on film, Naples favorite da Michele is opening in Rome just ahead of a new branch in London.
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Small Museums of New York State

Jonathan L ·
While driving across New York following the Erie Canal, Jonathan L had the opportunity to stop at some of the smaller museums that are often missed by tourists.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 27, 2014: Rome from the Sky

DrFumblefinger ·
  The best views of Rome are to be found atop the Victor Emmanuel monument, a massive white marble structure some Romans disparagingly call the "Wedding Cake" or the "Typewriter".  Be that as it may, there's a great travel gem here....
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 9, 2015: St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

DrFumblefinger ·
    While visiting Rome recently, one of our favorite cities anywhere, our day's walk through the Baroque section ended by the Tiber River just as the sun was setting.  We were a little lost, a state I like to be in while exploring...
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Pope Francis to take AAdvantage of American

PHeymont ·
  Well, maybe he won't be collecting miles on his travels, but the Pope's travels from DC to New York and on to Philadelphia, and then home to Rome will be on a chartered American Airlines 777. He flew from Rome to Cuba and then to Washington on...
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Left Bank of the Tiber

PortMoresby ·
  I’d looked online for an apartment for my week in Rome, until I was sick of the thought of going.  At some point I came across a recommendation for a women’s hostel in Trastevere (Tras TAY veree), on what I came to think of as...
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A Day Among the Ruins

PortMoresby ·
  I chose Ostia Antica for a day trip from Rome, rather than the much longer trek to Pompeii.  Aside from a few school groups, I had this remarkable place almost to myself.     I realized that there’s a different crowd on...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 10, 2015: Pantheon, Rome

PortMoresby ·
  The Pantheon is a memorable building, whatever the circumstances of finding oneself there, but this day was particularly notable.  Right after I took these pictures I turned and came face-to-face with a Dutchman, a stranger until the day...
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Rome's Spanish Steps closed for makeover

PHeymont ·
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck meet on the Spanish Steps in Roman Holiday (1953)   Rome has gotten more than its share of criticism in recent years for poorly-maintained monuments, but the pendulum may be swinging the other way. The iconic...
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American Brings Lego Art to Rome

Travel Rob ·
American artist, Nathan Sawaya, brought his amazing Legos exhibition "The Art of the Brick" to Rome's SET (Spazio Eventi Tirso Gallery on Wednesday. October 28th.   The exhibition included more than 80 works, such as the Venus...
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Rome airport's Terminal 3 to re-open soon

PHeymont ·
Terminal 3 at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino airport will re-open by the end of July, the local mayor told an Italian Senate panel on Tuesday. That will allow the restoration of normal service at the airport, although the terminal will still need...
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Rome will rebuild Colosseum floor, may host events

PHeymont ·
  Rome's Colosseum, the giant arena where gladiators fought and mock naval battles were staged has been without a floor since the 19th century. That's about to change, as Rome has earmarked over €18 million to restore the floor.   The...
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Rome may back out of quest for 2024 Olympics

PHeymont ·
Rome is a finalist for 2024, but the bid can't go ahead without the city government's support, and that may not be there.
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Rome's Spanish Steps re-open...with a spat

PHeymont ·
Bulgari paid for renovations; head of company calls tourists 'barbarians' and wants steps fenced off at night.
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Phase I of Rome's Colosseum repairs complete

PHeymont ·
Another privately-funded project to save Rome's historic heritage completes part of the work on the Colosseum, funded by the Tod's group.
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Rome getting unwanted new attraction: Active volcanoes

PHeymont ·
Rome's long-dormant volcanoes are moving, slowly, toward future eruptions. Hopefully for Rome, not too soon.
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German tourists up the wall at Colosseum

PHeymont ·
A pair of German tourists sneak through night-time security at Rome's Colosseum and scale its walls...and then post the exploit on YouTube.
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