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Rome - Part 1

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

I arrived in Rome yesterday afternoon. I left my luggage at the hotel and headed straight to the Trastevere, South West of Rome, across the river Tiber. It is one of the most well known and loved areas of Rome nowadays, but it was hardly ever visited not so long ago!

So, after a quick detour to a nearby 'gelateria' where I enjoyed a wonderful ginger and sage/raspberry ice-cream, I crossed the 15th century-Ponte Sisto...

... and headed straight to the top of the Gianicolo hill above the Trastevere, to see the view on Rome.

I thought it would make a good 'introduction': although I came to Rome twice in the past, that was a long time ago!

I wasn't the only one to have had that idea, but it wasn't madly crowded either. It is fun to see the diversity of tourists in a big city like Rome!

This picture below shoes the area where I am staying, near Campo di Fiori (this is the area with the colourful buildings, just above the trees at the bottom).

Then I walked down Via Garibaldi...

... and headed to the Trastevere's little streets and piazzas. I am pretty sure I hadn't been before, or if I had I didn't see much of it. This medieval area of the city is quite charming.

Logically, I ended up on the Trastevere's most well known piazza: Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere.

Its church is breath-taking, and apparently it was the first church where mass was ever celebrated, around 221-227 (although it was rebuilt a couple of times since). Look at the mosaics on the fa├žade!

And inside!

I told you it was breath-taking!

On the way out, I stopped to look at some pretty 'signs' the church's porch was covered with (ex voti? I am not sure, it was all written in Latin and my Latin is very rusty!).

And suddenly, I was starving! I had had breakfast at 9am at the airport, then the ice-cream, but now I wanted a proper meal! It was about 5.45pm. I didn't go very far and stayed in Trastevere. I found just what I wanted...

... pasta with clams, fresh tomatoes and parsley, with a fruity Italian wine. Life is good. The view from where I was sitting was nice too.

After some more walking in the Trastevere...

... I crossed the bridge back to the other side of the River...

... and decided to stop at the lovely pasticceria right next to my hotel on via dei Chiavari for some dessert.

The cakes and pastries are so different from French ones, I was surprised! I chose a ricotta and cherries little pie, which was a good choice.

And I climbed on my hotel's roof (many roofs are like terraces in Rome) to enjoy both the view and my little pie!

Ahhhhhh... Bliss...

But wait, it became even better, when it reached the perfect 'golden hour', and the nearby Sant'Andrea della Valle Church seemed to be just glowing... What a privilege!

Honestly being able to travel to such beautiful places is worth all the lllllong meetings in the world! :) I hope you enjoyed this first blog about the Eternal City. If I am not too busy, I'll try and post another one tomorrow evening to show you what I saw this afternoon. There will probably be a couple more blogs as I am staying in Italy for over a week!!!

Thank you so much for coming with me all the way to Rome! emoticon

Rome - Part 2:

Rome - Part 3:

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GRAMPIAN 1/13/2015 6:13AM

  Interesting pictures.

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TERRIJ7 10/28/2014 11:11AM

    I would agree that being able to visit such beautiful, historic places would be worth the trouble of long meetings.

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QTEALADY20031 10/6/2014 4:57PM

    Claire, these pictures are just breath-taking! I have definitely missed many of your blogs. Had to take care of some things with my friend in NJ and also with myself so I was MIA on Spark. Claire, Rome is on my bucket list and it is a possibility in about a year or two at the most. The architecture is amazing! I love the church where the first Mass was said and the building with the sun shining to look gold is so beautiful. Also, the bakery looked very inviting! You are so fortunate to travel to such wonderful places on this earth (minus the meetings). I am going to read Part 2 and Part 3! What a wonderful trip and wonderful experiences. emoticon June

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CORNERKICK 9/27/2014 3:27AM

  Beautiful pics

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SARAWALKS 9/26/2014 8:35AM

    Oh wow, I love this, Claire! Brings back memories - I saw that church also, it is amazing, and your photos turned out so well! Post them on Flickr so I can fave them! I loved Trastevere too...and the "blue hour" is wonderful no matter where you are!
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LADYVOLSFAN1954 9/20/2014 12:57AM

    Wonderful! Loved the beautiful photos. Thank you!

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MRSRIGS1 9/15/2014 7:35PM

    emoticon So lovely!

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MILPAM3 9/15/2014 6:09AM

    Amazing what seven hills can hold!

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ALIHIKES 9/13/2014 10:12PM

    Thank you Claire for sharing your trip to Rome. You saw so many sights! I LOVED the photo of the church lit up by golden light. And I enjoyed the diversity of the buildings, AND the wonderful food. The pasta looked delightful!
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KAREN91 9/13/2014 7:38PM

    Claire, It is so kind of you to share your travels with us. Through your pictures I feel like I have traveled so many places. emoticon emoticon

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DONNELDA22 9/11/2014 7:11AM

    Thank you again for sharing your travels with us. I love the old buildings and that awesome cathedral. So different from Canada where everything is comparatively new. emoticon

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RENATA144 9/9/2014 10:36PM

  Che Squistoooooooo !!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEREA_72 9/9/2014 10:37AM

    I am Italian and I have been many times to Rome, yet your pictures are great - you really captured the soul and the beauty of this wonderful city! emoticon

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NEWKATHYNOW 9/9/2014 1:34AM

    What a wonderful blog! Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful photos!

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MYAKAYAH 9/9/2014 12:08AM

    Rome is a beautiful place, just wonderful. Thanks for sharing~

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VIVICHAMPERS 9/8/2014 6:29PM

    It's been 3 years since I was last in Rome and your blog makes me want to jump on a plane asap!

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PRNCSCUP1-2FULL 9/8/2014 4:50PM

    Bliss indeed! Thanks for sharing! What wonderful food, walks and views! Thank you again for sharing! As a blind person, I so enjoy reading your blogs and feeling as if I am in Rome with you!

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LIKINMENOW 9/8/2014 2:10PM

    Oh you have such gorgeous photos and truly show Rome's beauty....I could actually taste the food when I saw that photo. I so love Italy and am very grateful for your is magnificent!! You are very talented. I am so grateful to you, you brought me much joy today!

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LORNE67 9/8/2014 2:09PM

    Thank you for sharing the breathtaking pictures. I have never been to Rome but it looks so beautiful.

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IDLETYME 9/8/2014 6:53AM

    Thank you for sharing your lovely trip with us. Enjoy!

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KATIEGIBSON999 9/7/2014 9:39PM

    Thank you so much for the pictures! I have been to Rome and this brought back wonderful memories. emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 9/7/2014 8:30PM

    Totally gorgeous pics! Now I really want to visit there!

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NSCARNEY 9/7/2014 7:25PM

    Beautiful pictures Claire! I'd go hiking with you any day!!!

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    Gorgeous Claire! Just gorgeous, you are very lucky. Thank you for sharing with us.

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COOLRAIN 9/7/2014 4:58PM

    I love your blog so much; it's so sad when I come to the end of a post. Thank you so much for sharing.

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2BDYNAMIC 9/7/2014 12:47PM

    Loved the pictorial ......... and agree; the church is breathtaking! .......... Always loved the old cathedral places to worship ...... thanks much!

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SANDYDOLLAR201 9/7/2014 10:51AM

    Awesome! Thank you for sharing!
Look forward to more travel blogs.

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VAINVT 9/7/2014 9:15AM

  I love traveling with you!

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MARYINFL2000 9/6/2014 10:03PM

  Claire, I love seing the world through your "eyes"! You have a way with words and the camera. Thank you for sharing with us!

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DMEYER4 9/6/2014 7:40PM

  the pictures are breathtaking thank you for sharing and enjoy your trip

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LOVINGKATE 9/6/2014 3:53PM

  Thank you so much for sharing another glorious walk. So beautiful Rome is. Love the photo of the church. I was told they have beautiful churches. The area you are in is very beautiful. Will wait patiently for next blog of Rome. Thanks so much show so much of what the country looks like as I will not be traveling that far any more. I love visiting them with you.

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MILLEDGE2 9/6/2014 8:08AM

    Thanks for taking me along on your walk! It's like getting a free trip to the best spots of Rome!

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NIKKIJ55 9/5/2014 11:22PM

    Thanks for sharing. I was there about 7 years ago and would love to visit again some day

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JERICHO1991 9/5/2014 10:37PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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WALNUTT1961 9/5/2014 9:51PM

    So beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

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MCFITZ2 9/5/2014 8:43PM

    How lovely. Thank you for taking us along. It looks like the streets are very clean.

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ARMATTHAEI 9/5/2014 8:25PM

    Thanks for sharing. I got to travel today through your blog.

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JUNEAU2010 9/5/2014 8:17PM

    Breathless indeed! Speechless, too!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/5/2014 5:27PM

    Another awesome hike. I so love your photos!

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LOVENHWOODS 9/5/2014 2:00PM

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks for taking all of us along with you to Rome!

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EGMINGA 9/5/2014 1:28PM

    emoticon thanks for sharing your travels I will have to add Rome to my bucket list. emoticon

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DNRAE1 9/5/2014 1:17PM

    Wow, that was wonderful, Claire! I'm going to refer back to it whenever I get the chance to get to Rome! Lovely.

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AISLIN7 9/5/2014 11:09AM

  Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed it emoticon

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BEWELL48 9/5/2014 8:30AM

    Thank you for posting! I just booked a trip for my husband and I to go to Italy in November! Will be in Rome, Florence and Venice. So excited! Was in Rome once in
2001 when our son went for a semester abroad. My husband has longed to go back ever since. Your pictures remind me of how special it is!

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