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view from the 5th floor

Our class took a field trip to Rome, Italy starting from Sept. 11th (tuesday) to Sept 14th (friday).  We stayed at the Primavera hotel right by Piazza Navona for three nights.  I had my same roommates (Veronica and Lina) during this stay in Rome.  We took the train in a big group along with our professors to get there.

All we did during the first day there was settle down in our rooms, eat dinner, then walk around places near our hotel.  My room was at the 5th floor along with a few other neighbors from school while the rest of our group was either on the 1st floor or at another hotel.  During the first 2 days Veronica and I did not take the cage elevator since it seemed questionable.

the cage elevator
..  It looked like a really old fashioned elevator with manual opening doors and it only fit 4 persons at a time.  We heard about people getting trapped in that elevator from our professors so we did not feel like using it until we heard more reviews of it being used while we were there.  SO, the WALK up the STAIRS was so tiring!! so we ate dinner that first night at one of the many small restaurants nearby.  it was only a 5euro dinner cuz it was a happy hour at the place we ate at.  then after that we walked around the shops for a while then walked to the Pantheon which wasnt too far away. 

The Pantheon was pretty nice.  we only saw the outside of it cuz its not open at night but it was all lit up and so so old that it was amazing to see it for the first time.

pantheon!
  we were there for a while just trying to take some nice pictures of it and the accompanying fountain in the dark with our cameras.

The second day we went to Villa d'Este and Villa Adriana.  Villa d'Este had the famous 100 fountains in a row, along with plenty more huge fountains and pools!  quite nice there.  we stayed there for a few hours, sketched a bit, had lunch outside of the villa at a great pizza place then hung around the souvenier vendors until the bus arrived to take us to Villa Adriana.  Villa Adriana was basically a huge area of ruins.  it wasn't as fun to walk around there as it was at d'Este cuz everything was a long walk and there wasn't too much shade except by the sides of the taller ruins and a few trees here and there. we paid 8euro for d'Este and 10euro for Adriana.

villa d'Este
...  that basically ended the day with the professors.  we then went back to the hotels and were free to wander off and do what we pleased. 

Thursday was the big walk day.  we went to the ruins, the coluseum, saw the arc of constantine, went to the Trevi fountain, walked to Vatican City, went inside St Peters.  (this entry seems a bit long and i'm getting sleepy so i'll finish this really quick..... )  Basically, that walk was very tiring.  we were very tired by the time we got back to our hotels.  veronica and I took the elevator for the first time, i think, after that long day cuz by the time i got there, i was thinking "heck no, am i gonna walk those 5 flights of stairs!"  (sorry for my language).

Sistine Chapel
 

Our last day there, Sept 14th Friday, a group of us decided to stay longer in Rome until late afternoon.  We went to the Vatican Museum (yes, we waited in that super long line) and got to see Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel!  very exciting.  we were taking pictures of the place when we weren't supposed to, but everyone in there was sneaking pictures anyway since it was SO crowded!  we stayed in the chapel for maybe 30 minutes since you are allowed to leave whenever you like.  after that we walked to the vatican post office right outside St Peter's.  Me, Patty, Camille, and Jen Rivo wrote a few post cards and mailed them there.  after that me and Patty went back to the hotel to pick up our bags and went straight to the Train Station.

St Paul's Cathedral
  we did this all by bus, by the way.  all we had to do was purchase a bus pass at any "Tabacchi" store or newspaper stand and validate our tickets inside the bus.   the pass was 1euro each and you can use it for 40minutes, i think... 

Thats basically it.  Our train ride was only a couple of hours, i believe.  Patty and I had to move to a different train cart during our ride because ours had smoke building up in the front of it for some reason and it was really stinky.. lots of white smoke coming from somewhere and everyone was leaving that cart.  but besides that, everything went fine.  Rome was actually really dirty and messy, besides the monuments and Villas. 

 

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view from the 5th floor
view from the 5th floor
the cage elevator
the cage elevator
pantheon!
pantheon!
villa dEste
villa d'Este
Sistine Chapel
Sistine Chapel
St Pauls Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral
Rome
photo by: vulindlela