December in Rome 2009



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After a whirlwind first visit to Rome in January 2008, I am looking forward to another long weekend visit this December. Just before Christmas is a magical time to be in Italy, and during this trip I want see some of the sites I missed during my first trip, absorb the holiday feel of the city, and perhaps do a bit of last minute shopping!

Author: Laura Thayer


Day 1 - Rome


Thoughts of Rome always take me back to a few spots that are indelibly marked in my memory. One of those is the beautiful Piazza di Spagna. I stayed in the charming little hotel Scalinata di Spagna last year, which is located just at the top of the Spanish Steps. On the first day we'll be arriving later in the day by train. I am excited to visit the Piazza Navona on the first evening and explore the many stalls selling Christmas candies, decorations and toys. The last stop of the day will be to see the Trevi Fountain at night, which is pure magic!


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Piazza di Spagna

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piazza di Spagna
00187 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
fax: +39 6 481 9316 (tourist information)


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Piazza Navona

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Location:

piazza Navona
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 06 060 608(Tourist Information)


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Trevi Fountain (Fontana dei Trevi)

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Location:

piazza di Trevi
Piazza di Trevi
00187 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 06 060 608(Tourist Information)


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Hotel Scalinata di Spagna

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Location:

Piazza Trinità dei Monti 17
00187 Rome, Italy

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tel: 06-6793006
fax: 06-69940598


Day 2 - Rome


Day two begins with an early visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, two important sites in Rome I haven't visited yet. On my last trip I visited St. Peter's and climbed to the top of the cupola, which was the trip highlight. This visit I will spend the afternoon walking the streets of Rome, doing a bit of window shopping, and absorb the Christmas feel of the city.


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Musei Vaticani (Vatican Museums)

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Viale Vaticano
00165 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 (0)6 6988 3041
fax: +39 (0)6 6988 5236


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Sistine Chapel

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Location:

viale Vaticano
Viale del Vaticano
Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 068 530 1758
fax: +39 068 530 1756


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Via del Corso

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Location:

From Piazza Venezia to Piazza del Popolo
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 06 060 608(Tourist Information)


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Via dei Condotti

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via dei Condotti
00187 Rome, Italy


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Via del Babuino

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via del Babuino
00187 Rome, Italy


Day 3 - Rome


After an afternoon of walking and window shopping (& perhaps a bit of last minute Christmas shopping!) yesterday, today is dedicated to the Capitoline Museums and the city's famous ancient Roman sites.


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Piazza del Campidoglio

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piazza del Campidoglio
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 06 060 608(Tourist Information)


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Capitoline Museums

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Location:

piazza del Campidoglio 1
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 6710 2475
fax: +39 6 678 5488


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Roman Forum

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Location:

Via Romolo Artioli
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 06 3996 7700


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Arco di Costantino

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via San Gregorio
Piazza del Colosseo
00184 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
fax: +39 6 481 9316 (Tourism Board)


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The Colosseum (Colosseo)

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Location:

Piazza del Colosseo
Piazzale del Colosseo, Via dei Fori Imperiali
00184 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 700 4261 / +39 6 700 5469


Day 4 - Rome


On the last morning in Rome, I plan a leisurely stroll past the Pantheon to the Campo de' Fiori where I can shop for some local Roman specialties at the market to take back home on the train in the afternoon. Ciao Roma! I will be back soon!


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The Pantheon

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Location:

piazza della Rotonda
Piazza della Rotonda
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 6830 0230


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Campo de' Fiori

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Location:

piazza Campo de' Fiori
Campo de' Fiori
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 06 060 608(Tourist Information)


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