Roman Holidays From Ostia Antica to Lido di Ostia Ostia was, and up to a point still is, Rome’s connection with the Mediterranean. Ostia is the Latin word for mouth, and this is what the ancient Romans called the place where the river Tiber met the sea.
Due to silting, however, this place has moved considerably over the last 2000 years, which is why today, you can walk through the open countryside – for about 5 km – from the ancient harbour to the new one, or, to give them both their proper names, from Ostia Antica to Lido di Ostia.
On tourist maps and in travel brochures, Lido di Ostia is generally referred to simply as Lido. Perhaps visitors were confused by this profusion of Ostias, and the Lido inhabitants grew tired of tourists who were erring through the New Town’s modern streets asking everybody
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Roman Holidays Is Castel Gandolfo Worth a Visit? The bad news first.
While Lake Albano looks great from the train when you are approaching Castel Gandolfo station near Rome: lush, green, scenic and just the right size for an easy once-around (an estimated 10 km) that would still give you plenty of time to explore the near-by town …
… it is not all that it seems.
As soon as you descend from the train station and turn left, you walk past the usual suburban lakeside mix of restaurants and rowing clubs, expecting it to improve, but it won’t. It does not help that there is no real trail on the actual shore, but only a country road which sometimes runs quite near the lake and at other times at a respectable distance away from it.
It’s a real
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Roman Holidays Walking Down the Road to Rome All roads lead to Rome. But this is not to say that it does not matter which one of these roads you are going to take. Clearly, there is one road to Rome which is more deeply woven into the city’s historical fabric than the others, more famous and more glamorous than the rest, and it is this one that we are going to explore today.
The Via Appia Antica in the south of Rome may or may not be the oldest road in the world (it was built in the 4th century B.C. to allow Roman soldiers a quick passage to the republic’s southern colonies in the event that they were threatened), but it is certainly its most storied: it was along the Via Appia where Spartacus and his rebel army were crucified, it was here the Apostle Paul walked on
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Roman Holidays Eating in Rome One of the great advantages of having a holiday flat in a residential area – rather than a downtown hotel – is that you are going to live like local people and do what local people do, if only for a week: you shop for groceries in ordinary supermarkets, search for the best near-by bakery and need to familiarize yourself with the public transport system. Best of all, however, in a residential area you are far less likely to step into a tourist trap restaurant.
So how are you going to distinguish between the really good restaurants in your area and the ones which are shunned by the natives? Asking your landlord is a must if he is there to greet you in person (as ours was), but pointless if you are dealing with an agent of the letting company.
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Roman Holidays More Famous Movies in Rome At the end of Part One in our movie walk through Rome, we arrived at the Tempio di Adriano in Piazza di Pietra. This is where we pick up the trail for today’s conclusion of the tour.
Continue straight into Piazza della Rotonda for more art-house cinema, this time with a distinctly Anglo-Saxon flavour.
Peter Greenaway may very well be Britain’s most controversial director, a title to which he lay claim when he featured acts of cannibalism and graphic sex in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.
The Belly of an Architect equally divided critical opinion, but there was one thing that the reviewers could all agree upon: few directors had ever filmed Rome’s architecture with comparable assurance and artistic sensibility.
The film’s opening scene is set in Piazza
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