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Il giorno in piu’ (The extra day) - Rome Trip Report

Il giorno in piu’ (The extra day) - Rome Trip Report

Old Dec 7th, 2011, 01:13 AM
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Your trip report was fabulous and I SO enjoyed reading it. I cannot find the apartment you stayed in on the SleepItaly site, can you give more info or provide a link to the specific apartment please?
From one "St. Eustachio coffee lover" to another!! I bought SIX half-kilo bags of beans to bring home last month when I was there!!!
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Old Dec 7th, 2011, 01:24 AM
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Lovely report. I was sorry to miss the Audrey Hepburn exhibition, it sounds even better than the Greta Garbo one at the Ferragamo museum a couple of years ago,.
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Old Dec 7th, 2011, 03:27 AM
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Here's the apartment link:

https://www.sleepinitaly.com/en/show...id_appartam=30

Thanks, all.
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Old Dec 7th, 2011, 06:24 AM
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Lovely report, thank you. I sigh for Italy. On our last trip to Rome, we felt as though we had come home. It's difficult to explain.

In addition to the stairs, you really covered some ground--being in shape helps, eh?
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Old Dec 7th, 2011, 07:23 AM
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It does, but only to a certain extent. My feet always tend to give out first! I generally end up walking everywhere and after eight to ten hours a day of walking on cobblestones in boots my feet HURT.
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Old Dec 7th, 2011, 08:52 AM
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after eight to ten hours a day of walking on cobblestones in boots my feet HURT.>>

what we ended up calling "roman foot".

the apartment looks lovely, and very reasonable for where it is, with a terrace AND a separate bedroom.

any disadvantages, apart from all those stairs?
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Old Dec 7th, 2011, 02:47 PM
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Nope. Although the bedroom isn't really "separate" since there's no way to close it off from the living room. It's perfect for 1-2 people, though. Well, 1-2 people who like to climb stairs.
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Old Dec 7th, 2011, 02:56 PM
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nnolen - on our first trip to Rome, with our kids, we had an apartment on the 4th floor, with 89 steps up to the front door.

this was where the kids came in useful, especially at breakfast time. DS, then 15, just loved being able to go out and get the cornetti and other goodies and managed to get just what we wanted every morning from the cafe opposite, despite his almost complete absence of italian, and their lack of english. lots of pointing and smiling i think!

However during the day we tended to follow your plan - out during the morning and early afternoon, shopping as the shops opened again after lunch so we could take things back to the apartment straight away, then a cup of tea [being english] and a nap [being knackered] before supper.
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Old Dec 8th, 2011, 05:53 PM
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Now I really want to go back.

I agree with your view of Renaissance art, I loved the sculptures, but aside from the Bottocelli room on the Uffizi I could walk right past most of it. I know many will disagree but oh well.
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Old Dec 9th, 2011, 01:14 AM
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"While looking at these particular frescoes I was struck with the sudden and intense realization that I don’t particularly care for Renaissance art. I understand the importance of rediscovering the human form and moving away from purely Christian art – but recognizing it as an era of artistic importance really doesn’t mean I have to like it. And I don’t. The women look like men and the babies look like creepy muscular gnomes. There, I said it."

It takes courage to write that, but isn't it wonderful to have those kinds of insights? It is difficult for me to have them at home when I am caught up in the quotidian and my be the main reason I travel.
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Old Dec 9th, 2011, 05:49 AM
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Haha. I don't know about courage....And yes, jscarbary, sculptures are an entirely different matter. And so is Botticelli! His women look like women.
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Old Dec 9th, 2011, 08:35 AM
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Loved your report!
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Old Dec 9th, 2011, 04:04 PM
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Re: stairs to apartment.
Our rental apartment in Rome is on the 3rd (4th American) with 55 steps. However, the steps are evenly spaced, consistent riser height and very safe.
We have visited other apartments that had fewer steps but they were treacherous, i.e. uneven riser, uneven width, wobbly handrail and showing their age with dips and slipperiness.
How were yours?
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Old Dec 10th, 2011, 09:59 AM
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Forgot to add~loved this report and have eaten at a few of your choices too.
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Old Dec 10th, 2011, 11:37 AM
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iluvitaly- the stairs were quite uneven, though i wouldn't go so far as to say treacherous. And I think the first set from the entrance to the first floor didn't have any handrail. They became narrower the higher you climbed and also a bit steeper, it seemed (but that could just be perception). One landing had a bit of a nasty outcrop without a rail that I paid extra attention to so I wouldn't plummet to my death!
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Old Dec 11th, 2011, 03:21 AM
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luckily the stairs in the apartment we rented were very solid and enclosed, so no fear of falling off them.

there were some more within the apartment up to a terrace which were quite rickety, but the view of the colosseum was well worth it!
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Old May 4th, 2014, 10:26 AM
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Just read your report which I enjoyed very much, thank you - such emotion in your description! We are off to Italy this August - have only explored the North so very much looking forward to new experiences. Your report was evocative to read and spiked the imagination...
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Old Nov 18th, 2014, 10:12 AM
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Thanks, JaxandCo! I enjoy writing them almost as much as I enjoy the experience itself. The planning phase before and the writing phase after are really just ways to make my time in Italy seem longer...How was your trip? Did you enjoy Rome? (Of course you did!)
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