Europe Day 11 – Rome, The Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Roman Forum

by Troy Grosfield
June 5th, 2010
Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain was incredible.  It reminded me a lot of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, but made me realize how much Caesar’s Palace was just a small imitation of Rome. It’s a group of giant statues and fountains and is surrounded by shops.  This is a huge tourist attraction that brings in many people throughout the day and night.

On the streets you will find people trying to take pictures with you that actually end up costing you money.  People are dressed up in costume and come up to you to take pictures with your camera and they don’t tell you they are charging you a donation until after you’ve already taken the pictures.

The Galleria Alberto Sordi was a mall that looked more like a museum on the inside.  It had towering 100 foot ceilings with many nice shops.

The Spanish Steps

The Spanish steps weren’t as interesting as I thought they would be.  I think the attraction to this area is all the shopping.   It’s really one large shopping district.   The streets are lined with thousands of shops and the streets are crammed with people of all different origins.

The crowds in Rome are very diverse likely due to all the tourism.  It’s fun to sit back and people watch and look at all the different people from different countries.

The Coliseum

The Coliseum

The Coliseum was an awesome structure as well.   It is one of the more familiar Rome structures and was what I had expected.  It’s amazing how Romans could build such structures without any help from cranes or heavy machinery.

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum to me was one of the most interesting attractions.  It’s one of the oldest parts of Rome and is where everything began.  Many of the building structures have crumbled away over time leaving an incredible birds eye view into the city and into a lot of the existing structures.

One thing I was rather surprised about was how easy it was to get to everything. We were able to see all the different tourist attractions by foot without needing any public transportation.  I think part of the reason this was so easy is because there are so many different incredible structures in Rome.  It’s really one amazing structure after another while walking down the streets.

It’s very hard to get water without paying a decent price both on the streets and in restaurants.  Your meals don’t come with free water like we expect in the states.

Prices of things are quite high in the heavy traffic tourist areas.   If you venture off the tourist path even by a block or two you will likely find much better deals especially with bigger meals.

Trevi Fountain



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    November 10th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    :) delll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    May 23rd, 2012 at 2:25 am

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