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Rome:  Fact vs. Fiction

Rome: Fact vs. Fiction

Hey y’all!  I can’t express how much I appreciate your emails, your comments on my Blog posts, your questions on Facebook and Instagram.  My greatest desire is to be a reliable resource for you as you contemplate and plan travel.  Today, I’m exploring some of the questions I have received over the past few months about visiting Rome. 

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Rome:  Fact vs. Fiction

Rome: Fact vs. Fiction

Hey y’all!  I can’t express how much I appreciate your emails, your comments on my Blog posts, your questions on Facebook and Instagram.  My greatest desire is to be a reliable resource for you as you contemplate and plan travel.  Today, I’m exploring some of the questions I have received over the past few months about visiting Rome.  Rome:  Fact vs. Fiction!

 

Rome:  Fact vs. Fiction…..Once You Have Seen the “Big Sites” There’s Nothing More to See There.  No Need to Ever Go Back.

Um….FICTION.  Like, best-seller level Fiction.  There’s a real reason why Rome is called the Eternal City, but for the sake of debunking this piece of Fiction, let me just say that the opportunities to learn something new at Rome’s most frequently visited sites are…wait for it….Eternal.  Let me give you some examples.

Last June, my husband I and took 3 of our 4 kids to Rome.  To read more about tips for taking teens to Italy, click here.  None of them had been to Rome, so of course top of their list was The Colosseum.  I’ve been a number of times, as had my husband.

On this visit, I learned the most extraordinary thing.  Of course, the “bleachers” were made of stone.  Not many are left, because the Colosseum was used as a marble quarry at one time (how sad), but there are a few examples of original seats still there.  The wealthy “season ticket holders” had assigned seats, and their name was carved into the marble for as long as they paid for that seat.  When a new “ticket holder” came along, the old name was simply chiseled away, and the new name was carved in the stone.  Whaaaattt?  Clearly, that’s such a cool piece of information that I learned on, like, my 10th, visit to the Colosseum.

 

Rome Fact vs. Fiction Detail of the Colosseum's carved marble seats

 

Another example:  The Vatican Museum is huge, and it’s a time commitment to visit, for sure. Unfortunately,  most people see The Vatican Museum once, and the check it off their list.  Not me.  I go every single time I’m in Rome.  What did I learn this time?  Two amazing things.

First, on display for the first time EVER, were plaster, metal, and straw studies of angles by Bernini.  These studies came out of the basement (my word, not theirs) for visitors to enjoy.  There’s a relatively new curator who sees value in brining out pieces from the Vatican’s HUGE collection that might not have ever been seen.  I think it so interesting to see the steps an accomplished artist takes to plan out their final creations.  And to see Bernini’s process….super cool.  Here’s a post about places to see Bernini’s works throughout Rome.

 

Rome Fact vs. Fiction Bernini's Angel study in the Vatican Museum

 

Second, did you know that the Pantheon used to have towers?  I didn’t.  I only know what all of us see when we visit Hadrian’s amazing rotunda.  But…at one time, towers were added.  And one source of proof is a painted cabinet…one of many cabinets in a long hall in the Vatican Museum….that has an image of the Pantheon with towers.  Of course, there’s been authenticating done beyond just this one image, clearly.  But…..how COOL is that?  Shockingly, (ha) learned this gem of info on my 8th or 9th visit to the Vatican Museum.

 

Rome Fact vs. Fiction Cabinet painting of the Pantheon with towers

 

Ok, so full disclosure….want to know how I really learned all these amazing tidbits?  The only way I recommend seeing major sites…. is with an excellent private guide.  Absolutely, more than any other aspect of your trip you will spend money on, hiring an excellent private guide will absolutely transform your experience from OK or Good…to OUTSTANDING.

 

Rome Fact vs. Fiction Carlo Papini of Rome Guide Services in the Vatican Museum

 

Do I have a recommendation?  Absolutely!  Please email RGSCCReferral@gmail.com, and tell my friend Carlo you need him.  He, and his fellow guides, are the very best in Rome.  I have worked with them for YEARS, and have complete confidence that you will come away from a guided tour with Carlo, eternally (see what I did there) grateful you made that decision.

 

Rome Fact vs. Fiction Carlo Papini of Rome Guide Services in the Colosseum

 

If you need help in planning the perfect trips, I do have One, Two, and Three Day Guides to Rome for sale in my shop.  Happily, lots of readers have purchased and tell me they were VERY helpful in getting the most out of their trip to Rome!

Always delighted to be a resource!!!  Ciao, y’all!

Paris:  Using the Metro Like a Pro

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Having grown up in a city where the most common means of transportation is via car, I have always enjoyed the experience of commuting underground from one place to the next.  I find that many Americans default to taking cabs because they are more familiar with travel at street level.  Let me show you how to use the Paris Metro Like a Pro!

In this post, I’m going to take you step-by-step through the process of using the Paris Metro.  Ready?  Let’s begin!

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It almost seems unreal when you consider that a graffiti artist could command as much as 100,000,000 dollars for a single work.  That’s not a typo.  In 2017, the work “Untitled” by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold at Sotheby’s for $110,000,000.  The popularity of this now deceased artists continues to increase, and if you are lucky enough to be in Paris before January 21, 2019, you simply must make the time to experience the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit at the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

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