Bed and Rome and Breakfast

lunedì 18 giugno 2018

3 MUST-SEE SITES IN ROME

Basilica of St. John Lateran

Which sites you should not miss when visiting Rome?
Colosseum? Vatican? Trevi Fountain? Well, those are easy answers, but...
Very likely you already know those places having seen them on pictures, movies, books and so on.
And very likely, after going there, you will hate Rome having been submerged by the crowd of people and invited to buy low quality souvenirs by hundreds of seller insisting continuosly to convince you to buy something you do not want.
So, here is my selection of places you should not absolutely miss during your visit in Rome
  1. St. John Lateran
  2. Porta Maggiore
  3. Appian Way

ST. JOHN LATERAN


St. John Lateran
Thousands of people viist every day St. Peter and the Vatican. Much less people visit St. John Lateran that is, actually, the cathedral of Rome and the Holy See. Yes, the throne of the Pope is in St. John Lateran, here is the place where his power starts. St. John Lateran has been the first church to be built in Rome and it is considered the mother of all the churches of the world. And, aloong with the basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, that is located just few hundreds neters away and the Holy Stairs (Scala Sancta), that is located just in front of it, is the symbol of the new equilibrium of power that was defined by the emperor Constantine I the Great in the early IV century AD. That equilibrium has survived till the present days when we consider the influence of the Pope on the political life of the western world. 
The Edict of Milan, year 313 AD, stated the importance of the christian religion and was the first step of a political alliance among the empire and the christian community. The first sign of that alliance was the donation of the area former fort of the imperial cavarly bodyguard and of the adjacent Lateran Palace, previously known as Domus Faustae (House of Fausta, Constantine's wife). 
St. John Lateran was then erected and the Lateran Palace became the residence of the Pope. 
Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
It is well known the the policy of Constatine was strongly inspired by his mother Elena (St. Helen). After her trip to Palestine, she brought back the relics of the Holy Cross, that were placed in the basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, built on the location of her house, the Domus Sessoriana, and the stairs of the Governor Palace of Jerusalem that are believed to be those used by Jesus when going to Pilatus. The stairs were placed in a building in front of St. John Lateran
What essentially occurred in the first part of the IV century AD was that the emperor left to the Pope the moral and religious power, earlier connected to the political and military power in the person of the emperor. And The End of that is not yet arrived.

PORTA MAGGIORE


Porta Maggiore, one of the gates of the Aurelian Wall is probably the place where ancient and modern Rome live together. 
Porta Maggiore
Urban railway
Nowadays Porta Maggiore is one of the main traffic and public transportatio hubs in Rome. Four tramway lines, one urban railway line and some bus lines pass here. Two important roads, Via Prenestina and Via Casilina (once named Labicana), start from here.
Aqueduct
Two thousand years ago it was also a traffic hub for the same two roads. And it was also the main water hub of the city; 9 were entering to Rome in that area. Porta Maggiore itselfis in reality a monumental arch carrying the piping of two aqueducts, Aqua Claudia and Aqua Anio Novus. Piping is clearly visible from the side.

APPIAN WAY

Appian Way
What should be said about the Appian Way apart from the fact that it was named Regina Viarum, Quenn of the Roads? It has been the first highway ever built. The construction technique is so sophisticated that the road has survived till the present days and it's partially used, 
Apart from the road itsel, the Appian Way offers a lot to se: the Circus of Maxentius, the Mausoleum of Caecilia Metella, Villa dei Quintili, Castrum Caetani, Priscilla tomb, the basilica of San Sebastiano fuori le mura, one of the original Seven Pilgrim Churches, the Catacombs of San Callisto and much more.
Villa dei Quintili


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lunedì 21 maggio 2018

ROME - NOT ONLY CENTER

Villa dei Quintili - Appian Way

Few days ago I was driving through the center and I wass impressed by the flow of tourists everywhere.
Rome historical center is full of point fo interest, something like 20000, and because of that it deserves special attention by tourists. Indeed it is the place in the world where there is the highest concentration of monuments, art and so on.
Nevertheless my feeling was different. Evrything seemd to me like people were living like in The Truman Show, a giant size one.

mercoledì 11 aprile 2018

11 PHOTOS OF ROME - CAELIAN HILL


The posts of this series are dedicated to the way I see my city, Rome, and to the way I live it, All the photos of this series have been taken by me or by people that were with me. Sometime the quality is not so good, I hope readers will excuse me for that.

OUT OF TIME, OUT OF SPACE

Rome, like every big city in the world, is chaotic. Let's say that people living in Rome have learned how to survive in the chaos 2000 years ago when, being the first city to do that in human history, it surpassed one million inhabitants.

sabato 7 aprile 2018

VITA DA B&B - POST TECNICO


Eh sì, dicendo tecnico intendo tecnico per davvero, ossia niente a che fare con l'ospitalità, le prenotazioni e così via, anche se alcuni aspetti tecnici ci sono, ma con la chimica e con la fisica.

venerdì 6 aprile 2018

7 PHOTOS OF ROME - ALMA MATER

The cloister inside the faculty of Engineering and the water well, symbol of the
The posts of this series are dedicated to the way I see my city, Rome, and to the way I live it, All the photos of this series have been taken by me or by people that were with me. Sometime the quality is not so good, I hope readers will excuse me for that.

Colle Oppio, San Pietro in Vincoli, Engineering

martedì 27 marzo 2018

SET CINEMATOGRAFICI ROMANI - I SOLITI IGNOTI

Piazza Armenia - I Soliti Ignorti
Dire cinema italiano significa dire Roma, sia perché a Roma ci sono gli studi di Cinecittà sia perché la Città Eterna offre tanti scenari quanto forse nessuna altra città al mondo.

Molti film girati a Roma sono comunque andati alla ricerca di ambientazioni differenti rispetto a quelle che tutto il mondo conosce, Colosseo, San Pietro, Castel Sant'Angelo, ma più legate alla vita di tutti i giorni.

Tra questi film, uno dei più famosi è certamente uno dei capolavori assoluti, anzi proprio il capostipite, della commedia all'italiana, I Soliti Ignoti.

giovedì 1 marzo 2018

ROMAN WALKS - 3 - SOUTH OF THE CENTER

Circus Maximus and Palatine

The itinerary we are recommending today starts from the St. John Villa and is dedicated to the southern part of the historical center of Rome, so including the Aventine hill, Rione Testaccio and the Rione San Saba.

venerdì 12 gennaio 2018

VISIT ROME ON WINTER TIME


Well, I agree that people do not want to take a vacation on  the beach during the winter season. Actually speaking Rome is a city having a long coast line, the longest among European cities, but it is not the place where people go for a tan.

mercoledì 13 dicembre 2017

GRAFFITI TOUR


Graffiti

A tour of independent art galleries in Rome - Street art from Pigneto to Torpignattara.


People know that in Rome beauty can be found everywhere, even without looking for it.
The center of the city is an example of that. It is the Rome of the emperors, of the popes, of Dolce Vita that is in the imagination  of everyone.
Rather, my interest is in an other side of Rome, more hidden but not less interesting, even if you don’t find Rome’s street art in a guide book.

domenica 10 dicembre 2017

ONE WEEK IN ROME - PART 16


FROM THE FICTIONAL DIARY OF A BRITISH TRAVELER

Back to part 15

It took some time to complete the diary of my trip to Rome but, as I wrote at its beginning, I was rather busy with the planning o my wedding with Janet.

Time to go


So my week in Rome came to the end. It would be nice to have longer vacations but it takes time and money. However Janet and I are already planning to come back soon to spend more time together where we met, sisiting also all the most romantic sites of the cisty. And they are not few.

domenica 19 novembre 2017

VITA DA B&B - UN BALCONE, UN DESTINO


Quale modo migliore per rendere omaggio al grande Paolo Villaggio, recentemente scomparso, che essere protagonisti di una disavventura fantozziana proprio dove il mitico ragionier Ugo ha compiuto una delle sue memorabili imprese, prendere l'autobus al volo?

mercoledì 8 novembre 2017

OFFERTA PARCHEGGIO GRATUITO


Una delle caratteristiche uniche del St. John Villa è quella di avere un parcheggio privato. E' quello che vedete nella foto qui sopra, ci entrano due o anche tre macchine see non troppo grandi. E' adatto anche ai furgoni.

Per tutto il mese di novembre e fino al 6 dicembre 2017, a coloro che prenoteranno tramite il nostro sito www.stjohnvilla.it o direttamente per telefono offriremo gratuitamente il parcheggio, su prenotazione e secondo disponibilità.

Il St. John Villa so trova a Roma dietro alla Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, a 5 minuti dalla fermata San Giovanni della linea A della metropolitana e a 15 minuti a piedi dal Colosseo.



domenica 5 novembre 2017

DON'T BE SHY, ASK US


St, John Villa Trip Advisor review

When I started to operate in the Bed and Breakfast business, I was fully convinced that, to have success, my focus had to be on the people rather than on the property itself.
In other words, it is important to offer comfortable rooms that are equipped with everything that is important for a good stay, but it is not necessary that they look like a luxury suite.
People staying at a bed & breakfast or at a guest house are surely happy if they find an informal place but they are especially happy if the host is taking care of them more than the staff of a hotel would do.
I am normally based at the St. John Villa but, whenever you have some special request, even if you are staying at Villa Borghese Guest House or at San Lorenzo Guest House, please fell free to contact me. Please call also and especially in the case you have some problem.
Vincenzo
(phone +39 340 1586022)roma

mercoledì 25 ottobre 2017

ITALIAN BREAKFAST - WHEN IN ROME DO AS ROMANS DO


From a guest review
The breakfast was very basic and only offered sweet items...
Apart from the fact that, at the St. John Villa, we do not offer only sweet items (the specific guest did not look around), even if that was the case, there would be nothing strange, it's the Italian breakfast.

I frankly beliebe that, when traveling, one must not only visit monuments and museums, but also enter into contact with locals and local traditions. And cuisine is an essential part of that.

Italian cuisine is recognized to be of of the three most important cuisines in the world, along with the French and the Chinese ones (I would personally add also the Turkish cuisine). The order of preference can be different, every person may have his/her own, but there is no doubt that visiting Italy and expecting to eat like at home might sound strange.

mercoledì 18 ottobre 2017

lunedì 9 ottobre 2017

OUTLET SHOPPING IN ROME


Italian fashion brands are at the top level of appreciation all around the world. When in Italy, going for shopping is a must do for many travelers.
Outlets provide an excellent combination among variaty of choice of top brands and convenint prices.
Close to Rome there are two well know outlets, one in Valmontone and one in Castel Romano.