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Room With A View

That tower belongs to the Villa Medici.

Ancient steps, a secret entrance?

The surrounding gardens are, I believe, part of the Borghese Gardens. This morning I woke early and opened the window to be greeted by a wonderful cacaphony of birdsong from the nearby trees and church bells in the distance. A nice welcome to Roma!

Statues guarding the gate.

Today we’re going to attempt a self-guided walking tour around the area which includes the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and streets where Fellini shot many of his movies. (Apparently he has a monument too, from what I could gather from the driver who brought us into town from the airport. I was quite tired and suffering from caffeine withdrawal at that point, but will verify today.) And some other stuff too.
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17 Comments

  1. May 19, 2011 / 5:50 am

    That staircase may be hundreds of years old.

    I can imagine a stonemason carving each step meticulously as art.

    I hope your morning coffee satisfies!

  2. May 19, 2011 / 7:27 am

    Have a wonderful day!

  3. Paula
    May 19, 2011 / 5:57 am

    Good morning to you! Caffeine withdrawl should not be an issue from now on since you arrived in the land of cafe. Espresso, macchiato, latte …. enjoy!
    Go and stand at the counter, like the italian men do and enjoy an espresso for 1 euro or less. 🙂

  4. Jane and Lance Hattatt
    May 19, 2011 / 6:05 am

    Hello:
    How wonderful that you have finally arrived! We are sure that the long flight must have been very tiring, but today you are waking up in Rome! How exciting. We shall so much look forward to reading more about the sights you will see, the people who you will meet and, of course, the food and drink!

    Have a wonderful day today – and don’t do too much.

  5. May 19, 2011 / 1:32 pm

    What a wonderful view to begin your day! By the time I’m writing, you’ll have walked the city and begun to absorb Rome and make it your own. Lucky you — enjoy!

  6. May 19, 2011 / 2:00 pm

    Yay. I’m going to get some popcorn and just sit here, waiting, for more:).

  7. neki desu
    May 19, 2011 / 7:27 am

    don’t miss babington’s tea house going down the steps on the left.wonderfully atmospheric and great tea and cakes.

  8. neki desu
    May 19, 2011 / 7:28 am

    oops, meant on the right going down 🙁

  9. coffeeaddict
    May 19, 2011 / 8:22 am

    Enjoy your sojourn in Rome!

  10. Marianne Tandon
    May 19, 2011 / 4:27 pm

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  11. Pam @ over50feeling40
    May 19, 2011 / 9:42 am

    Love the picture!! I do not know what it is about church bells or bells on a college campus, but I just love them!! Sets a scene that I want to be in….

  12. Sarah
    May 19, 2011 / 11:37 am

    Glad you have arrived safely… enjoy your first day there! With a lovely coffee or two as well. Beautiful scenery…. X

  13. Sonia
    May 19, 2011 / 12:04 pm

    I can’t wait to go to Rome. You’re so lucky!!!

  14. Splurgie
    May 19, 2011 / 12:24 pm

    Loved your pictures! I linked to your blog yesterday (for packing tips). I’ll be visiting some of the same places in October. I’ll be studying your posts everyday! Enjoy your trip!

  15. C'estChic!
    May 19, 2011 / 12:41 pm

    Thanks so much for “taking us along”, Pseu! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

  16. Marguerite
    May 19, 2011 / 2:08 pm

    Ah bella Roma. So many similarities between italian and french culture. The morning cappucino is my favorite. Enjoy the beauty!

  17. Katriona
    May 20, 2011 / 2:12 am

    Oh, Ms Pseu, I am there! I am there! Have a wonderful time!

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