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Yes, after our initial visit where we stumbled on the open house, I had found out that you could actually stay there, but we have not tried to do so.
I believe they have about two or three rooms for rent. I agree with you this is a fabulous place to spend a night or two and dream what it must have been like to live in such a palazzo a few hundred years ago. Good for you to have picked such an authentic place in Rome and sharing your experience with us.
What's even better is to "live" in Palazzo Massimo the next time you visit! Did you know that Isabella Massimo rents out an apartment in the palace (the building is occupied primarily by Massimo family - and a lot of cats in the courtyard)? I stayed there back in '06 and felt like royalty from the 1800's! The hand carved sculptures and ceiling tiles are just amazing, as is the feeling when you come in the front gate, it is as if you have stepped back in time. The bedroom is decorated very similar to the picture in the original post. This is the most cultural of my experiences in 2 visits to Rome. You have to search for it on sleepinitaly.com. And the price is right, under $200/night, although it may be more now that the exchange rate isn't so good.
LL -- a lovely part of Germany. I was there years ago, and your blog brought back good memories of a scenic area that is often overlooked .... that hasn't changed.
I stand corrected. You certainly did a lot or research on this, so there is no room to argue... . Thank you for telling me the correct ending of the story.
Thanks for the information. However, you have the ending of the story wrong. St. Philip said to the boy, "Go and be blessed and pray to God for me." And Paolo promptly _expired_ in the arms of the saint.
Thanks for the excellent write-up of your Maine adventure, LH brown! What a wonderful idea to view the coastline from your own little boats. And, wow, it sounds like you earned all of the yummy meals with the hard work. Great pictures too!
Elegant, exciting and fun sounds like a description I'd write of you - after reading your informative posts. It is so pleasing to see more of your gorgeous photography as well. Thanks for this incredible post We will put the Adirondacks on our radar now. You might consider entering photography contests if you are not already a professional photographer Each picture in every one of your posts has been beautiful You have a very good eye and entertaining writings Thank you!
Oops. Posted a blank comment. I wanted to say that your story, esp the photos, took me to a place I've never been without getting on a plane! And now it's on my list! Thanks, well said!
It is very rare nowadays that hotel staff go out of their way to really assist their guests when it comes to lost luggage. They usually confine looking inside the hotel and that's it. You weer very lucky you found a good soul in that hotel proprietor.
What a great story - the outcome could have been terrible if not for the kindess of a great proprietor!
We had a lot of fun while we were in NYC and we packed in what we could to make the most of it. We splurged on the carriage ride, but yes, I agree with you it must be hard on the horses. I have heard of the abuse over the years and I am all for it to provide better laws to protect these horses.
WOW! I live in NY and found not only your writing excellent but your choice of itineraries perfect for a quick get away. The only thing I would subtract is the carriage ride. At least in NY, those poor animals are very much abused. Need better laws to protect them so the public can enjoy themselves more.
We had indeed a wonderful time in New York City. There is so much to do there and we just scratched at the surface....
Congratulations to your millenium milestone. I was shooting for it as well, but unfortunately, my computer connection went away temporarily and I am at the merci of the Public Library again.
The Big Apple has never looked or sounded more attractive than in your extensive and very informative blog. Sounds like you and your husband had a terrific time in NYC sampling many of its unique and exquisite attractions. A visit to Tiffany's was a wonderful crowning touch!
PS. This is a very special entry for me as with it I reach the millennium milestone here at the LL Community. And, I see that you are almost there yourself!
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Oops... You are right, I am glad you caught the error... thank you, I stand corrected... funny, even you had to correct yourself, I guess I happens to the best of us... but you are right, we wouldn't want to intentionally misdirect any interested parties....
...make that www.savorysojourns.com
LTravelfan...nice posting...you might want to check your spelling in your links....I believe you have misspelled www.savorysojourns.com...no need to misdirect any interested parties.
Our earlier plans had us driving down from Toronto to Clearwater, Florida. That would have made a visit to Macon a certain treat for us. Now, we've decided to fly instead, mainly due to the vagaries of uncertain and often blizzard-like weather in early February in and around Toronto and Buffalo. Rather than taking a chance on being marooned in huge snow drifts and/or white-out driving onditions, we've opted for the much safer, quicker and convenient option of winging our way down to the Sunny South. So, Macon will have to wait to another time, preferably in summer.
Though we won't be able to witness the special ceremony held earlier in the year Palazzo Massimo, we'll still make a point of going there if just to see it from outside. And, of course, as you've noted, there are several other very interesting places to visit in the immediate area. I'm looking forward to ambling along the narrow and crooked streets and alleys around Piazza Navona to soak in the history and local colour. This is my favourite way of touring any destination and I have spent countless wonderful hours walking about on foot between sunrise and sunset in fabulous cities recently like London, Paris, Stockholm, Vancouver, Calgary, and Santiago De Cuba. I'm sure doing so in Rome will be an absolute treat!
While it is unfortunate that you won't be able to visit the Palazzo Massimo in May when you are in Rome,(since it is onpen only once a year on March 16th), there is another wonderful Museum di Roma right next door at the Pizza Navona which is well worth a visit. From the upstairs windows, you will have a beautiful overview of the Piazza Navona.
Built in 1780 by Cosimo Morelli, for the nephews of Pope Pius VI, it was the last of the ornate Papal family homes.
Trapezoidal in shape, the entrance lies on its shorter side, which faces Piazza San Pantaleo, while the longer side faces Via Pasquino. Here to greet the visitor, is the Hellenistic era (3rd century B.C.) mutilated torso of Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus. This is the famous 'Mastro Pasquino', made famous during the time of the Papal States, for the satirical 'pasquinate' or notes attached to it. Recently restored, and reopened to the public, this museum documents Roman history, art, culture and social life from the Medieval era to the first half of the 20th century. It also houses the 'Gabinetto Comunale delle Stampe', the communal photographic archive of scenery, archaeology and portraits. Built around 18 red granite columns, The coats of arms of the Braschi and Onesti families are carved atop the column's capitals. A notable design feature of the palazzo, is its enormous entrance stairway. The Palazzo's oval shaped, main atrium is decorated with cipolline marble columns, with white marble bases and Doric capitols.
We visited the Museum di Roma and was quite impressed by it, not only by building itself and its wonderful marble stair case, but also with its rich papal collection. We found it well worth the visit.
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