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Title: My holiday in Rome
Post by: broonage on 09 May 2009 - 19:57
I am back to Paris from 5 days of literal heaven. Seriously! I never thought Rome was such a beautiful place with so many quirky things about it. I thought Paris was quirky enough, but it just doesn't compare!

Anyway, here's a little description. I visited most of the main touristy places (all by foot may i add, we never once took a taxi, metro, bus! Impossible to do that in Paris! Although my legs are really sore!), ate the best ice cream, pizza, pasta, and drank the best coffee (we had a guide book that told us where to go for the best). I also spent a mini-fortune! Check out what i picked up (the photo doesn't include 2 Tomas Milian posters, an Argento t-shirt, mug, etc..!). Basically I went through every DVD stand i saw looking for films with English (not so easy). I'm an amateur when it comes to Italian crime so I was grabbing anything with Squadra, Roma, etc in the title! lol! I ended up with two copies of a Tomas Milian film without realising it until i took the photo (Squadra antiscippo)! I found a great store near the Pizzeria Da Baffetto I went to. It was funny, I had one too many beers there, went out with my girlfriend and spotted the movie store (it was around 10 in the evening!!). I said 'ok let me look' and was in there for 45 minutes! I bought the Tomas Milian poster and had the guys finding any crime/gialli in English for me. I ended up spending 80€ and when we left my girlfriend said that the owners had huge grins on their faces!! Go figure, I’m sure they don't get 80€ sales at 10.45pm often!!

I also went in the HMV style shop that Jonny mentioned. Great, not expensive, however most of the DVDs there are Italiano only! I still ended up getting around 5 DVDs including a few horrors. I also got a great mini poster of Squadra Antimafia with Tomas for 4€!! My girlfriend knew it was "my moment" in these type of stores so when i went hunting for great DVDs she went hunting for CDs for me! She came to me after 30 minutes with a pile of Dario Argento soundtracks, Goblin, and horror. However for 17€ a piece I didn't take them!
I also went to a smaller HMV style store near Piazza Argentina. I went through the entire Italian cinema section. Great box sets of crime but I couldn't determine if they had English or not, so didn't get them.

I also picked up Emergency Squad for €7 at a news stand!! It was grimy and obviously had been sitting there for years, it was wrapped in plastic so i was chuffed though!

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My highlight was of course Profondo Rosso! Mr. Cozzi was working and was great, really nice guy. I spent 100€ in 5 minutes lol. The museum was cool and he also signed my UK disk of Contamination. Check out the photos. Of course I had to wear my lovelockload shirt! We talked a little about his films and Argento. Even my girlfriend liked the place!  ;D

And finally, when I was in the Roma airport coming back to Paris I had to go through security a 2nd time due to the airport bar past customs not taking bank card for food! I went to the ATM to get money and returned to go through security and join my girlfriend. A woman there saw me, ushered me through the security thing that beeps, and then said "Profondo Rosso, super, Dario Argento". I was a little confused and then realised i was wearing a t-shirt I bought at the PR store. She started to hum the children's lullaby! And her colleague saw it and said something like "fantastico!!" Hahaha, brilliant!!

Well ok, as you can see i loved it there and would go back in a second!! Enjoy the pics!
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: Kevin Coed on 09 May 2009 - 20:04
Sounds like you had lots of fun. I haven't been to Italy for over 20 years but hopefully I'll be going sometime soon.  ::)
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: broonage on 09 May 2009 - 20:06
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Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: Jonny on 09 May 2009 - 20:19
Excellent! Glad you had a good time broonage!

Though I can't see how anyone wouldn't have a good time in Rome, it's a wonderful place to visit.
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: broonage on 09 May 2009 - 20:21
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Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: broonage on 09 May 2009 - 20:24
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Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: broonage on 09 May 2009 - 20:28
Yup, I had a wonderful time! Can't wait to go again!  :P

I'm off to watch one of the films i bought and drink one of the Italian beers i smuggled over.
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: drmiaow on 09 May 2009 - 20:36

Great photos and a great piece. I've never been to Rome: maybe it's time I went.


Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: bdc on 09 May 2009 - 22:08
Getting the urge to get on a plane!  :D
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: Paul on 10 May 2009 - 06:12
Great pics and haul you've got there, Broonage.

Rome is a fabulous city - I absolutely adored it too. I love Italy and would spend every holiday I have there if I had the chance - I've only been to Rome and Venice but the country's so diverse from region to region, that you'd never get bored going there, I reckon.
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: broonage on 10 May 2009 - 15:38
Totally agree with you Paul!

I'm already in the midst to convince the girlfriend to go again for our next holiday! lol
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 10 May 2009 - 19:00
Fantastic stuff broonage, i'd love to go to Rome, i've only ever been to Almeria.
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: broonage on 11 May 2009 - 11:43
Lol...I'm in total Italy mode. Been eating pasta that we smuggled over all weekend.  :P

On a side note, I have an extra copy of Squadra antiscippo if someone wants to do a trade or alike?

 ::)
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: Jonny on 11 May 2009 - 11:51
Been eating pasta that we smuggled...

Is pasta considered contraband in France broonage?  :-\
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: Paul on 11 May 2009 - 12:01
Been eating pasta that we smuggled...

Is pasta considered contraband in France broonage?  :-\

You can just imagine the pompous customs officials frowning upon anyone that eats anything but the finest French cuisine.
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: broonage on 11 May 2009 - 12:31
haha,

actually it flourishes here. There's an Italian shop on my street, unfortunately to get the same quality you're talking a large €-price difference for the same pasta. So we smuggled some "real" stuff over.

French and Italian cuisine are both great but I'm leaning towards Italian this week...
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: Jonny on 11 May 2009 - 12:37
...I'm leaning towards Italian this week...

It's great isn't it? Since I got back from Italy pizza's over here just don't cut it.
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: broonage on 11 May 2009 - 21:29
lol....

Well i've been digging into some of the films i got there. Until this evening only horrors, cracked open Milano Calibro 9. Holy shit, I love every minute of it! Tomorrow is the "sequel".  :)

Slowly getting into crime flicks - so far, so frigging good!
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: martino1705 on 11 May 2009 - 22:21
Great piece Broonage, it sounds like you had a brilliant time. I was in Rome for 4 days last September and can only back up all the wonderful things you have to say about it. A few points of my own. As others have said Profondo Rosso is not that cheap especially for DVDs but you simply have to go there for the expierience. The museum itself was slightly bigger than I was expecting from the pictures I had seen but is still not massive..definatly worth a look though.

On the first day there I found a street vendor selling DVDs about 2 minutes walk from Profondo Rosso...it was a Lovelockandloaders idea of paradise. He had 3 or 400 films for sale including most of the Alan Young releases brand new and sealed for 3 euros a piece..I was like a kid in a candy store. I bought about 12 films some of which I already had but could'nt resist due to their cool Italian covers. I went back next day to continue shopping but he was gone and replaced by a bloke selling womens shoes, my wife was delighted I was like a demon!! So there is my first piece of advice if you see something you want buy it then and there as it may not be there the following day.

Second piece of advice is regarding accommodation, if you are thinking of going I recommend you stay as close to the centre as your budget will afford. We stayed at a hotel called the Roma Congress in Via Prenestina which was about 6 miles from the centre of Rome. It was a long walk to the metro through an apparantly dodgy area and even though Merli makes it look like a piece of piss I was not in the mood to take on the local hoods! It was 35 euros by taxi as we found out to our cost on the first day so that was not an option. We decided on the hotel shuttle bus at 10 euros a day return but this took an hour and a half each way due to the manic traffic conditions..so be warned. I would have been happy to walk but the wife's feet were killing her after the 10 hours sightseeing each day...serves her right for wearing the shoes she bought from my fucking DVD stall !!!!! Only joking and happy travelling.
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: Jonny on 12 May 2009 - 08:25
Second piece of advice is regarding accommodation, if you are thinking of going I recommend you stay as close to the centre as your budget will afford.

Absolutely agree with that. Both times we went we stayed just off the via Vittorio Veneto, 5 minutes walk from the Trevi fountain. The room was about 90 euros a night but worth every cent due to the sheer ease of access it gave us to the city. It was such a treat to be able to get up at 8.30am and walk down to the Colosseum, arriving before it got busy and literally having the place to ourselves.

Here's a panoramic pic I took when we went, there was literally about 30 people in the whole place. As we left it seemed like all of Rome was queuing to get in...

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Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: Paul on 12 May 2009 - 08:50
We stayed at Hotel Locarno – this was quite central too – about a ten minute walk from the Profondo Rosso store and about another ten minute walk from the Spanish Steps. It was a gorgeous hotel – although it's only three stars, it has an ambient atmosphere and art deco feel – there was very little in the lobby and bar areas that would suggest much time passing since the 1930s!

As Broonage said, Rome is a relatively small city and most of the places of interest and relevant shops are within walking distance. Our first full day there we took a cab to a huge market in the south of the city centre. We took a slow walk back and never took any transport again – you see so much more if you're prepared to walk around.
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: broonage on 12 May 2009 - 09:13
We opted to rent a flat rather than a hotel. We got one for around the same price as a 2 star hotel right next to the Pantheon. We could cook our own meals and we even had a little terrace to have breakfast in the morning. Really great!

We walked all the time, it took us around 25 minutes (ok maybe a little longer as we stopped to take photos on the way) to get to the PR store. I'm still a little sore but well worth it.

Great photo Jonny. We managed to miss the lines at the Colosseum as we bought a ticket before hand.
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: Ben Cobb on 12 May 2009 - 10:47
Last time I was in Rome I stayed at a place in the centre that supplied free bicycles... it was a great way to the see the city
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: Canisius on 12 May 2009 - 20:08
Looks like a cool vacation to me! And Rome sure is an AMAZING city...unfortunately I've been there only once during a highschool trip but it was a great experience...I am ready to go again in the future! ::)
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: Distorty on 25 Jun 2009 - 02:11
Not long now until I'll be in Rome. These stories make me even more excited!  :P
Title: Re: My holiday in Rome
Post by: Michael Blanton on 25 Jun 2009 - 06:08
Last time I was in Rome I stayed at a place in the centre that supplied free bicycles... it was a great way to the see the city

Did you have to give the bike back?  ;D