- Rome – aside from the obvious
“Secret” keyhole view of the Vatican – well worth the pleasant stroll up the back streets
More info/better directions here http://wikitravel.org/en/Rome/Aventino-Testaccio
We took the open top red tourist bus and got off at the Circus maximus stop, short walk from there, don’t tell your other half where your going, just make her look through the keyhole, it’s quite an experience if you don’t know what you will seePosted 3 years agowallopSubscriber
Can highly recommend this restaurant:
Have a walk round Villa Borghese – very nice.Posted 3 years agojonbaMember
I liked this place and the grounds were nice. Still very much on the tourist trail but only for organised tourists as you’ll need to book before you go.Posted 3 years agoThurman MermanMember
Spent a week there last summer and did all the usual. Just wandering round and popping into *any* baroque church/basilica was mind blowing. They will blow you away. One moved me to tears.
Cat Sanctuary at night. We were wandering back to our our hotel and stumbled across it.
The Trajan Market museum is really good and well done.
For me the museum in the Villa Borghese park was just astonishing. Buy tickets only in advance.
As a typographer the Trajan Column was a bit of a pilgrimage and a highlight, too. Bit geeky, mind.
Make sure you eat in Trastevere. Find the pokiest backstreet restaurant away from the tourists and enjoy the best Italian meal you’ve ever had 🙂Posted 3 years agowoody21Subscriber
We ate in Gusto
Well worth itPosted 3 years agojulzmMember
@tom B “the ruins” are the roman forum I think. Near the capitoline museum? That museum is something else. They have Marcus Aurelius original bronze statue on his horse.
DO NOT be taken in by any tour guide that say they will get you into the Vatican ahead of the usual two hour wait. We were duped by mike from Ohio although I ended up getting my money back by completely calling him out in front of everyone else.Posted 3 years ago
Rome will blow your mind. It is an amazing place. I’m still baffled by how they managed to build the pantheon 2000 years ago.
Also be careful about buying ice cream in main tourist areas, it can be very expensive…..20euros for two gelato for us.martinhutchSubscriber
Buy your Vatican museum tickets from here – no queuing.
We stayed in an apartment opposite the queue of people who didn’t. It was very long indeed.Posted 3 years agozeffirMember
Evening meal in the Trastevere lanes, does not get any better! Imo all the usual sights are all stunning, Roman forum one of my favourites. If you have the time then jump on the train to Orvieto, only about an hour or so and well worth going to- wee tour of Umbria, amazing church and of course some local refreshments! Trevi fountain beautiful, Spanish steps nice but you will get constantly pestered to buy flowers.Posted 3 years agoChubbyBlokeInLycraMember
visit the Pantheon. Just staggering
find a place to watch the door and see how many peple duck when they look up and see the hole in the roof.Posted 3 years ago
The Sant’Ignazio Church, off via Corsa. try not to look at the roof, there’s a disk on the floor in the middle of the church, stand on it, look up and be amazed
Check out the Caravaggios in the Santa Maria dei Poppolo at the top of the via Corsa
Tickets to the Colloseum get you onto the Palantine Hill where the Caesars lived. Interesting enough but with some excellent views over Rome and the Forum. Below the Palantine is Circus Maximus, not much there but you try to imagine the Ben Hur style chariot races.
How long have you got? A freccia rossa (red arrow, mach .25+) train will get you to Naples for a day trip = visit to Pompeii/HerculaneumeskayMember
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Going on the 30th? Catch a Roma game?
We did this, saw Roma V Juventus. If you are a football fan then try to get along to a match. The atmosphere is like nothing you will have been to before. The fans are mental and just as entertaining as the match!!Posted 3 years ago
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