See the DOMUS AUREA. Nero...
See the DOMUS AUREA. Nero fiddled while Rome burned (A.D. 64)... and then he rebuilt his villa ! After Nero's suicide in A.D. 68, subsequent Roman emperors tried to cover up all remaining traces of their mad predecessor by building on top of his creation: hence the Baths of Titus and Trajan, the Temple of Venus and Rome...
Via Urbana is one of my favourite streets in Rome and it lays upon the ancient Roman street Vicus Patricius, exclusive street in the Roman time. Nowadays this street is inhabited by simple artisans, a character that the whole district still retains.
Green Line Tours - Shuttle Bus Tour of the City
We used Green Line Tours, a shuttle bus around the city, which we could hop on and off, tickets were £14 and valid for a 24 hour period. The office is located a few minutes walk from the Termini Railway Station in Rome, and just off via Cavour.
Frequent departures from 9:30am - 6:30pm
The Shuttle tour will stop near the following places of interest. The letter in brackets refers to the relevant bus stop:
Terminal Via Farini 5A (A)
Fontana di Trevi / Piazza Spagna Via del Traforo 132 (B)
Via Veneto / Via Vittorio Veneto 27 (C)
Villa Borghese / Piazza delle Canestre (D)
Vaticano / Via della Conciliazione 4 (E)
Piazza Navona / Pantheon / Corso Vittorio Emanuele 178 (F)
Piazza Venezia / Piazza Venezia 3 (G)
Bocca delle Verità/Circo Massimo / Via della Greca 11 (H)
Colosseo Via San Gregorio 30 (I)
ICE CREAM EXTREME CHALLENGE
Latest comment from VT'r RoscoeGregg:
"Taking a little time from planting cabbage to say thanks. Your tips were so helpful on our trip to Rome. Fior Di Luna was just OUTSTANDING. We went 3 times one day. I wish you could have seen my friend Barb’s eyes pop when she tasted the clementine gelato"
It took me 2 years in this country to find the ultimate ice cream - ice DREAM to be sure!! I consider myself fortunate as it took this family 10 years to develop the recipies they use at FIOR DI LUNA - research the ingredients - and bring these ICE DREAM flavors to us!!
The clue to the flavors you will experience here lies in not only in the fresh fruits but also where they manage to get these ingredients. In their back kitchen you will see daily deliveries of fresh fruits used to make the fruit based flavors - then take a look at where they acquire their licorice and their chocolate -- you will understand what diligence they have applied to make arguably the BEST gelato to be found.
In addition to the favorite fresh fruit flavors such as, peach, cocconut, lemon, bananna and strawberry - you well may find mellon, liqorice and an extraordinary fig gelato.
To further qualify my choice, a recent feature from Amazon's 5-star rated book THE TERRIOR GUIDE - FOOD WINE ROME by David Downie is attached by photos here and details the difference between the gelato produced at Fior di Luna and every other gelato shop in Rome! Take a look - let me know if you visit and taste the difference. I have found no other (including Giolitti) that can compare!
An excerpt from Downie's book states: "The ingredients are simple: pure, organic cocoa, and pure, unrefined cane sugar, and that’s it. There’s no added butter or fat. The result is grainy, almost granular, bittersweet, and with a vaguely medicinal yet marvelous flavor. Using these ingredients, Fior di Luna makes five different chocolates, two milk chocolates, and one white chocolate. The chocolates and ice creams with vanilla beans are wildly good: “friends” of the shop bring in the beans fresh – not dried - direct from Mauritius.
Fior di Luna uses exclusively organic milk from the Agro Romano district south of the city. The hazelnuts that go into that flavor are of the Tonda Gentile variety from the Langhe in Piedmont, the pistachios are of the Smeraldo variety and come from Bronte, in Sicily. The plump pine nuts are from the Parco Migliarino San Rossore abutting Pisa. All the nuts used here are bought raw and toasted for Fior di Luna by a small, specialized firm based in northern Italy. No semi-processed nut pastes are used. As the owners go out of their way to explain, they don’t make Roman or Italian but rather Mediterranean ice creams, meaning they use no eggs, except in the crema flavor, and no dairy products in the fruit flavors, which contain only fresh fruit, water, and raw cane sugar. Happily, the results are not only ethical, organic, and well-intentioned – they’re delicious."
Ask for one of the family - Mama Italia, Aldo, Fabio, Francesco -- and tell them you found them on VT!!
Take a look at their website and you'll have an idea of the difference between this endeavor and other gelato shops. Fig gelato - dark chocolate - liquoric - vanilla
Foro Romano: How to visit it
The name is applied to the area W. of the via Fori Imperiale running Se to NW from the Colosseo to the Capitoleum Hill and overlooked on the W. by the Palatine Hill (a separate site with a fee). Admission is free. There are 3 large Triumphal Arches in the area: one is right outside next to the Colosseo (where you probably arrived from the Metro). This is that of Constantine. Facing it, the road off to your right (signposted the Via Sacra) is where you start. It leads directly to the Arch of Titus. Beyond is where it all is. The Via runs downhill and ends up at the far end of the area at the Arch of Septimus Severus(#3; pictured here).. The area contains ahandful of columns, a few pieces of buildings, many bases and foundations and statue fragments typical of all good ancient ruins., but these are of great historical interest. To "see" them you need a diagram/map and whatever greater detail satisfies you. As Goethe said " one sees what one knows". Rick Steves provides in his guide books (especially one called "Mona Winks") a good first approximation to Art sites. Among the 800+ VT "blogs" on the fora are a few scattered details, more "insights", lots of repetitvely similar pictures(some erroneously located or attributed). But if you havemore curiosity (and some money) buy a book called "Rome Past and Present"(publisher Vision, Roma) hawked out by the Collosseo and other places for about 12.5 euro (negotiable)(licensed in the US to Frommer (Barnes & Noble $19). It contains fine photos with original appearance plastic overlays ( but a minimal map).Similar volumes treat Ostia, Hadrian's Villa, Delphi, etc, if ruins are your thing.For here we have created a walk Travelog through the Forum without too much (?) detail