A well-rounded family destination
I would definately rate Rome as a desired family destination for a holiday (Aside from the difficulty getting a buggy/pram around that is).
The kids are just as enthralled as the adults. The one factor that determines one's enjoyment is also the sun and its intensity!
Having kids in the searing heat is not fun.
But with extra care, sunscreen, hats and taking frequent visits to shady spots, kiddies love Rome.
They are mesmerised by the huge buildings. A pity that our little niece was too small at 1 years old, to fully appreciate where she was and what she was seeing!
Catacombs of Saint Callixtus
There are about 67 known Catacombs in Rome. Catacombs are actually underground cemeteries for the Christians for the first four centuries. The dead were placed on shelves cut into the walls of rock after the body was wrapped in loin cloth. The shelves were then cemented and names of the deceased were carved at the side. Catacombs contained some surviving examples of early Christian art. (I saw some decorated candlesticks and slabs at the sides of some of the catacombs that I had visited.) In the 1840's Pope Gregory XVI took steps to preserve the catacombs and their treasures. In the early days, Christians hid in the catacombs to worship out of fear of retaliation by the Roman authorities. Thus today, Masses are sometimes conducted in the catacombs. I think one of the worth going catccombs is Catacombs of Saint Callixtus. It was carved out of soft volcanic rock and was the ancient burial place of the first popes. Their resting places were more elaborated with separate tombs or entire underground chapels.
Nightlife in Rome is quite scarce. Best area I found is the Trastevere area. Here you find street performers, pubs and bars which remain open quite late at night.
Trastevere is a bit away from the Centro Storico (Old City) ;look for it on the map
FRASCHETTERIA DAR BURINO
This is in Rome province, pretty close to Ciampino airport and it's the MOST LOCAL kind of cheap restaurant you will find in Rome! it's on the hills close to Rocca di Papa i had pecorino romano and rosso dei castelli romani
my mother had porchetta and grilled veggies
my friends had pagliata and fettuccine ai porcini
another guy had bucatini all'amatriciana
I think everyone knows the place,so I wont describe it.But,someone told us to come around 13 o´clock,and so we went,but little too early.We went to the line at 12 o´clock,and it seemed long,but it went quickly,and we got in in 20 minutes(to St.Peters),when we went in,we looked behind us,and uddently the line was so long,that the end was otside the squere!
After seeing the church,we first didn´t understand,that we have to go outside to go to museums(I had been there 17years ago,but had forgotten).When we found the entrance to museum,we could walk straight in!But we didn´t go to see all the areas,only coupple,maybe if you want to see all,you need to come earlier.We did see Sistine-chapel.Last time I was there,it was under renovation,and we saw only little part in the middle,now we saw it all.
I just heard a new tip!If you go to Vatican museums first,and see other parts first,and when you go to Sistine chapel,ask the staff,where´s the door to church,and you´ll get straight in!There was only some people on the line,when outside was huge line.Sadly we didn´t know this then.