The most beautiful and vast of Rome's piazza's is lined with baroque palaces and 3 fountains. It is laid out in the ruins of the stadium built by Domitian. Sitting around one of the fountains, just people watching and basking in the warm sunshine, munching on a slab of pizza.
Basilica San Paolo fuori le Mura
One of Rome's four patriarchal basilicas, San Paolo fuori le Mura is the burial place of Saint Paul, the founder of Christianity. It is thus one of the city's most important Christian places of worship. The basilica dates from the 4th century AD, with numerous renovations over the centuries that include the stunning 13th century Venetian mosaics in the apse. Unfortunately, a fire in the first half of the 19th century damaged most of the church, but it was subsequently rebuilt identically to its pre-fire look. The basilica's cloister was spared damage in the 19th century fire and is considered one of Rome's most beautiful. Basilica San Paolo fuori le Mura is located about 15 minutes south of central Rome near the suburb of Eur (just south of Testaccio). The easiest way to get here is to take the Metro
Rip off taxi drivers
Athens, Belgrade, Bucharest, Kaunas, Kiev, Krakow, Minsk, Moscow, Prague, Riga, Rome, Sofia, Warsaw, Zagreb.
Something all of these places have in common is no shortage of taxi drivers who see it as a divine right to rip off tourists. In Bucharest, Minsk and Moscow in particular it is utterly outrageous and if there is an honest taxi driver anywhere in these cities then I am yet to find them.
Some thing else each of these cities have in common is a well developed public transport system based on any of metro / tram / trolley bus. The public transport systems are simple, efficient, quick and inexpensive and provide a welcome alternative to the inevitable taxi driver rip off.
Absolutely none. This is an ordinary, middle class, Roman restaurant which happens to be near Castel Sant'Angelo. However, even though it's near a tourist area, the clientele is mostly Roman off season, and I ate there monthly when I lived in Rome. Anything, but especially pasta. Always drink the house white wine (it's good advice in most restaurants in Rome since the wine comes from the Alban Hills around the city - including Frascati).
Meet the World
One of my first major experiences in Europe as an American was sitting on the Spanish steps in the evening while hundreds of people from all over the world gathered to relax, enjoy the scene, and meet others. It is a pleasant experience which I hope and believe is still repeated there nightly. People were playing music and having a great time. Since I did not have an instrument, I whistled the first part of the 'Popeye' tune. Someone else (with whom I could not really communicate verbally at the time) whistled the last part of the tune in response. While that may seem like just a quaint anecdote in today's global economy, at the time for me (in 1987) it was a big deal to have any kind of connection with people in Europe. On an interesting sidenote, there is a veritable replica of the Spanish steps in the Library area of downtown Los Angeles (my current hometown). The replica in L.A. is not nearly as interesting as the original, but, as they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery.