Piazza del Popolo
Although this isn't the most beautiful square of Rome, it's worth the visit for the great size of the square, the elegant church of Santa Maria del Popolo, and the charming view of the near-twin Baroque churches, Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesa.-
During summer, the steps around the obelisk and fountain, and the cafés on either side of the square, are very popular.-
Aunque no sea la plaza más bella de Roma, merece una visita, tanto por su gran escala - es inmensa -, como por la elegante iglesia de Santa María del Popolo y la encantadora vista de las dos iglesias gemelas, la Santa Maria dei Miracoli y la Santa Maria in Montesa.-
Durante los días de verano, los escalones alrededor del obelisco que se encuentra en su centro, y los cafés que se encuentran a ambos lados de la plaza son muy populares.-
Ostia Antica is 26km southwest of Rome and is Romes ancient seaport. Take the Metro Line B from Stazione Termini to the Magliana stop. Change here for the Lido train to Ostia Antica. The trip takes about 20 minutes. The Metro lets you off across the highway that connects Rome with the coast. It's just a short walk to the excavations. You can see all of the typical Roman ruins here including a great ampi-theatre. There is also a very nice beach to sun yourself on.
Where are the taxis?
Taxis are few and far apart, in Rome as in any Italian city. Italian taxis do not stop if you wave at them, Italians telephone booking for a taxi maybe 15 minutes before they need it and taximeters start running BEFORE they arrive to pick passengers. In addition, there are half a dozen places where taxis park: like in front of the train station. That is why your hotel porter will offer to get a taxi for you, if you just walk out of your hotel, you will not find a taxi.
After trying and being disappointed by many local restaurants in the vicinity of our hotel, my husband and I were wandering about trying to decide where to eat dinner when we came across this Chinese restaurant. We figured even the Romans could not ruin fried rice. We were so very suprised to discover that the food was GREAT. The menu was in Italian, Chinese and English so we were able to point at our choice and not have to use our English/Italian phrase book. Unlike many of the other restaurants in the area the prices were very affordable. I loved the fried rice with vegetables and the grilled shrimp. The "bread" tasted more like a doughnut than bread and was very good
Visit the Colosseum on a Sunday and at the time of writing this, entrance was free and takes you into the Roman Forum on the same ticket. Arrive early to avoid the queues.
The amphitheatre, I believe, was completed in 80AD. It could seat 45,000 people and had standing room for another 5,000. The original flooring has rotted away to expose the underground chambers and passageways where gladiators and wild animals waited for the games to begin.