The Roman Forum
There are so many fantastic places in Rome to see, but if I had to choose only one, I would say the Roman Forum. Walking in the Forum, among the ruins of ancient temples....it's just amazing. It was extremely moving and I'm sure I'll never forget it.
Here is a photo of some of the Vestal Virgins, which are located in (surprise!) the House of the Vestal Virgins. The virgins attended the flame of Vesta and if they broke their vows, they were buried alive! (If you look very closely at the lower left side of the picture, you can see one of the Forum cats curled up against the wall.) I miss everything-the antiquity, the people, the crazy traffic, the jumble of buildings here, there, and everywhere! I just loved Rome, period! (oh, and those funny little 3-wheel cars) ----------------
What to pack, what to wear...
Back packs are the 'only' way to travel in Europe. The little wheels on our luggage don't provide stability on cobble stone streets, plus many hotels do not have elevators. Wear only 'proven' foot wear. A tour around Rome in new shoes is not too wise. Leather sandles in summer, although comfortable, tend to stick to the parts of your foot that they come in contact with, creating blisters (due to the perspiration) I suggest a suede sandle.
Layer your clothing, it is easier to remove a sweater in the heat of the afternoon in winter, than removing your down filled jacket, and paying for it later that night with a fever.
In summer,a light weave cotton is best, with longer shorts. Churches frown upon bare shoulders and tight, short shorts. Carry a light scarf or shawl, or purchase one from a street vendor. Kleenex is readily available in all pharmacies, and the travel pack tissue is larger and more absorbant than tissues in North America. Cold remedies 'as we know them in North America' are non-existant, so place your trust in the Pharmacist. film is available everywhere, including all major (and minor) sites. Additional cost for availability however.
You'll never have a problem downloading photos from your card to a disc. Shops everywhere. Spare memory cards are expensive in Europe, especially Rome. Carry paper plates and plastic forks, for a mini picnic in your room. There are many shops to buy cheese, shrimp, cold meats, vino, and bakery items. Sometimes you just don't feel like going out after a full day of sightseeing.
Souveniers round Trevi Fountain
Its a small shop mainly glass fronted with everything red white and green you could think of. They sell the usual flag badges, Italy car stickers etc but in addition they sell Red and Green Pinochio puppets. They are hand carved and quite the bargain. It depends on what you buy there, but prices range from 1 Euro to about 30 Euros for one of the small statues.
Authentic Italian Trattoria
This is a typical italian trattoria mostly visited by locals. It's not that cosy but the authentic and homemade dishes are just great. Don't be afraid if your italian is not that good, they've got an english menu. You can choose your meal à la carte - the choice is enormous and every week they prepare other specialities - but they have also three sorts of menus. For 10 euro you get a pizza menu (brusscheta, pizza with a free drink and dessert), for 2 euros more you have a pasta menu (choice of pasta with a free drink, dessert and coffee). Or u can go for the big shot : choice of pasta, choice of main dish (fish, meat or vegetarian), choice of dessert + a free choice of drinks including wine or soda. It will only cost you 18 euros. Try the homemade Tiramisu, it's delicious and very light (if we try it at home it's never that good)
About 6 small high tables with stools with a cafeteria style food line in back. Basic setting with good food. At this point I've only had the rice stuffed grape leaves with a yogurt/dill sauce. They were excellent--not too grainy and not too soggy. You take your choice of drink, including Greek beers, from the refrigerator case.
I was brought by a couple from San Francisco who love the place. I saw that they have lamb they slice off a rotating upright spit