Another Spectacular View of Rome
After further review of my last tip, I would have to say that this might be the better view. First, its free from cost and the hassle of waiting in lines. In addition, you have the beautiful confines of Villa Borghese at your back with all its ponds, paths, and silence...
Pincio is the name of the hill directly above Piazza del Popolo. It is high above the square and gives a fantastic view over no less than 12 domes, including St Peters directly in front. With the noises of the city below it is the perfect place to contemplate just how wonderful a time you are having in Rome. It is best viewed in the early morning sun or with the sun lingering at dusk.
The Temple of Vesta
Rome is littered with old, seemingly forgotten, temples and other ancient ruins scattered about everywhere. Here is the Temple of Vesta which sits somewhat southeast of the Theatre of Marcello. No one about but me to view. Mind you this was possibly because of the rain shower. It is a small temple worth a few moments to gaze at. What is unusually as far as I am concerned is that it is round instead rectangular like most Roman temples. It is also one of the oldest in Rome. I think that it dates from the 2nd century B.C.
An Irish-type pub located just off of the Via del Corso, it provides a pleasant atmosphere and plenty of people watching. As with all Italian night spots, you should look nice. Don't go in jeans and a t-shirt - at least wear khakis! Because it's mostly young people there, and is a bar, the dress code isn't too high.
We did some comparative research on the real Italian ice-cream, that is Gelato with a capital G.
We tried the rather famous Giolitti, both their branche close to the Pantheon as well as the one on the shore of the artificial lake at EUR. They both have a large array to choose from; from watermelon and coconut to liquorice and cinnamon. Taste impressions are all the same: great! The Giolitti in the Pantheon area has a slightly bigger choice and a much more friendly staff.
Another legendary name in ice-cream in Rome is San Crispino. Don't miss this one if you're an ice-cream addict or lover. Their shop is very small (around the corner of the Trevi fountain) and the choice 'limited' to 25 or so flavours. They only use the very best ingredients (therefor availability depends on the season) and their craftsmanship is unsurpassed. At Giolitti I tried the blackberry (mora), blueberry (mirtillo) and mixed forest fruits (frutti di bosco). The combination was outstanding.
At San Crispino I had the whisky flavoured together with the San Crispino special (honey ice-cream). Words fail to describe that divine taste.............
See in and Out
From 72 AD, Coloseo Foro Romano entertained the masses. The purpose was to offer a place for citizens to visit and alleviate the stress, and possible revolting against the regime. It worked, and was used rather steadily for 200+ years before the popularity wained. During its era, Christians were not the most to die; only about 2,000. It is said that 30,000 animals were "sacrificed" over the years for the entertainment. There really was gladiators that would fight to the death. Therefore, they had to keep training more constantly and canvassed the whole regional territories of control. This led to more colosseums in various cities to try their talents. Much of the stone walls were torn down to rebuild parts of the city after an earthquake in about 800 AD.