Learning to cross the street in Rome...
Romans drive like maniacs. And even if you are in the crosswalk, they will still try to mow you down. Some tips we picked up to help you survive: (1) Don't make eye contact! For some reason, if you look at the driver it's like challenging him or her. Just look straight ahead and walk with a purpose. (2) Try to stand next to a nun. Honestly. Cars will come to a screeching halt for a nun, so you're much safer in proximity. (3) Be really, really careful.
Chasing Bernini (Gian Lorenzo - The Son)
A special itinerary in Rome that will allow you to discover most of the masterpieces by the great Italian Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini (born in Naples 1598 - died in Rome 1680) , son of Pietro Bernini (artist himself). :
Basilica of Santa Prassede
(few minutes walk from the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore)
Tomb of Bishop Giovan Battista Santoni (One of the earliest works, he was 17 yrs. old)
Borghese Gallery (several statues)
Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria (see my other tip about it!!)
Barberini Palace and Barberini Square
(several busts, paintings and the 2 fountains on the square)
Church of Santa Bibiana
Via G.Giolitti 154
"Statue of Santa Bibiana"
Church of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale
Via del Quirinale 29
The entire church project was given to Bernini
Church of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte
Via S.Andrea delle Fratte 1
2 Angel statues near the main altar
The "Barcaccia" fountain by Pietro & GianLorenzo Bernini
Church of Santa Maria del Popolo (Chigi Chapel)
Piazza del Popolo 12
"Abacuc and the Angel" + "Daniel"
Church of San Lorenzo in Lucina
Piazza S.Lorenzo in Lucina
"Bust of Gabriele Fonseca"
Capitoline Museum (www.museicapitolini.org)
Piazza del Campidoglio 1
The "Head of Medusa"
Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva
Piazza della Minerva
funeral memorial of Sister Maria Raggi
Church del Gesù (www.chiesadelgesu.org)
Piazza del Gesù
Monument to San Roberto Bellarmino
"Four River Fountain"
Basilica and Square of San Pietro (Vatican)
Few funeral monuments, the St. Peter's Chair, the Scala Regia, the bronze canopy above the main altar and the square with its colonnade.
Church of San Francesco a Ripa
Piazza S. Francesco d'Assisi 88 (Trastevere)
Monument of Ludovica Albertoni
Church of Santa Maria di Monserrato
Via Giulia 151
"Bust of Monsignor Pedro de Foix Montoya"
He also took part to several architectural projects not listed here!!
Most Flights arrive at Roma...
Most Flights arrive at Roma Fumicino Airport. From there there is a shuttle train around every 30min to Roma Termini Station. The trip takes around 30min an costs you less or more 20'000 ITL (10USD).
Buy a daily City Card for Metro/Bus/Tram...
I wouldn't drive car in this city. Too dangerous, motorcycle would be ok if you pay attention...
Eating in Trastevere
La Scala is a very famous restaurant in Rome, in Trastevere. I found it a little overpriced and touristy, but the food was good!
I had bruschetta with tomato and spaghetti all'arrabbiata (tipical of Rome) and it was quite good, though a little bit too spicy for my taste! But everyone's food was good.
Just as a warning, don't expect big quantities!
Obviously, this is the symbol of Rome. I enjoyed watching the Colosseo at night rather than daytime, it's more beautiful with all those lights.
In the daytime you can also visit it, the entrance is 10 euros. Don't know if it's worth it, I had doubts so I didn't go. If you're not on budget like I was, do go and see for yourself and tell me what I missed :)