wow... where could I begin? how should I begin?
Rome is a... open-air museum in any case, and within the city there is so much to see. I dare to reiterate, if you are a fan of the cultural context of a visit, you should do some reading first, because it makes a difference when you know what you're looking at. Plus, it will be helpful in the planning process.
The... let's say fundamental places that you should visit are: first of, Musei Capitolini (a fantastic place to... develop and enrich the image of Rome's history and don't miss out on the panoramic view from the museum's coffee bar), Musei Vaticani and one of my favourites: Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (stunning selection of art from the 19th and 20th century).
There are MANY more, but one has to start somewhere
In the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva lies the body of St. Catherine of Siena. I think I read that she is the little known patron saint of Italy. He claims to fame are that she levitated around the streets of Siena, was the first woman Doctor of the Church and helped persuade the pope to return to Italy from France (Avignon). I said her body lies in the sepulchre pictured here, but not all of it. For some reason her head and one index finger are still in Siena! I have not been able to find out why she was beheaded and de-digitized but I think it was after her death. It was probably to spread the relics around. I guess it made sense then, but it sure seems macabre to me. The church is just behind (to the southeast) of the Pantheon.
Daytime Market, Nighttime Party Spot
Campo di Fiori is a piazza lined with bars, and is a very popular place at night for grabbing a drink. There is a trick, however, as this spot is anything but secret. When I was living there, I was warned by Italians and non-American expats alike where the bars were to avoid, because the Americans took them over. One of them is here in Campo, and it is called The Drunken Ship. If you want to find some Americans to party with, this is the place. But if you want to go where the locals go, try some of the other enotecas in the piazza. If you are facing The Drunken Ship, to the left there are 2 enotecas side by side. The second one is very cheap, comparatively. You have to look close to see that these two are seperate. But once you have your drink, everyone tends to hang out outside, to socialize and people-watch. As always, looking nice is better, but not required.
I love the quattro formagio wood-fire pizza. The aroma and taste of the cheeses lingered in your mouth even when the slices were in you tummy. The blue cheese might be too strong for some but you can ask to omit it. The Mozzarella Cheese(Italian Version) is fresh and yummy and with the fresh sourish sweet tomatos. Not forgetting the Octopus marinated with olive oil...chewy yet not tough. Wood-fire pizza is the best. The base is soft and crust is crispy. You can taste the distinct taste of the four cheeses and yet they seems to be melted as one in your mouth.
Quamdiu stat Colysaeus, stat et Roma; quando cadet Colysaeus, cadet et Roma, cadet et mundus. - While stands the Coliseum, Rome shall stand; When falls the Coliseum, Rome shall fall; And when Rome falls - the World.
The Colosseum or Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre is an elliptical amphitheatre, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering
Originally capable of seating around 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles.
It remained in use for nearly 500 years with the last recorded games being held there as late as the 6th century. As well as the traditional gladiatorial games, many other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building eventually ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such varied purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry and a Christian shrine.
Unlike earlier amphitheatres that were built into hillsides, the Colosseum is an entirely free-standing structure. It is elliptical in plan and is 189 metres long, and 156 metres wide, with a base area of 6 acres. The height of the outer wall is 48 metres. The perimeter originally measured 545 metres.
The Colosseum's huge crowd capacity made it essential that the venue could be filled or evacuated quickly. Its architects adopted solutions very similar to those used in modern stadiums to deal with the same problem. The amphitheatre was ringed by eighty entrances at ground level, 76 of which were used by ordinary spectators. Each entrance and exit was numbered, as was each staircase. The northern main entrance was reserved for the Roman Emperor and his aides, whilst the other three axial entrances were most likely used by the elite.
The arena itself was 83 metres by 48 metres. It comprised a wooden floor covered by sand, covering an elaborate underground structure called the hypogeum.
Today it is one of modern Rome's most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession to the amphitheatre.
The Colosseum is also depicted on the Italian version of the five-cent euro coin.
On July, 2007, the Colosseum was voted as one of New Open World Corporation's New Seven Wonders of the World.
It is the really huge and exceeding building, what human was created. It impressed me and put me feel myself so small...
Opening hours from
8:30 to one hour before sunset (Good Friday 8:30 - 14:00, June 2 13:30 - 19:45):
8:30 - 16:30 from January 2 to February 15
8:30 - 17:00 from February 16 to March 15
8:30 - 17:30 from March 16 to last Saturday of March
8:30 - 19:15 from last Sunday of March to August 31
8:30 - 19:00 from September 1 to September 30
8:30 - 18:30 from October 1 to last Saturday of October
8:30 - 16:30 from last Sunday of October to December 31
Closed January 1, December 25.
Ticket office closes one hour before closing time
COLOSSEO/FORO ROMANO and PALATINO valid 2 days:
ADULTS € 9,00 + € 2,00 (for exhibitions)
REDUCED FEE € 4,50 + € 2,00 (for exhibitions) for European Union members between 18 and 24 years old
FREE ENTRANCE for persons under 18 and over 65 years old from the European Union