Nuns on the Run
Rome is Las Vegas for thousands of nuns from all over the world. Where else in the world would you find department stores that specialize in 100 different habits, no it's not called A Wimper for all seasons. Anyway, you will see sisters in all shapes and sizes from all over the world during your stay.
Castel Sant’ Angelo
Castel Sant’ Angelo
Not far from the Vatican is the Castel Sant’ Angelo, which for hundreds of years guarded the Vatican. Though it looks like a typical stronghold, Castel Sant’ Angelo was in fact built as a tomb for the emperor Hadrian in AD 135. By the 6th century it had been transformed into a fortress, and it remained a refuge for the popes for almost 1,000 years. From the roof café you have great views of the Vatican and can sip a refreshing glass of wine.
Lungo tevere Castello 50
Make the right choice at the airport!
Very important trick for people arriving at Fiumicino airport. As everywhere in the world, you'll be pushed towards 'taxi', but you may as well use the train, which may be reached following the arrows 'stazione'. Once you're there, if you simply ask for a ticket to Rome, you'll be paying 9 Euro for the 'Leonardo Express' service going no-stop to Roma Central Station (it's called 'Termini'); but you should just take care not to go to the railway ticket office! Buy your ticket at the newstand just beside on the left and ask for a 'metropolitano', the ticket will cost 4,70 Euro and you will stopping all around the railway stations of Rome (Trastevere, Ostiense, Tuscolana, Tiburtina; except for Termini).
If you need a quick guide to trip planning using public transportation in Rome between two points, you may use the interactive table at www.atac.roma.it/trasroma/oraperco/infopoint/infopouk.htm.
Da Meo Patacca!!!
Absolutely attractive restaurant. Not only on the outside where you can enjoy your meal, but also inside. A bit of a medieval feel, loads of fun objects to see, dark wood, quite large and an open kitchen that is in the same style as the restaurant. So you realise, very popular with the tourists. Service was adequate (with that I'm actually saying that it barely sufficed, in a nice way). Simply because it wasn't too friendly once all 12 of us were seated. But I'll write a separate tip about that because in general the Romans gave me a certain impression that is worth mentioning.
I had no reservations in stealing the menu, because it looked nice. Xcept I already uploaded 5 photos so no room for the menu :-) The ovoline di bufala (€ 8) was more than excellent. It's a buffalo cheese (also known as mozzarella), fresh, moist inside but chewable, very very refreshing. After that I enjoyed a spaghetti vongole (€ 13) and tiramisu (€4,50).
From the menu:
Pasta's between €10 - €13
Meat dishes between €12- €17
Side dishes (roast potatoes, green salad, roasted vegetables, etc.) between €4 - €6
Desserts between €4 - €6
House wine: € 8,50 per litre
Coffee espresso: € 2,50
Large beer € 6,50
Bread per portion € 1
The Coliseum (il Colosseo)
The Coliseum is probably the best-known sight in Rome. Therefore, I had to see it too. The queue is always enormously long but to the friends of architecture and ancient ruins it is worth standing in the burning sun... =) During our visit there was a Nike-exhibition which was quite intriguing.