The Obelisk in the centre...
The Obelisk in the centre dates from the Egypt of Rameses 11 (13th century BC)
Twin Baroque churches of Santa Maria Dei Miracoli and santa Maria in Montesanto, which were complited by two 17th century masters. Gianlorenza Benini and Carlo Fontana.
Piazza di Spangna,
Fontana della Barvaccia
Fontana di Trevi,
Palazzo del Quirinale,
Piazza Venezia, Many try this piazza because of endless traffic jams,
Vittorio Emanuel Monument, to celebrate the first king of unified Italy,
North west of the monument , the 15th cnturyPalazzo Venezia, any one with interest in fine architecture.
The Pantheon, in Piazza della Rotondo.
Temple of Vesta, Just the beauty of the life the Italians live.
One day I will enjoy this life of freedom.
Your own umbrella or else you'll be haggling "5 euro, no...how bout 4 euro" Make sure you take a water proof jacket of something of the like. My jacket ended up not being water proof and I was miserable...cold and wet
Sermoneta, Fine Linens
The afternoon in late May that we walked into Sermoneta on via del Tritone a charming saleslady (please see photo) helped us with our purchase.
We were on the hunt for all-cotton, scene-patterned, jacquard, kitchen dishtowels. There were 10 scenes to choose from, the saleslady, who was very good in a subtle way, displayed all the choices. We picked one each from the olive oil, wine, kitchen and bread scenes, in colors blue, yellow, green and red.
Sitting on the Quirinale Hill, one of Rome’s seven original hills, this 1898 location was the first for this charming, old-fashioned, linen shop. There is one at Piazza di Spagna and another branch on the Corso.
The entire shopping experience at Sermoneta was unhurried and friendly. What a civilized way to do business. The saleslady did not speak English; it did not matter. We got our business done in a most pleasant fashion.
The store carries bed and table linens, and bath and kitchen towels at the high end of the market.
The metro can be manic at rush hour - so try to avoid! The day we went to the Vatican was before 9am and it took 3 trains before we could get on one as it was so packed - but then the 3 trains arrived in the space of 5 mins so we didin't have to wait long.
You know, sometimes the best way to sample the local food is not in a fancy restaurant, but in a local deli. These "mom and pop" businesses sell the real food! I recall one deli just outside the Vatican walls (if you exit the Vatican Museum I think it's through the walls and on your right). We stopped to buy water, and ended up walking out with zucchini flower foccacia and millefiori honey (local honey made with a thousand flowers). The whole bill was less than 10 Euro!!!