So many things you must do,...
So many things you must do, but I particularly enjoyed wandering around the ruins at the Roman Forum and strolling through the Borghese gardens in the North and coming across lakes and temples - just beautiful. Although bustling with people and traffic Rome is also a calm relaxing place to chill out over a drink and people watch. We liked sitting in the Campo de Fiori particularly.
The guidebook of Rome
The name of this book is "Secret Rome" by Ginevra Lovatelli.
I like this guidebook because it says about small, charming places the regular guidebooks don't mention. It's useful especially for who is going to visit Rome not for the first time and wish to see something else than well-known monuments.
Here is the description from the book:
"A church where animals are blessed, a magic door, magnificent palaces that are almost unknown, hidden cloisters and gardens, amazing optical illusions, unknown miracles and legends, a children's hairdresser, a 17th century pharmacy, surprising private collections, mass in Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ, and much more. Far from the traditional tourist locations, Rome has managed to keep many secrets and it can still surprise and seduce its inhabitants and its visitors who thought they knew it well."
It's not cheap, the cost is 16,50 Euro in the bookshop in Rome; Feltrinelli or Mondadori.
Watercolor and Oil Paintings
Piazza Navona is a great spot to stop in and buy some art pieces. There is a large variety of watercolor paintings and oil paintings. The prices are usually displayed, but you can negotiate if you buy more than 1 painting from the same artist.
We got some really nice watercolor paintings and also an oil painting from here. Make sure you negotiate the price especially if you buy more than 1 piece from the same artist. watercolor and oil paintings 8 Euros per watercolor painting (if you buy more than 2 from the same artist); 75 Euros per oil painting (original asking price 100 Euros)
The Zone Map for Metrebus Lazio
The Roma & Più Pass is good for 3 zones. Zone A (the city center) counts for 2 zones and Zone B (the zone around the city center) counts for the third one.
So how do you know which towns are in which zones, since there are 6 zones in the Sistema Metrebus (the unified system of Metro/bus/tram/train in Lazio)? The maps that you find at ATAC and the tourist websites are useless, but here is the link that not only gives you a map, but also lists all the towns by name and zone -
Yes, this map is at ATAC, but I could never find it; it was given to me by an Italian VTer who called ATAC customer support... ;-)
For example, look for Velletri on the list. It's in Zone B, so the Roma & Più Pass will be good for travel to/from Rome and Velletri on the FR4.
Will it be worth it to buy the pass and stay outside of Rome? You need to decide, but, for example, if you stay in Velletri, you already know that you'll each have to pay 5.40 round trip from Velletri to Rome and back on the FR4, if you paid for the tickets directly. And you know that the pass is good for any transportation in Rome itself when you get there (Metro, bus, tram, etc.), which saves you 1 euro per trip. And you know that the Rome & Più Pass gives you 2 museum entrances for free and discounts for the rest (you understand, of course, that this is for state museums, not private ones, nor the Vatican, right?)...so count up on your little fingers how much you might expect to use the pass and see if the cost of the FR4 travel and travel in Rome and museums will add up to more than the 25 euro that the pass will cost. Note that the website for the two passes (Rome Pass and Roma & Più Pass) is
I mention this because the info here is likely to be more up to date than at the ATAC site (I see the 25 euro price is a recent increase from the 23 euro it used to be).
The Last Dinner
We ate our last dinner in Rome at Santa Lucia, a restaurant with an outdoor patio area next to the vine covered Hotel Raphael, which is very near the Piazza Navona. The food is delicious and elegantly prepared, but pricier than that served at most other restaurants we visited.