Let the Natural Courses Guide Your Steps
Some people come to Europe for the first time and are afraid of getting lost. Of course you'll want to see the important sights but getting lost (deliberately), or rather wandering intentionally, should be considered essential on any game plan. Good folding maps of European cities are available at your local bookstore, which will pinpoint you if you don't know exactly where you are. If you fear getting lost, or deliberate wandering is not for you, there are some excellent ways to let the city guide you back and forth. While Rome is no different from other European cities in the disjointed layout and naming scheme of its streets, its central causeway (Via del Corso, or just the 'Corso') runs almost straight north and south from the Piazza del Popolo to the Piazza Venezia. You can see much of what is great in Rome by sticking to within of few blocks of this easy to find thoroughfare. Street names are generally posted at the corners of buildings on the second level above ground. Another interesting route would be to circumnavigate the city by using the Aurelian Wall as your constant conductor and escort. A third option might be walking the Tiber itself. Though the river is terribly polluted and colored a sickly green, it passes among other things the Mausoleum of Augustus, the Castel Sant'Angelo, the Via della Conciliazione leading to Vatican City, the ancient churches of Trastevere, and the Isola Tiberina, from which (if you head north) you can rendezvous with the Capitoline Hill and by extension the 'Corso.' And there you have it! Navigating by Rome's own arteries!
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
This great church, one of Rome's four major basilicas, was built by Pope Liberius in A.D. 358 and was rebuilt by Pope Sixtus III from 432 to 440. Its 14th-century campanile is the city's loftiest. Much doctored in the 18th century, the church's facade isn't an accurate reflection of the treasures inside. Restoration of the 1,600-year-old church is scheduled for completion in 2000. The basilica is especially noted for the 5th-century Roman mosaics in its nave, as well as for its coffered ceiling, said to have been gilded with gold brought from the New World. In the 16th century, Domenico Fontana built a now-restored "Sistine Chapel." In the following century, Flaminio Ponzo designed the Pauline (Borghese) Chapel in the baroque style. The church also contains the tomb of Bernini, Italy's most important baroque sculptor/architect. Ironically, the man who changed the face of Rome with his elaborate fountains is buried in a tomb so simple that it takes a sleuth to track it down (to the right near the altar).
Drink all Night long!
Baja is located near Piazza del Popolo, on the Tiber. Baja is quite exclusive usually, but every Wednesday's Erasmus Party: you pay 10€ and can be served from 11pm-3am at the open bar.
You'll find every nationality on Baja on Wednesday nights...
Usually a drink costs between 6€ and 12€.
You can also eat here, Baja opens around 8pm. None
Best Pizza in Town!!!
A small little reataurant in the centre (near Campo di Fiori), run by Ana and her partner. Don't miss out on their baked vegetables for starter. Their pizzas are graet, thin and crispy. The way a roman pizza should be ! They also have a great chocolate cake. The fiori di zucca pizza (flower tat grows out of the courgette)
If you're in Rome, why not buy that Italian suit. Near the Scala di Spagna there are several tailoring shops where you can buy Italian pure wool suits for as little as 250 euros. Hand stitched and they'll even make any alteration necessary while you get a cup of coffee.