Baths of Caracalla
These baths, completed in the 3rd century, were named after the emperor Caracalla. During it's heyday it covered 27 acres and could handle 1,600 bathers at a time. This is an amazing sight to see, and is not to be missed.
Via delle Terme di Caracalla 52
Miming the mime
You'll find a number of creative mimes at the Piazza Navona in the evening. They were capable of standing for hours on a pedestal in their costumes, and the only movement they would make would be the blink of an eye.
My favorite mime was a businessman running through the plaza. We saw him there every night. He was always in the same position, with a smile frozen on his face, one foot extended, one behind him, one hand extended, one carrying a briefcase. Even his jacket was rigged with wires to make it look like it was flying in the wind.
My son took this photo of my husband and me with the mime. So, how did we do? Do we make good mimes?
Rome Pza San Giovanni in Laterano Scala Santa
The Basilica San Giovanni is here - the first seat of the Pope and the site of the huge sculptures of the 12 apostles. Here also you will find the Shrine of the Holy Stairs - Santa Scala - and one of the oldest images of Christ - given the name of Acheropita because, according to legend, it was miraculously painted without human intervention. It is the Christian custom to climb the Holy Stairs on ones knees and you can expect to see pilgrims ascending the stairs if you visit. There was, for me, an unmistakable aura of reverence and sanctity inside this shrine.
Restricted Traffic Zone in Rome City Center
It is not legal for most people to drive around in the city center of Rome during weekdays and part of the weekend. This is what an official website says:
"Monday through Friday from 6.30 to 18.00 and Saturday from 14.00 to 18.00 you are not allowed to drive to downtown Rome, unless you are a resident or you are granted a special permission.
All 22 streets accessing the so-called "Limited Traffic Zone" (Z.T.L. in Italian) have been equipped with electronic access detection devices, which are able to detect and record illegal access of vehicles. This electronic access detection system "reads" the plate numbers of vehicles illegally accessing the Zone and the vehicle owners will receive a fine at home.
All tourists wishing to drive to downtown hotels by their private car should first contact the hotel management. Upon arrival the hotel has to send a fax containing numberplate and days of stay to ATAC.
fax 0039 06 57 11 82 59 to avoid the fine.
For further information, please visit www.atac.roma.it or call the Information Center at the number 06 57 118 333 (Monday through Friday from 8.00 to 18.00, Saturday from 14.00 to 18.00)." from http://www.romaturismo.com/v2/romatiaccoglie/en/centrostorico.html
I have finally found the maps of the various Z.T.L. zones in Rome; however, the index and maps are only in Italian at the ATAC website. Please see the map index for the list of maps. Note that "diurna" means daytime, and "notturna" means nighttime.
Note that sectors A through F are generally the center of Rome east of the Tiber. Sector G is Trastevere.
Note that the ZTL hours for Trastevere (Sector G) is different than the others - cars without the proper authorization are banned from Sector G only from 06:30 to 10:00 on Monday through Saturday. At this point, there does not appear to be a ban after 10 a.m.
Huge wine selection with decent prices (somewhat higher with intro of the euro). Friendly staff. Sometimes the American southern rock music is too loud or not the right ambiance, but sometimes it's just perfect. And you can always sit outside. They also have small entrees, but go for the wine.