Monument to Vittorio Emmauele II
Check out the HUGE Monument to Vittorio Emmauele II... We didn't get a close up look at this place but even from far away it seemed massive...
This monument was inaugurated in 1911... It houses the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier".
old bridge next to the church with skulls...i wonder how old it is...?
just below this lady was crying and arguing with this guy that was about to tow her car...i guess rome isn't so different then san diego after all...
Metropolitana is definetely the best way to get around, it is rather cheap and very fast. The ticket is available in any Tobacco shop or at the station terminal. It costs one euro for the tickest which last 75 minutes or four euro for the ticket which last 24 hours. To change your route, you have to get to Termini, which is central city atation.
A place to avoid
We stayed at Hotel Selene, near Termini railway station and asked hotel reception to advice for a good restaurant nearby.
They reccomended us Cotto restaurant which was close.The restaurant actually is nice and when we saw that most of the customers were local we thought we were in a good place.
This has probably been one of the worse places where I have been in Italy.Pizza was simply disgusting and the rest was just eatable.I still wonder how it could be full of people. None.
Avoiding the Long Lines at the Coliseum
Il Colosseo! Everything glorious, and many things despicable, about the Roman culture of 2000 years ago can be found in its history. What an astounding pummeling of feelings hit me the first time I saw it.
But first, how to avoid the lines.
1. Buy your ticket at the Palatine Hill entrance. A ticket allows you entrance to both the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum. The entrance to the Palatine is only about 200 meters southwest of the Coliseum. Just follow the path, around the Arch of Constantine, buy your ticket there. Then walk back, past the line at the entrance (the line should form on the right, but often snakes over to the left). Walk up to the turnstiles, place your ticket in the slot, and voila, you're in!
2. There are actually 2 lines at the Coliseum - one for tickets, one for tickets plus audio guide (an extra 4 euros). The audio guide line is always much shorter.
3. Buy the Rome Archeologia Card which costs 20 euros and will gain you entrance to a number of archeological sites including the Coliseum, Palatine Hill, Baths of Caracalla, the National Museum of Rome, etc. You can buy this ticket at any of these sites all of which have a shorter line (most likely, no line) than the Coliseum, then just bypass the line as above. It's valid for 7 days.
4. Make a reservation by phone: 39 06 3996 7700. But I would wait to see what the weather is like. There is a special ticket window to pick up your reserved ticket, so again, no waiting in line.
5. Make a reservation on the internet. (read the fine print): http://www.pierreci.it/do/show/list/20
6. Take a commercial tour. There are a some cheesy "guides" hawking tours outside the Coliseum. Better to go with a reputable company.