Take your time....!!
Please take your time when visiting Rome, it is a fabulous city with lots to look at, but always try and remember to:
Smile - it helps when you dont have all the words to express yourself in their lovely language
Relax - everyone else seems to be so just enjoy your moments, savour the warmth and welcome of a wonderful people
Be mannerly - always take time to be polite - it costs nothing and it creates a wonderful environment of respect and care. Italian people are some of the most courteous I have met.
Be aware of the culture of modesty in churches - many of us are less religious today and when visiting churches please remember this is where people come for solace, comfort and prayer, so I try to be unobtrusive and respect their holy places.
Thombs and sculptures on Via Appia
You may even see columns, old tombs and statues dating back to the roman times there.
In my opinion it is quite unbelievable, that these buildings have survived more than 2000 years and still look great !
A small part of Via Appia Antica is a pedestrian zone all the time, but a bigger part is off limits for cars ONLY on sundays !
Walk, go walking everywhere
Walk, go walking to everywhere. You'll enjoy of what you'll find every few streets, and you'll be closer to the romans' everyday life. Mix with them. As less tourist you see at a given place, as real and better it will be your experience at that place. Take your time. Take as much time as you can
The best cappucino and handsome staff
This is a cafe & wine bar with a sleek modern feel. The staff are handsome young men -- whether you go for a breakfast cappucino and croissant or an evening wine. The cappucino is yummy. Really creamy. Best we had during the trip. Affordable too. And then, of course, there is the "eye candy" (the staff).
First of all, please be aware that the Vatican Museums have varying open days and times! Check their website to verify that they will be open when you plan on visiting.
The beginnings of the Vatican Museum can be traced back to 1503, when Pope Julius II put some statues on display in one of the rooms that is still part of the museum today. Because the museums are so expansive, I recommend renting an audio guide to give yourself a complete history of each piece and the Vatican as a whole. The rental of one audio guide costs € 5,50.
Give yourself plenty of time to view everything, especially the Sistine Chapel, which is part of the loop around the museums. You must visit the Sistine Chapel as one of the last parts of the tour, although I have read that people skip ahead to it and are sometimes allowed back into the museums again. However, I don't believe that there is any reason to do that. Just follow the direction layed out for you. We spent about 5 hours going through everything (not including St. Peter's).
Some of the treasures contained in the museums include: Egytian art, Etruscan art, Greek statues and art, jewelry, mosaics, paintings, statues, religious art and the Vactican palaces which showcase magnificent murals by Raphael.
Of course, the most famous piece of the museums is the Sistine Chapel which was painted by Michaelangelo. Some things to note about the chapel are: There are no photographs allowed (but it isn't impossible to sneak one in when the guards aren't looking), there is no talking allowed, no food and everything is pretty forcefully stressed by the guards stationed throughout the chapel. There is a bench which follows along each wall and stretches the length of the chapel. If you can grab a seat, it provides a much more relaxed manner of being able to look up at the masterpieces.
The entrance fee is 12 Euro for adults and 8 Euro for the reduced fee.