The Capitoline Museum was built in the 17th century based on an architectural sketch by Michelangelo. In the first room is The Dying Gaul, a work of majestic skill that's a copy of a Greek original dating from the 3rd century B.C. In a special gallery all her own is the Capitoline Venus, who demurely covers herself. This statue was the symbol of feminine beauty and charm down through the centuries (also a Roman copy of a 3rd-century B.C. Greek original). Amore (Cupid) and Psyche are up to their old tricks near the window.
The entrance courtyard (see photo at left) is lined with the remains (head, hands, foot, and a kneecap) of an ancient colossal statue of Constantine the Great.
Piazza del Campidoglio / Phone: 06/67102071 / Open: Tues-Sun 9am-7pm. Bus: 44, 89, 92, 94, or 716. Admission (to both) 10,000L adults, 5,000L children under age 18. Free on last Sun of each month.
Sunscreen and Good Shoes
Good luggage with wheels for the cobblestone. And extra compact bag for bringing home souveniers. Shoes! Good Shoes. There is lots of cobblestone in Rome. Fabulous scarf for those chilly nights. Pay attention to how the locals wear them. So chic. Sunscreen, Hat Good camera batteries and film. So much cheaper and easier to find at home. Washcloth. The hotels in Italy don't have them. In fact they only have one large bath towel then several hand towels that are made out of the same type of cloth that I would compare to cloth napkins. This was the case for the three hotels where we stayed in Italy. Also, bring a good language guide.
Art In The Making
Artists paint and draw
Selling oils and watercolors If you are buying art from an artist on the square, take the time to talk to the artist and get to know him/her better. Ask for a business card.....
under construction You might try to bargain for a small sconto--discount.
Walking the historical center
The best way to get around is to walk the city. Rome is so much smaller than London or Paris. There really is no need to take any form of transportation besides your legs & feet if you don't have children. If you are staying for awhile or have a definate destination outside the walls then walking will be good enough to get around. I did take the underground to see San Paolo Fuori le Mura. It was very easy to do. You can either buy a ticket from a newsstand or at the station. Try to make sure you have small change with you. Traffic is a constant in Rome, like you wouldn't assume that in a city of nearly 3 million and who knows how many tourists.
Rome's oldest restaurant?
With its unsubstantiated claim as Rome's oldest restaurant, Ristorante la Campana has naturally made it into many guidebooks. As such, it could easily have turned into a tourist trap. Fortunately, their traditional Italian and Roman dishes have remained delicious and authentic and are served in a classic-looking Roman restaurant with multiple dining rooms. If you do come here for an early dinner, you will likely see only tourists, but as the evening progresses, the locals will arrive at their normal dining hour of 9pm or later. The restaurant has a fixed menu, plus many daily specials including some traditional Roman dishes, such as carciofi alla giudia. Note: la Campana is closed on Mondays