Remember what your Momma taught you
people in Italy are extremely polite (of course, there are exceptions) and hold manners in high regard. It would serve you well to learn to say please (per favore) and thank you (gratzie). You should also learn your welcome, excuse me and good morning and good evening. Just knowing that much Italian will help you a lot. there are times when it seems like people are rude,(especially in lines) but keep in mind a lot of these people probably aren't Italian. And mind your manners. a woman in the train station got upset at my fiance' because she had her feet up on the seat. It wasn't much of a seat, kind of a ledge around a pole, and in america no one would have thought twice about putting their feet up there, but to her it was offensive (she was being a little rude about it, but I understood her point). In the USA, it seems we hve forgotten about manners in public, but when in Italy, remember what your Momma taught you and be kind!!
This is what your husband looks like ...
... if you get all overcome because you are going to see Cinecitta - and you really dislike being underground and it is your first time on the metro in Rome and you jump on a train just as the door closes and your husband did not jump on the train. And all you can do is mouth - "See you out there" (and hope there will not be a sciopero) and you wait paitently at Cinecitta and he gets off the next train ... (take a photograph of him approaching you) and is very very patient with you.
If you are going to do this - and I would not recommend it - make sure you have your train ticket and some money and know how to get back to your hotel in case things go very wrong.
A couple of mobile phones would probably help too. And a mighty patient and forbearing husband.
Metro, Walking, Taxi
You can get most anywhere by Metro and on foot. I was surprised how easy it was to walk from one end to the other. It's a good way to work off all of the pasta! If walking is not an option, cabs are everywhere.
The metro is very simple. There are two lines crossing each other in the center of the city. Easy!
A nice place near Piazza Barberini
Only half block from Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini, this restaurant resulted a nice finding for us. We went twice to eat pasta and pizza. Good food and service at affordable prices in an area that's not that easy to find that. Try the Pizza al Funghi
The coliseum is probably the most recognized monument in Europe - save the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, and a few others - and it does not disappoint. Pictures cannot show how awesome and intricate and ancient this monument really is. Upon seeing the coliseum for the first time in person, you want to take it all in, from the rustic, crumbling outer walls to the beautiful, intricate interior in various stages of decay.
Take time to see the coliseum from the interior, not just see it from afar while visiting other ruins. The inside has mysteries and secrets tucked into every corner if one only takes the time to look. It is amazing to stand in a stadium - the birth of the modern sports stadium - and know that you are standing on something thousands of years old.
There is also a plaque (sign) commemorating all of the christians that were martyred in the coliseum - a reminder of the coliseums trecherous events years ago.
TIP: Either purchase tickets in advance to avoid long lines, or go at the end of the day with only 1.5 to 2 hours left until closing. There were no lines when we did this.