skip the trevi,,,have a bevvie ;)
The trevi fountain is quite a recent creation to Rome.It was completed in 1762 by Nicola Salvi.It is Romes largest and most famous fountain.It is a must see,but it will be very busy.Be sure to toss a coin over your shoulder to make sure u will return one day to Rome.You will see 100's of people doing this and it looks quite funny.The staues here are very beautiful and there has been so much work gone into this beautiful fountain.
Caravaggio Masterpieces in San Luigi dei Francesi
Even if you have no interest in art, even if you’ve never heard of Caravaggio, pay a visit to this church and the famous Contarelli Chapel (the first chapel on the left closest to the altar). If you’re near Piazza Navona, you’re less than 5 minutes away. Bring some coins with you to turn on the timed lights for the chapel.
The photo is of one of the three famous Caravaggio masterpieces – paintings on the life of St. Matthew, which marked a turning point in his career. This is the “Calling of St. Matthew” and shows the masterful technique for which Caravaggio is so famous – the use of light and dark – which so many followers imitated. Note the dark void between Christ (with the halo) and St. Peter, and Matthew the tax collector and his colleagues. And see how the dramatically lit hand of Christ visually and metaphorically crosses the void as he calls Matthew, and Matthew seems to say, “Who, me?”
The earliest of the three paintings is the one on the right, “The Martyrdom of St. Matthew”. The last was the altar piece "The Inspiration of St. Matthew." Matthew, one of the four gospel writers, as was customary, is pictured with an angel, just as Luke is usually pictured with an ox, John with an Eagle and Mark with a lion.
See this website for better reproductions of these and other works of Caravaggio.
Near the chapel, the church has placed a small display and explanation of the paintings in French, Italian and English.
The church (facade designed by Giacomo della Porta) is dedicated to St. Louis IX, king and patron saint of France, who lead the crusades. But the facade isn't stylistically representative of della Porta. It is relatively austere and static compared to Il Gesu'. One of my knowledgeable friends wonders if the French commission required something more sedate.
Address: 5 Piazza San Luigi dei Francesi / Via Santa Giovanna d'Arco. Between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to noon - 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.
From the airport to Termini Station
Upon arrival, if you are coming in on an Internatonal flight, you should be on the third level of the Terminal. Proceed to the first level. By pass all the cabbies and limos (unless that is what you want), and go out the front door. If you look to your immediate right, you will see a covered train station. For approximately 5 euros you can buy a tix on the Leonardo Express which will take you to Termini Station (in the heart of Rome). This is much cheaper than the 40 euros charged by the cabbies.
Beautiful Cafe near Quirinale
Beautiful little Italian building which inside serves Ice Creams and pastries and is also a small bar. Outside,Downstairs or bar seating. The Ice creams are immense and the bottled water is the cheapest I came across whilst in Rome.
On the Capitoline hill was the center of the political, social and religues life in Roma.This was the site of the great italic temple dedicated to the Capitoline Jupiter. There are the stairscase with the statue of the Dioscuri and the Palazzo Senatorio. Also there are the Capitoline Museum, which is well known for the fact that is the oldest museum collection in the world.