My favorite thing about Rome was enjoying looking at the Colosseum. It is such an awesome piece of archtecture. It is probably the most recognized symbol of Rome and perhaps all of Italy. Having seen it everywhere in television, books, and magazines, I finally got to see it myself.
Street Procession - Peruvian Festival
Rome is international - Rome is inter-cultural. The scent of incense in the air conveys to you that there is, very likely, a procession forming somplace near. Today our noses guided from Piazza Republica to Via Cavour where we were delighted to see this procession of Peruvian people honoring the Madonna of the Miracles.
the daily bargain
It's a open air market, same style as Porta Portese, but here clothes and shoes are the main items sold on the banks. There is a wide variety of stalls sellings loads of new and second hand clothes, military and camping equipment. The market is open from monday to saturday 8.00-14.00. The biggest bargains are the leather goods and accessories which sel at much lower prices than in the department stores.
Using the public transit system's website
Rome has a great public transportation system, which goes everywhere around town. However, it does this through its bus and tram system, as the two Metro lines only go to certain places.
Unfortunately, the ATAC website (the public transit system) is mostly in Italian, including the landing page. The following discussion will show English speakers how to use the website.
The Metro Lines A and B run from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., except on Saturday, when they run until 12:30 a.m. There is sometimes construction that forces riders to use the bus instead.
Normal buses run all day until midnight or so (I am not sure of the exact time), then they switch to night service, which means that many routes stop running but some routes still run with reduced service.
You can actually have the ATAC website (the public transit system) calculate your routing, if you want to test how long it takes to get from a proposed hotel address to the city center. Go to http://infopoint.atac.roma.it/bw.asp?lingua=eng . ***Note that this link has been recently updated, the older link is no longer valid***
Put your hotel's address at the depart from address (note that the street number goes in the separate box to the right of "No"), and put "Piazza Venezia" as the arrival at address (or any other address you'd like to try, like "Piazza San Pietro" for the Vatican, or "Piazza dei Cinquecento" for Termini. Then update the date and time. Actually, you can probably leave the date alone, but note that the time defaults to the current time in Rome, which may not be what you want. Then hit Calculate.
If you do this and compare day time versus night time (after midnight), you'll see the solution change as things shift to night service.
Note that this is one solution, but frequently not the only solution. But it will give you an idea of how long it will take to get places.
DO NOT MISS! Coffee in total grandeur
Caffe Greco (in the most expensive fashion street in Rome, near Spanish steps) has the fin-de-siecle atmosphere, bohemian, artistic and high society all in one.
Expect to pay a lot for your coffee but remember that it is also an experience!
I had the most delightful thick hot chocolate. The waiters were all very formally dressed and there was an artist in a corner, drawing. Many old photos and paintings on the wall. You can wander around, take photos, nobody minds. I had the hot chocolate which was thick, lusciously creamy and whatever other Nigella-like adverbial comments.