Seven Hills of Rome
The seven hills of Rome are:
Palatine, Capitoline, Aventine, Celian, Esquiline, Viminal and Quirinal. Two other hills though gave lovely views of Rome - the Janiculum (see off the beaten track) and this one the Pincio where in the Piazzale Napoleon there is this lovely view over the Piazza del Popolo and silhouetted is the dome of St Peter's in the distance.
Daytrip - Lago di Bracciano
This beautiful little medieval village, with its castle and its lake, it's definetely worth a visit! There are trains departing from Rome to go there, even though I don't know exactly how it works because I always went there by car.
For more info and pics please take a look at my Lago di Bracciano page :-)
PIAZZA NAVONA by night
If you are in Rome you cannot miss its typical squares, such as Piazza Navona. Life in this Roman Piazza starts very early and goes on til the early morning hours. Both in Summer or Winter (if the weather permits) a stroll on Piazza Navona is a must. Bernini's fountains by night look so enchanted and there's almost always someone taking pictures of these fountains. The oil painters are usually also there at night so that one can admire their talents and maybe buy one of their paintings to take home. The outdoor Cafe and Restaurants are very nice and one can taste Roman food or Ice Creams while enjoying the atmosphere at Piazza Navona or listening to the street singers, singing lovely Roman songs. Anything you want but the Cafes and the Restaurants are quite Chic where I suggest tourists to wear casual smart.
Good Family-owned Trattoria-Pizzeria
This last trip to Italy [October of 2006], we stayed in Ostia Lido (Roma) to be 10 minutes from the Rome Airport for an early morning flight. We stayed in the Airport Palace Hotel and walked around the general area near the hotel to find an inexpensive but good place to have a pizza on our last evening in Italy.
Luckily, we found the Trattoria-Pizzeria "Al Panfilo", a family-owned place with outstanding food and good service.
We chose this place because it was filled with locals and was brightly lighted and clean.
We ordered both bianco [white] and rossa [red] wines in 1/4 liters. In addition, we also had acqua minerale without gas [1/2 liter]. We also each had a mixed salad that was quite large and delicious. (7.5 Euro for the two). We also had a plate of olives [2.00 Euro]. We shared a pizza of tomatoes and mushrooms that we both enjoyed a good deal [11.00 Euro]. The total bill was [27.50 Euro].
The service was really good, and our waitress was quite busy, but was able to handle all the work quite efficiently. All in all, it was a wonderful last meal for our 2006 trip to Italy. Sorry, but I forgot to take my camera to the restaurant. So, our last meal was not photographed.
The real Rome
Many tourists bypass the real Rome for the touristy things, like the Coloseo, the Vatican, the Forum, the Pantheon, the Trevi fountain. Many of them don't realize that Rome has a soul, where the Romans eat, drink, and socilaize. This soul is called Trastevere. Now often in my visits to Trastevere, I will see a few tourists. However, not nearly as much as I would see by the Trevi fountain or the Vatican. Trastevere, literally meaning "across the Tiber", is the hippest and coolest section of the city. In this dictrict, you will find the city's best restaurants and shops. You will find here, the cathedral of Santa Maria in Trastevere. This is the located in the district's main square, (Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere), and is the districts main church. The chuch is beautiful, and some parts of the chuch date back to the 4th century. After seeing the district's main attraction, have lunch at a local restaurant. Most of the restaurants in Trastevere serve good food for good prices, just ask a local for their recommendation. Make sure you eat the specialties of Rome, spaghetti carbonara, (with eggs and pancetta), and spaghetti amatrichana. After lunch, just wander around the district. Maybe go shopping, or whatever you would like. Rome is a city that can sometimes be hectic, or overwhelming. But when you visit Trastevere, a section of the city that will captivate you, you will relax and really live the world-famous, Italian dolce vita.