When to do what
Italians have unique opening hours. As you make your plans you have to bear this in mind, else you may end up in disappointments for failing to visit a particular sight or for not obtaining dinner when you may want it. Most shops still close for 2-4 hours between 12 or 1 and 3 or 4. Most are open until early evening, at least 6, often 7 or later. Restaurants open for lunch from Noon to around 2:30p.m. Some open as late as 1:00, not closing until 3:30. They reopen for dinner from around 7:00p.m. to 8p.m. or 8:30p.m.. Bars and sandwich shops are open most of the day.
Most sights are open by 9:00 a.m. and closed by 19:00 hours
This is the former palace of the Barberini family and is now a museum of paintings. The collection includes works by Caravaggio, Fra Lippi, El Greco and Tintoretto. Hans Holbein's famous portrait of Henry VIII is there as well.
Open 8.30 - 7.30, Tues - Sun. via Quattro Fontane, 13. Admission charge, allow approximately 45 mins.
The symbol of the Barberini family is the bee and everywhere in the area of Piazza Barberini are stone carvings of bees.
Fiumicino Air Port for Rome Tour & Civitavecchia
Arrive in Fiumicino but needing a good tour of Rome City before going to your ship or Hotel in
Civitavecchia the best solution is to contact a good : www.rometourandlimousineinitaly.com
or other way is to write to JJ at email found at : www.romelimousinebyjohn.com for a Tour of
Roma before going to ship at Civitavecchia.
Standing or Sitting?
When you are in a cafe and order a coffee, the bartender will ask you "standing" or "sitting". You may find it strange the first time, like I did but the difference could cost you extra Euros. So, if you want a quick coffee, opt for standing where you stand by the bar and have an expresso or any coffee because it will cost you half than if you were to sit and enjoy the ambiance of an Italian coffeehouse. Best coffee at 0.50 Euro, standing of course
Gladiator battle ground
Interesting bit of history. Bring your cash. They do not accept credit cards for entry. I wouldn't do the guided tour. It's too difficult to hear and understand the guide in that large of a group. An audio tour would probably be more useful.