See the Pope
You can't go to Rome and not see the Pope, at least that's what they say here in Portugal!
The first time I went to Rome, it was August and the Pope had left to his summer residence, in Castel Gandolfo, so I didn't get the chance to see him.
Even though I'm not a very religious person, being at Saint Peter's square and entering the basilica does make me feel something. And so did seeing the Pope at the sunday Angelus, and all the people gathered in the square.
It happens at noon, every Sunday (except when he is in Castel Gandolfo) and there are big screens focusing the tiny window where he stands. Don't get there too late, though - it lasts only about 10 minutes.
The other possibility, which I didn't have time to do yet, is to attend the mess during the week - but you need to get the tickets before.
The Circus Maximus was a track used primarily for horse-racing. Occasionally it was used on occasion for hunts or mock battles (picture a scene from the Gladiator). It had 300,000 seats and was famous throughout the ancient world. The Circus measured 600 with 200 meters and had a capacity of 320,000 spectators who watched the chariot races that were held there.
Train from Airport FCO to Centre Roma...
If you land on Roma at The airport of Fiumicino don't take all the taxi's that stand outside or that are offered to you.
Just follow the train signs (or ask were the train is) and take the train to Rome Central Station. It cost less then 10 Euro and it takes you within half an Hour to the Centre.
The trains are very good and clean.
Rustic Italian restaurant steps away from the Pantheon.
The food is delicious. The wine was superb. Our waiter was attentive and helpful. Definitely got la dolce vita treatment. The menu probably changes frequently but we had an insalata of duck breast and grapefruit slices with balsamic vinegar di modena.
I had a veal entree.
The greatest church on earth
very magnificient, see Michelangelo's Pieta on the right side as you enter St.Peter's. Climb up to the top of the church to get a breathtaking view of Rome. You can either walk or take the elevator for two stories, but everyone must take the stairs to the very top. The elders be advised. The climb is very exhausting, but it is worth it.