The Vatican Museums
Will the baby behave in the museum? She sure did. It cost 10 Euro to get in and the baby was free. It was so noisy in the Sistine Chapel she could have thrown a tantrum and no one would have noticed!
I think she really enjoyed the artwork!!!
Exhibit 45 years Valentino haute couture
Having seen the itinerary beforehand, with loads and loads of classical history and architecture, I suggested that we also see another Italian monument, and that is the work of Valentino. The exhibit only had 3 more days to go, so we were very lucky to be able to see it. 600 haute couture dresses and ensembles, loads of drawings and notes by the master.
The exhibit was in the Museo dell'Ara Pacis, the Altar of Peace by Emperor August. I'll write about that in another tip.
Whoever constructed the exhibit itself, was a genius. I mean, had they exhibited potato bags, it would still be magnificent. It took everybody's breath away. Around the altar were groups of mannequins, sorted by colour: red dresses, white dresses, black/white dresses. Some of them were high up, others you could touch if you wished (and dared!).
The altar itself is set in a modern building that is wonderfully light and high, which sets off the colour of the dresses beautifully.
Because I have friends who work for some major Dutch couturiers as master tailor, I came to know about how these dresses are made, the actual process. Which made me appreciate them even more. Here are 5 photo's (difficult to choose which!), and I strongly suggest you click on them and enjoy them too!
Leonardo Express: Fuimicino Airport to City Center
When you arrive at Fuimicino Airport (FCO), which is actually outside the main Rome, you may choose to take express train to the city centre, known as Roma Termini Station. It is recommended to keep your accomodation near Termini, specially when you are on a short trip, to synergize your cost and time. The express train, aesthetically called Leonardo Express, runs every 30 minutes and 24 hours, is the most famous and effective means of transportation to reach to the Termini from FCO unless you have specific reasons or your accomodation is far from Termini. Once you are done with your luggage, just follow the train sign until you end up to a platform. It will be a 10-15 minutes walk with couple of escalators in your way. Don't forget to pick the city map and other useful information from the Tourist Information Centre before you reach to the platform. One way ticket will cost you 11 euros, which is a bit expensive, specially to people on tight budget like me. To assuage the welcome brunt a bit, ask for the carnet of 10 which will cost you 85 euros, a saving of 2.5 euros per ticket. Oh, but you won't need 10 tickets, would you? So, be smart like us, sell the deal to other travellers, it looks silly, but believe me it will take you not more than 5 minutes to have more than 10 people ready join in your deal. And here you come to know that most of the people are on budget like you! After all, you can have a cup or cone of gelato from outside of the Termini from your saving! A win-win deal for everyone and gelato is free! And don't worry about your luggage, Leonardo Express has enough capacity to take your luggage to the destination without much hassle. Happy Roming!
Very authentic, classy and cheap
You can find it the San Lorenzo district behind the Termini station. It attracts despite the unacctractive surroundings more and more tourist.
The quality is still good. About 10 yrs ago the restaurant became famous because of a one page long article in the Suddeutsche Algemene Zeiting. I read it and went there twice. Last time in 2002. Since a few years there is a terrace TOO. Its advisable tot reserve or to come early about 20.15 hrs. Delicious pasta. They serve boar.
I had a lamb stew with baked patatoes for 9 euro. reasonable wines. Everyting is imported by family members from the fertile hills east of Rome.
The square Giuseppe Garibaldi is the best place where you can have a little walk and appreciate the view of Rome from the top. The hill is hight 88 metres and is called in Giano's honour. Is said that the latin god had two faces, one watching ahead and the other one watching back.
The walk of Gianicolo is a long path passing through Gianicolo, starting from the Fountain of Acqua Paola mad by Flaminio Ponzio and Giovanni Fontana for Pope Paul V (1608-1612).
In the Square Garibaldi there is a gun that, since 1904, fires a shot every day at noon whose noise is heard from all Rome.
A little ahead than the equestrian statue to Giuseppe garibaldi there is the monument to his wife, Anita Garibaldi. At the base of the monument there are her remains, brought there from Nizza. The best view is where there is the Lighthouse given ad a gift to Rome from Italians od Argentina, in honour of Garibaldi.