New Year atmosphere everywhere
To some visitors, Rome looks as it is New Year there every day in a year, and its not wrong opinion. During the high summer season it really looks alike, probably thats why most of its inhabitants, if possible, run away from it.
The New Year atmosphere in the city is great and can be noticed all around the town, especially during the night. Meeting New Year, however, might be a nightmare if you don't book your restaurant in advance. Number of places is limited, that is what you have to know before getting here. Make sure your agent adviced you about.
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This fountain is called Fontana delle Tartarughe (The Tortoise Fountain), although the turtles on top of the high, central basin were added almost 80 years later, when the fountain was restored.
Piazza Mattei appeared during my stroll across the former Roman Ghetto, as I walked toward Largo di Torre Argentina once, and another time while I was going to Campo dei Fiori. It's in Rioni Sant Angelo.
Drive to Rome
Rome is not a good place to enjoying driving. It is a typical big city with lots and lots of cars, buses, trams, tourists etc. etc. A driver must be vigilent and never lose its concentration. I know its diffcult because you pass by so many beautiful buildings that u can't control yourself.
I drove from Bergamo to Rome and it was in Easter Holidays. There was too much traffic on the Motorways and it took us 14 hours instead of 7 hours to reach Rome ! When we reached there we were extremely tired and sleepy. So, My advice is to never drive to Rome in Easter vacations.
Dinner with Tenors in Rome
This was a prix-fix dinner at a restaurant called Thalia, where you are treated to a variety of opera performances, as well as audience participation in singing along (Funiculi Funicula)..they only perform during the clearing of the courses, because they say even singers as great as they are cannot compete with good food and wine...my boyfriend was chosen for a fake "shave'. They put him in a chair and the guy covered him with shaving cream, and shaved him with a butter knife, all while singing a song from the Barber of Seville. It was hysterical.
The Sistine Chapel is the private papel chapel built in 1473 for Pope Sixtus IV.
Michalangelo's wonderfull frescoes of the creation on the barrel-vaulted ceiling and "Last Judgement" on the end of the wall have both be restored to their original brilliance. It took Michelangelo four years, at the height of the Renaissance, to paint the ceiling ; 24 years later he painted the the last Judgement...
Famous is the creation of Adam painted in the ceiling....
So don't forget it when you are in the Vatican city... because its beautifull and a must see.