We stood in a 90 minute line to go up into the Cuppola at the top of the dome. You can get the lift to the base and then it's legwork for the 330 steps winding up inside the inner and outer shell of the Dome. The view once up there is spectacular. Unfortunately I ran out of space on my digi camera but I have got great shots from my normal camera if I can get to a scanner to upload them. When you are climbing inside the Dome your body has to lean over to the right as you get nearer the top. Quite claustaphobic but well worth it.
students in costumes
Around places like the Colloseum, you will meet plenty of students in old costumes like Roman gladiators, nobelmen and -women....
All of them love to pose for your camera, and will charge you quite high prices afterwards.
and when you decide to pose for such a pic - fix a price BEFORE taking a pic !
You may take their pic from a big distance, as long as they will not see it.
From early, maybe 7 until about 3. But it thins out from 2.
Then the clean up goes nearly all night. Bit of a nuisance if you live close by. The roar of the trucks, the hoses.
Stallholders just dump lots of stuff, especially used clothing. You'll see people beachcombing.
There are plenty of places to buy food and drink - take away stuff, nothing flash.
NB!!!!!! Do look out for your wallet etc. People get robbed here all the time. It gets very crowded. I saw a young local chase a pickpocket but the pickpocket was too fast for him, jumped over some people who were sitting on the kerb, and vanished in the crowd. You'd find nearly everything except fresh fruit and vegetables. There is a much smaller produce market that runs in Via E. Rolli every day of the week except Sunday.
There is an antique/collectables section, a used clothing section, then suitcases, bags, clothing, toys, kitchen goods, cds. Not much high end stuff though, like I saw in the market at Florence. Cheap and cheerful is how I would describe it.
A little light bargaining is not viewed askance. And if you are a pretty young woman like my daughter, and the stallholder is a young man and it is nearly packing up time, then you could do quite well.
Central train Station of Roma is "stazione Termini".Fascist building,has got some shops inside and under,a big library,it's the only point in which the two metro lines meet themselves,and it's also the biggest bus station to go/come from anywhere in the capital,and to come from/go anywhere in Italy...
This is a deli/coffee bar conveniently located in the Trevi Fountain area. We would go here each morning for a cappuccino. They have also some really good sandwiches for a quick lunch on the go. Cappuccino!