Weddings in Rome
Every time I am in Rome (admittedly only twice so far) I see lots of weddings or photos being taken of weddings or wedding dresses... It's a beautiful roman-tic thing to do in Rome. My first/only visit to the Pope's Wednesday Mass - just before Mass we saw a couple in full wedding dress running to St. Peter's. It brought a tear to my eye - their life together will be blessed by the Pope.
I can say this for sure - my wedding dress will be from Rome if not my actual wedding. Enjoy some of the photos...
(NB I will have to fill in the other photos later, I can't find them on my computer right now)
St. Paul's Within the Walls - A National Monument
The church at the Via Nationale was built in 1873. It's extraordinary decoration was designed by the two important English Pre-Raphaelite artists Sir Edward Burne-Jones (!) and William Morris (!) as well as by George Breck.
TIP: The services are in English since St. Paul's Within the Walls is a member of the European Convocation of American Episcopal Churches of the Anglican Communion.
The Metro (Local subway) only has two lines-but can get you just about anywhere you might want to go. The best deal is to buy an all day pass or weekly pass (Gives you unlimited travel on subway and bus). About 4 EUR for a day pass.
Pub with friendly staff
Good food with a cafeteria line and bar. The staff remembers you after a couple visits and one of the the barmen is really a nut. It's a good place to watch team Roma kick some butt. Entrees change each day. I often get the ubiquitous roasted chicken or Italian style steak with a side of spinach.
Also just down the block is some good gelato.
Domus Aurea: Nero's "Golden House"
The construction of the Domus Aurea was considered as one of the craziest enterprises of the city .
It was built after the big fire of Rome in 64 AD, that destroyed two thirds of the city. The accommodation covered four districts (almost all the city centre of that period), and included a big salty lake. The palace itself radiated a tremendous luxury.
The rooms, halls and corridors were abundantly decorated with gold, silver and precious stones. The eastern wing of the accommodation was used for public receptions. The western wing was the house of Nero.
It was said that it had a round dining-room, which turned around day and night, inspired by the revolutions of the earth.
Near the entrance of the Domus Aurea stood a gigantic statue of Nero, the Colossus Neronis. It was a bronze statue of a male with a height of 37,2 meters. It was built in imitation of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The colossus was affixed with the heads of several emperors before Hadrian moved it to the Amphitheatrum Flavium. This building took the name "Colosseum" in the Middle Ages, so called after the statue outside of it. The name stuck and is used to this day.
It is necessary to book and it is possible to buy an audioguide or a guided tour.