Walk, walk, walk... and LOOK!
Walk, walk and walk, look around you because you will find ruins and vestiges all over the city...... admire the monuments, go inside every museum, and don't lose the chance to speak with the romans, who are very nice people! Rome is a fascinating town, full of warm people, nice places, impressive monuments and buildings, and history, LOTS of it. Even if you stay a month, like I did, you just won't be able to see all the things there are to see. If you have a long time to tour Rome make the best out of it; if you don't, try to visit the very main sites at least. Free tourist information and maps (VERY USEFUL!!) are available in several spots around the city. Transportation is easy, and you can always walk cause Rome isn't that big - the main/central part of it anyway.
Try walking farther south from downtown too, there are a few nice churches and monuments you might like to see and which aren't very popular. Stroll around the parks, especially Villa Borghese. At night go have a beer or an ice cream in the numerous spots open till 2-3 AM (there are bars that even stay open all night long), it's not necessary to go to a big pub or to a disco to have fun. Rome's streets and squares are very lively at night and it's probably even more fun to be walking around the city than staying in one single place, and it's quite safe to walk around Rome at night. Try also climbing some of the hills, like Gianicolo, to have a panoramic view of Rome and breathe purer air (the picture you're looking at was taken from up there). And ALWAYS have your camera with you, you never know when you'll come across a nice building or view of this enchanting town which never stops surprising you!!
View the Roman Forum from the Tabularium
When you visit the Capitoline Museums, take the underground passageway between Palazzo Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo. Admire the interesting fragments with inscriptions along the tunnel, but also be sure to take the side stairs and you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Roman Forum. You are standing in one of the arches of the Tabularium, which is where the ancient Romans kept their official records. Look to the right and see the Temple of Vespasian and the Temple of Saturn. To the left you will see the Arch of Septimius Severus and the Church of Santi Luca e Martina. We were lucky enough to visit at dusk and get a couple of reasonable time exposures that show off the dramatic monuments.
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Strolling along the streets of PIAZZA NAVONA at dusk was sheer heaven!
This place comes alive at night... with street artists selling their paintings and merry-makers having a wonderful Italian meal at nearby restaurants.
Il Brilllo Parlante
Great food and wine. There's an outside seating area that's great on a really nice day or a beautiful, warm night, but the inside is the hidden treasure of this restaurant. It's downstairs in the basement and some if it is in the wine cellar.
The Trevi Fountain is gorgeous. It is beautifully lit at night. It is crowded at all times of day and night. We thought it was wonderful to see, but didn't find it romantic.
Don't forget your coins to throw into the Fountain! You are to make a wish and throw one coin over your shoulder into the Fountain; then you are to throw another coin in over your shoulder so you will return to Rome!
Unfortunately, to offset the beauty of the Fountain - beware of the men, "giving" you flowers. They find a couple, give the girl roses, and say "For you, just for you!" Of course, they want your significant other to pay for the flowers. Also, if they get you to take them, they refuse to take them back! They want their money. VERY ANNOYING.