The Sistine Chapel is one of the most spectacular things to view in Rome, especially if you've studied any of the paintings previously. If you have the time, definitely bare the line to get in, but don't bring your camera. The carbinieri are very strict about their "no foto" policy (and yes, using your zoom to get a better view is frowned upon also!)
But, the Sistine Chapel has LOUSY HOURS! You can only get in between 8:45-12:20 on Saturday. And, it is CLOSED SUNDAYS!
So, don't be like me and show up to the door at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon and expect to see the Chapel!
The lifestyle in Rome is very much an outdoor one.
People don't stay put in their homes, just coming out when necessary, or when going to work. In the UK this is often the case I have noticed.
People live inside their homes (or in the pub!) alot more. I guess the weather plays a role here too.
When the sun does come out, so do the people... and the deck chairs (Hyde Park) :)
In South Africa, the lifestyle is alot more outdoors and to me, healthier. In Rome, the difference is that even though it is an outdoor culture, people still sit around more, whereas in South Africa, one is more likely to be actively doing something, playing a sport, sailing, hiking etc, not sitting around.
This is more difficult to do in a city like Rome of course, hard to hike where there are no mountains haha... but at least one gets alot of walking done in Rome.
We did A LOT of walking, hardly used public transport and all and this is good!
clothes for your children(0-12)
This is a very nice shop, located near the Spanish Steps.You get very good quality and good value for money.They do also have another 2 shops in town. They have casual and elegant stuff available, including accessories like gloves and scarfs.
I flew into Rome from London.
As soon as I got off the plane i picked up a weekly pass for buses and the metro, then I took the direct train about (45 minutes) to the main station,my hotel was about 300 metres fron train station so it worked out well.
Good wine bar
A nice wine bar and bistrot not far away from Tiburtina station.
There's an excellent choice of wines, on the majority italian ones but with a good range of foreign wines. Also some good food, both cold or warm.
Cozy atmosphere, nice ambience. liked a lot the selection of cheese