Amazing Art Everywhere you Look
When you come out of the Pinacoteca follow the signs for the Sistine Chaplel. On your way there you will pass through the Raphael Rooms, the Borgia Apartments and miles of corridors of amazing art. No photos are allowed inside the Sistine Chapel itself.
The ancient Roman city of Ostia was in antiquity situated at the mouth of the river Tiber, some 30 kilometres to the west of Rome. The shoreline moved seawards, due to silting, from the Middle Ages until the 19th century. Therefore Ostia is today still lying next to the Tiber, but at a distance of some three kilometers from the beach. Ostia is Latin for "mouth", the mouth of the Tiber. The river was used as harbour, but in the Imperial period two harbour basins were added to the north, near Leonardo da Vinci airport. The harbour district was called Portus, Latin for "harbour".
Is a great day for a day trip.
Irish bars are all over the world and Rome is not exception, in fact theres loads of them here. The Shamrock is a good irish bar, thats where i got hammered, cant tell you where it is though!
Also Druids Den, another irish bar, is busy in the day for a beer, they also have a large screen if you want to catch up on any footy!
Make sure to eat dinner in the Trastevere region over the river. The restaurants are awesome. Great food, service, and prices. Better than some of the more touristy areas like near Trevi Fountain & The Colleseum. Also, this district has the best gelato, HANDS DOWN!!! Portions are huge. I don't eat meat but my fiance` does. The restaurant we ate at (sorry, can't remember the name) had a meat counter right in the middle of the restaurant. The chef would come out, cut off a chunk of meat, and then cook it right there in a brick oven. I thought this was pretty unique.
The Most Beautiful Church in Europe
I definitely think you cannot make a trip to Rome without a stop at St. Peter's. This has to be the most beautiful church we saw in our trip, all the gorgeous carvings, magnificient statues, the side chapels themselves look like beautiful churches on their own.
The Pieta is absolutely breathtaking; I don't understand how human hands can create such artwork, but it would be a sin to be in Rome and not see it.
I was so moved to see so many people still kneeling and crying around John Paul II's tomb; that is how much effect he had. But also to be next to what is supposed to be the burial spot of our first Pope is mind boggling.
Do not be intimidated if there is a long line to enter. You do have to go through security (but it is free to enter). There was a line that reached to the back of the square when we arrived, but it didn't take long at all to get in. Just watch out for the guards -- they are a little scary, with no humor to them whatsoever...