This building has been restored many times due to:
1) Fire caused by lightning: AD 217, AD 250.
2) Earthquake: AD 429, AD 443.
Abandoned soon after AD 483.
Middle Ages: became a fortress for the Frangipane.
15th Century: transformed into a quarry for blocks of travertine.
Mid 18th Century: consecrated by Pope Benedict XV.
When Rome gets too hot, head out to the beach.
Take the metro line B to Piramide or San Paolo metro stations and change for the metro train to Ostia - Lido/cristofero Colombo alight at the last stop and walk towards the sea! There are many beaches to choose from. with or without pools, family orientated etc all charge an enterance fee. If you want somewhere away from Ostia town jump on a bus heading south towards Torvaianica There are many free beaches here. Head for the family ones if you are a female on your own or to the Il Buco a gay beach that hosts summer parties. You will get less hassle and be able to enjoy a quiet siesta if you stick to these. Bring a sarong or beach towel, the sand is black and gets v. hot.
night bars and live music
another region for parties is Trastevere. This part of the city is full of night bars with live music or just long cocktail menues :-) there are dozns of small and big bars and pubs in streetes of Trastevere. There is only one big problem - if you go there by car you will have big problems finding partking place, especially on weekends.
We discover this little restaurant the first day we arrived to Rome. After arrive to the hotel and undo the luggage we were hungry and went out to termini area to have dinner. It was the first restaurant we saw on Via Marsala and it was like love at first sight, the food was delicous and the staff were very nice. We repeated for a few days more for lunch and dinner again. Prices are very good, pizza and pasta for 5 euros, you can eat there or take away to eat on the hotel or at home.
Descubrimos este restaurante el primer día que llegamos a Roma. Después de llegar al hotel y deshacer la maleta estabamos hambrientas y salimos buscar algo de cenar. Comenzamos a andar por la vía marsala y paramos en este pequeño restaurante y fue como amor a primera vista, la comida es fantastica y el personal muy amable. Repetimos en este restaurante varios días mas tanto para almorzar y cenar. Los precios son muy buenos, pizza y pasta desde 5 euros, puedes comer allí o llevartelo a casa o al hotel. My favourite dishes was pizzas and rice ball, very nice.
Mi plato favorito fue la pizza y una bola de arroz que están deliciosas
Church of Sts Marcellinus and Peter in Lateran - 1
The present church is the result of Pope Benedict XIV's rebuilding in 1751 (MDCCLI - as written on the architrave above the entrance).
The church has a nice stepped dome, and an interior which is clearly influenced by the work of Borromini. It has a Greek cross plan.
The altarpiece originates from the same year the church was built in 1751 and depicts the Martyrdom of Sts Marcellinus and Peter.