The centre of Rome is very compact. You can easily walk from one main sight to the next and so on and so on. Of course, before you'll know it, you'll be exhausted anyway, but still... at least you saw one million buildings, fountains, squares, and streets that normally you wouldn't have seen.
Rome is a city that you need to take the time for to really enjoy. Breathe in its atmosphere, walk around, learn to find your way without a map, zig zag instead of going straight for your goal. Walk, walk, walk!
You'll be amazed how you see excavations from the Roman empire, medieval squares, buildings from the renaissance era, marvelous 17th century buildings all blended into one compact city centre. Rome is all it promises to be and more All those summers roaming the streets, eating delicious icecream, finding my way in the city. The entire atmosphere...
Villa Borghese is the most...
Villa Borghese is the most famous villa in Rome built by Cardinal Scipione Borghese early in the 17th century. At the beginning of the 19th century Prince Camillo Borghese set up the art collection in the casino which today is where the gallery and the Borghese museum stand. Currently, the gallery hosts a foto exhibition showing Marylin Monroe (see my travelogue for a picture of the exhibition). There is also the Garden of the Lake, thus called because it stretches around an artificial lake and a small temple dedicated to Aesculapius on an islet in the middle of the lake. The best known entrances to the park are: Piazzale Flaminio, Porta Pinciana, the Pincio Gardens, Viale Belle Arti next to the Modern Art National Gallery. The villa also hosts the zoo, set up in 1911.
Never Pay the Full Price!
Souvenir shops are set up outside all around the big sites. Most of the stuff they sell at souvenir shops is pretty junkie, but if you like something, get it. Remember, though, many of these souvenir vendors have pricetags that are RIDICULOUS. I bought a small replication of the Pieta for my grandmother. The price tag said 85 Euro...EIGHTY FIVE EURO! I got it for 15 and still think I should have gone down to 10. Act interested but poor. Keep saying the price just doesn't fit your budget. When they say they won't go any lower, start to walk away. They'll go lower. Remember, when it comes to this little souvenir places: NEVER PAY WHAT SEEMS LIKE A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY!!!
Piazza Venezia,ora e sempre
This could be happened one hundred years ago...horses all over the Rome,and the smell of their needs istead of....well,today I was talking with a couple of tourists from London,and at the classic question:do you like Rome?.."it's caotic" it's been the answer,but even if this is true,Rome isn't different from other modern cities.But the problem is that Rome ,like many other italian cities, wasn't born in order to be used by masses of people and cars,so there are not the right structure,the roads are almost the same from centuries,a good metro line couldn't be build here......
This is heaven for cheese and wine lovers!!
The Roscioli Family is very well known in the area for the bakery shop they have around the corner, but they did a very good job here.
Relaxed atmosphere, soft lighting,great selection of italian cheese and very good wine bottles.Here you can also buy food to take away: Ham,Cheese,Salami, Olives and many italian specialities. When I am not in a rush and I found myself in this area, I like to sit down at one of their little table, sip a glass of red Lazio wine, eat some local bread and cheese and read a book.