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The Basilica of St. Peter is probably the best known and the most visited among all churches on the earth. It isn't the largest church I have seen but it has huge proportions which could be noticed better only after entering inside of it.
We probably all know it was designed by great Michelangelo, who started to work on it in his relatively older age. The project started in 1546 and when he died in 1564 only the drum had been completed. Michelangelo's work was continued and finished 1589 by Giacomo della Porta and Domenico Fontana.....
Updated Nov 26, 2011
I'm a pin collector. Sure, I can mail order various pins from around the world but that's not how I collect them. I want to visit that particular country and walk into the HRC and buy my pins. And, I did buy two of them and a T-shirt. This particular HRC is located in a beautiful area of Rome.
The one in Rome is located at:
Via Vittorio Veneto 62 a/b
Rome 00187, Italy
Updated Jun 17, 2011
A rather unusual place which offers delicious Russian tea and food in delicately decorated rooms, right in the heart of Rome, in the old ghetto near Palazzo Costaguti.
Addresse: Via dei Falegnami 7/9
Open all day from 9.00 a.m.- midnight
Updated Apr 4, 2011
This is a very special place where you can have dinner, drinks and listen to some good live music. It is located just few km out of Rome and it's not easy to find if you don't really know how to get there, but it attracts a lot of people everyday! Its peculiarity is that a lot of motorbikers have chosen this spot as their favourite meeting point , so you'll see several models of Harley, Triumph or similar kinds of motorbikes.
This large, wood-furnished pub offers a vast choice of beers and simple Italian dishes as well as daily live music.
Everything's beautiful, and I would add a special mention to the nice girls serving at the bar!!!
The pub is in Via Appia Nuova, Km19, near the "Palaghiaccio" (the ice skating rink of Marino, Rome)
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Phone: +39 069309344
Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Trevi ("Saints Vincent and Anastasius at Trevi") is a Baroque church in Rome Built from 1646 to 1650. This church is located at the square of the Trevi Fountain. It is notable as the place where the precordia and embalmed hearts of 25 popes from Sixtus V to Leo XIII are preserved.
Note - Definition of PRECORDIUM:
the part of the ventral surface of the body overlying the heart and stomach and comprising the epigastrium and the lower median part of the thorax
Written Nov 9, 2010
Just south of the Pantheon, on Piazza della Minerva
A funny little sculpture of the elephant, which is much cherished by the locals, is usually missed by people rushing to the Pantheon or to Chiesa di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.
Worth a stop though - the elephant itself is by Bernini, and the obelisk that it supports is an ancient Egyptian one.
Written Jan 3, 2010
This is a pleasant and very cheap thing to do. It's not for tourists and the info booths know nothing about it - but you do see a few tourists on it.
It goes from the river side just under Ponte Garibaldi which is on Viale di Trastevere. Opposite Isola Tiburtina. You can see the jetty and there is a notice board with sailing times. There are not a lot of sailings! Costs about 3 euros one way. When you get an hour or so up river to .... hmmm .... wish I could remember where it stops. It was a sports stadium. When you get there just pay the guard again and chuff slowly back to Ponte Garibaldi.
Great photos ops as you pass Castel St Angelo.
The company is called Battelli di Roma but if they have a web site I couldn't find it.
Written Mar 17, 2008
They are located not far from the Colosseum. Interesting especially for those visitors who have time available and like underground Rome and digs.
Many local couples do get married in the church (Basilica dei SS Giovanni e Paolo al Celio) located just upstairs.
Full information are provided on the web site.
Written Feb 1, 2008
If you wake - like I did - bright as a button at 5am (jet lag thingo) dying for a cup of tea - and of course your hotel doesn't have tea and coffee making facilities (never found one that did in Italy) just set off on the dawn streets and find a neighbourhood bar.
After 5am the streets are full of early workers heading to work - and anywhere that sells newspapers, smokes, bus tickets and coffee and brioche will be starting to open.
I had to go quite far afield to find one that opened at 5 - down by San Giovanni Metro station -but they will all be open by 6.
Approach the patron at the till - pay for what you want. He will give you a ticket. (Which you keep.) Then he will make it for you. (If you want a brioche take a napkin from the dispenser on the counter, open the display case, grasp your brioche firmly and show it to him.) If you want cold milk in your tea - say "Latte freddo." Otherwise you will probably get limone.
Try to indicate if you want to sit down outside (so you can smoke) because that usually costs a bit more. Maybe 20 cents.
If you are lucky he will chat to you a bit - curious. Then the regulars will greet you. What an adventure.
The bars won't probably have a name. They are all called - it seems - SNACK - BAR - CAFE - GELATERIA.
I went back in daylight to take a photo and no name posted that I could see.
When I say - don't be afraid - I don't mean throw caution to the winds. This is Rome after all.
Updated Dec 12, 2007
After your filmic pilgrimage to Cinecitta walk on the same side of the road for maybe 10 minutes and you will find the first mall built in Roma. It's kind of hard to know it is a mall. In Australia it would have huge signs and arrows saying - This is a mall. Here is the mall. Shop here. THIS IS A MALL.
But that is not the Italian way.
(The toilettes are also modestly signposted inside the mall.)
It was exactly like any mall anywhere but with very subtle differences. We loved it. We had got up early, taken a stroll through the forum, done the film studios and moved right along to where the Romans hung out, ate fast food, bought their TVs and proudly displayed their grandchildren.
The subtle differences? Well, that depends on where you come from.
Written Dec 4, 2007
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