On an easy walk from the Trevi to the Four Rivers Fountain (Piazza Navona) by way of the Pantheon. It is a small plaza with quaint little shops and cafes. There is modern art on display along with a building that instead of taring down the last of Hadrian's Temple, they used it and incorporated it into the new building. Cool little plaza to visit on your walk.
This is just a welcoming place for U.S. military - full of information and lots of free perks - PC/internet, TV, staff to assist you, free snacks, drinks. Show your military-related ID at the street door and you will be admitted.
From their service description:
The USO Rome Center is located in the heart of the capital city of Italy. Conveniently located near the Vatican, our center's goal is to make Rome one of the most memorable and positive experiences of our patrons’ military service by offering a "Home while in Rome." Our center offers a wide range of FREE services including: area information, guidebooks, maps, Internet cafe w/ Skype, American canteen, comfortable TV lounge, luggage storage and the cleanest bathrooms in Rome. Want a Roman Holiday? Let the USO do the planning for you. Book one of our all inclusive vacation packages, which includes hotel, tours and meals! Check out our tours page for more information. And even if you are visiting only for a few days, we offer discounted prices on all hotels and tours booked through the USO Rome Center!
* Note - If you do plan to vist, be sure to have your military-related ID with you - you will have to hold this ID up to the front door window as requested before you will be admitted.
USO Rome Center
Via Vespasiano, 44
Roma - 00193 (Vatican Area)
GPS Coordinates: N 41° 54.43' EO 12° 27.498'
Hours of Operation:
I am embarrassed now to say that this has been my back yard for 3 years now and I have just visited! It is similar to my brief tenure in New York City and never visiting the Statue of Liberty. I see a part of this garden from one of my windows every morning as I greet the world for the start of my day. It is situated right behind Palazzo Corsini which is my view from another window. What a surprise as in store for me when a dear friend, Emilia, suggested we visit.
Dimentions: The Botanical Garden of Rome comprises an area of 12 hectares in a secluded position on the slopes of the Gianicolo. Irrigation of crops with several streams and water are fed from above aqueduct of the Acqua Paola.
History: This was the garden park of Palazzo Corsini , the former residence of Queen Christina of Sweden. The Official website give you the detailed history and much information of interest.
Species: he garden now houses over 3000 plant species. We give here only some hints of the greatest exhibition areas.
groves of bamboo, fern gully, rose garden
At the top of the hill you will find the original tree structure, leaving a forest of Mediterranean evergreen. The area is called Bosco Roman , and the clearings between the ancient oaks and sycamores (350 - 400 years of age) will give you fantastic views of the city.
Eighteenth-century furniture in the garden are preserved in this area the steps of the Escape and the niche which backs onto the top of the hill. You will see aquatic plants, greenhouses, simple garden and herb garden.
Directions: From the small electric bus #125 you would exit at the University John Cabot stop - or simply tell the driver "Orto Botanico." Walking along Via della Lungara past Palazzo Corsini going toward the arch you will come to a stop light - Largo Cristina di Svezia, 24 will be on your right. Walking from Trastevere - a short walk from Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere past Piazza Sant'Edigio directly toward the arch to the stop light and the Park is to your left.
The museum contains the works of the sculptor Andersen born 1872 in Bergen (Norway) who lived for about 40 years in Rome. He was a naturalised American citizen who settled in Rome after travelling through Europe to further his education. The collection is made up of over 200 sculptures in plaster and bronze:
Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen
c/o Villa Helene
Via Pasquale Stanislao Mancini 20 (few minutes walk from Piazza del Popolo)
00196 - Roma
Tuesday - Sunday 9am - 7pm
There is also a small coffee shop and a lovely terrace
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
Museo Carlo Bilotti – Aranciera Villa Borghese
In the 18th Century the Orangery was known as the "Casino dei Giuochi d'Acqua" because of the fountains and g L’Aranciera was once a reception hall where entertainment; musica di camera and grottos there, surrounded by the Garden of the Lake with its spectacular displays. In its sumptuously decorated and furnished halls, the princes of the Borghese family organized parties and social events and water games were performed for the elite.
In 1849, cannon fire from French troops defending the papacy all but destroyed major portions of the building. The palazzo was transformed into a hot house for citrus fruit plants from the Borghese Gardens horticultural collection.
After decades of neglect, the Orangery is now once more a place for leisure and culture thanks to the efforts of Italian-American entrepreneur and international art collector, Carlo Bilotti. His donation of prestigous paintings, sculptures and drawings has found a home worthy of its world-class works. The collection of 22 works includes an important core of paintings and sculptures by Giorgio de Chirico, representing the best-known subjects produced by the painter between the end of the 20s and the 70s - a portrait of Carlo Bilotti in relief by American artist Larry Rivers - a 1981 portrait of wife Tina and daughter Lisa Bilotti by Andy Warhol - Summer by Gino Severini - and Giacomo Manzu's great bronze Cardinal.
To keep the museum open to ever-new themes in contemporary art, spaces have been assigned next to rooms housing the permanent collection.
Photo 1 - The only remaining element from the 16th century is a well-preserved oppulent Ninfeo fountain embellished with a basin bearing the Borghese family heraldry.
Museum Aranciera Carlo Bilotti is the first experiment in Italy involving mutual funding from private and public sectors. Carlo Bilotti was born into a family of noble lineage from southern Italy. In the United States, he studied at Columbia University in 1963 and came to understand and appreciate contemporary art as it evolved within the social changes in the United States - this emotional connection prompted the start of his modern art collection.
There is an entrance directly across from Casina del Lago along the walkway from the Lake - an entrance also on Viale Fiorella La Guardia - NEVER CROWDED
Hours - Tues-Sat 9am-7pm Last admission 6:30 Closed Mondays
Tickets - 4,50 Euro Reduced 2,50 Euro Free to Italian citizens and citizens of EC
The adjacent gardens are not to be missed and astounding when in full bloom. Detailed photos follow in our next tip on Aranciera di Villa Borghese - the Orangery Gardens.
DON'T KNOW WHA HOPPEN BUT THE BALLOON RIDE NO LONGER FLOATS - CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR A NEW SCHEDULE. Too bad - we were in the Park today, May 7, and it was gone - the area was in bad condition. The website says they are "suspended" for the winter.
Another very recent addition to the facilities of the Villa is a balloon, showing the decoration of the first balloons used by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783. A safety cable ensures the balloon does not move from its mooring site.
Will pick up a schedule and post rates and more details soon. Click the photo for the full photo view****
The Museo Nazionale D' Arte Orientale (National Museum of Oriental Art) has its home in the Palazzo Bracciano. Here you will find a very noteworthy collection of artworks including ceramic neolitico vases from the Qing dynasty and an illustrated history of Buddha. The Palace itself is a treasure to behold and in the ticket office foryer was the first marquetry ceiling I have ever seen. You ascend two majestic flights of red-carpeted marble stairs before reaching the ticket office. Entrance fee is 4 Euro. Photos were not permitted inside the museum but we were able to take a few photos of the exterior and the Palace entrace stairs. The literature on the Museum is in Italian only and only Italian-speaking staff were available.
Address: Via Merulana 248 - 00185 Roma - between Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore & Labicana
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)
Very interesting place for walk.
There are a lot of really old houses there and there is an unique atmosphere there.
There are the shops with the kosher products and the shop with interesting stuff.
You can find medieval buildings in the area of Ghetto.
The Ghetto in Rome was created in 1555 year by the Pope Paul IV and Jews was forced to move in this area in July,1556.
It finished in year 1870 when the king Victor Emanuel gave the Jews full citizenship.
There have been still a lot of Jews living in the neighbourhood.
Go to the internet page:
June is the best month to visit the rose garden. If you walk down from the Orange Park, not far from the Circus Maximus, you will find the city's rose garden. It has 2 sections. The most beautiful one is with the tea roses. It is a real enchantment. They come in every colors and shapes imaginable: yellow, red, orange, white, pink, even blue! Climbing roses, dwarf roses, bush roses, etc. You can go smell them but don’t touch! The flowers will wither faster if you do.
In the museum you learn everything about pasta. The history, how the production was developed and advanced, the high nutritive value .... You get headphones which leads you with the explantions through all the rooms.
The conclusion was that Pasta is the best eatable due to its high percentage of carbohydrates. And that their shouldn't been hunger in the world if everyone eats pasta because of it's low production costs.
Click here for an online visit of the museum.
The entrance fee for adults was EUR 9, which seamed to me quite high.
You find the museum in a small street near Fontana di Trevi. Just follow the brown signs with the white writing on it.
A small piazza, but worth looking for. The Piazza is dominated by the Palazzo Viminale, home to the Ministery of Internal Affairs.
Giovanni Giolitti, prime minister in the 1910's, decided to build a monumental construction joining together the two offices of the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Internal Affairs.
Giolitti wanted to build the new Ministry near the Quirinale and the Parliament. So Viminal Hill was choosen. Architect Manfredo Manfredi got the asignment.
EUR shouldn't be ignored, just because it's far removed from central Rome. At the southern end (take Metro B to EUR Palasport, EUR Fermi, or the last stop, Laurentina) and discover this neighborhood designed by Mussolini in quintessential 1930's-fascist style for the 1942 Esposizione Universale di Roma (hence...EUR) and his plan for a "Third Rome."
Sites in EUR include tons of museums (Museo della Civitý Romana, Archive Centrale, et. al.), monuments, wide boulevards, and LunEUR (www.luneur.it) - a fun amusement park.
This is one area of Rome you probably won't see another tourist.
I'm realising again that writing tips helps me see where I was... in Rome perhaps more than in anywhere else. I'll have to build Roaming from the Pantheon in a few separate tips to keep everything readable.
The Pantheon itself is not off the beaten path but the streets and alleys I chose from there certainly were for me, albeit still in a most touristy part of Rome (Ancient Rome after all.)
On this last visit to Rome, filled with a kind of "VT spirit", I was determined to note everything of importance and to return with useful stuff... Once back home, I faced the fact once more that I'm not gifted for writing useful tips. I can write about what I liked but it doesn't mean I knew where I was whenever I liked something.
Anyway, starting with the Pantheon: there's a real buzz around the place as one approaches the entrance, but still a very Ancient Rome feeling even with all the tourists. Stones like these are overwhelming.
Seeing the inside is a MUST. The grand portico with its eights columns is linked to the rotunda by a massive brick construction. A gigantic bronze door lets you in. There you will be amazed! The celestial vault, nine meters of open sky, is the only source of light in the temple and is absolutely awe-inspiring.
The niches inside used to be decorated with statues of gods. Today they are chapels, one of them dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto Primo. Very beautiful, and it all seemed quieter inside.
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