Lazio Things to Do

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Lazio Things to Do

  • Colosseum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    On the outside of the Colosseum it is pretty obvious that it is not in its top form and has seen better days. What do you do with an old Roman amphitheater after the fall of the Roman Empire? Well, you can use the stones to build other things, after all, the stones are pre-cut and ready to use – a sort of early Home Depot. Part of St. Peter’s...

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  • Hadrian's Villa - Villa Adriana

    Tivoli Things to Do

    The Piccole Terme (Small Bath, in Englis) is one of my best building of the Villa. This complex is well preserved and it was built between 121 and 126 AD. The building is surrounded by courts adorned in various ways (exedrae, gardens, etc.). Inside there were large windows which allowed a lot of light inside. The rooms were covered with various...

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  • Beach

    Ostia Things to Do

    This couple enjoyed the services of an outstanding masseuse right there on their lounge chair - sea breeze blowing - sun warm but not hot. Life is GOOD at the beach in Rome! 5 Euro for just your back - 10 Euro for full body massage!

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  • Trevi Fountain

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    I was really surprised by the size of this well-known fountain. The statues are much larger than life, and they stand against a very impressive backdrop that is about the size of the apartment block where I used to live.

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  • Villa D'Este

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Tivoli Things to Do

    Here is all general visitors info for Villa d'Este. I see many people reporting that the fountains were not working - read hours re fountain activation - from 10 a.m. every 2 hours! From the Villa D’Este website (http://www.villadestetivoli.info/indexe.htm) Villa D’Este Piazza Trento, 5 00019 Tivoli, Italia Call Center – 199.766.166 Number to dial...

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  • Castello Giulio II

    Ostia Things to Do

    Built between 1483 and 1487 during the pontificate of Sisto IV, Cardinal Giuliano of the Rovere (future Pope Giulio II) financed the construction of the Castle and entrusted the work to architect fiorentino Baccio Pontelli (registration on the portale of access to the courtyard). The architectonic complex constituted from a perimetrale system of...

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  • Castel Sant'Angelo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    Hubby and I both had the Castel Sant’Angelo on our must-see lists, but each for different reasons. He is interested in military history so the idea of visiting this very old fortress in the center of Rome interested him, clearly visible from his enjoyment of the displays of ancient military equipment and canons. To be honest, military history bores...

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  • Fountain of Dragons

    Tivoli Things to Do

    This fountain is located at the center of the gardens, a mystical masterpiece set in a semicircular recess between two steep semicircular staircases descending from the Avenue of 100 Fountains. The four winged dragons are the symbol of the family of the reigning Pope at the time, Gregory XIII, who visited d'Este at Tivoli. The fountain is set in...

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  • Piazza Umberto

    Ostia Things to Do

    Here in the quiet Piazza Umberto you will find residences, the Church and frequent art festivals on the weekends. People visiting Ostia Antica ruins often miss this delightful area of Ostia - right there by the ruins.

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  • Piazza Venezia - Vittoriano

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    From many of the higher vantage points that give you a view of the city of Rome, you can see a very large very white structure in the middle. If you are looking for the Colosseum, you can’t miss this white monument to unified Italy’s first king, Vittorio Emanuele II. From everything I’ve read, the locals don’t like the monument and many tourists...

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  • Temple of Vesta

    Tivoli Things to Do

    On the cliff that dominates the valley of the Aniene Falls at Tivoli stand the ruins of a round temple dating from the late Republican period; it is called the Temple of Vesta or the Sibyl, but was probably consecrated to Hercules. This Corinthiian style building exerted great infouence over 19th century European monumental architeture.

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  • Piazza di Spagna - Spanish Steps

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    Sorry, but I just don’t see the attraction in the Spanish steps. They seem overstated and overcrowded. Maybe back in the day when Keats and Shelley were there the steps were special, but even Charles Dickens recorded that the steps were crowded back then! The steps were built in 1723 to link the Piazza di Spagna and the church at the top (Trinita...

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  • Piazza Navona

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    Piazza Navone, I visited both in day time and after dark. I think more than one visit is required to get a good impression of this site. The good news is: however short your stay in Rome may be, you will easily be able to fit in more than one visit to Piazza Navone, because the square is not too far from several other attractions in Rome (Spanish...

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  • Vatican Museums - Sistine Chapel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    I know there are many tips written about the Vatican. I hope my tip will add some value and you will find some helpful information. There is a line to get into the Vatican whether you go on your own or opt to be included in a group tour. The line is EXTREMELY long but can move fast at times. Reservations is highly recommended. Depending on the...

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  • Pantheon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    The churches: Basilica Sta. Maria Sopra Minerva; Basilica di San Pedro; San Carlo alle 4 Fontane; San Paolo Fuori Mura; San Pietro In Vincoli; Santa Maria della Vitoria; Sta. Maria Maggiore; Sta. Maria in Cosmedin; Sta. Andrea all Quirinale; Sta.Cecilia in Trastevere The monuments: The Collosseum, Casteglio St. Angelo, The Forum; The...

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  • Villa Borghese

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    We spent about two hours inside and out at the gallery. The paintings, sculptures and outside grounds were all lovely to look at. Borghese Gallery and Museum Piazzale del Museo Borghese, 5 00197 ROMA Information and tickets booking tel. +39 06 32810

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  • Roman Forum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    Not much remains of this building, but if you take a peek behind the curved wall in front protected by a roof, you will find the site where Julius was most likely cremated after his untimely death on the Ides of March 44 BC. Today it looks like a mound of dirt with some flowers on top of it. But I liked the thought of seeing something that we learn...

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  • Trajan & Imperial Forums

    Rome Things to Do

    Standing nearly 100 feet tall at the end of what remains of Trajan’s Forum is the column in honor of the same emperor – Trajan’s Column. Imagine wrapping a 656 foot long picture around a very tall tree – that is what you basically have with this column. It is an artistic marvel as the picture is really a sculpted marble frieze that winds up the...

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  • Campo dei Fiori

    4 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    This little Medieval courtyard of higglety-pigglety flats, cafes and inns was once a flower-sprigged meadow; the possible source of its name. Paved in the 1400’s, it became a lively meeting place and business center for tradesmen who had shops on adjoining streets, and aristocrats who occupied palaces and expensive homes along Via Giulia and other...

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  • Trastevere

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    At the summit of Janiculum Hill is a wide flat piazza with an imposing equestrian statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi looking towards Vatican City. He is dressed in his unique gaucho style clothing and sits upon his horse. The statue rests on the site where Garibaldi, a well traveled national hero during the reunification, supported the Republic and...

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  • Palatine Hill

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    The Palatine Hill is the hill that overlooks the Roman Forum; it was once the home of emperors and is a pleasant stroll through a much greener area than the Forum. Of course, it is in ruins, but you can get an idea of how large the residence was. Additionally, it was on this hill that the legend of Rome’s beginnings, of Romulus and his brother...

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  • Basilica di San Pietro - Saint Peter...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    The high altar of St. Peter’s Basilica rests over the tomb of St. Peter and under the ornate canopy commissioned by Pope Urban VIII in 1624; designed by Bernini, this canopy, or baldacchino, creates a focal point in the massive building towards the altar. Because of the size of the building, without the baldacchino, the altar would disappear,...

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  • Campidoglio - Capitoline Hill

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    The "Campidoglio" or Capitoline became my favourite piazza in Rome since the Piazza Navona became so touristy and commercial (see my tip). The arrival by the monumental staircase “Cordonata” drawn by Michel-Angel is a pleasure although the lions, of Egyptian origin, at the entry of the staircase do not project any more wine like “in the good old...

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  • Santa Maria Maggiore

    Rome Things to Do

    The exquisite mosaics in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore date back to the time of Sixtus III (Pope from 432-40). Other mosaics in the church are not as old, but still old – dating back merely 700+ years to the late 1200s. The oldest of the mosaics from this time can be seen in the nave and on the triumphal arch which spans the altar area of the...

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  • Tevere - Tiber River & Bridges

    Rome Things to Do

    One of the nicest parts of the Tevere-Tiber is for me the part of the river between the Umberto I bridge and the Vittorio Emanuele II bridge. This is the part facing eastwards the Palace of Justice and westwards the bridge leading to the Piazza San Pietro with in the middle the Castel S. Angelo. Best views are from the river bank called...

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  • Piazza del Popolo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    In ancient Rome (and in the comparatively not too distant past before automobiles, trains, and planes), visitors to the city typically entered from the north, through the northern gate called Porta Flaminia after traveling down the Via Flaminia. Today visitors most likely see this gate by walking from within the city, having already arrived by some...

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  • Bocca della Verita

    4 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    The legend says (in www.italyguides.it): "This legend probably originates from Roman times. It is said that the rich wife of a Roman noble was accused of adultery. The woman denied the accusations, but her husband wanted to put her to the test by making her hand inside the stone mouth. Knowing perfectly well that she was lying, the woman used a...

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  • Area Sacra Largo Argentina

    4 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    Discovered in the 1920s, this square in the center of an area of Rome that is bustling with traffic is the site of four temples dating back to the Roman Republic. Excavations are still taking place and archeologists disagree on the purpose of some of the structures. Until their purpose can be determined, these excavated buildings are given the...

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  • Musei Capitolini Museums

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    The piazza at the top of the steps and in front of the Capitoline Museum was designed by the famous master sculptor, Michelangelo, who was also a famous painter and architect. Commissioned by Pope Paul III with the thought to give this part of Rome more importance, he called on Michelangelo for the design. Michelangelo was in his later years – long...

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  • The Vatican

    4 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    When I visited the Vatican, we randomly chose one of the museums, the Pinacoteca, and were very happy with our choice. The collection consists of 460 paintings distributed over eighteen rooms organized by chronology and school, from the 12th century to the 19th century. It includes works by some of the biggest names in the history of Italian...

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  • St John Lateran

    Rome Things to Do

    The oldest of the four great Basilicas and also the cathedral of Rome went through a very hectic history since it was given to the Church (311) by Constantine the first Christian emperor. The not very large original church was dedicated to the Saviour, "Basilica Salvatoris", the dedication to St. John is of a later date (12 th c.). Thanks to many...

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  • Catacombs

    Rome Things to Do

    We visited the catacomb of San Callixtus whilst on a visit to Rome. Frankly, we had no choice because we were on a cruise ship tour. However, Princess Cruises chose well! These catacombs are part of the Vatican. I thought that the Vatican was the city within one part of Rome but I learnt that there are many parcels of land within (and beyond?)...

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  • Arch of Constantine

    4 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    Standing just outside the Colosseum is the Arch of Constantine, one of the last monuments built by Imperial Rome, just before the capital was moved to Byzantium. This arch, built in AD 315 commemorates Constantine’s victory over Maxentius at the battle of the Milvian Bridge, which is a bridge located in northern Rome that was an important route...

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  • Roman Forum - Arch of Titus

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    This arch was erected in AD 81 in honor of Titus and Vespasian’s military victories in the Judean War. Titus’ brother Domitian ordered the monument built after Titus’ death. On the inside of the arch are worn reliefs showing the winged Victory and the goddess Roma and another showing the parade of war booty brought back from Jerusalem, in which you...

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  • Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    Two popes are buried in Santa Maria sopra Minerva - both are from the Medici family. The Medici were the ruling family in Florentine history and two of the family became pope – Leo X and Clement VII. The tombs of these two Medici popes are on either side behind the high altar, Leo on the left and Clement on the right. At the tops of the monuments...

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  • Ostia Antica

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    Ostia Antica is the ruin of the ancient Roman port city of Ostia. It is at the mouth of the Tiber on the sea and the name Ostia means "the Mouths" in Latin. It grew to be a large and important city for centuries as Rome's port before the harbor silted up and it withered away. This left substantial ruinsm including apartment blocks, latrines,...

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  • Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    One enters this church by a door in the ruined wall of what was in his time the caldarium of the Diocletian Baths. The vestibule of the church is the tepidarium of the Terme. The huge transept of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri (St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs) is nothing else than the central part of the Terme di Diocleziano built...

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  • San Pietro in Vincoli

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    Michelangelo always considered himself to be a sculptor first – not a painter, not an architect. And, although he managed to do all three of these extremely well, the guy really just wanted to create beautiful pieces from marble. Well, to be honest, he didn’t think he was creating – he thought the figure was already in the marble; he was just...

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  • Mamertine Prison & Caesar's Forum

    Rome Things to Do

    The Mamertine Prison is where it is believed that both apostles Peter and Paul were held as prisoners as well as others such as Jugurtha, king of Numidia in 2nd century. While there is no definitive proof that this is the location, circumstantial evidence makes a strong case for each of the men being held here at separate times. The name of the...

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  • Aurelian Walls

    4 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    I don't think that there is any other city in Europe which has preserved such a length of walls as Rome. In France I have seen Aigues-Mortes (1,6 Km walls), Avilla in Spain but even this one with 90 towers and 2,5 Km long continuous wall does not compare with the still existing 12,5 Km of the Aurelian walls. The original walls were 19 km long with...

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  • Monumento Vittorio Emmanuel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    It happens by the circumstances that I'm somewhat more interested in military history than others so that when I enter the Vittoriano by the steps climbing to the "Altare della Patria" I look at who is on guard at the Unknown Soldier Tomb. On my recent visit it were the Lancers of Montebello belonging to the Brigata "Granatieri di Sardegna" a...

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  • Circus Maximus

    3 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    It’s a sunny afternoon and the local sports arena is full of thousands of sweaty, drunk and rabid fans screaming for/cursing at their favorite teams, waging bets, fighting in the stands, tearing their shirts off and throwing garbage. Football? Soccer match? Nope, it’s the chariot races at Circus Maximus in 50 BC. Some things never change... This...

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  • Via del Corso

    4 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    In the evening the Romans close the Via Del Corso down to traffic. The street then fills with people out for an evening stroll. It is very festive and fun. It is also a great way to sharpen your appetite for some good food at one of the many great restaurants in this area of Rome. So get out and enjoy the passigiatta on the Via Del Corso. It will...

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  • Baths of Caracalla -Terme di Caracalla

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    These baths are the most imposing monument of ancient Rome which one can see nowadays. Of course there is the Coliseum, but the baths of Caracalla correspond much more to my views on the Roman civilization than the cruel circus games practiced in the Coliseum. The function of the baths was the care of the body and the spirit (by the libraries)....

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  • Piazza Saint Pietro - Saint Peter's...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rome Things to Do

    Designed by Bernini in the mid-1600s, St. Peter's Square is civic architecture at its finest. You can think of the square as enveloped in two large arms that reach out from St. Peter’s Basilica – these arms are made up of the semi-circular colonnades of 284 columns. On top of the two “arms” are statues of 96 saints and martyrs. It is from the...

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