Lazio Things to Do

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Lazio Things to Do

  • Colosseum

    Rome Things to Do

    Originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, this largest of Roman arenas was constructed between 70 and 80 AD on the former site of Nero's artificial lake. That very naughty emperor claimed as his own a large area of Rome which had been devastated in the great fire of 64 AD, and built the lake, extensive gardens and a lavish palace (Domus Aurea)...

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  • Villa D'Este

    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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  • 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

    Rome Things to Do

    This is truly an amazing, stunning fountain. Much of its greatness to me lies in how much it hits you and how powerful an impact it has upon seeing it for the first time, when one enters the piazza from one of the narrow streets, the crashing sound of the falling water progressively getting louder as one approaches, until the site and the sound hit...

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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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  • 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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  • Castel Sant'Angelo

    Rome Things to Do

    As I notice it's becoming more and more popular to open an access to some sights at night, at least in summer time. And this is great experience! Firstly, there are less visitors. Secondly, night magic makes its work and adds a magic spell on the monuments... I would recommend to book tickets in advance via internet to avoid queue at the...

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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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  • 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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  • Piazza Venezia - Vittoriano

    Rome Things to Do

    The lower part of the Vittoriano monument with access by a stair case from Piazza Venezia is the "Altare della Patria" i.e. the grave of an unknown soldier from WW I. The body of the Unknown Soldier was chosen on 26 October 1921 from among 11 unknown remains by Maria Bergamas whose only child was killed during World War I. Her son's body was never...

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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 di Spagna - Spanish Steps

    Rome Things to Do

    Best known and overcrowded by tourists is the Scalinata della Trinata dei Monti starting at the piazza di Spagna. Twenty years ago I visited the steps in May, best time when there are azalea flowers all over the stairs. I didn't try it again these last twenty years because there are more tourists than flowers on the steps. Avoid if you have, even...

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  • Roman Forum

    Rome Things to Do

    Once the Roman center of religion, commerce and justice, the Forum is now a jumbled maze of tumbled columns, ruined foundations, and churches erected on pre-Christian temples. It is not an easy place to visit as you need to either bring a very good guidebook, rent an audioguide or book a tour to make sense of it all. It can also be very crowded,...

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  • Villa Borghese

    Rome Things to Do

    Art lovers, if you have time to visit only one museum, this is the one - especially if you’re allergic to crowds. Galleria Borghese’s 22 rooms display works by some of the Italy's greatest geniuses of paint and chisel, and you can see them without being trampled by the mob that overruns the Vatican. The collection is housed in a two-story,...

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  • Piazza Navona

    Rome Things to Do

    Piazza Navona is one of Rome’s great public spaces and one that people have been flocking to for nearly two millennia - although for different reasons. Emperor Domitian built his Circus Agonalis (‘agone' meaning games or competitions) here in 85 AD: a giant stadium that would hold 15-20,000 people and which was occasionally flooded, like the...

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  • Vatican Museums - Sistine Chapel

    Rome Things to Do

    Nothing quite prepares you for the magnificence of the Sistine Chapel. You may have heard a lot about it, read copious amount of literature on it, taken a virtual tour of this relatively small room measuring only 132 ft. (40.23 m) length, 44 ft (13.40 m) breath and 68 ft (20.70 m) height from the official website of the Vatican Museum. But when you...

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  • Pantheon

    Rome Things to Do

    I have to say that after some time looking for the Pantheon (and just about when I was going to give up) I came upon it. It was quite unexpected and I have to say I found it to be impressive and well worth visiting. It may have looked old from the outside, but from within, you could feel the importance of the building and the honour placed upon it...

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  • Campo dei Fiori

    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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  • Campidoglio - Capitoline Hill

    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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  • Trastevere

    Rome Things to Do

    I recommend taking an afternoon and evening to cross the Tiber and wander the Tastavere. It is a wonderful area of Rome. ( some do not consider it to be part of Rome) There are romantic streets and piazzas. The restaurants are warm, creative and inviting.Here you will find the very best gelato in all of Rome maybe the world at the Fiore Di...

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  • Trajan & Imperial Forums

    Rome Things to Do

    Tourists who visited the Capitoline Hill or the Vittoriano monument have all seen that imposing semicircular construction in red brown bricks on the other side of the Via dei Fori Imperiale and on the right of the well known Trajan column. Not so many have been inside because restoration works went on for several years and the Museum of the Markets...

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  • Basilica di San Pietro - Saint Peter...

    Rome Things to Do

    This is a monumental place worthy of a State, and it will take a good couple days to see it all in detail. We are not into long lines and there were, so I leave you with the outside square of St Peter's. The rest of the time we came by here was to shop by the castel san angelo nearby. Books have been written here about it, so just to know its the...

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  • Santa Maria Maggiore

    Rome Things to Do

    The inside is much better than the outside! This was our third visit and we can confirm what I wrote a few years ago: The inside is much better than the outside ! Once my eyes got accustomed to the penumbra inside the church on that late afternoon of December, I got overwhelmed by the space and the marvellous decoration. Our last visit was in...

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  • Palatine Hill

    Rome Things to Do

    Palatine Hill is another of Rome's fabled seven, the mythological site of Lupercal Cave where Romulus and Remus were said to have been raised by a she-wolf, and where some emperors and very wealthy citizens built massive palaces and splendid homes. Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Cicero and Marc Anthony all resided here at one time. Long after the...

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  • Bocca della Verita

    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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  • The Vatican

    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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  • Mamertine Prison & Caesar's Forum

    Rome Things to Do

    The best view on the Foro di Cesare is from the small garden on the left side of the Palazzo Senatorio on the Capitoline hill. This garden is above the Mamertine prison; the views to the right are also great with the arch of Settimo Severo and the Foro Romano. The forum of Caesar was the first (46 BC) of the so called Imperial Forums (foro di...

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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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  • Piazza del Popolo

    Rome Things to Do

    First laid out in 1538 this Piazza features a Obelisk brought to Rome by the Emperor Augustus and is flanked by the twins churches Chiesa de Santa Maria Del Miracoli and Chiesa de Santa Maria in Montesanto.

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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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  • Roman Forum - Arch of Titus

    Rome Things to Do

    At the top of the Velia, in Via Sacra, we found the Arch of Titus which was built by the Senate after the Emperor's death. By this arch the Senate paid respect and honour to Emperor who conquested Jerusalem in 70 A.D. On the inside of the arch are two bas-reliefs, on each side, displaying the Emperor on his triumphal chariot and the procession of...

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  • Arch of Constantine

    Rome Things to Do

    This arch is right next to the Colosseum, and commemorates Constantine I's 312 AD victory over his co-ruler, Maxentius, at the Battle of Milvian Bridge. Keep an eye out as you read through my pages as these two fellas will pop up in several other reviews. The structure spans the Via Triumphalis - a thoroughfare that was used for triumphal...

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  • Musei Capitolini Museums

    Rome Things to Do

    If you have only time to visit one museum in Rome I advise you this one. You will not be waiting in a long line as with the museum of the Vatican and you will see very famous pieces of the Antique art. Moreover the site of the museum is one of most beautiful of Rome. In fact there are 3 museums on Piazza Campidoglio. They are called "Musei...

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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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  • Papal Audience

    Rome Things to Do

    I obtained my tickets two ways for separate trips, email and fax. When I faxed the request, I received a response in a few days also by fax telling me that my tickets had been reserved and that I should pick them up at the Bronze Door in St Peters Sq. late PM the day before the audience or the morning thereof. The Bronze Door in question is to...

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  • Aurelian Walls

    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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  • Via Appia Antica

    Rome Things to Do

    We jumped off the train at tiny Torricola and crept cautiously along a narrow shoulder of modern highway to its crossing at another several thousand years older. Here, surrounded by quiet fields several miles outside of the busy center of Rome, we stepped onto one of the greatest achievements in Roman history: a pre-BC avenue so important to the...

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  • Via del Corso

    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

    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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  • Roman Forum - Via Sacra

    Rome Things to Do

    The name says it all. Latin for Sacred Road, Via Sacra is the main street of ancient Rome lined with temples, and government buildings. Walking through today's ruins, one could only imagine how it was during the Roman times. It runs from the Senators and their colleagues discussing politics or plotting murders, military heroes basking in glorious...

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  • Circus Maximus

    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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  • Temple of Hadrian

    Rome Things to Do

    The Temple of Hadrian was built in 145 by Antonius Pius, who was emperor's adoptive son and successor. Unfortunately, only the side colonnade (Corinthian styled columns) of the temple survived and now incorporeted into a later building in the Piazza di Pietra (The Stone Square). The temple originally was at Campo Marzio. Sad fact is that the stone...

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  • Monumento Vittorio Emmanuel

    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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  • Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli

    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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  • Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

    Rome Things to Do

    Yet another St. Mary's. This one was built on top of the ruins of a Roman temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva (thus the funny name) and is the only Gothic-style church in Rome. The current basilica dates from 13th/14th centuries, has wonderful interior vaulting of sky blue with gold stars, and excellent frescoes by Filippino Lippi. Interred...

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