Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Itinerary to visit Rome

I am often asked by colleagues to provide a list of sight to see in Rome.
I had the luck of living in Rome for 1 year, so here is a list of my strongest memories.

Saint Peter Cathedral (Metro Vaticano) : it's compulsory to WALK all the way up the Dome, there is an affordable fee if you don't use the elevator. The second stage of stairs leading to the top is breathtaking. You will be able to enjoy a wonderful view of Rome from the top.
Also, inside the Cathedral don't miss La Pieta', probably the most dramatic and touching sculptures in history.

From Vaticano (map here), walk to Colosseo (maĆ½be 5 Km), passing through:
Castel Sant'Angelo
Ponte Sant'Angelo and its wonderful statues

via dei Coronari until Piazza Navona, then to the Pantheon - one of the most perfect and daring buildings in the entire history.
Walk then to Trevi Fountain, where you can relax at the sound of water.
Next comes Piazza di Spagna with its funny Fountain of Barcaccia

Go also to Appia Antica and the Cecilia Metella tomb.
The best museums are: Etruscan Museum, Musei Capitolini, Museo del Palazzo dei Conservatori, Mercati di Traiano, Centrale Montemartini....and of course Musei Vaticani.

Outside Rome, don't miss Ostia Antica, Villa Adriana and if you can the Etruscan Necropolis of Cerveteri. ... more to come...

Then of course Foro Romano, Terme di Caracalla...

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