Rome Things to Do Tips by Paisleypaul
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Statue of Giuseppe Belli in Trastevere
Giuseppe Francesco Antonio Maria Gioachino Raimondo Belli (1791 – 1863) was a poet who wrote in the Romanesco dialect. mainly sonnets, of which he produced well over 2000! As a result of using the Roman dialetto, it can be argued that his work is not as accessible as it would otherwise be. Some of the humourous sonnets were translated into English by none other than Anthony Burgess.
The statue dates from 1913 so will have a centenary soon (at time of writing) viz 2013.
I always associate it with marking arrival back in Trastevere
Address: Piazza Belli
Directions: Piazza Belli is in Viale Di Trastevere, near the river at Ponte Garibaldi, also where we normally jump off of the Number 8 tram!
Foro Romano from atop the National Monument
The Roman Forums are a pleasant diversion and offer some shade on the walk back from the Flavian Amphitheatre/ Colloseum. So I wrote in 2005, with a scan of pre-dated my owning a digital camera or joining VT (About 2001) .
A long overdue update - and new lead picture. Check my revised tip on the National monument - you can now go all the way up in the lift for some truly spectacular views, icnluding lots of great photo opportunities. Pity the day was just so very bright!
Directions: From the Colosseo (or Linea B Colosseo stop) walk North towards the Campidoglio
Wonderful detail atop San Giovanni
The Pope is the Bishop of Rome; the seat of the Bishopric is.... a great trivia question! Not San Pietro in the Vatican as I would once have answered, the answer is the Papal Archbasilica San Giovanni in Laterano, wh.ich was the full time Papal locale before St Peter's Square.
Consecrated as a church on 324 AD, it was built on the site of a fort.
Succinctly, this church still runs St Peter's close for splendour and grandeur. Go ! Then when some one syas they went to the Vatican, you can roll your eyes and say that that's just the new gaffe........!
Address: Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano
Directions: San Giovanni Metropolitana stop is only 200 Metres away at the other side of the Aurelian wall.
We walked from Monti one morning past the Colosseum - recommended!
A gem of a place for the art lover, took us until 2009 to finally visit.
You M U S T reserve tickets - there can be a 2 or 3 day lead time. You can do this online , weeks or months before you go, as we did. When we went on the day, there were some girls inquiring about pay at the door entry, whose hotelier had said to them to go along and try their luck. The ticket clerk had to turn them away, with a few choice words about the hotelier who had given such bad advice!
You can reserve from the links below or www.ticketeria.it
Be aware it is up and down a lot of stairs once in, do not recall an accessible elevator (one way or another).
Photography strictly prohibited (there is a locker system in operation such that you go in more or less hands free), but you can see from the official website that it is the expected trove of four(!) Berninis, Titian, Caravaggio, Rafaello etc. So only one picture with this tip!
Address: Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5, 00197 ROMA
Directions: A walk from the Metropolitana - either Spagna or Barberini on Linea A - through the wonderful Giardino Borghese, it is signposted
Phone: 0039 06 32810
Museo delle Cere
Think we paid Eu7 entry August 2009 I understand was Eu8 by 2010.
Could walk through in 10 minutes! Figures likenesses range from the unremarkable to the fairly bad. There is a 1940s ensemble of leaders of the world at war, and some historical characters who pre-date photography - not so easy to critique these likenesses!
I like wax museums in principle - but like most, this was extemely disappointing.
My seventh visit to Rome before I bothered - need not have! This is not the sort of thing that is the appeal of Rome, nor is it what Rome does well. Only go if you wish to discuss your dismay and bemusement afterwards!
Address: Museo Delle Cere. Piazza S.S. Apostoli, 67. 00187
Directions: Near the Typewriter/ National Monument
Area Sacro di Largo Argentina
This square consists of four temples unearthed by excavation works in the 1920s. The four temples date from the late fourth to the late second century BC . The square has been identified as the Porticus Minucia Venus, founded 107 BC as the last of the four temples was finished. It can be viewed from four sides, notably from Corso Vittorio Emanuelle I, just at Largo Argentina , i.e. where you jump the No.8 tram for Trastevere. You are looing down as you walk round perhaps five metres - this was of course street level in ancient Rome, which has been altered naturally over time and by the great fire. The area was destroyed by fire AD80 , a year before Pompeii (AD 79) - no small irony that one of the buildings to have been positively identified was the Statio Aquarum, or water board which would today be responsible for water supply and fire hydrants!
Address: Largo di Torre Argentina
Directions: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II / Via Di Torre Argentina / Via Florida / Via di San Nicola de Cesarini
Marcel at Piazza Navona
Marcel is usually to be found nearer the Southern end of Piazza Navona, just towards the centre. He has a ghetto blaster to acoompany his tiny troupe of dancers so let your ears lead you. He very comically looks disinterestedly askance as his finger puppets shake their respective thang. His repertoire 2004 included The Tramp/Chaplin & the girl (picture), bossanova, the Can Can and the piece de resistance Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal (this doll has a bizarre white ping pong ball head and moonwalks). DVD was worth the EU10 as a souvenir
This July 2005 tip was updated 8 February 2009 with the new website link
Address: Piazza Navona
Museo di Roma in Trastevere
This was formerly the Folklore museum, the MdRiT is the sort of museum other cities have - i.e. it is inclined to Rome's own recent history and 19th and 20th century artists, whreas all of the other museums seem to be aimed at 2000 years ago.
Trastevere, it has been suggested, replaced Via Vittorio Veneto as the night time haunt for La Dolce Vita. The Museum is typicallu open until 20:00 of an evening and as Trastevere should also be seen in daylight, take a look at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere for content and for the many visitng exhibitions.
Address: Piazza S. Egidio, 1 b, 00153 Roma
Directions: Trastevere, not far from Piazza Santas Maria in Trastevere
Other Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 06 82059127
Circo Massimo - from the Metro looking lengthways
The site for the famed chariot races like in 'Ben hur' and a whole lot more besides from the first century BC to around the sixth century AD. The track is 600 Metres long . Caesar Augustus erected Ramses II's obelisk here in 10 BC but today it stands in Piazza del Popolo, leaving the Circo Massimo a curiously understated and overlooked piece of Roman history.
In its heyday the 250,000 spectators it could hold made it Rome's biggest stadium - this was dwarfed by the supposed 1,000,000 audience in 2006 to welcome the triumphant Azzuri, Italy's World Cup winning football team
Address: Via del Circo Massimo
Directions: Circo Massimo stop 2 away from Termini on Linea B
Operas minus the formality, St Paul in the Wall
I see in the forums on Rome that this comes up occasionally - can you watch opera in Rome (1) Without taking a £1500 suit in your backpack (2) Without paying Eu 100's a ticket (3) centrally and (4) in company of locals and other visitors such that there is not some great international incident involving burning embassies because of some operatic faux pas on the VTer's part.
The Chiesa di San Paolo Entro le Mura (church of St Paul 'within the walls', i.e first protestant church to be built with in the walled city) hosts 2 different shows 3 nights a week by I Musici Veneziani - "Enchanting Opera Arias" on Tuesdays and Fridays & "Classics & Opera Arias" Saturdays, with all musicians in authectic Venetian costume.
Tickets are Eu20 each (with some Eu30 premium tickets available) from ticket outlets or directly outside the church on the street most days, vendors taking bookings sometimes also in period costume
Address: Via Nazionale, near Piazza della Republicca
Directions: Via Nazionale, near corner of Via Napoli, and near Piazza della Republicca.
Right across the road from my beloved Hotel Miami - we listen to the bells of San Paolo entro le Mura on a Sunday morning, an evocative Roman memory
Phone: +39 064826296
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