Rome Things to Do Tips by Paisleypaul
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Contribute some change & his eyebrows dance !
WIth starched tie and suit askew, he is hurrying to nowhere - two pictures of the pair of us fudged together. He MUST cheat though -he has to have went home to change his clothes !
Address: Piazza Navona
Directions: Near Pantheon
Number 1 in Heaven ?
Little to say about the art collection in the Vatican Museum on the way in to the Capella Sistina not already put so eloquently elsewhere, other than maybe... .... miraculous ? ...... Did any other Guns 'n' Roses fans spot this on the wall? (cf. Use Your Illusion I & II (Geffen, 1991))
Address: Vatican City
Directions: Metropolitana to San Pietro or Lepanto
Looking East from the Piazza - look up.....
Every one writes about the amount of walking you do in Rome - Via del Corso is one of the longest thoroughfares - time to dip your feet in the cooling waters of the fontana either side of Piazza del Popolo
Address: Piazza del Popolo - atop Via del Corso
Esoteric & Eclectic
An interesting collection because it is a very mixed bag of artwork, readily accessible from the city centre (near Piazza Venezia). I had an out of date 'Top 10' Rome reckoned admission was free on a Sunday - it no longer is, but was not over pricey either -Euro7.80 in 2004
Address: Piazza del Campidoglio
Other Contact: 06.6710.2475
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
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
Read Me First
The Time Elevator Rome is one of those panoramic cinema experiences where your seat moves and tilts in sync as you 'fly' virtually over the city, pristine ancient and modern day ruins, atomizers spray water at you to suit the action etc. It tells the story of the outcast Vestal Virgin whose twins Romulus and Remus founded the city, to ruin of the Empire following the onslaught of the Huns, to the securing of the Papacy and the draw on the renaissance artists which ensure its status as a cultural and religious epicentre in perpituity.
Advertised on the yellow corners of the free multifold glossy maps from the Tourist offices, it advertises to produce the map-advert for a free gift - pictured.
Pocket sized, full colour & glossy, there is really no other guide to Rome like this that I have seen ! 300+ pages, it has the best maps, Metropolitana guide, bus guide and bus information/numbers, with just about every church, statue, palazzo and a thousand and one things besides
Address: Via SS Apostoli 20 (of Via del Corso 260)
Directions: In English & Italian, I assume it is available in the choice of languages on offer for the head setsfor the film.
- Don't think this guide is availble elsewhere -
Other Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +39 06.6990053
Pantheon ceiling - the oculus
The second century Pantheon by Marcus Agrippa is of course now Roman Catholic but originally a temple t all gods -Pantheism.
Visited several times this decade and can't tellyou anyting about the history not recorded so eloquently elsewhere on VT - just including now as finally I am happy with my lead shot, tried so many times to capture the light coming in through the oculus, the only source of light in the building.
Open all day , admission free. Click the large picture for others.
P.S. Rafaello Santi is buried here, so beware the anorak clad readers of the Da Vinci Clot !
Directions: Between Fontana di Trevi and Piazza Navona
Palazzo Barberini to Via del Quattro Fontane
Built on instruction from the Barberini Pope Urban VIIII from 1627 by Carlo Maderno, construction - incorporating in to the palazzo the original Villa Sforza - was overseen after his death in 1629 by Giovan Lorenzo Bernini aidied by Francesco Borromini, a descendant of Maderno. Consequently , attributing different facets of the architecture can be an inexact science - suffice to say the three men take the credit.
Partly closed for restoration 2005, his means that the combi-ticket with Galleria Villa Borghese is not such a bargain as the entry is currently reduced to EU5.
Great ceiling and works by CAravaggio, Vincent de Boulogne, Jacopo Bassano. No photographs in the galleries !
Address: Via del Quattro Fontane 13, 0184 Roma
Directions: Enter on the Via del Quattro Fontane (at Barberini Metropolitana in Linea A).
Other Contact: Guided tours +39 06 8555952
Phone: +39 06 32810
Triton's Fountain Palazzo Barberini
Bernini's Fontana del Tritone at Piazza Barberini (previously called Piazza Grimana)
Via del Tritone is on the left of the picture, notice the Hotel Bernini in the background.
If all roads lead to Rome, Piazza Barberini is probably where ! ......at foot of Via Barberini, Via Vittorio Veneto, Via del Tritone, VIa Barberini, Via del Quattro Fontane,Via Sistina......!
Metal deposits have left their mark - this is one that is needing a spring clean !
Address: Piazza Barberini
Directions: Piazza Barberini, by Barberini on Linea A of the Metroplitana
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