by OWEN H. (11/07/2010 23:51:12)
-Capuchin cemetery - don't read anything about this before you go - just go
-Galleria Borghese - absolutely wonderful collection and small so it can be done in under 2 hours
-Pantheon - just amazing, never seen engineering like it
-trevi fountain of course has to be done
-piazza navona is probably my favourite evening place in the city.
from the B&B near St. Peter if you cross the river and head down towards Trastevere, there are just fantastic italian eateries which have 'fixed price' menues - i.e. an entree, pasta dish, main and desert plus water and wine all for €15-20 - it's where the italians go out to eat, and it's great! Off the tourist trail so you get real value
Communication is always a little bit of an issue, but I find that most italian can speak at least enough passable english for the foreign traveller to get by. When heading over to my fave eating place in the trastevere district however, the conversation became a bit more difficult - I'f I had to order from the menu individual dishes I think it would have been quite a challenge.
Rome - the eternal city - there are so many reasons to visit it, and to go back often. Far too many to pick just a few to mention.
-If you like classical civilisation stuff - there's so much there - the pantheon, the colloseum, the roman forum, domus aurea etc
-if you like renaissance art, there's a huge amount available to see for free in the numerous churches, and then there's the Galleria Borghese...