Must see Rome for a 3 1/2 day trip?

Mar 6th, 2005, 03:44 AM
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Another don't-miss site is Torre Argentina.

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Early Christian churches abound in Rome, but they tend to be overshadowed by the more flamboyant and accessible Baroque churches.

For starters, here are a few:
- Sant'Agnese fuori le Mura (out on the Via Nomentana; burial place of St. Agnes)
- Santa Costanza (immediately behind Sant'Agnese; a round building with unique mosaics that blend Christian and pagan motifs; burial place of the daughter of Constantine, Constantia)
- Santa Prassede (9th century; built over the house where Santa Prassede sheltered early Christians; with the mosaic-decorated chapel of San Zenone, which has been called "the garden of paradise")
- Santa Pudenziana (4th century; mosaics of the early 5th century; dedicated to Santa Pudenziana, the sister of Santa Prassede)
(The two above and San Clemente, which has been mentioned elsewhere, are quite close together.)
- Santa Prisca (on the Aventine; with the best preserved mithraeum - with frescoes - in Rome)
- Santa Sabina (also on the Aventine;
5th century; with the oldest preserved wooden door, which has one of the earliest representations of the Crucifixion)
(The two above are very close to each
- San Marco (in a corner of the Palazzo Venezia; 4th century)

There are many more but, unfortunate-ly, you do not have the time to read a good guidebook to Rome, such as Georgia Masson's "Companion Guide to Rome," which would tell you where to find them.

As for ancient Rome, if your dislike of art allows you to, you might visit the two main locations of the Museo Nazionale Romano; the one in Palazzo Massimo (near Termini) holds wonderful frescoes; the one in Palazzo Altemps (near Piazza Navona) has the fabulous Farnese collection of ancient Roman sculpture.
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Mar 6th, 2005, 04:57 AM
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"Message: I really recommend a guided tour of St. Peter's. It really is much more enlightening, and we had a fantastic guide. Spend a good day, or even 2, at the Vatican. There is a lot there! Enjoy Rome."

Guided tours really enhance a visit to Rome's historic sites. The good thing is that all you need to do is show up and there will be tours available on the spot. We were hesitant to try these these, but we signed up outside the collosseum and it turned out much cheaper and just as good as the expensive ones that people talk about on travel boards. They even threw in a tour through the forum and palentine as well. The forum guide was the best tour guide we've ever had. He really knew how to tell and interesting story and keep you engaged. (In contrast, the Vatican tour that we booked monthes ahead for 35E pp was a boring academic who went on in excrutiating detail about endless minutia. Sometimes less is more.)
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Mar 6th, 2005, 06:13 AM
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BEFORE YOU ARRIVE: Do your homework at &

ARRIVAL IN ROME: You have 3 choices of transportation to your hotel or Termini station.
A taxi will cost about 40E. The local train to Termini will cost about 10E PP & departs often.
We prefer using a van service. Book online at –about 30E per couple.

TOUR GUIDES IN ROME: There are many, but we prefer these for small groups. You can be your own guide for most of Rome, but seeing the Vatican and St.Peters is better with help.
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DO NOT MISS: This can be very subjective. It takes a week to see Rome well—some would say a lifetime—so you will need to prioritize well based on your primary interests.
• Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
• Saint Peter’s [ allow 4 hours for both]
• Castel San Angelo [ walk here after seeing Vatican]
• Colosseum & Roman Forum [adjacent—allow 3 hours]
• Capitoline Hill & Museum
• Spanish Steps [ Piazza di Spagna]
• Pantheon & Trevi Fountain
• Piazza Navona[ local artisans & Bernini fountains are a must]
• Borghese Gallery [ The Bernini sculptures are fabulous—must book in advance]

NOTE: See more detail at the site and your guide books.

POTENTIAL DAY TRIPS: Only after you have done justice to the Eternal City.
• Tivoli---a half day excursion to see Villa d’Este & Hadrian’s Villa
• Ostia Antica—ancient ruins, similar to Pompeii, only :45 by local train
• Orvieto---the closest hill town of note—about 1:10 by train.
• Pompeii & Sorrento—a 12 hour day by Appian Lines tour bus

WHERE TO EAT: Remember, this is Italy and it is hard to get a bad meal. There are dozens of very good ristorantes in Rome—these are a few that we have liked:
• Il 34—small place near Spanish Steps—great for lunch when shopping.
• Al Moro—near Trevi Fountain—try their famous spaghetti
• Ristorante Abruzzi—near Trajan’s Column—small, family run and inexpensive
• Piccolo Mondo—near via Veneto—a more upscale place for a nice dinner
• La Carbonara---good value and food on Campo di Fiori

WHERE TO HANG: Piazza Navona & Piazza della Rotonda are hard to beat
Do not forget your gelato, a national treasure and required daily. [geleteria della Palma]

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Mar 6th, 2005, 07:24 AM
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This is a very valuable post! (Even more than your usual informative offering).

Thanks very much.
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I would recommend the catacombs if you are into Christian sites. I have toured San Callisto and San Sebastiano and they are both worth seeing. You could see one of them in a morning. San Callisto is closed on Wednesdays and San Sebastiano is closed on Thursdays. Both offer tours in multiple languages. Web site for San Callisto:
To get there you can drive, take a taxi or take a bus. The 218 bus leaves from Piazza San Giovanni in Laterno and goes to the catacombs. It stops near the San Callisto catacombs. There is another bus which goes to San Sebastiano also, but the number escapes me. Both catacombs are a short walk 10-15 minutes from each other. Good choice, by the way to extend your trip to Rome to 5 days. You'll never run out of things to see or do!
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Mar 6th, 2005, 12:26 PM
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Hi ericjdaniels, I just read last night that the tour boats that are "hop on and hop off" that go up and down the Tiber River go to Ostia Antica. So again, this is something you might want to check into. Have a fun trip. And I am sure you will enjoy your five days in beautiful Rome!
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Mar 6th, 2005, 03:08 PM
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LoveItaly, Where did you find the information on the tour boats that go up and down the Tiber River to Ostia Antica?
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Mar 6th, 2005, 03:53 PM
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Hi Playplay, well I first heard of this from my friends in Italy. And do not have the website where I read it yesterday.

But I went on and here is the website that I believe will give all info that travelers will want. It is:

I think it is an interesting concept.

And you can check out other website via google also.

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