Weekend Breaks to Rome
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Top 10 Things in Rome on a Short Break
Known originally as the Flavian Amphitheatre, it was constructed by Emperor Vespasian in 72AD and later finished by his son Titus. Made of travertine marble, this enormous structure could seat 80,000 and dwarfs every other ruin in Rome.
It featured bloody gladiatorial combat and wild beast shows which resulted in thousands of deaths. In the Middle Ages it became a fortress and later a quarry. Since 1992 it is slowly being restored to its former glory.
Accessible from the Metro stop Colesseo (LineaB)
Between the Collosseum and Palatine Hill is the triple arch built to honour Constantine following his victory over his rival Maxentius at the battle of Milvian Bridge in 312AD. The arch way is constructed almost entirely from sculptual fragments pillaged from earlier Roman monuments. A major restoration was completed in 1987.
Inaugurated in 217AD, the baths were used by some 1600 Romans at a time, until the 6th Century. The massive complex, covering 10 hectares, included shops, gardens, libraries and entertainment. For 60 years, until 1993, the venue was used for opera performances in summer. But these have been banned to prevent damage which was being done to the ruins. (tel: 065758626)
Designed by an Italian, paid for by the French, and named for the Spaniards, this famous staircase has for ages, been a major gathering place for foreigners. In the 18th century the most beautiful of Italys men and women gathered here hoping to be chosen as artists models. To the right of the steps a pink house with a small plaque marks the home where Keats spent his last 3 months and died in 1821.
Fascinating crowds with the rumble of its cascading waters, its water was supplied by one of Romes earliest aqueducts. It was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732 and emerges from the back wall of Palazzo Poli. Its famous custom is to, while facing away, throw a coin into the fountain over your shoulder, to ensure your return to Rome. Two coins to fall in love in Rome and three coins to be married in the city.
This is a lively piazza where a fresh fruit, vegetable, fish and flower market is held every morning except Sundays. During the Inquisition the area was the site of countless executions, now its lined with bars and trattorias. Take bus #75, 170 or 64 from Termini to Largo Argentina.
This restaurant, which is one of the most popular in the ancient city, features outdoor dining shaded by the trees of the Celian Park. A romantic atmosphere is created by the wandering violinists. The ever-changing menu features an outstanding bruschetta al pomodoro and ravioli al amalfitana. Half liter of house wine will cost the same as bottled water in the area.
Appearing like a gateway to the darkest pits of Hell, this pub is decorated by plastic skulls, fake spiderweb and fuzzy spiders. Try the delicious sandwiches like the Freddy (salami, mozzarella), the Candyman (nutella), and the Frankenstein (double cheeseburger), the draft beer, bottles and cocktails are reasonably priced. Happy hour features free appetizers.
At Via Magenta is the excellent hotel, named after the brilliant English comedy series, Faulty Towers, and offers hostel-style accommodation with a shower. Run by Enjoy Rome, a local tourist office, it offers lots of information about Rome and added bonuses are the sunny terrace and satellite TV. (tel: 4450374)
The Chapel has served as the gathering place of the College of Cardinals where the time comes to elect a new pope, since its completion in the 16th century. Michelangelos masterpieces, painted at the height of the Renaissance, Vatican City, of the creation on the barrel-vaulted ceiling and Last Judgement on the end wall glean brightly after recently being restored in 2000.
Convivio Rome Italian Cooking Holidays - Cultural Attraction
Authentic cooking holidays set in medieval hilltop town just north of Rome,Italy. Beautiful, unspoilt area called Sabina set between Rome and Umbria. The ancient village of Toffia, where the cooking classes and accommodation are held is only 40 minutes from Rome on a direct train line so very easy to get to. Great food, excellent wine, fun cooking lessons and convivial company.Convivio Rome offer One Day, 3 night and 6 night vacations. Direct web site is
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