ROME – Fountains, Art, Galleries, Museums, Churches … and Shopping in Rome -
PLEASE READ the separate section where we have information for you on transport in Rome and lots of information about these BIG FOUR most popular sights in the City - The Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon and The Vatican.
BELOW – we have set down information about other places in Rome that you might like to visit too. As much as there are numbers of museums, galleries, churches to see, Rome is also a modern living city too, and while the number of tourists visiting the City seems to be almost greater than the number of locals – you can still find a quiet place to sit and relax and just people watch, order a coffee, pizza or gelato and while away your time. The main roads can be full of noise and traffic, but there are also the smaller laneways that have the more interesting shopping and the small cafes, bars and places to get something to eat.
Many people speak English, and maybe French and German – but it is worth learning a few words of Italian too if you can.
There are a large number of Museums in Rome and if you plan to see a number than the best way to do it is by buying a Museum Pass or pass for both Museums and also the Vatican, which will get you entry into the most popular ones. Almost all Museums charge and entry fee, and these costs can quickly mount up.
While you could attempt to see all the Museums, most people will opt to see just some of them. To me the ones highest on the list would be the Vatican Museums, the National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo; Museo Nazionale Romano; Palazzo Doria Pamphilj and for great contrast, the MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts – see www.fondazionemaxxi.it/en
Here on these pages we have covered just some of the many museums that you could visit, but hopefully the ones we have listed here will help you find some of the most interesting.
ART Galleries - There are many commercial art galleries in Rome and almost all Museums will have a mix of sculpture, art and architecture to see –
Decorative Rooms and Palaces - This is one of the best –
Galleria Colonna – Palace – Only open on Saturdays 9 to 1.15, but pretty amazing exquisitely decorated rooms and art to see. Located off Piazza dei SS Apostoli 66, entrance at Via della Pilotta 17. The Palace was first built here in the 14th Century and it is still the home of the Colonna family that can trace family history back 1000 years. See www.galleriacolonna.it Tel: 39 06 678 4350.
Churches and Basilicas –
Look to the skyline of Rome and you will see a number of Domes that highlight just a few of the many churches that are here in Rome. Of course the Vatican is the best known one and the centre of the Roman Catholic Church, but equally there are many other Churches that you could see, each one having its own special appeal.
Listed here is a short list of the ones that I think you should try and see –
Villa D'Este – Tivoli Gardens
You may well have heard the words 'Tivoli Gardens' and now you have the chance to see the real thing. It is located just outside Rome – see www.villadestetivoli.info
The Villa D'Este is a UNESCO World Heritage site, such is its importance to world culture. These gardens and the Villa date back to the 1500 and 1600's when first built for Cardinal Ippolito II D'Este. While the gardens and Villa have experienced a chequered history, even being bombed in World War II, today they have largely been restored. The Gardens are a very formal garden design with over 500 fountains of varying sizes, with hanging gardens, walled areas, hedges, statues, grottos, nymphs, stairways, ponds and other features.
The Catacombe di San Callixtus is located on Via Appia Antica 110 & 126. It is easiest to get here on a Tour. There are said to be around half a million people buried here in the 20 kilometres of tunnels with frescos, crypts of Christian martyrs and Popes to be seen.
Equally strange – is the Cenvento dei Frati Cappuccini Museum and Cemetery - Via Vittorio Veneto 27, near Metro Station Barberini. Here is where you can see the Church, Museum and Cemetery of the Capuchin Order of Monks, including the Crypt where you can see the bones of those who have died here over centuries.
SHOPPING IN ROME – Italy is the home of fashion and shoes and of course great food too –
AS MUCH AS WE HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT SOME OF THE MAIN SIGHTS TO SEE IN ROME – There is so much more to see then what we have written here. It is impossible to see Rome in a day, so if you can look to stay longer and get to know more about this great city. It's worth it.