Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Buon compleanno Luigi!
Here are some hidden treasures I have visited in Rome recently. When you arrive, buy a day ticket good for all the buses and the subway which expires at midnight and then hop on Line A and head south to the church of St Paul outside the walls or San Paolo fuori le mura where St. Paul's remains reside. It is a beautiful cathedral with pictures of all the popes and room for one more; paintings from the life of Paul, which are fascinating if you have studied your new testament, and wonderful mosaics on the outside wall. Then you can hop off on the way back at Circo Massimo, the great old Roman stadium, then the next stop is the Colliseum and finally you can get off at Cavour to see a pretty little neighborhood and get a bit of exercise climbing 100 steps up the the church San Pietro di Vincoli where you can see the statue of Moses by Michelangelo and the chains which held St. Peter in prison.
Then if you have the right shoes and a bit more energy, head up to Villa Borghese by taking Line A to line B in Termini and on to the Spagna stop. You will then take the moving walkways up to the park. On the way back (all downhill) you can visit the Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps etc. In the park, you could have a nice picnic at the lake or rent a rowboat, see the water clock and have a great coffee at the bar there and more other things which I have not seen.
Finally you can walk via Corso all the way from Piazza del Popolo to Vittorio Emanuele and shop!
But you may need fortification by now, so have a nice glass of wine 1st.
Watch for our St. Valentine's Day specials at Nascondiglio and come visit!
Pix. St Paolo, circo massimo and st pietro di vincoli
Posted by Dwight at 2:09 PM