Vatican Museums contain unthinkable treasures. The collections there are so immense and rich that you can’t even imagine what you would feel on your first visit. For sure, you would be overwhelmed. At least, get an audio guide – to help you learn about the treasures on display. Or possibly, go with a...more
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is such a unique and beautiful place – it’s not to be missed. Find a place on a bench along the wall, sit back, look up and let it all sink in. Audio tour helps a lot to understand and appreciate this magnificent work of art....more
The church itself is pretty interesting but the main attraction is that it’s home to 3 masterpieces painted by Caravaggio on the life of Saint Matthew. You need to put a coin in a little box next to the paintings for the lights to come up – then you can study and admire huge paintings....more
If you have a car and are exploring the area surrounding Rome, the town of Nemi (overlooking a lake with the same name) should be on your list. The town is famous for its tiny wild strawberries – they are delicious. Get a pastry topped with these strawberries and a cup of coffee, sit outside and enjoy...more
Of course, we had to visit the Sant’ Angelo Castle after reading Dan Brown’s “Angels and Demons”. A few interesting points about this site: - Great views of the Vatican and Rome (worth coming just for that) - A walkway built into a wall connects Vatican with the Castle, meant to be used as an escape route...more
The Vittorio Emanuele Monument is a pretty ugly building and is totally out of place next to the Roman Forum and other historical sites. Romans hate it. It is commonly known as the Wedding Cake. But there is a very good reason to visit it. Take a glass elevator to the top terrace and you will get the best...more
Church of Sant'Ignazio is Rome’s largest Jesuit church (dating back to 17th century). It has painted replica of a Baroque dome, so it creates an illusion of a 3-dimentional dome. Unless you know it, you wouldn’t be able to tell if it’s real.
Santa Pudenziana is probably the oldest Christian church in Rome. It doesn’t look interesting at all from the outside, and inside it’s pretty plain, but the main attraction here are the 4th century mosaics (they have been restored). The mosaics (considered to be the oldest in Rome) are very...more