Erica Firpo

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  • Rome, Italy, Europe

Erica Firpo writes about art, culture and travel for online and print publications such as The Huffington Post, New York Times, Globespotters, The Guardian, BBC Travel and Cathay Pacific’s Discovery Magazine. She is Luxe Guide’s Rome editor. With Rome as home base, she loves to travel the Mediterranean in search of contemporary art and culture as well as traces of the Ancient Roman Empire.

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  • On July 18, 2013
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    What are the best farmers markets in Rome?

    Photo by Erica Firpo Every neighborhood in Rome has a local market, whether open-air like Campo de' Fiori or covered like the large Mercato Trionfale nearby Vatican city.  Markets traditionally are hubs not just for food but for social life.  At the market, you will learn the wheres, whys and whens of season produce like Settembrini figs, Ovuli mushrooms and artichokes, discover new recipes, and meet new and old neighbors.  Essentially, the market is the heart of Italian culture as the day begins and ends around food.  Rome's markets have decades and centuries of history and personality, as well as some contemporary history.

    The archetype Roman market is open-air Campo de' Fiori, in the heart of the city. Though not the most economical,  the morning market has fresh produce, spices, flowers and knicknacks.  The square itself has several great butchers to accompany your morning shopping.  Rome foodies favorite the weekend only Circus Maximus Farmer's Market. A recent addition to Rome's food scene, the market resides on the renovated grounds of an ancient fish market and showcases organic and non-organic products from Lazio and surrounding areas including vegetables, fruit, cheese, bread, wines, olive oiis, meats, honey, preserves and pastas.  From August 1 through September 7, the market will be closed for the summer.  

     Across the river, Trastevere's Piazza San Cosimato market has great produce and an rock-and-roll cheese vendor whose selection includes non-Italian cheese along with local favorites.

    Along with Farmer's Market Garbatella, there are many markets that rank top on the list for Rome foodies and are not in the historic center.  The Monday-Saturday Mercato Trionfale (via Andrea Doria 3, adjacent to Vatican City), is one of the largest markets with an abundant amount of produce, meat, bread and cheese vendors, among others.  If you do like fish and other edible sea creatures,Trionfale has the largest amount of fish vendors who in turn have the most diverse selection of fish, crustaceans, mollusks, et al. Take note, whether produce, meat, fish, bread or cheese, a great market lists origin of each product, along with price.  

    Testaccio's famous piazza market was recently moved just down the street to a new partially-covered structure. Most of the original vendors relocated to the new structure, which mixes covered and open-air design.  Like other markets, Testaccio Market has fresh produce, meat, fish and bread, as well as lovely cheese, pastry and sandwich vendors.  Additional great markets include Flaminio's Mercato Comunale, Via Guido Reni, which has excellent chicken butchers, fresh pasta and organic fruits and vegetables, and likewise the nearby and quite large market at Ponte Milvio. Monteverde's San Giovanni di Dio market has some of Rome's best butchers, bakers and fruit vendors.  Near Termini Station, the weekday Piazza Vittorio market is sought out for its local and imported produce and other foods, as it is often considered the best place to find non-Italian produce and products like cilantro, durian, ginger and black rice.

    Again, every neighborhood has its own market. It's just a matter of talking with your neighbors. Just remember the golden rule: do not touch the produce unless you are invited to do so.


  • On July 18, 2013
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    What are the best parks in Rome?

    Rome has several parks throughout the city which are each in its own right amazing. Villa Borghese is often considered the best as it is centrally-located, has several museums in and around its grounds (Galleria Borghese, Villa Giulia, Bilotti Chapel, Canonica Museum, National Modern Art Gallery), and entertainment for all ages and kinds-  children's park, dog park, boat rides, rollerblading, cinema, Shakespearean theatre et al.

    On the western side of the city center is Villa Pamphilj, Rome's largest park with rolling hills and lots of places to lose yourself. Pamphilj is great for working out (running, walking), kite-flying, sun bathing, game playing and picnicking.  Near by is Villa Sciarra, a quiet and flowery park that cascades down a hill.  And below in Trastevere is the Orto Botanico, a botanical garden perfect for afternoon walks.

    To the north of the city center are Villa AdaVilla Glori and Villa Balestra. Villa Ada is the former monarch family's grounds. The large park hosts summer music festivals, has children's facilities (including trampolines) and is beautiful. Tiny Villa Glori has horse rides and is great for a quiet afternoon.  Near by Villa Balestra is a tiny oasis overlooking the northern neighborhoods of Rome. It has a large, well-kept playground and basket ball courts.  

    In addition to Villa Borghese, Parents will want to head to the grounds surrounding Castel Sant'Angelo and Villa Celimontana for the playgrounds.  Villa Celimontana also has lovely rolling hills, excellent picnic spots and beautiful views.

    The Park of Appia Antica is one of the most beautiful parks just outside Rome's ancient walls. Its verdant landscape also includes some Rome's oldest and largest tombs and monuments, such as 1st century BC Cecilia Metella and Emperor Maxentius' suburban villa from the early 4th century AD. You can bike the ancient Via Appia Antica, the 2400-year-old Roman road that runs through it to the Adriatic coast or mountain bike through the Parco della Caffarella. 
  • On July 18, 2013
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    What are the best parks in Rome?

    Rome has several parks throughout the city which are each in its own right amazing. Villa Borghese is often considered the best as it is centrally-located, has several museums in and around its grounds (Galleria Borghese, Villa Giulia, Bilotti Chapel, Canonica Museum, National Modern Art Gallery), and entertainment for all ages and kinds-  children's park, dog park, boat rides, rollerblading, cinema, Shakespearean theatre et al.

    On the western side of the city center is Villa Pamphilj, Rome's largest park with rolling hills and lots of places to lose yourself. Pamphilj is great for working out (running, walking), kite-flying, sun bathing, game playing and picnicking.  Near by is Villa Sciarra, a quiet and flowery park that cascades down a hill.  And below in Trastevere is the Orto Botanico, a botanical garden perfect for afternoon walks.

    To the north of the city center are Villa AdaVilla Glori and Villa Balestra. Villa Ada is the former monarch family's grounds. The large park hosts summer music festivals, has children's facilities (including trampolines) and is beautiful. Tiny Villa Glori has horse rides and is great for a quiet afternoon.  Near by Villa Balestra is a tiny oasis overlooking the northern neighborhoods of Rome. It has a large, well-kept playground and basket ball courts.  

    In addition to Villa Borghese, Parents will want to head to the grounds surrounding Castel Sant'Angelo and Villa Celimontana for the playgrounds.  Villa Celimontana also has lovely rolling hills, excellent picnic spots and beautiful views.

    The Park of Appia Antica is one of the most beautiful parks just outside Rome's ancient walls. Its verdant landscape also includes some Rome's oldest and largest tombs and monuments, such as 1st century BC Cecilia Metella and Emperor Maxentius' suburban villa from the early 4th century AD. You can bike the ancient Via Appia Antica, the 2400-year-old Roman road that runs through it to the Adriatic coast or mountain bike through the Parco della Caffarella. 
  • On July 18, 2013
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    What are the best attractions in Rome?

    Photo by Erica Firpo Rome, as a city, is an amazing attraction whether meandering the streets or enjoying a glass of prosecco in a piazza, the setting is always beautiful. With nearly three thousand years of visible history, it is easily to stumble into the the 2nd century Pantheon, a picturesque piazza or a lovely church with Caravaggio frescoes. The best attractions in the Eternal City are a wonderful composite of ancient, Renaissance and Contemporary.  

    Start with the heart of the city at the Roman Forum. Rome's history begins here with its 9th century BC Roman atop the Palatine Hill, its pride is showcased with the massive Colosseum and its intense history centers around the Roman Forum.  What you see is not always what you get, so remember to head underground.  The Case Romane on the Celio hill, beneath the Church of Saints John and Paul (Santissimi Giovanni e Paolo) are two subterranean levels of explorable, ancient history.  The nearby Baths of Caracalla are amazing to walk through. Though stripped of adornment, the dimensions of the spectacular baths are still visible in both height and expanse. There is also a mithraeum located on the grounds of the Baths (underground) and is visitable by appointment.

    Rome is a city of reinvention, as best seen with the rise of the papacy.  St. Peter's and its accompanying Vatican Museums contain centuries of art history from ancient to modern/contemporary, and house Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.  For a focus on early Renaissance to late Baroque, throughout out the city are several palaces, villas and galleries which house substantial art collections available to guests. Galleria Borghese proudly houses a noteworthy collection of Caravaggio paintings and Bernini sculptures, along with many others, and the newly restored Palazzo Barberini is a treasure for those who love painting.

    In the summer time, the Baths of Caracallas the Teatro dell'Opera for al fresco performances. The banks of the Tiber river and Isola Tiberina become afternoon and evening hangouts with out open-air cinemas, restaurants, bars and clubs in the annual city-sponsored Estate Romana, which is also a great resource for daytime and children's programming, detailing events all around the city. Former tomb and fortress, now museum Castel Sant'Angelo is open for evening visits. Not to miss is a wall through the passetto di Borgo, an early Renaissance above ground passageway that connects to Castel Sant'Angelo to the Pope's chambers at the Vatican.

    Not to be overlooked is the contemporary city.  Rome has an engaging community, heralded best by its two contemporary art museums: MAXXI and MACRO.  MAXXI and MACRO buidlings themselves are amazing fetes of architecture and are located in neighborhoods near the historic center, but just far enough away to maintain their distinct atmosphere.  Along with international artists, the museums showcase work by acclaimed Italian artists, providing a glimpse into contemporary Italy.  And finally Rome's pedestrian bridges- Ponte Sisto, Ponte Sant'Angelo, Tiber Island's Ponte Cestio and Ponte Fabrizio and the new Ponte della Musica-- are beautiful.
  • On July 18, 2013
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    Where is the best architecture in Rome?

    Photo by Erica Firpo Rome is a palimpsest of amazing architecture. Its seems that every piazza, alley and corner has something beautiful and architecturally mind-blowing while at the same time utterly different from the next, so it would be impossible to list the very best.  However, I've come up with a chronological list of what I like this month: 

    1. Repubblican:  Temples of Hercules, the charming round temple by the Tiber river is the earliest extant temple made of marble
    2. Imperial:  Pantheon, the dome is truly awesome, by very definition.
    3. Late Antiqute:  Arch of Constantine, slightly pompous and very monumental
    4. Early Christian:  San Stefano Rotondo, the hard-to-find church is beautiful in its roundnes, yet slightly horrific with its frescos of suffering martyrs
    5. Medieval: Torre delle Milizie, 50 meters high, this tower is the tallest still standing in Roe
    6. Renaissance: Palazzo Farnese, a beautiful example of Renaissance architecture
    7. Baroque: Palazzo Barberini, though the art collection is heavenly, it's Borromini-designed eliptical stairwell is divine
    8. Risorgimento:  Altare della Patria, often known as the Wedding Cake or Typewriter, this mega-monument has a lot going on, but take a closer look, each detail is beautiful
    9. Liberty:  The Coppedè buildings in Rome's north-eastern area are enchanting and architectural homages to fairy tales
    8. Fascism: EUR, lovely and austere lines of the Fascist architecture make this neighborhood  perfect for photos, movie settings and even a Di Chirico painting
    9. Modern: Villagio Olimpico and Palazzetto dello Sport, built for the 1960 Rome Olympics, 
    10. 21st Century has already seen a lot of new architecture (from big names) in Rome like Renzo Piano's Auditorium, Zaha Hadid's Maxxi, Richard Meier's Ara Pacis and Massimiliano Fuksas's Nuvola but lately I am captivated by Rome's newest bridge, Ponte Settimia Spizzichino in the Ostiense neighborhood.
  • On July 18, 2013
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    Where is the best architecture in Rome?

    Photo by Erica Firpo Rome is a palimpsest of amazing architecture. Its seems that every piazza, alley and corner has something beautiful and architecturally mind-blowing while at the same time utterly different from the next, so it would be impossible to list the very best.  However, I've come up with a chronological list of what I like this month: 

    1. Repubblican:  Temples of Hercules, the charming round temple by the Tiber river is the earliest extant temple made of marble
    2. Imperial:  Pantheon, the dome is truly awesome, by very definition.
    3. Late Antiqute:  Arch of Constantine, slightly pompous and very monumental
    4. Early Christian:  San Stefano Rotondo, the hard-to-find church is beautiful in its roundnes, yet slightly horrific with its frescos of suffering martyrs
    5. Medieval: Torre delle Milizie, 50 meters high, this tower is the tallest still standing in Roe
    6. Renaissance: Palazzo Farnese, a beautiful example of Renaissance architecture
    7. Baroque: Palazzo Barberini, though the art collection is heavenly, it's Borromini-designed eliptical stairwell is divine
    8. Risorgimento:  Altare della Patria, often known as the Wedding Cake or Typewriter, this mega-monument has a lot going on, but take a closer look, each detail is beautiful
    9. Liberty:  The Coppedè buildings in Rome's north-eastern area are enchanting and architectural homages to fairy tales
    8. Fascism: EUR, lovely and austere lines of the Fascist architecture make this neighborhood  perfect for photos, movie settings and even a Di Chirico painting
    9. Modern: Villagio Olimpico and Palazzetto dello Sport, built for the 1960 Rome Olympics, 
    10. 21st Century has already seen a lot of new architecture (from big names) in Rome like Renzo Piano's Auditorium, Zaha Hadid's Maxxi, Richard Meier's Ara Pacis and Massimiliano Fuksas's Nuvola but lately I am captivated by Rome's newest bridge, Ponte Settimia Spizzichino in the Ostiense neighborhood.
  • On July 18, 2013
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    What are the best neighborhoods in Rome?

    Photo by Erica Firpo If Rome is like a country within a country, then its neighborhoods are warring states with distinct personalities and fervent neighborhood fidelity.  The city of Rome is comprised of twenty-two rioni, small districts, some of which have been in existence since the beginning of the Republican age.  Almost every district has something beautiful from famous monuments and churches to architecture and museums, so defining the "best neighborhood" is rather a subjective experience.  If anything, Rome is where the heart is, which means what ever area you love best is the best.

    Historic Center: a mosaic of eight rioni, this is perhaps the most desired area of Rome for its great location to almost every cultural site and gorgeous Renaissance/Baroque setting.  From Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Venezia, it is Rome's epic center and within walking distance to monuments, museums, piazza and parks like Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Campo de' Fiori, Ara Pacis, Villa Borghese and Piazza di Spagna.  The area is also well connected by public transportation. Downside? It gets the most traffic- whether cars or tourists- so expect noise.

    Across the Tiber river is Trastevere, once considered one of Rome's "real" neighborhoods, a busy neighborhood of meandering streets and medieval buildings.  Over the decades, the neighborhood has become a site to visit so the now-chaotic area is a bit of an ersatz Rome. The beautiful Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere is a favorite among residents and visitors from morning through late evening.  From Trastevere, you can easily walk to the historic center and Vatican/Prati area, and it is well-connected to the city by public transport.

    On the same side of the Tiber river, and to Trastevere's north, is Vatican City with adjacent Borgo and Prati neighborhoods.  Where as the quaint Borgo can be overrun with visitors, Prati is a busy residential neighborhood that does not get the influx of tourism.  Prati's via Cola di Rienzo is a long shopping street, popular on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, but remember that the area tends to stick to some of Rome's rigid rules of openings and closings.  If you are looking for quiet yet connected, this is the neighborhood.

    Across the river (and slightly up hill) is Parioli, a neighborhood rebuilt in the 1920s and 30s and just outside the 3rd century AD Aurelian walls. Parioli has a reputation for being slightly snobby but it can be best described as a well-off residential neighborhood with all of the very same shops that the city center and Prati have to offer. Connecting to Parioli can be a bit of a pain but buses and trams do wind their way through the area.  Best feature? The plethora of parks that border the area: Villa Borghese, Villa Ada, Villa Glori and Villa Balestra.

    Back within the ancient walls is niche neighborhood Monti, a tiny enclave near the Roman Forum and Colosseum.  Recently, Monti has made headlines not only as Rome's very first neighborhood dating to the Roman Republic, but as a hipster haunt.  Monti has a more urban vibe than the historic center, thanks in part to the consistent local traffic and its collection of cute wine bars and restaurants.  It is well-connected by Rome's public transportation system ATAC and a short distance from Termini  Station.

    Fighting for the title of one of Rome's last remaining Roman neighborhoods is Testaccio, in the southwestern area of the city and within the Aurelian walls. Like Monti, Testaccio is ancient, built atop more than two thousand years of history and amphorae.  Once an ancient port, today's incarnation of Testaccio is working class neighborhood, nightlife hub and upcoming hipster hangout.  Testaccio in the day time is family and food oriented, with markets, parks and sports facilities, at night, it is a very busy hangout and club scene. The area is well-connected to the city by public transportation.  Ironically, immediately adjacent to Testaccio is Aventino, one of Rome's historic hills and a very quiet residential and rigidly zoned area.

    It is worth noting that in the late 1930s, Mussolini had envisioned a new Rome, to be developed and built about 12 kilometres from the city center for a World's Fair that never happened.  EUR was conceived before World War II but construction was completed post war, creating an interesting and slightly austere monument and neighborhood.  Now EUR is residential and commercial area, with some ministry buildings. The lovely lines of the Fascist architecture strikingly contradict the warmth of Rome's historic center, making perfect for photos, movie settings and even a Di Chirico painting.
  • On July 16, 2013
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    What is Rome Termini train station like?

    Photo by Erica Firpo Termini Station is Rome's central station for all regional and local train traffic, and is the busiet, most trafficked train station in Italy.  All throughout the day and almost all night, Termini is busy with travelers, buskers and shoppers as it is not only railway center, but the complex and surrounding piazza host shops, several car rental offices, main hub for Rome's metro lines, tram connection, non-stop airport train, regional buses, and is one of the city's largest bus depots.   Essentially, from Termini you can get to anywhere in Italy which is why the Trenitalia ticket office is open from 6:30 am to 10pm.  But if you can't stand the lines, there are several automatic ticket booths- remember to have small bills and change.

    Thanks to the intense foot traffic and some recent renovations, Termini is  easy to maneuver and a shopper's paradise.  It has local and intertational chain shops for clothing, apparel and make up (like Sisley, Nike, Mango and Sephora), a  non-stop, late-night grocery shop and pharmacies (open on Sundays as well), bookshops, barbershop, caffes, department stores, electronic stores and restaurants.  In addition, there is an ever-changing group of pop-up shops in Termini's main hall-- summer time means bikini and ice cream pop-ups.

    Keep your eye on your belongings. Termini can be chaotic with all of the traffic from arrivals and departures, along with shoppers. Don't let the chaos distract you from watching your wallets-- remember, pickpockets love the trainstation.
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    What is Rome Termini train station like?

    Photo by Erica Firpo Termini Station is Rome's central station for all regional and local train traffic.  All throughout the day and almost all night, Termini is busy with travelers, buskers and shoppers as it is not only railway center, but also metro hub and one of the city's largest bus depots.  

    Thanks to its intense foot traffic and some recent renovations, Termini is a shopper's paradise.  It has late night grocery shops and pharmacies, which are also open on Sundays.
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    What are the five best things to see and do in Rome?

    undefined Rome is capricious, she loves you one day and doesn’t care a fig the very next. This mercurial personality makes people either fall in love with the Eternal City or lose interest easily.  To add more weight on the side of love, here are my five best things to do in Rome:

    Go up.  Rome has a beautiful panorama of domes, bell towers and rooftops in umbers and sienas.  My favorite place to catch Rome at her best is the Terrazza delle Quadrighe, the terrace atop the Victor Emanuel monument in the center of the city. From here you can see all eras of Rome, from ancient to contemporary.  For historic highs, book a special visit to the Colosseum and imagine what life was like in the ancient arena by hiking up to the third tier of seating.

    Go underground. The Colosseum special visit also includes entrance to the hypogeum, the first level underneath the arena’s floor. If you aren’t able to do so, go to church—several of Rome’s churches have underground sites with 2000 year old architecture and cooler temperatures in the hot summer. My favorite is the Basilica of San Crisogono in Trastevere.

    Get cultured.  Rome has a myriad of art collections, museums and beautifully decorated churches.  You cannot go wrong by stepping foot into any one of them.  However, if you want to maximize history, go the Vatican Museums. In addition to the Sistine Chapel, the museums include a series of rooms painted by Raphael and his school, a modern collection (Francis Bacon, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse) and amazing antiquities.

    Stay out late.  Rome’s piazzas are beautiful when lit only by amber street lights and a dark inky sky.  Make sure to walk around the historic center’s piazzas after dinner, especially Piazza Navona and the Trevi area. There is no doubt that you have to throw a coin in to the Trevi fountain-- evening is best for avoiding the crowds and enjoying the romantic atmosphere.  From Tuesday to Sunday, the fortress-tomb-national monument Castel Sant'Angelo stays open until 1 am with music, panoramic restaurant and the very special  walk through the Passetto del Borgo  - the infamous above ground passage way that connects the fortress to the Pope's chambers at the Vatican. For those looking for something more romantic, an evening walk through any piazza (aside form Campo de’ Fiori) and over any bridge will be perfect.
  • On July 16, 2013
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    What is the best way to experience Ancient Rome?

    Photo by Erica Firpo Rome is always described as a palimpsest of history from antiquity to yesterday.  The Eternal City is is layer upon layer of history so it is important to remember that no matter what is in front of you, there is always something else under your feet.  

    The best way to experience Ancient Rome is to start from the beginning by heading to the Roman Forum, walking your way through what is left of the original capital of the Roman Empire, and climbing the Colosseum.   A stroll through the Forum and Imperiali Fora will give you a great visual idea of what Rome once looked like, but that is only a tiny fraction of what once was Rome.  Walk out of the forum and into the city and you will stumble across ancient history on every corner in places as obvious as Largo Argentina and Mausoleum of Augustus, or slightly more subtle.  Walking through the labyrinth of Castel Sant'Angelo gives a great idea of the monumental importance of both Emperor Hadrian and Roman imperial-era tombs.  If you are here in the summer, both the Colosseum and Castel Sant'Angelo are open for evening visits.

    One of the best ways to truly experience Ancient Rome is to explore the subterranean levels under churches such as the Basilica of San Clemente and Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere, which rest atop ancient insulae and temples, Citta dell'Aqua, an imperial age house under a modern cinema), and Cripta Balbi, a former Renaissance palazzo and now museum/archaeological archaeological site.

    Finding and understanding Ancient Rome is not difficult, but can be enhanced with a little help.  Guide books like Georgina Masson's The Companion Guide to Rome and souvenir stand favorite Rome Then & Now (charmingly kitch book with overlays) provide great history, stories and help to envision the ancient city.  In addition, a tour guide can help Ancient Rome come alive- some of Rome's most erudite are Context and Roma Sotterranea.
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    What are the best activities in Rome?

    Photo by Erica Firpo With thousands of monuments, churches, archaeological sites and museums in Rome, the best activity that the Eternal City has to offer is a change of perspective.  On a clear day, climb the 551 steps (or take the elevator half way to the top) for a view from a country within a country. At nearly 450 feet in height, St. Peter’s cupola is the tallest structure in Rome and boasts the best view of the city.  For another point of view, the Terazza delle Quadrighe in the very center of Rome has vantage points of both the contemporary city and ancient forums.
     
    Rome’s ancient history is layered underneath centuries of literal and figurative build up.  Since almost every visible rests upon something ancient, to uncover the past, you just need to go underground.  A few steps from the Trevi Fountain is Città dell’Acqua, a walkable, imperial-era housing structure.  And nearby is the Domus Romane at Palazzo Valentini, remains of ancient houses with multi-media museum.

    Seeing Rome after the sun sets is a beautiful experience. I love visiting the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on Friday evenings for an almost private walk through the museums, and when the heat rises, I prefer to visit the Colosseum at night for a nocturnal walk through the hypogeum, Thursday and Saturday evenings. The most available and perhaps even most charming evening visit is Castel Sant'Angelo, the national monument, former imperial tomb and papal strong hold.  Open Tuesdays through Sundays until 1 am, Castel Sant'Angelo hosts concerts, has a panoramic resturant and opens its medeival passageway, il Passetto, to the public.  For more summer evening events, the city-sponsored portal Estate Romana lists everything going on in the Eternal City.
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