Monthly Archives: April 2007

What to try, whilst in Rome!

Crepes are very very good, You can get them at most pizzerias and gellaterias. They look like pancakes and they are made in a very similar way. The mixture is poured onto a flat round plate that has a lid which is pressed down onto it for a few minutes. It smells absolutely great while it is being cooked.

Then after the crepe has been made you have a variety of toppings which can be spread onto it. Of course the only one imaginable which could possibly be good enough for this would be the best chocolate spread in the world, Nutella. The crepe is then folded and has sugar sprinkled on top of it. It is then handed to you warm for you to enjoy.

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You really have to have one of these. Crepes are best enjoyed after a few slices of some really good pizza while waiting for your bus to come pick you up. One crepe is enough for one person and the price is around 3 and half euros. The other things you can have with it are strawberry jam, marmalade and I think I saw apricot and blackberry too.

The pizzeria that I went to was just down the road from Piazza Navona and its open really late. To get back to Termini is really easy as there is a night bus which stops on the other side of the street.

All things Vatican

Benedict 16th

If you want to see the latest pope the best place to go to is St Peter’s Square. Here you can celebrate mass with the Pope and hear his Sunday message. He is the latest head of the Roman Catholic church which roughly has 1 billion followers. Although the responsibility he has is enormous and the power he has is equally so, his seat of office is within one of the smallest city states on earth.

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The Vatican city is just 0,44 kilometres square. It has its own radio station, television station, post office, railway station and helipad. 3000 lay workers also work in the Vatican City along with priests, dignitaries, nuns and guards. The Vatican City is all that remains of the papal states of 1859. which was originally 44,030 kilometres square. Other property also still retained by the papacy include the Lateran palaces and Castel Gandolfo, which is also the Pope’s summer residence.

The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and of course St Peter’s Basilica, which is also the largest in the world are all situated here. The walls running around the city also serve as the international boundaries. The Swiss Guard also serve as the personal guard of the Pope and of the state. They are extremely well trained and disciplined. They are also all Swiss, single and devout Catholics.

Pope John Paul II transformed many policies of the Vatican in the eighties. One of the policies that changed was that Catholicism was no longer the state religion in Italy. The current Pope Benedict the 16th has very big shoes to fill. John Paul II left a big legacy and everyone expects Benedict to carry on in the same way.

A trip to Rome would not be complete without a visit to Vatican city. Please don’t forget that to get into St Peters there is a strict dress code. No bear shoulders no skirts or pants above the knee and no open shoes. Obviously with the weather heating up and being extremely warm, clothing for outdoors will probably not be appropriate to gain entry. Take a bag with you and pack a long sleeve top and pair of pants. They are very strict so no amount of crying or begging will get you in.

The best time to go to the Vatican Museums is at least an hour before opening as the queue here is very long and slow. This means that with the current opening time you should get there by the very latest at nine in the morning. At the moment St Peter’s is open from seven in the morning till seven in the evening. Go here after you have been to the museum. Its also really great because at some points in the queue you get to wait under the colonnade that encompasses the square so you may get some respite from the sun.

Villa Borghese

This fantastic art museum is situated in one of the most beautiful parks of Rome. It contains some of the most precious and treasured works of art, from ancient Roman art, to the great Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces, created by Italian masters and other Europeans alike.

Villa Borghese

The pieces on display range from sculptures to paintings. There are some especially beautiful and intricate sculptures by Bernini dotted throughout the museum. It is necessary to book beforehand to get tickets for the Villa Borghese.

All the pieces in the museum were collected by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, a nephew of one of the popes. He was a patron to many of the great masters. The ground floor is also decorated with mosaics and is frescoed.

Apart from the museum the park is a great place to go in the warmer spring and summer months. You can also rent fourseater pedal bikes or roller blades and go skating around the park too. The Pincio is also very close. There are fantastic views of Rome from this viewpoint located just above Piazza del Popolo.

Piazzale Scipione Borghese 5

06 841 7645
06 32 810 Reservations for Saturday and Sunday are required
Tues- Sunday 9am – 7pm

Pizzeria’s in Roma

A really nice place to go for a pizza when you are near Lepanto metro station is Raf. It’s a really great place. It’s nice and clean and the staff are really friendly too. I saw a lot of locals there so it must be a really good place. The prices are also very reasonable.Pizza Spinning,

Their pizzas are also really great. The prices range from 6 euro to 9.5 euro for a pizza. They are also huge. There are also plenty of other options available on the menu besides pizza. How ever I couldn’t contemplate anything else because I was too full from the pizza. I went there with a friend of mine and for 2 pizzas a beer and a fanta orange in a can or latine the price was 23 euros. It was well worth it.

Pizza I can also highly recommend the Boscoiola pizza. It’s made with sausages, mushrooms and cheese. The atmosphere is also great and the décor is very easy on the eye too. I don’t think it is necessary to book as I went quite late, at around 10:30 at night. It does look like it could get pretty packed on a Friday and the week end though. So on those days it might be better to go earlier.

The address is Via Plinio, 17A and the telephone number is 06 68134639

Buon appetito