Love every day of my trip so far 🙂 . It is so nice to have a lazy mornings and simple enjoy the breakfast & relax an hour or more near the pool. I know I’m in Rome, & there are so many things to do & to see but these hours by the pool are nice as well. Chat with other people, read a travel guide about places to see and swim a bit in the pool. Well, to be honest I was in the pool more that outside. Because can tell you a secret – you get nicer tan while in the water & most important, skin doesn’t get sunburn so fast. Learned this during my swimmers carrier 🙂
Today is my ‘tourist attraction’ day. My picks for the day are cathedral of San Giovanni in Laterano, Capitolini Musseum and Bocca Del Verita & Summer Night event along riverbanks of Tiber. Since I have Roma Pass that covers all transportation for 3 days and entrance to 2 museums of choice, I need to take Metro to get to the Termini & bus to get to the San Giovanni. Here I‘d like to mention that till the end of 2011 there are some traffic limits set on Metro line A and not all stations are served.
So – San Giovanni in Lateranois the cathedral where the Pope officiates in his capacity as a bishop of Rome. Entrance is free & you even can get an audio guide for the visit; but if you want visit cloister (entrance at the end of left aisle), then there is 2.50euro for entrance.
There are many cathedrals and churches in Rome. And every one of them is like a piece of art & architecture.
But San Giovanni in Laterano is really ‘wow’. Besides, right next to it there is another unique place to visit – Scala Santa. If you go out of cathedrals, main entrance, turn to the left – across the street there is a 16th–century building. This church holds a staircase from Pilate’s Palace in Jerusalem. Tradition says that 28 steps of this middle staircase can be made on knees.
My next destination is Capitolini Museum. Information states, that this is most ancient museum in the world. In two buildings of the museum there is a significant collection of mediaeval and modern works Palazzo Nouvo and Palazzo del Conservatori are linked with underground tunnel, which leads to ancient Tabularium with monumental arches overlooking Forum.
Right next to the steps leading to the Musei Capitolini there are other ones left side that lead to the Vittoriano Complex and its panoramic terraces. Again, great view over the Rome and Piazza Venezia. Or maybe I have to say Capitolini is right behind Vittoriano? Because that white monument dominates the area of Piazza Venezia.
My next destination was Bocca della Verita. Many people are wondering where to find it but it turns out easy access from Piazza Venezia – I would say that you can just walk down the street on left side from steps to Capitolini in direction to the river. Church itself is not far from Palatino bridge.
Long day come to end and there was just one thing left – Lung il Tevere Roma (Along the Tiber). This is event, that already goes during the whole summer till the end of August in backsides of Tiber from Palatino bridge till the Sisto bridge. With 3 thematic areas – culture, reception, entertainment this is nice place where to take evening walks.