Rome Holidays December 29, 2013 to January 7, 2014
A highly recommended site for tips and to prepare is the following link: http://www.roma-antiqua.de/forum/
Recommended route from Hamburg to Rome (EasyJet, with luggage for 2 people 250 €)
For our stay we opted for an apartment, because this type of accommodation offers a good price / performance ratio. We have www.fewo-direkt.de us on the side for a vacation rental in Trastevere chosen (cost per night in high season period Christmas / New Year's Eve around 115 €).
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The support provided by the owner Luca is recommended that he has organized for the arrival of a taxi (50 € all included).
The location of the apartment on the Tiber River and Trastevere is extremely convenient, as it is very central and we have achieved all the downtown areas of Rome very well on foot.
Visit Papal Mass:
We visited the Papal Mass in St. Peter's on New Year's. To get this card, you have to apply for it in writing. On the Vatican website has more information on how this is going. There you can find the dates for the Liturgical Celebrations.
Here you can download the order form for the Liturgical Celebrations and general audiences, the shipping then completed by post / fax. The cards are otherwise free of charge.
We had a very good time appointed in the summer, but then received the letter with confirmation and reservation number only on 17 December. The cards should be picked up the day before (better not on the same day in the morning, because the bronze gate, ie, the pickup point is behind the inlet point where you already show the card must and will not be admitted until the start of the event).
If you would like to visit the Vatican Museums - actually a mandatory program - it is advisable to pre-order tickets by credit card over the Internet, otherwise you will often have to wait hours in line. Here you are also reserve best a few days earlier, as the time windows are often quite full.
Now you can walk past the queue and needs of the many vendors who intrude with "skip the waiting line" with extra guidance, just smile.
Food in Rome:
We recommend particular roads or eg to find the Trastevere quarter good inexpensive restaurants. Right next to our apartment Via Lungara 40, there is a very good take-away pizza service with reasonable prices and perfect quality.
In addition, a home is the small Osteria "Antica Osteria da Giovanni" section also highly recommended, since it is not very touristy, a typical Roman atmosphere and very good simple food has.
For our daily needs we had left our apartment right next to a wonderful deli ... mortadella, the buffalo mozzarella, cheese, tomatoes .... all wonderful.
And of course, should not miss the two best Ice:
Giolitti, very well known and very crowded, but delicious http://www.giolitti.it
San Crispino http://www.ilgelatodisancrispino.it near the Trevi Fountain
We visited in the 9 days over 50 churches. That sounds like a lot, but is small compared to the more than 1,000 churches that Rome. In addition to the 4 Papal Churches, one should look at
ourselves in particular, the following have been a special memory.
Chiesa del Gesu: here you should be at 17:30 clock there, because then held a wondrous spectacle. With beautiful music of the front left side altar is lit and the statue of Saint Ignatius is revealed by the picture of him in front of it located shuts down.
Scala Santa: here you can see the faithful kneeling in prayer go up the stairs, which is a very impressive experience.
Santo Stefano Rotondo: the rotunda of the church, which is kept relatively simple, impressed, but fascinating are the murals that represent all possible types of martyrdom.
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere: the church itself, lush and beautifully designed how many is not the real highlight, but the crypt below the church that should be visited absolutely.
The following typical points of view, providing a magnificent view over Rome, should not go unmentioned.
The Piazza Garibaldi, who can be reached from Trastevere or from behind by the Vatican, the Villa Borghese Park and also above the Spanish Steps and in any case the Castel Sant'Angelo have wonderful views over the city.