Home' A Plus Magazine : Oct 2012 Contents Where to eat
• Al Ceppo Restaurant Traditional food in
the Parioli neighbourhood. Via Panama
• Capo Boi Fresh, delicious seafood. Via
Arno 80. 841-5535.
• Da Francesco Good local cuisine in al
fresco surroundings. Piazza del Fico 29.
• Hostaria da Nerone Home-cooked
Roman food near the Colosseum. Via
delle Terme di Tito 96. 474-5207.
Where to stay
• Ambasciatori Palace Luxury on one
of the world’s most famous avenues.
Via Vittorio Veneto 62. 474-2044.
• Casa Il Rosario This Dominican
convent accepts tourists as well as
pilgrims. Via di Sant'Agata dei Goti 10.
• Hotel delle Nazioni Roma Elegant
choice for any type of stay. Via Poli 6.
• Hotel Eden Romantic allure in the
heart of the Eternal City. Via Ludovisi
• Hotel Napoleon Charming, quiet and
family run. Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II
• Pyramid Hotel Comfort for the
budget-conscious traveller. Via dei
Magazzini Generali 4. 578-0009.
What to see
• Auditorium Parco della Musica
The city's modern arts complex.Viale
Pietro de Coubertin 30. 8024-1281.
• Baths of Caracalla The monumental
ruins of public baths used between the
second and sixth centuries. Via delle
Terme di Caracalla 52. 3996-7700.
• Colosseum The stunning ruin of the
1st century Flavian Amphitheatre is a
Roman treasure. Piazza del Colosseo 1.
• Musei Capitolini Art and archaeology
exhibits focusing on the city. Piazza del
Campidoglio 1. 060-608.
• Teatro dell'Opera di Roma The
capital's ornate landmark concert hall.
Piazza Beniamino Gigli 7. 481-601.
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Previous page: St. Peter 's Square and St. Peter 's
This page (from top): The Colosseum;
the Pantheon; the Piazza di Trevi; the Scalinata della
Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps)
St. Peter's is situated in the Vatican, home
of the pope, leader of the Roman Catholic
Church, and is the world's smallest indepen-
dent state. Its fewer than 800 residents live in
an area of less than half a square kilometre --
around the size of Tiananmen Square.
If you want a chance to see the pope in per-
son, he addresses the public on Wednesday
mornings, when he speaks from his window
overlooking the Piazza di San Pietro (St. Peter's
Square). Tickets are required and expect the
square to be heaving with the faithful, as well
as many visitors, seeking a glimpse of Pope
Benedict XVI, the incumbent.
After, you can visit the Vatican Museums,
which include the Pinacoteca Vaticana, the
Collection of Modern Religious Art and several
sculpture museums. The nearby Sistine Cha-
pel features nine paintings by Michelangelo as
well as his masterpiece, "The Last Judgment,"
above the altar and works by Raphael, Ghirlan-
daio, Botticelli and other masters.
Rome, of course, has an abundance of mu-
seums and galleries. The Galleria Borghese is
worth a visit as much for its settings as for its
contents. The 17th century villa houses a glo-
rious collection of Renaissance art as well as a
large assemblage of Bernini sculptures.
For fans of performing arts, October marks
the traditional start of the opera and con-
ce r t season. The 19th century landmark Teatro
dell'Opera di Roma presents Amilcare Pon-
chielli's La Gioconda, featuring the American
soprano Jennifer Wilson, premiering on 23 Oc-
tober. The Auditorium Parco della Musica, de-
signed by Renzo Piano, offers a packed sched-
ule of concerts and shows.
Rome does not have the drinking culture
associated with northern European cities, al-
though wine bars are now common and gas-
tropubs are gaining in popularity. A campari
and soda in Piazza Navona -- which was built
as a sports arena 2,000 years ago -- might
set you back a small fortune but the people-
watching is unparalleled. Don't forget to
have a tartufo, a chocolate ice-cream treat,
at Tre Scalini.
Most Hong Kong visitors are familiar with
Italian food, one of the most globally travelled
cuisines. Roman specialities include the well-
known spaghetti alla carbonara and bucatini
all'amatriciana as well as more exotic tripe,
pork and rabbit dishes.
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