Rome (November 2005)

We spent 3 days in Rome and enjoyed every minute. There is so much to see - something amazing around every corner.

I highly recommend:

  • The Vatican Museums - ancient artefacts in perfect condition, plus the Sistine Chapel.
  • St. Peter's Square, Vatican City.
  • The Colosseum.
  • The Roman Forum.
  • The Pantheon.
  • Capitoline Museums.
  • Piazza Navona.

If you visit the Vatican Museums, get there at least an hour before opening and join the queue. If you get there after it has opened, you are already too late.


We stayed at Apartment Colosseum View 2 - a two bedroom apartment that really did have a Colosseum view (if your stuck you head out of the window and looked up the street). The location is superb - walking distance to many famous sights.

I can't recommend this place enough. The owner (Natalia Bianchi) has an arrangement with a taxi firm to collect you from the airport at a fixed price and bring you to the apartment. She meets you at the apartment and gives you maps and lots of very useful advice like how to avoid the queues at the Colosseum (visit via Palatine Hill - you can see both sights with one ticket) and which restuarants are worth a visit.

It cost us €570 (4 people, 3 nights).