I would like to pass you some useful info:
1- No papal audiences on July 14th, 21st and 28th. Also the Holy Father deserves his own vacation that this year will be fully spent at Castel Gandolfo.....for 3 weeks his agenda is blank!
2- It seems that the dressing code at the Scavi is going to be strictly applied: no short pants for men, even if under the knees. As it is written on the application form the pants must be long; the ladies must have covered knees and shoulders as well.
3- On August new portions of the Colosseum will be (finally) re-opened to the public and so it will be possible to climb on the 3rd level terrace where there is a fully preserved gallery, and also to descend into the undergraound, down below the woodden floor of the arena. The opening of these areas are scheduled on different (still unknown) dates.....keep your ears radar-like open :)
On this Corriere della Sera's article there is this video; you won't understand a word probably but the site speaks for itself!!!! …corriere.it/roma/notizie/cronaca/10_giugno_…
4- At the Vittoriano there is an interesting exhibit for free until September 12th (entrance is on the right hand side of the monument from Mon to Fri 9.30am-6.30pm; Sat from 9.30am to 7.30pm). All the ancient items were stolen by tomb raiders but fortunately rescued by the Carabinieri and Guardia di Finanza not only in private collections but also in many museums all over the world. After that you'll never again look at some lovely ancient pots or sorcophagi in an over-sea museum, with a case label which gives no more provenance than 'Italy' or 'Near East', without a stab of unease.....