It says you need a lifetime to see all of Rome, well make that two lifetimes, as you need one to investigate what to do in Rome!
Here is our report to hopefully help others, thanks to all the experts, as I seemed to read all the advice you gave...!
The teenagers were off doing their own activity, so husband and I decided to visit Rome
We got the late BA flight out of Heathrow on Friday night, had considered getting the shuttle to the Artemide Hotel, but as we were delayed and wanted to see the insides of our eye lids, got a taxi. Very easy and the charge was Euros 58 (inclusive of the 10 euro extra charge for night).
Artemide hotel is great, we were obviously the last to arrive, as they knew our names when we got there. Room wasnt too small, nice view and had everything we needed.
Saturday - got up v early for pre booked tour of Vatican. After a quick but great breakfast, got the Metro from the hotel (very short walk and very cheap E1.5) to Ottoviano. Immediately saw a MASSIVE queue through lots of streets to the Vatican. We strolled through and joined our tour. It was an audio tour through the Sistene chapel, Basilica, museums. Clever audio device that meant you could hear the narrator. Walked around St Peter's Square, over to Castel Sant' Angelo and then down to Gianicolo for the view, Monumento Garibaldi and Travestere area. Had lunch at a great Italian, which sadly I cant find the name of. We walked for miles and then headed back to the hotel, around 4pm for a quick recharge/nap! Evening, went to the Spanish Steps and Trevi fountain. Great advice to avoid the Asian guys taking your photo, they were a nuisance, but enjoyed the two places.
Sunday, headed to Borghese Park, where we strolled around, hired the electronic bikes and rowed on the little lake. Then just people watched in the lovely surrounding. We ate at the Green conservatory, which was horrible. They dont make anything, just ship in, the food was plastic, the waiters unfriendly and expensive. Fortunately, this was the only bad thing on the trip. Then walked back to Rome, walked done Via del Corso for retail therapy, then went to the Pantheon. Headed back to the hotel around 6pm for a refresh and then ate in the local Italian.
Monday, went to the Colosseum for our pre booked underground and top tour. contrary to reports, this was easy to find and access and also very advisable to pre book. This was our highlight, fantastic guide, fascinating place and you dont want to miss out on the underground information or the view from the top. Then went to Palantine Hill and the Forum. Evening, went to Piazza Navona. The Piazza was featured in the film Angels & Demons.
Tuesday, left the wonderful Artemide Hotel and got a taxi to Sheraton Conference. It is about 25mins outside of Rome, we spent a day and half relaxing by the pool, but lots of people took advantage of the shuttle bus into Rome.
To summarise, it is very, very very hot in August. Fine with us, but make sure you have comfortable shoes and an empty water bottle. There are several taps where you can fill up with good clean and cool water around for Rome. It may sound that we did not do much, but there is always something to look at and nice to appreciate the surroundings, so each of our 3 tour days were full from 9-6. You can always see more, or as the saying goes, throw your money into the Trevi fountain and then see more, when you revisit! Bella!