Hey Rome lovers, regulars and experts - this is trip number six but it would take a lifetime to see this incredible city. I'm travelling with my 13 year old so some well-worn paths are included as this is his first trip to Italy (first of many I hope). I am in hot pursuit of Caravaggio, so art is high on my list but so is lots of down time.
I'd love you all to run an expert eye over this and see if I have any glaring omissions or could fill in the down time with something I haven't thought of. Thank you!
Day 1 –
We’ve come in the night before from Sydney and are taking the train to Venice at 2.50pm so just plan to walk around from our hotel near Trevi Fountain down to Piazza Navona, possibly across Ponte Sant Angelo, and then stop for lunch somewhere. Return to hotel and take taxi to Termini.
Day 2 – 17 days later
Arrive from Naples at 2.10pm, taxi to hotel (est. 10-15 euros)
Check in to Hotel Portoghesi, near Pantheon
Late lunch/pannini somewhere nearby – bearing in mind the time – things will be closed so we can’t be choosy
Visit Scuderie del Quirinale – see exhibition on Augustus
Dinner – Santa Lucia near Piazza Navona – table on terrace (make reservation)
Day 2 2
Walks of Italy Pristine Sistine Tour – 7.35am
St. Peter’s Basilica, climb dome (again – am I nuts?)
Lunch at Duecentogradi – Piazza Risorgimento
Mass at Pantheon 5pm
Castel Sant Angelo – sunset
Dinner – Il Desiderio Preso per la Coda
Day 3 –
Borghese Gallery – 9.00am-11.00am, lunch in Gallery Café, afterward hang out in park - ride bikes in the park – relax, walk back to hotel via Piazza del Popolo and visit Santa Maria Del Popolo (PLAN A)
(PLAN B) – if the weather is ‘iffy’ – taxi to the National Museum and Baths of Diocletian
Dinner: Navona Notte
Day 4 –
Morning - Colosseum Underground – 9.40am. ,
Lunch – anywhere nearby except that Bar Amore! Was thinking of Cavour 313.
Afternoon: Forum/Palatine, Trajan’s Markets & Imperial Forum
Dinner: no plans – room has a terrace so might buy supplies and just stay in especially after all the legwork around Forum/Palatine.
Day 5 –
Walking. Popmpey’s Theatre, Jewish Ghetto, Tiber Island, Trastevere for lunch
Afternoon free – go to Café Della Pace (3/7 via della pace) and people watch over a few vinos
Dinner – no plans
Day 6 –
Coffee at Tazzo D’Oro – then hit the Caravaggio trail
Galleria Doria Pamphilj (via del Corso 305 open 9am-7pm) – Caravaggio – Rest on the Flight to Egypt, the Penitent Magdalene
San Luigi dei Francesi (Via Santa Giovanna d'Arco 5, closed between 12.30 and 3pm) – Caravaggio – Inspiration of St. Matthew, Martyrdom of St. Matthew and Calling of St. Matthew
Sant Agostino (Piazza di Sant Agostino, two blocks from Piazza Navona) – Caravaggio’s Madonna of the Pilgrims.
Have I missed any????
Day 7 – 31/10 – home to Australia - and judging by all that eating and drinking above – I’ll need to buy me some bigger pants.
Thanks for your help and advice.