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Rome is a magical city. It can be overwhelming, but give yourself the time and space to really explore it. My first trip was during the Great Jubilee in 2000, and perhaps for that reason the city was polished and gleaming. Subsequent trips have not tarnished the shine; there are certainly hordes of tourists, but I still love it.

Rome Airport Hotels:

A slightly depressing topic, but this was a convenient choice for late night/early morning flights. Rome itself is about an hour from the airport. We tried:

  • *Mercure Rome Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (skip! It’s annoyingly far away and gritty).
  • **The Hilton. The right choice. It’s literally next to the terminal, clean enough, convenient.

Hotels In Rome Itself:

Alicia’s Favorite Sites:

  • ***Bernini’s elephant statue in the Piazza della Minerva.
  • Andrea Pozzo’s ceiling in the ***Church of San Lorenzo. At the risk of pissing off a lot of people, I think this is better than the Sistine Chapel.
  • ***Basilica del San Clemente: 3 churches built on top of each other. This church conveys the history of Rome unlike any other.
  • ***The Catacombs of San Sebastiano: very informative, appropriately creepy. I also saw the **Catacombs of San Callisto, but I think San Sebastiano is better (they have 3 roman burial temples converted to Christianity that are quite interesting to see). It’s quite a hike to get out to the catacombs, but the journey allows you to see the original **Appian Road, which is beautiful.
  • Bernini’s statue of the ***Ecstacy of St. Teresa 

To do: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/underground-gallery-showcase-caligulas-imperial-garden-180976745

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