When in Rome, cook like a Roman, eat like a Roman and paint like Caravaggio or Raphael. To make your Italian holiday more enjoyable taste the fruits that Rome has to offer doing things the Italian way. You can learn how to master the art of original Neapolitan pizza baking direct from a Master “Pizzaiolo” and even attend mass at the Vatican.
Piazzas (or plazas) are open spaces in Italian cities, and it is in Mediterranean countries where piazzas have a special place in city life. While open spaces can be found all over the world, in Italy they have been used to promote political aspirations, to demonstrate power and to serve as meeting places for protests and reform as well as serving as architectural “canvases” for artists such as Bernin, Borromini, and Michelangelo. Italians even have an expression, andare in piazza (literally, “to go to the plaza”), that means to take to the streets and protest!
Whether or not you consider yourself a hard-core budget traveler – the kind who will eat the local equivalent of ramen a couple times a day in order to make sure there’s enough money left over for the next chicken bus ride – there’s a good chance you like saving money when you travel. This is why hearing about free stuff to do in any city makes travelers in every economic bracket happy - and this is especially true in a normally expensive city like Rome.
Italy is very lucky culturally because of its many artistic treasures. In a large city such as Rome, there is often too much to see in a short period of time. A great way to explore the city is to focus on particular artists whose works can be seen in the city while also giving you a chance to see a good portion of the city. For example, you could walk around Rome and see all of Bernini’s fountains, sculptures and buildings, or, as is the topic of this post, walk around Rome and see a good many paintings by the famous Caravaggio while seeing a great deal else, too!
Last year Rome’s mayor, Gianni Alemanno, approved a tourist tax that took effect on January 1st, 2011.