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Rome - Leisure, Entertainment & Sports
Operas are an integral part of life in Rome, and can be enjoyed at many different venues. For example, you can take in an outdoor opera at the Baths of Caracalla or the Basilica of San Clemente. You can find information about these operas, including schedules, in Roma C'e' or Time Out, two of the weekly magazines available at newsstands throughout the city of Rome.
There are also numerous cinemas in Rome where you can catch a movie if an evening at the opera seems a bit tedious. The Pasquino offers three screens, with three English language movies shown daily. It is located at Piazza S. Egidio, Trastevere.
The Metropolitan is a newly remodeled cinema with one screen, and is located at Via del Corso, 18. The Warner Village Moderno and the Alcazar show English language movies on certain days of the week. The Warner Village Moderno is on Piazza della Repubblica, 45, and the Alcazar is located at Via Cardinal Merry del Val in Trastevere.
If you prefer rock, jazz, or blues over classical music, there are several venues where you can listen to solo artists and bands. For example, the Alexanderplatz, located at Via Ostia, 9, in the Vatican area, is a popular jazz club that holds summer concerts in the gardens of the Villa Celimontana. Blues and rock music can be found at Big Mama, on Vicolo S. Francesco a Ripa, 18 in Trastevere.
For larger indoor concerts, try Palacisalfa, near the EUR-Fermi stop of Metro line B, or Palaeur, off the EUR-Palaeur stop of Metro line B. Palaeur is also a sporting complex where you can take in a variety of sporting events.
Thanks to Rome's rich history, sightseeing is plentiful in the area around the city. While you're living in Rome, you can visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, the Baths of Caracalla, and Trajan's Forum, among many others. All of these examples of Roman history can be accessed by Metro or bus travel.
Visiting a museum or gallery is also a pleasant way to spend a day while in Rome. The Borghese Gallery offers some of the most important Renaissance and Baroque paintings in the world, as well as numerous examples of Baroque and Neoclassical sculpture. You can telephone the Borghese Gallery at 06 32810.
On Sundays, you can attend guided tours of the Palazzo Senatorio, including the mayor's office (Stanza del Sindaco) overlooking the Imperial Forums.
If modern art is more your speed, visit the Galeria Comunale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome's permanent collection of modern art. The Galeria is located at Via Francesco Crispi, 24.
For a leisurely stroll, head for the Piazza Navona, home of Bernini's Fountains of the Four Rivers, or the Piazza de Spagna, with its dramatic Spanish steps. Both settings are ideal for a romantic walk, or a bit of quiet rumination during a break from the busy activity of the city.
You can also attend many sporting events, including rugby, tennis, golf, and football. For more information about sporting events in Rome, visit www.hoteldesartistes.com/rome-sports-events.html
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