The coastal city of Anzio, Anthium in ancient Roman times was the birthplace of Emperors Caligula and Nero, and was a great summer place for Roman bigwigs. It was the site of major battles during World War II. It is the site of the Anzio Beachhead Museum. For more information consult http://www.sbarcodianzio.it/english.htm
The ancient Roman town of Palestrina lies about 35 kilometers (close to 25 miles) east of Rome. It was a summer resort for Rome's A list during the good old days. Its National Archaeological Museum housed in the Renaissance Palazzo Barberini is a major museum of Ancient Rome. For more information consult http://www.romaepiu.it/en/content/national-archaeological-museum-palestrina
The city of Priverno is situated some 100 kilometers (about 60 miles) south east of Rome. One of its claims to fame is the late Eleventh early Twelfth Century Fossanova Abbey said to be the finest Cistercian abbey in all Italy. Who doesn't like mathematics? The city is home to Un Museo per la Matematica - "Giochiamo all'infinito" (A Museum for Mathematics - "We play endlessly"). For more information consult the Italian language website (ask for a Google translation) http://www.compagniadeilepini.it/musei_dettaglio.asp?idnews=8
I don't think that I have to tell you Rome is a spectacular city just brimming with museums. Let's start with three special places to visit. The Pasta Museum is devoted to that great staple of Italian (not all parts of Italy) cuisine. For more information consult http://www.romeinformation.info/Pasta%20Museum.htm
Whether or not you are Roman Catholic, you really should plan to spend a lot of time at the Musei Vaticani. They tell me the best time to go crowd wise is during lunch hour and Wednesday papal audiences. Don't miss it, and don't rush it. For more information consult http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html
Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery may contain the highest density of famous graves in the world. If you visit famous cemeteries make sure to visit this one. For more information consult http://cemeteryrome.it/about/about.htmlConsult the following http://en.museiincomuneroma.it for a great list of Roman museums.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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