We (three women) spent time shopping on the Via Cola di Rienzo. We love this area to shop as it is away from the tourist area and offers such a wide variety of shopping, with prices are pretty reasonable.
I can’t tell you what fun it is to drive around Rome with a friend in her little car yelling at other drivers and zipping along. The ability of the drivers is astounding considering all the scooters buzzing alongside.
We visited the crypts under the Vatican and again the crowds near Pope John Paul II is something to see. On May 1st, he will be beatified here in Rome with over 2 million people expected to attend. We could see the preparations already being made.