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Rome next weekend (Mar 29-31)!

I'm tacking 3 days (Sat, Sun, Mon) in Rome on the end of a biz trip. I have made reservations at Hotel Aberdeen for Fri/Sat/Sun nights (depart Mon evening for FCO). Solo, well-traveled, middle-aged female.

Turns out that this will be "Culture Week" in Rome and all museums are free, so that is a bit of a (crowded) downer.

On Saturday morning I've got Angel Tours' Vatican tour (4 hrs, 9:30-13:30) booked, and will hang out in Vatican City all day, aiming to be back inside St. Peter's for the 17:00pm mass/music. (This trip was at too short notice to get a reservation for the Vatican Scavi.)

Sunday-- I might hop the 110 bus, or head to the Colleseum/Forum. Mostly I shall wander the streets :-) Other suggestions for Sunday, please? What makes an especially good Sunday in Rome?

Monday -- markets in Campo d'Fiori, or the Jewish Ghetto, or ??

Suggestions, please, for a pleasant, interesting, not rushed "gotta see everything in three days" trip.

Also recommendations for restaurants for dinner for solo females would be appreciated.

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On my last day in Rome I walked all over the place. I went to the Mouth of Truth because I love the movies Roman Holiday and Only You and ate alot of Gelato on the way. I had a chalk drawing portrait made at the Piazza Navona. I sat by the obelisk in front of the Pantheon and just watched people.

It was so nice to have an unplanned day.

When I was alone I ate at this little gelato/sandwich shop. It was 2 1/2 blocks from the Aberdeen just past Via Nacional near the Opera House. With the Opera House to your back it is across the street to the right. Last year they had a special that was a nice size sandwich a soda and a small gelato for under 5 Euros. I enjoyed it. I talked to the son of the father and son owners and made a friend.

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Go to the Aventine Hill, which is above Circo Massimo and see the church of Santa Sabina and the orange garden next to it which overlooks all of Rome with St. Peter's in the distance.
There is a huge market on Sundays on the other side of the Aventine hill, in Testaccio, called Porta Portese, which they have every Sunday morning and is absolutely huge but not necessarily "picturesque" but you could find some neat stuff to buy, including clothes, bags, jewelry etc.
In Testaccio, in Via Amerigo Vespucci is a very "no frills" but really good pizzeria called Nuovo Mondo, they won't care if you come alone or with 10 people. Go a bit on the early side, 8-ish or so if you don't want to deal with a lot of people, though their big rush is on Friday or Saturday night.
Then walk along the Lungotevere, past Isola Tiburina and go through the Jewish Ghetto.
Sundays many Romans do the passeggiata along Via del Corso, in the center, or at the Pincio, in villa Borghese. Have a great time!