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  • Piazza Venezia - Vittoriano, Rome

    Piazza Venezia - Vittoriano

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    the huge Piazza Venezia in the center of Rome, in the Capitoline Area of the City is a popular destination as this huge roundabout houses many of the iconic attractions in rome such as the magnificent Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II, which is a tribute to the First King to unify Italy in the 19th century and of which two museums are...

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  • Trevi Fountain - Fontana di Trevi, Rome

    Trevi Fountain - Fontana di Trevi

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    more pictures of the renovation of the famous fountain when we visited last year. The trevi fountain was fully restored in August of 2015 and I hope to com back again to see it this time in it's full grandeur as I also thrown three coins in the then almost empty fountain, Unfortunately, when the time we visited the famous Trevi Fountain, it is in...

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  • Roman Forum, Rome

    Roman Forum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    part two of my tips with more pictures around the Roman Forum The Roman Forum, along the Via Sacra and facing the Palatine Hill on south and eastern side and Capitoline Hill on the West Side, was the Ancient Political, Religious and Cultural Capital of the Roman Empire. The Roman Forum is the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue...

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  • Termini Station Restaurants, Rome

    Termini Station Restaurants

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Odd Room is an easy going restaurant, with good food and friendly waiters who even did their best to explain the menu to me in English. Plain furniture, wooden tables and bar stools. I sat close to the front door, but there are also benches at the back for couples in search of a little more privacy. I had a three course menu: bruschettone, some...

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  • Antico Caffè Greco, Rome

    Antico Caffè Greco

    4 out of 5 stars

    I was schocked to see such a beautiful Cafe founded in 1760 by Nicola della Madalena ( greek) Antico Cafe Greco was an oasis for Italian and universal artists. Amongst some of its famous customers were Stendhal,Liszt, Gounod, Heine, Wagner, Marc Twain, Gogol, and D'Annunzio. In the rear parlor there is a piano.They said that Rossini use to play...

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  • Ice Cream - Gelato, Rome

    Ice Cream - Gelato

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Traditional Italian ice cream is called gelato, and it can be found all over the city. Rome being so hot, the temptation to stop by a gelateria is sometimes pretty hard to resist! I tried to limit myself to one gelato cone (or cup) per day, but I was always on the lookout for the best - and most unusual - gelato flavours :o) I generally tried to...

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Rome Nightlife

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  • Pub Crawl, Rome

    Pub Crawl

    Great way to meet and mingle with others. Got a t-shirt and free drinks as advertised. Well worth the time and money + my friend had an birthday and she entered for free and got a bottle of Champagne. The pub crawl leaders were great and helpful - took good care of us. Would do it again next time! Totally recommend! Dress for clubbing since the...

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  • Campo dei Fiori, Rome

    Campo dei Fiori

    This place is pretty wild. theres a host of bars catering to american and english speaking tourists. Such as: The Drunken Ship and Sloppy Sams. Its a great place to drink and get crazy if you like a wild atmosphere. Also, just as much fun is people watching. Sit out on the patio of one of the more mild wine bars, and watch as drunk tourists and pub...

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  • Piazza Gatherings, Rome

    Piazza Gatherings

    We aren´t intrested in nightclubs,but we like to stay up late,and watch people.At this piazza you can sit at fountains steps free,and watch men selling strange toys,women selling roses,clowns making fun of themselves,and living monuments trying to stand still,when people stear at them.You can also buy an ice-cream,or if you want a glas of wine,it´s...

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Rome Transportation

  • Taxis, Rome

    Taxis

    like in any major city, Rome has an army of taxis plying around the city of which you can hire and take you to your various destinations. The taxis are white in color, with a sign on the roof and the driver's license information on the door and the taxis are either large vans or small mini cars which can sit at least 4 passengers. Taxi rates...

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  • Fiumicino Airport – FCO, Rome

    Fiumicino Airport – FCO

    I was flying over to Cairo in 2008 and our stop over was in Rome. I can't remember how long the layover was but it was plenty of time to stroll through the shops before heading to the waiting area to board the plane. There was plenty of seats available and the shops area was spacious and clean. TO Heading down to the boarding area where it was...

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  • Train, Rome

    Train

    There are many ways of getting to central Rome from Fiumicino or Ciampino airports: it all depends on your budget, what time of day you leave/arrive, how much luggage you have and any mobility issues you need to contend with. Both airports are some distance out of the city so taxi is your most expensive option and buses are the best for the...

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Rome Shopping

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  • Souvenirs, Rome

    Souvenirs

    Rome is the Eternal City and is the Magnet for Tourists around the World to Visit it's various attractions and the Vatican City so don't be surprised to see a large number of souvenir shops and stalls and stores along the sprawling City, particularly aound Saint Peter's Square, Spanish Streps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Pantheron, etc so you...

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  • Food - Beverage, Rome

    Food - Beverage

    This is a place for people that really look for excellent food. It is a small kiosk inside the Gianicolense market in Rome. It is managed by a university law professor with the passion of food and his compaign. I cannot tell you what to eat as most products change with the season but I can assure you that all over the year they fry the best...

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  • Via del Corso, Rome

    Via del Corso

    This shop is located between Carpisa and David Hamilton near Sisley on Via Del Corso in Rome, Italy. I walked into the store about 4:30 pm and basically left at 7 pm or so when the shop was closing and their so-called manager chased me out of the shop although I was sitting on a bench in the shop for 2 plus hours waiting for service but nobody...

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Rome Local Customs

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  • Do As Romans Do, Rome

    Do As Romans Do

    there are many Public fountains around the City of Rome of which many were made by the romans who were the original builders of the first aqueducts which brings potable water to the city and many of the public fountains of rome do offer free drinkable and potable water to the locals and tourists of which all you need is to bring empty plastic water...

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  • Signs, Signals & Superstitions, Rome

    Signs, Signals & Superstitions

    More of images of the Virgin Mary that can be seen on almost every street in the Eternal City. I am always astonished at the variety of styles and conditions of these works of art. Photo #5, shows a corner devotional plaque, from 1860, depicting Pentecost. The Virgin is at the center and she is flanked by the 12 Apostles, as the dove of the Holy...

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  • Festivals Celebrations & Protests, Rome

    Festivals Celebrations & Protests

    Yes, Italy's royal scandal starring the House of Savoy with KING VITTORIO EMANUELE III - he was deposed - exiled to Switzerland - begged to return - was granted his wish - returned - was arrested and imprisoned recently for criminal activity (gambling and prostitution) - confined to his quarters; but, here we caught him again - this time getting...

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Rome Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets and Purse-Snatchers, Rome

    Pickpockets and Purse-Snatchers

    Rome, Together with Barcelona and Paris is one of the pickpocket haven in Europe due to the tens of millions of visitors it gets per year and the crowded areas in Rome such as the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Colloseum, Roman Forum and even in Saint Peter's Square, to name a few, are magnet areas for an army of pickpockets. use caution on where...

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  • Beggars and Cons, Rome

    Beggars and Cons

    A man or woman approaches you, asking questions about the schedule in broken English. You move away from your baggage, by only a few meager feet, to look at the schedule on the wall he's pointing to. Accomplice then grabs the easiest bag and runs. You turn to your baggage, see one missing, and the first person is now running away and you don't even...

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  • Train Stations, Rome

    Train Stations

    8.a.m on the June 13-2014: I arrived at Roma Tiburtina station. got onto the Florence-bound Italo train and put my bag on the rack of coach number 6. When the train was still standing at the platform, a man (tall and not very dark) passing by our seats. From nowhere some Euro coins were seen on the coach floor. The same man was asking around whose...

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  • Colosseum Gladiators, Rome

    Colosseum Gladiators

    not only in the vicinity of the Colloseum would you see locals dressed as Roman Centurions or Gladiators but also at the other attractions such as around the Roman Forum, around the Pantheon, Piazza Del Minerva and other Roman Inspired attractions around Rome. Don't pose with these Centurions or do selfies with them as they will forcefully charge...

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  • Eating Out, Rome

    Eating Out

    I was starving and decided to eat dinner at a restaurant nearby the Trevi Fountain (mistake no.1). The guy at the front enthusiastically pushed me in (mistake no. 2) and I obliged. Lets just say that I ended up paying 93 euros (thats right 93 damn euros for one person) for the following: -1 steak (66 euros) which was impossibly tough, full of fat...

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  • Taxis, Rome

    Taxis

    Basically don't take a taxi....it's the only sure fire way.....they all pretty much are out to rip off tourists which is annoying and tiring. Some even get their meter altered by shady mechanics to get almost triple the normal taxi fares of a regular driver. Also the weird thing is if you ever call a taxi they charge you depending on the time it...

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Rome What to Pack

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  • Comfortable Shoes, Rome

    Comfortable Shoes

    you must wear comfortable walking shoes or lightweight rubber shoes while going on a jaunt here in the fabled Eternal Eternal City of Rome and you can even use a walking cane is you need it to walk around as the area is quite packed full of hordes of tourists like me and most of the attractions can only be accessed by walking as the hop on hop on...

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  • Map, Rome

    Map

    Mapeasy's Guide to Rome is a great thing to have in your kit during a stay in Rome. It is printed on waterproof and almost indestructible paper. It is detailed and accurate. There is a ton of information on it. It is designed to be traveler friendly and easy to use. It such a waste of time looking for a map in a place like Rome when it is so easy...

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  • Sunscreen, Rome

    Sunscreen

    although the best time to visit The Eternal City of Rome is in summer and the spring, it is best to bring a comfortable hat to shade you head and face from the heat that you would not notice if there is cold weather and also bring sunglasses to reduce glare when you are walking to make your Roman experience more enjoyable and to reduce the...

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Rome Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Rome, Rome

    Outside Rome

    See the Villa d'Este and the terraced gardens there built in the 16. century by Cardinal d'Este and the Villa Adriana the country retreat of Emperor Hadrian. Buses go to Tivoli from Rome, Ponte Mammolo metro station with a stop near Villa d'Este and Villa Adriana, there are also trains but you have to walk a bit more. City bus # 4 goes from the...

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  • Ancient Rome, Rome

    Ancient Rome

    I've passed through Termini station many, many times on my visits to Rome but it was only on this last visit that I spotted a huge chunk of Roman wall standing near the bus station area (Piazza Cinquecento). I can only assume that, before the recent massive refurbishment of the bus station area (associated with the construction of Rome's third...

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  • Christian Rome, Rome

    Christian Rome

    A lovely, tucked-away church on the Celian Hill. Only 10 minutes walk from the Colosseum, but very peaceful. Giovanni and Paolo were two weathy-ish Romans who were beheaded on the spot (their houses) in 361AD, because they refused military service. What is supposed to be their house(s) is accessible under the church (the Case Romane: see tip),...

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Rome Sports & Outdoors

  • Olympic Stadium, Rome

    Olympic Stadium

    This huge stadium is both home to AS Roma and SS Lazio, and is all seater with a capacity of 82,000. I've been here twice now, once for AS Roma v Man Utd and the for the Champions League Final 2009, FC Barcelona v Man Utd. Unfortunately I haven't seen United win yet. If playing AS Roma then be aware that the fans can get very aggressive and start...

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  • Soccer, Rome

    Soccer

    what other sport can be as popular as football in Italy? I've never seen such passionate fans in my life :-) supporters of different teams can be best friends in life, but when it comes to a game... it's impossible to describe. you just have to see it. I was lucky to see fantastic match between Roma and Milan. even more than game itself, you enjoy...

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  • Circus Maximus, Rome

    Circus Maximus

    How about running in an old and very historic scenary? Then you might want to try the famous Circo Massimo which nowadays is just a pale memory if its once so glorious days. It's only here that I mention this oval and not in the tourist traps for I believe it deserves better. In Rome there are so many sites that could use some brushing up, but...

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  • St Peter's - Vatican City, Rome

    St Peter's - Vatican City

    I would highly reccommend you do a tour for these places. The convience alone is worth the extra money. You don't have to wait in long lines and once your in there you can always give the guide your headphones and walk around on your own. I personally thought the Roman Forum was the best. The information was amazing. I miss the food. It was...

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  • Roman Forums, Rome

    Roman Forums

    The Roma Pass is a good idea because it includes transportation too. I used it to see the Colosseum + Foro Romano, the Museum of Modern Art (not worth it) and I don't remember what else right now. I wanted to see Galleria Borghese but for that one must book in advance. For the Foro it's worth buying a guide book or better yet taking a guided tour...

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  • Tourist Info, Rome

    Tourist Info

    These three sites should be visited on the same day as they're in the same area and covered by one ticket price. To avoid the frustratingly long lines at the Colosseum, buy your combo ticket at the Palatine Hill ticket office (probably the shortest line) on Via di S. Gregorio 30. You can then choose to visit the sites in any order you wish. As many...

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  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2015 at 5:53 AM

    Good news for travelers to Rome: the inauguration of the newly restored Trevi Fountain is scheduled for November 3, 2015.

    roma.virgilio.it/ultima-ora/...

    "The restoration of the Trevi Fountain will end in about a month. The Fountain of the Dolce Vita refurbishing will be inaugurated on November 3. "I am very happy to announce the inauguration, on November 3rd, the restoration of the Fountain of Trevi realized thanks to Fendi," announced the Councillor for Culture of Rome Giovanna Marinelli."

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Starting March 30th, The Capitoline Museums, Markets of Trajan-Museo dei Fori Imperiali, and Museo dell'Ara Pacis Museum will no longer be closed on Mondays so can be visited 7 days a week.

    en.museicapitolini.org/servi...

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Mar 26, 2015 at 2:19 AM

      They can be nice alternatives to the Vatican Museums…which tend to be overly busy on Mondays. :O)

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Mar 26, 2015 at 7:24 AM

      Oh, yes!! Thanks Kate :-))

  • mccalpin's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    Note that ATAC (the public transportation system of Rome) has opened the third Metro line - Linea C - in Rome. The Metro runs in southeast Rome, so is not of much interest to visitors, but will help local commuters in that part of town. The line begins service at 5:30 a.m. and runs until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The article I was reading didn't mention Sunday, but I imagine the hours are the same as Saturday.

    The line will be lengthened over time as more stations are added - when this happens, visitors may find it of some use. Line C will take the same tickets and passes as the other Metro lines (and buses and trams and every thing else...).

    Bill

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Effective April 30, 2015, there will be changes to the metro/bus pass system in Rome. The current 1-day BIG passes which expire at midnight of day validated will be replaced by one which expires after 24 hours. The current 3-day BTI pass which expires at midnight on the third day after validation will be replaced by one which expires 72 hours after validation.

    A 48-hour pass has been added as well as a booklet of 4 individual-ride BIT tickets. Also note information about passes for travel within the Lazio region.

    The only page I can find on this is only available in Italian so an online translator (google; bing; etc.) will be helpful!
    atac.roma.it/page.asp?p=229&...

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Mar 14, 2015 at 9:11 AM

      The good thing, you faithful guys, is that we will have a travel alert thing in the future :-) Kimberly posted about the upcoming new stuff. Your fantastic news finds will most probably be better visible than here in the comment section.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Mar 14, 2015 at 11:51 AM

      I saw that! YAY! Will move it to the proper place once that is up and running!

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Update to the post below:
    http://www.coopculture.it/en/ is informing visitors, tour guides and school groups that for security reasons, backpacks, large handbags and luggage are not allowed inside the excavations at the Colosseum, Palatine and Forum in Rome. Actual dimensions of allowable bags has not yet been determined for these sites but have been recently restricted to 30x30x15 cm (abt 12 x 12 x 6") or smaller at Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplonti, Stabia and the Museum of Boscoreale so that might be a good guidline until further notice.

    Visitors to Rome are asked leave larger items at their hotel or check them at the left-luggage office at Termini. Additonally, if you have scheduled a tour at the Colosseum, Palatine and Forum, you're asked to arrive 30 minutes beforehand to ensure timely passage through security checks.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      May 8, 2015 at 8:50 AM

      5/8/2015: the large bag/backpack restriction warning for the Colosseum has been removed from the website BUT is still in place for the Forum, Palatine and other archeological sites listed above.

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    1/16/2015: There appears to be a recent tightening of security at the Colosseum, Palatine and Forum. From the http://www.coopculture.it website for these three attractions:

    "ATTENTION PLEASE! We inform visitors that inside the monument it is strictly forbidden to enter with backpacks, handbags and luggage. "

    As there is no baggage check facilities at these attractions, it looks like you're going to have to visit these sites only with what can be carried in your pockets.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Jan 17, 2015 at 7:42 AM

      Funny Bill. The day bag I usually carry on abroad trips measures within those dimensions (nowhere even close to 12" high) unless it's full of stuff and squished out on the sides. It's usually full of stuff.

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Jan 17, 2015 at 9:31 AM

      Hello Bill! I've never measured my trip 'daybag' but I reckon it would easily fit within those limits. :-)

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    110 Open and Archeobus ceased operations as of 12/17/2014. Travelers who have pre-purchased tickets may apply for refunds through [email protected] See the website for news release regarding the closure: http://www.trambusopen.com/en/home.cfm

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    Starting 9/1/2014, here are the city tax rate increases for all accommodations in Rome with the exception of hostels. These are per night, per person, for guests over the age of 10 with a few other exceptions. These taxes are not usually included in published hotel/B&B/holiday rental tariffs so it's good to be aware of them in the rare case that they're not specifically noted on a booking site or with an air/hotel package:

    turismoroma.it/news/contribu...

    While the sheet notes that the taxes can be paid by credit card, don't be surprised if your accommodation mandates payment in cash - as has been our experience.

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Good news! New measures at Termini to enhance security for travelers:
    italymagazine.com/news/new-m...

    • mccalpin's Profile Photo
      Oct 29, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      I made a comment on the article, noting that the article claimed that up until the beginning of the 1980s there were barriers in front of the tracks (platforms) to keep non-ticketed people out...I noted that when I lived there in the 70s, there were no such barriers, so if they were really there by 1980, they weren't up for very long...

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Oct 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      The 'helpers' at ticket machines and with luggage are certainly not exclusive to Termini and I'm not sure barriers will do much to alleviate things. I've seen them in action ever since I started visiting Italy around 10 years ago. It seems to be increasingly commonplace at visitor-popular stations in Italy and elsewhere in the EU. Milan Centrale is bringing in a proper porterage service to counteract the unofficial 'helpers'. The trouble is that it's increasingly commonplace because it works. People do accept the help, willingly or unwillingly, and give them a 'tip'. Me, I just say 'Nonononono, grazie', hold my bag in an iron grip and keep walking! :-)

  • JoyS59's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    Will anyone be traveling to Rome the end of July? I will be there and would love to sit and have a snack/lunch/a conversation with a member - please contact me asap. Thanks

    • JoyS59's Profile Photo
      Jul 3, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Oh I didn't know. Thanks for the tip! I will surely do that!

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Jul 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      You're welcome. VT is primarily a site where travellers share advice, information and reviews...although we do have plenty of meetings too...so you may not get any response (not least because you are new to the site and people are understandably wary of meeting total strangers). But posting a meeting is a good idea, as is posting in the Rome travel forum:

      Rome Travel Forum

 
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