Tiber (Tevere) River
The Tiber River (English) / Tevere River (Italian) is the 3rd largest river in Italy. Flowing directly through Rome, it idely snakes it's way around the ancients domes and piazzas.
We lived quite close to it, so went for little walks often.
There is so much to admire as you stroll along, and we were forever stopping and starting, something having caught our eye!
There were a few boats in the river, but not that many. It is refreshingly undercommercialised!
This could be because people are too afraid of falling in? ;)
The water is greeny and quite opaque, not clear at all. I wouldn't particularly want to do any boating in it to be honest. Possibly the best view of the river is the one with The Vatican in the background. Simply awesome :)
Streets around the four fountains
If you've seen some of my other pages, you'll know that I love doors. I just do. They're so cool! They can show a lot of individuality about the owner. I found this door off a side from the Via Quattro Fontane (can you tell I was up and down this street a lot?) It truly is a good place to wander on a nice day, but I wouldn't recommend sticking around too much after dark. I don't think it's terribly dangerous, but it's a bit closed down in a few blocks and there isn't a lot of commercial activity.
Italy to Rome
The best way to arrive in Rome is by train. The main station, Stazione Termini is close to the historic center of Rome. There are several outlying stations, too. You can also arrive by bus near Termini station or in Piazzale Tiburtina in front of the Tiburtina train station. Rome's airport Fiumicino is a major international airport and visitors from the United States often arrive here. You can take a train into Rome from the airport.
Public Transportation in Rome
Rome has an extensive bus and metro system (Metripolitana) so you can easily get almost anywhere on public transportation
Sicilian regional cookery
Lovely wood-panelled restaurant in a slightly seedy (but up-and-coming) area about 20 mins walk from Termini Station.
This restaurant is recommended in the Time Out guide, and also by a friend who had eaten there before.
The wine list is excellent and very reasonably priced.
Take a taxi, as the area behind the station is pretty dodgy at night. Onion flan with parmesan sauce - more like an onion mousse, but an absolutely delicious combination of flavours.
Spaghetti with breadcrumbs, anchovies, pine nuts and orange. An amazing combination - very, very good!!
Pecorrino cheese with black peppers and orange jam. Gorgeous
First glimpsing the forum brought back a comment my 7 year old made when we visited Olympia in Greece...." I'm sick of seeing rocks, all we ever see is rocks!!!". However, once you step down on the Via Sacra, you realize that you are walking the same path as Augustus and Julius Ceasar, and into the origins of the western world. You can easily imagine the bustling epicenter of Roman society. If you don't have an appreciation of history, these 'rocks' may be disappointing... but then again, why are you in Rome. Make sure to have a map of the area, it is much more interesting if you know what you are looking at. The tours are not worth it, as you spend 15 minutes at a ruin that should take 3 minutes.