B&B Il Cupolone

Via delle fornaci 70, San Pietro, Rome, 00165, Italy
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New Year's in Rome 08/09

by CrabbyDragon

My friend and I are both 20-year-old college students studying abroad in Italy and Germany respectively, and we're taking a trip through Europe after our programs end. We're planning to spend the last few days of it, including New Year's Eve, in Rome, and are starting to plan it now, but are a bit lost. If anyone could answer a few questions about where to stay/go for us, we would really love the advice! We're students, so we're on a budget, but it's not too tight because our parents are paying for the trip ;)

a) What would be a good area to stay during this time? And would you suggest any nice but not too expensive 3 or 4 star hotels? We're looking for something that's close to the festivities.

b) Where do people our age usually go for NYE? We'd like to get some nice authentic Italian food and then head out to a night club. Could anyone suggest anything?

Thanks to anyone who replies!

Re: New Year's in Rome 08/09

by mogtribe

I spent new years 06/07in Rome and to tell you the truth, i would have rather spent it at home. Sorry i wont be too negative or you'l stop reading.
bad things about rome/rome in new years:
- its incredibly expensive eg 8- 10 euro beers as a standard price at most bars.
- not much of a party atmosphere
- not much of a cultural experience

i know it doesn't sound that bad, have you been to rome before? i travelled throughout most of northern italy and found Rome pretty dirt with very rude people. i also found the food in room overpriced (for italian standards) and of very poor quality.

if you are going go, there are lost of cheap hotels/hostels around the main train station (termini) might cost you around 70-90 euro per night for hotel and maybe 30 for hostel. this is a pretty unsafe area with lots of people loitering and lots of gypsies. however i'm assuming they have increased prices for new year period. This area however is not very close to the centre of the city, and will take a 10 minute bus ride to get there. (you can walk, but it'l prob take 30-60 mins- which we werre forced to do to get home). It's prob best if you get a hotel close to the centre of the old town. this will cost more, but it means you'l be able to ignore to dirtyier side of rome. while i was there i stayed at a B&B about 10 mins away from the termini (bad idea, too far away)

There are a few pub crawls in rome which is what we did. there is the colosseum pub crawl and 1 or 2 other. they cost about 30 euro. you start off with drinks outside the colosseum (pretty cool) then they take you to overpriced bars. didn't end up finding out where most of the nightclubs in rome are......

if you want to have fun and are on a budget, id suggest somewhere like budapest, ljubljana, even prague. probably more of a party scene for you, more of a cultural experience and much much much cheaper. if you're intent on spending it in italy maybe try a different city.

hope this doesn't confuse you.

Travel Tips for Rome

A Shocking Reminder

by deecat

While in Rome with our military friend, Hugh, we did a little window shopping. As we were chatting and pretending to purchase all the lovely items that are readily available in Rome's most exclusive areas around Piazza di Spagna, especially the elegant shoppes around Via Condotti, we were "Stopped Dead In Our Tracks" when we saw a shoe store with a sign that read, "Bruno Magli.

Why? You might ask. Well, Bruno Magli shoes just happen to be the choice brand and really only brand of shoe that our own O.J.Simpson wears, and this brand of shoe played an important part in his murder trial.

Well, since all of America, and half of the world, had been watching that infamous trial, we were smirking and pointing to the sign. So I decided to ask Hugh and Allan to pose in front of the store, pointing to the sign. A crowd of tourist gathered round. Not all of them were American, and not all of them knew about the O.J. Simpson murder trial. We attempted to explain why we were taking this photo and why we were laughing. Some people just walked away, shaking their heads and probably thinking, CRAZY AMERICANS!

It's another of those moments that are really unimportant in the total scheme of life; however, it's a fun time to recollect. It would be impossible for me to purchase a pair of Bruno Magli shoes for Allan knowing that OJ loved them so.

Besides, I could never afford to buy them!

An aerial view of Rome (without flying)

by baronedivandastad

Only a half hour drive in the right direction and you find yourself up in the hills, with breathtaking views that dominate the world's Capital. The area is called Castelli Romani (the Roman Castles).

Jewels not to be missed are Castel S. Pietro Romano, Palestrina, Ariccia, Marino, Frascati, Castelgandolfo, Albano with its excellent lake, and so on. Pretty much the whole area is a natural reserve, so you're sure to find loads of scenic spots and excellent hiking opportunities.

I usually go by night, which makes the area perhaps even more fascinating. And the food is very well worth the trip. Especially fascinating are places called "fraschetteria", low-class bars where you get seated next to strangers and you are brought hearty food with the house wine by the jug.

Drive along the Prenestina, Appia or Adreatina streets to get there. Slow but scenic.

The website is in Italian only, which is a shame

Very hip!!

by sniem about Gilda

The first time I walked into the Guilda was by mistake, we had looked for another club someone had recommended to us, didn't find it and found "Gilda".

It has two parts the bar "cru" with fantastic but expensive cocktails and the disco "gilda". Its a great place to see beautiful people, the latest fashion and some really crazy outfits and dance the whole night long.

They often have live performances, table dancers etc. Very fashionate

Must go!

by madski about Ristorante Cleto

It was hot -- nearly 100 degrees when I took my husband down Via Cavour to find this little unknown place. It was empty at 2 pm - prime time for lunch. We sat down and ordered a carafe of house wine [delicious]and got brushetta as an appetizer. It was the best I've ever eaten. Pasta to start, I got grilled Salmon and he the sole [which turned out to be authentic Dover sole]. he got cappicunio and dessert and the total bill was 40 Euros. MUST DO. Great value and great food. Brushetta. A must.

Best view of the Vatacan is from here!

by actor22_2000

This was a very nice surprise during of visit to Rome as the castle is in very nice shape with several nice miltary pieces in the museum. The jewel of our visit was the view at the top of the castle. When you reach the top after a nice climb, look to your right and you will have a great photo opportunity of the Vatacan. There is a los a nice little cafe on the second level that you can sit and view the city.

If you are going to make a visit, do your homework...there is a lot of history here and could easily be over looked. We were lucky enough to spend three Euros to have a "group" tour with a degreed hostorian to the dungeons of the castle. The Group ended up being my wife and I and was incredile! She had great english and such a passion for her work. When entering the castle, look at the posted tours that will be listed on a board before entering themain portion of the castle. We took our tour on a Sunday at 2:30. I think most of the tours happen on Saturday and Sunday.


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