Morning, sweet morning!
As you probably have heard, Italians have only sweet stuff for breakfast. In the B&B we stayed in Rome, we had bisquits, cookies, pies, sweet bread, jam, muesli and so on. Different kinds of yoghurt juice and latte were also available. And of course there was a nice Pininfarina-designed coffee maker, brewing a great cup of caffè (known as espresso in other parts of the world, where coffee is made also by less authentic methods). If you happen to be English, you can also make yourself a cup of Earl Grey :) But as they say - when in Rome, do as the Romans do!
We were trying to find out if we could get a tour of the Cinecitta studios. I don't think it is possible. But I love Fellini films (and other Italian films of course) so much I said to Matt - Let's just jump on the metro (Line A - get off at Cinecitta) and go out there.
So we did.
I got all trembly. I could see the big front garden where the scene in Intervista takes place.
Very cheap trip. Very big thrills.
Public Transportation in Rome
ATAC, Rome's public transportation company is quite efficient.
There are only 2 subway lines and they run from 5 AM to 11:30 PM.. Line A, the red line, goes (more or less) East-West and stops near the Vatican (Ottaviano-Vaticano), Piazza Del Popolo (Flaminio),the Spanish steps (Spagna), Piazza Barberini, Termini Station, and Piazza della Repubblica.
The Line B, the blue line, goes north-south and stops at the Tiburtina Station, Termini Station, the Colliseum (Colosseo), the Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo), the Pyramide (Piramide), San Paolo Basilica (San Paolo) and three stops at the EUR.
ATAC also has some trams (the Tram 8 that you can catch at Largo Argentina will take you Trastevere) and many, many busses! You can easily recognize the bus stops with their yellow posts. The number of the busses are on it. If you see a number and an owl, it is a night bus, a great service for all night lovers. They can bear the same number as a day bus but their itinerary may be slightly different.
Better check on ATAC's website (they can compute your itinerary for you) or with the driver.
A single ticket (BIT) is 1,00 Euro; a Day ticket ( BIG) is 4,00 Euros; a weekly ticket is (CIS) 16,00 Euros. You can buy your ticket at the machine in the subway station, in selected supermarket and (important if you take the tram or bus) at Tabacchi and bookstands.
For choco-holic and ice cream fans.
Just off Piazza della Rotonda, this ice-cream parlor is not the best in Rome, although it’s in the top 5, but it has the most extensive chocolate selection (chocolate, truffle, orange-chocolate, milky-way, sacher torte…)! Getting into a gellataria is like entering a dream… there are so many flavours to choose from (I thought it was 50 but just read it was more like a 100!!!) and with flavors unknown to foreigners. yummy!!! They also serves sandwiches, coffee and sodas.
And for those who don't know Italian, no problem! Della Palma has an original way to display the flavor. For instance, the tangerine ice-cream tray has tangerines on top, the Milky Way flavour has a broken candy bar, etc. My favourites are tangerine with orange-chocolate, sacher-torte and pistachio, limoncello (lemon liqueur typical from Italy) and coconut, Rafaello and tiramisu …
Bernini's astounding sculptures
The Galleria Borghese houses a collection of art treasures that are so beautiful, u'll proably want to remain there longer than the 1 hour permitted to visitors... Unfortunately, this is not the easiest Museum to enter, since you have to make a reservation (the previous day if I'm not mistaken) for a specific time. Since I don't have the phone number, u'll have to check at one of the tourist information kiosks in the city. It's well worth the effort. Oh, and photography is prohibited... AND one has to pay for the audio-guide (I highly recommend the audio-guide, if u're visiting with a friend, u could take 1 guide and share it!)
When u finish with the Museum, walk around the park (it's cool even in the summers... in fact, I used to carry a book and a sandwich to pass the afternoons in the park as it was too hot to enjoy other things!). There's also a pleasant little pond with a temple in it, where boats are available on hire. Have fun!