Go Ahead......Drink The Water
Rome has many of these unique water fountains around. The water flows freely and it's main source is the mountains before it reaches Rome's aqueducts.
Many of the aqueducts that were built (between 300 BC to the 1600's) separated high-quality water used for drinking and cooking from water for flushing sewers by accessing different sources. So, take your sports bottle with you and refill as you go.
Don't be afraid
If you wake - like I did - bright as a button at 5am (jet lag thingo) dying for a cup of tea - and of course your hotel doesn't have tea and coffee making facilities (never found one that did in Italy) just set off on the dawn streets and find a neighbourhood bar.
After 5am the streets are full of early workers heading to work - and anywhere that sells newspapers, smokes, bus tickets and coffee and brioche will be starting to open.
I had to go quite far afield to find one that opened at 5 - down by San Giovanni Metro station -but they will all be open by 6.
Approach the patron at the till - pay for what you want. He will give you a ticket. (Which you keep.) Then he will make it for you. (If you want a brioche take a napkin from the dispenser on the counter, open the display case, grasp your brioche firmly and show it to him.) If you want cold milk in your tea - say "Latte freddo." Otherwise you will probably get limone.
Try to indicate if you want to sit down outside (so you can smoke) because that usually costs a bit more. Maybe 20 cents.
If you are lucky he will chat to you a bit - curious. Then the regulars will greet you. What an adventure.
The bars won't probably have a name. They are all called - it seems - SNACK - BAR - CAFE - GELATERIA.
I went back in daylight to take a photo and no name posted that I could see.
When I say - don't be afraid - I don't mean throw caution to the winds. This is Rome after all.
When in Rome, if you can get about using the Metro then do so. Its easy to understand, its quick and very cheap. The trains also seem to arrive on time and there are lots of them. Obviously they are busy in the rush hour, but that's to be expected. 4 or 5 Euros will get you to most places. Pick up a map at the station or ask your travel agent to get you one. Directions are good and easy to follow inside the stations.
I've got no idea what the...
I've got no idea what the little taverna is called. We called it 'our italian friend'. Norway (my country) was playing against Italy in the world soccer turnament, and the keeper was verry interested in football. Unfortanetly he doesn't speek much english, so we had to do with a few italian words and our arms.
Bus ride across downtown
From main station Termini take bus number 64 and ride it all the way to the end. This way you get to see a lot of downtown rome and you will enjoy romeans jumping on and of the bus. This is supposed to be one of the most famous' bus rides in Rome. It brings you in walking distance to all downtown sights like trevi fountain, spanish steps, piazza navona, campo die fiori, Vatican, St. Peters, Tiber, Piazza Italia, and even more.