"Accommodation at Camping Tiber"
On our 2002 trip most accommodation was in Youth Hostels however none were available in Rome so we were directed to Camping Tiber. This turned out to be a fantastic place - although accommodation was basic, there was a pool, a restaurant run by Aussies which turned into a disco/nightclub later in the evening and a bus that took you to the train station to go to the City. I highly recommend this place, it had everything that was required. We ate at the restaurant as it was cheap and we made friends with the people in charge so it sort of felt like home. Our daughter ended going back there and worked for 8 weeks - she took a trip to Athens for a week on her tips. Here's the website, check it out http://www.campingtiber.com/
"The city of Rome"
What a beautiful place. We loved it so much we are returning this year in 2006. Everything is easy to get to either by train or on foot, it is unbelievably clost. The colosseum was closed the day we went due to National Day so we reversed our plans and checked out the Forum - we are amazed at the "oldness" of this place and what still remains. We walked to the Fontana Di Trevi and looked all around there, the Spanish steps, the Piazza Navona down to the River Tiber and walked along between Ponte Umberto and Ponte Carour. We cut across and found Mausoleo di Augusto which doesnt even get a mention in the books - it is the burial place of August, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudus, Vespasian & Nerva plus many more. This photo is of the spanish steps
As with most of old Europe this place is amazing and defies words. Besides what we know about it, people actually lived in the underground catacombs in the 1800's, it was also used for warehousing. They have also discovered another tiled tunnel which they are currently excavating. We took a tour with a guide which is a must in our opinion..ours was Cynthia and she was excellent and focussed on the history. It was actually caled the Amphitheatre, but got the name Colosseum because it was collosus - Arena means sand in Latin. Years ago you were able to walk throughout the whole area but due to fragility they have constructed boardwalks, but it still remains an awe inspiring site.