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I need help understanding the difference in the Roma Pass and the Roma & Piu Pass. The second talks about being good in 3 zones, but I cannot figure out what the 3 zones are. Could someone enlighten me? I was going to invest in the Roma Pass, but wondered if the second was worth looking into.
Thank you for any help,
Re: Roma Pass
It doesn't say on the website, does it?
The zones refer to the fact that the Rome&Piu' pass allows you to go outside the city of Rome using Cotral, the regional bus service, as well as on the regional rail system. The bus service in the city of Rome is ATAC, while Cotral is used in the "province" of Rome (i.e., an area larger than the city itself) as well as in the region of Lazio (Latium).
If you look at http://www.romapass.it/english/musei/index.html, you can click on the right to see museums in Rome under RomaPass; however, if you click 'In the province', you will see museums that are part of the program that are outside the actual city limits, so you would need a Cotral bus to get there (or in some cases, the regional rail system). For example, if you want to go to Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana) or Villa D'Este - both in/near Tivoli - then you would take the Cotral bus out to Tivoli.
So, the second pass is of interest if you plan on going to the places 'in the province'.
P.S. As I alluded to above, 'Roma' is both the name of the city as well as the name of the province, which leads to some confusion from time to time...
Re: Roma Pass
Oh, I see that I didn't exactly answer what 'zones' are...the Cotral service area (i.e., outside the city limits of Rome in the region of Lazio) is divided into zones, and the pricing is based on how many zones you will cross. I haven't found a map showing the zones yet, but if you don't intend on leaving the city limits of Rome anyway, it's a moot point.
Let me know if I need to pursue this...
Re: Roma Pass
Thank you, this was very helpful, and no, we won't be leaving Rome.
Travel Tips for Rome
Getting a great picture
One of the prettiest, not to mention famous, fountains in Rome is Trevi Fountain. One of the reasons you go to Rome is to see the Trevi fountain. We all throw a coin in and then pose to get our picture taken in front of it. Here is my advice......Use your fill flash when taking the picture. Look at the two pictures I have posted for this tip, one turned out great but the other needed the flash. That is me in the middle of the picture, but you can't tell its me because the camera sensor saw all the white from the fountain and set the exposure for that. My husband forgot to turn the flash on, so I came out in heavy shadow. The good thing is the fountain itself turned out beautifully. Remember to compensate and use your flash when photographing anyone against a white background. This will make sure you not only see the monument but the person as well. One of my fondest memories of Rome is having a picnic lunch, sitting on a bench at the Trevi fountain and watching all the people. It is wonderful to see all their expressions when they see the fountain for the first time. I just sit back and enjoy.
The emperor's daughter
The catacombs where the young Santa Agnes was laid to rest after her martyrdom in 304AD became a place of pilgrimage almost immediately after her death and when Constantine's daughter Constantia was cured (legend says of leprosy) by praying to the saint they became important enough for an imperial princess herself to be entombed there. Constantia ordered the building first of a baptistry (where she and her sister Helena were baptised) and later a funerary hall over the catacomb, but a princess requires a grander burial place than this and so a mausoleum was raised over the site and decorated in style befitting her noble ancestry.
Now known as the Chiesa di Santa Constanza (although she neither officially canonized not, in fact buried here, she died before it was completed) the mausoleum was more probably used for the burial of Helena, who was both the daughter of an emperor and the wife of another. Constantia's body was moved here to lie beside her sister in a magnificent porphyry sarcophagus. Her body was later buried beneath the central altar and the building consecrated as a church in her name.
The church is circular, with 12 pairs of elegant pillars supporting the dome and a barrel-vaulted ambulatory set with delicate mosaics of fruit and flowers, birds and beasts, the oldest surviving Christian ones known. Although not all have survived - those in the dome were said to be of astonishing beauty but were destroyed in the 17th century and a now-fading frescoed ceiling put in their place - the ones that remain give us an idea of just how lovely this little building must have been. The symbols used have significance to both pagan and Christian beliefs - an intriguing reminder of the duality of Constantine's position at this time. Later mosaics (6th or 7th century) in the niches are totally Christian and considerably less sophisticated in their execution though their original borders remain and give some idea of the richness of the images these have replaced.
You can acces the church either through a gate in the far corner of the garden of the adjacent Basilica of Saint Agnes or via a short road at th end of the wall around the church garden. The church looks best in afternoon light but it is a popular wedding venue so you may have to wait before you can enter.
Open: Monday 0900-1200; Tuesday-Saturday: 0900-1200, 1600-1800; Sunday: 1600-1800
The church can be found in the area known as Nomentana, a short distance outside the city walls, north-east of Termini.
Address: Via Nomentana 349. Take Bus #36 from Termini or #60 from Piazza Venezia
Good restuarants are easy to find
Good bars,restuarants are very easy to find.Just walk along and find a place that looks full of local people.Avoid the main touristy areas and you will eat better.Bars are everywhere and all priced sensaibly.There are plenty of nice little plazas with good selections of bars etc.Here are some wines to try on your night out......
Colle Gaio..........rich fruity flavour,one of the best dry white frascatis.
Casal Pilozzo.........smooth easy drinking white wine from frascati producers and try and drink a young vintage.
Bigi ..... good producers of quality Orvieto........try the single vineyard Torricella.
Calcaia ......comes from Barberani and makes lovely Orvieto.....
nice ambience, we had the alfresco dining type. It was quite crowded, but there was some performers singing to the tune of Gypsy King, it was a nice nite. NICE FOOD too! The pizzas are fantastic. I think italians are good at making pastas and pizzas, i wud say u are safe to settle at any restaurant in piazza navona. Jus sit back and relax with ur food.... =)
After Hours Vatican Museum Tour
The guide and I sat on a bench in the Sistine Chapel -- under God reaching out to Adam. We were alone, the 15 other people on our tour stood at the far end of the Chapel listening to the other guides. We were the only people in the room. The Chapel was quiet, befitting its status as a church. We were on an after hours tour of the Vatican museum arranged by Helen Donegan of Italywithus.com.
Quietly the Guide explained Michelangelo's feud with the Pope who hired him to do the ceiling and refused to pay when it was done. She pointed out the unflattering face of Pope Paul III's assistant in the Last Judgment and the painter's face on the hide St. Bartholomew is carrying. We saw the scorch mark on the beautiful Cosimatti marble floor from the stove that sends out the white smoke.
While the Sistine Chapel was the highlight, we saw hall after empty hall. Maps on the walls, early world globes, artifacts from Pompey, papal vestments, the Raphael rooms -- quietly and without hassle, we saw it all in awe and amazement!
Last year I read about Helen's tours, but they were fully booked. I tried to find others who provided after hours Vatican museum tours. One travel agent promised a tour for 5,000 Euros. Well beyond what we could afford, I contacted Helen again. She emailed me the 2007 tour dates. Off we went.
Our group of 16 had 5 guides, 4 of whom give daily tours during regular hours. Three guards accompanied us. The one we walked with pointed out special things, he was clearly proud of his job and the Vatican's amazing collection of treasures.
My husband and I are well-traveled, but this after hours tour is a highlight of our globetrotting: seeing the Vatican museum when no one else was there -- priceless.
The current 2007 rates are 250 Euros per person. Follow these links for some reviews of this amazing experience.
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