Filomena e Francesca Bed and Breakfast

Via della Giuliana 72, Rome, Lazio, 00195, Italy
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Free Tours

by 991655829

Hello everyone,
If i'm not mistaken there was a post regarding free walking tours in Rome on specific hours of the day. i've been trying to find the posting and i can't seem to find it. If anyone has any info, please help, my husband will be there
from May 27-Jun1. thanks in advance

Re: Free Tours

by leics

Can't recall or find any mention of free Rome tours (that would be a very altruistic thing in such a tourist-focused city!), but checked the threads using the keyword search:

mentions a downloadable iPod tour which you can follow yourself (don't know if it's free), but all the tours mentioned on all the threads cost money.

Your husband can easily plan his own tour though, because Rome is so extremely walkable.....just get a good guidebook for him to take. Or he could take the hop-on, hop-off bus tours if he prefers.

Will be interested to know if there are any free walking tours.......

Re: Free Tours

by vic70

Hi, I remember also one post about walking tours with the dotsents, and I'v saved the internet page:

but as far I know the tours are not free. But I heard lot of good comments about them. They make tours in a special way, like a small seminar. The groups are about 6-8 people. You need more information, write me or call directly to them.


Re: Free Tours

by ktinde

Not sure if these tours are free but check

Re: Free Tours

by leics

They aren't free.

Travel Tips for Rome

Palatine Hill

by CandS

This is a view of the Colosseum and Forum from Palatine Hill...

Admission to the Forum is free but we paid L12,000 to visit Palatine Hill... We were happy we did though because it was amazing to look around...

Fontana del Mascherone

by jungles

This fountain is named the Fountain of the Big Mask, for obvious reasons. It was commissioned by the Farnese family and was sculpted by an unknown artist in 1626. The Farnese, who lived in the Palazzo Farnese just opposite the fountain (now the French embassy) were known for throwing extravagant parties in the piazza in front of their palace. On these occasions the fountain would flow not with water but with wine.

In fact, a similar tradition still takes place at the annual wine festival in Marino, a small village near Rome. The festival, called the Sagra dell'Uva, is held on the first Sunday of October. The highlight is the 'miracle' of the fountain, when the fountain in the main square of the village flows with wine, until the wine runs out. After that people start throwing grapes at each other and it turns into a big food fight.

Do take note that not only does the Fontana del Mascherone not flow with wine today, unlike most of Rome's fountains it does not even flow with potable water. There is a small sign saying 'non potabile" in Italian, but it's easy to miss. I have a feeling it comes directly from the filthy Tiber River nearby, which is pretty dangerous when so many people are used to drinking straight from the fountains.

Near the southeastern end of Via Giulia, just behind Palazzo Farnese. Photo by liamr

Watch the track numbers!

by christineintheworld

It may seem like an obvious note but I didn't quite realize how necessary it is!

We arrived at the train station quite early, purchased our tickets, dodged gypsies, found our assigned track and settled down to wait. And wait. And wait.

The wait started to become suspiciously long, so I walked back over to the schedule board to check the status of the train (AGAIN). Lo and behold, the train was listed as having "arrived." Well, it had arrived, though not at our track. It had arrived more than 10 tracks over from where we were.

We ran and ran and ran. Arriving there just in time to watch the train pull away.

Moral of the story: Watch the track number. Watch it until you are actually ready to board the train.

**If you do find yourself having missed your train, return to the ticket counter and speak with an attendant. Typically they can rebook you on the next train.

Straight up Italian food

by rattay about Ai Balestrari

The food here is the sort of food you imagine when you think of italy - amazingly good, but also simple and dependent on local produce. The waiters are polite and attentive, the tables spill out onto the street and it's always crowded (at least it is in the summer - a friend of mine said it was closed when she went in the winter). My personal favorite was the penne arrabiata, but everything is good. It was spicy but not too spicy, garlicy but not too garlicy, the sauce wasn't too wet - it was just the way it should be.

Take a Tour

by cotinara

We took a tour for 21 Euro that lasted 45 minutes. It also included a tour of the Palantine and Roman Forum. For us, it was enjoyable because they told us all about it which we knew nothing about. We also got to take pictures with the gladiators outside, as part of the price which was fun! It really depends on you. Either way you do it just go see the Colosseum!

There is a metro right across from it. And is at the heart of Rome, so walkable distance to everything!

Oh, funny tidbit. Our tourguide said that if a gladiator puts his sword to your neck its his way of saying he likes you! not so sure if this is legit but its fun to make fun of your girlfriends when that happens to them. haha


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