Hotel info and some sites to see in Roma
Greetings, I'm not sure when you're going but check out these few sites for lodging info, in addition to the regular hotel sites like Hotels.com, Expedia.com , etc. (I've used both, not bad prices if you book in advance, but also check Venere.com and rentalinrome.com ) I myself am using rentalinrome for my upcoming lodging for the next few weeks and they have a great selection of low-mid-high cost apartment rentals that are a lot less expensive than the spacious-modern hotels.
For the boys, if there into cars, AND if you're going in April, there's an exhibition going on about cars - some fantastic old-new Ferrarri's on display called: The Legend of Speed, Art, Motorization & Society in 20th century Italy, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale 194 (it's only 12.50 euro tix cost, phone 06 3996 7500. Not sure how long it's to be there, but google it or the museum and you should find the info) Also, Castel Sant'Angelo museum (Lungo Tevere 50, National Museum of St Angelo) has the largest collection of militaria and arms IN THE WORLD, so they might enjoy that, too!
All the Piazza's have nightlife galore for the younger crowds, and Testaccio area of Trastevere is geared toward young, too. But even there you'll find a lot of mixed crowds of both young and old alike. Then there's the Porta Portese Flea Market, Pyramid of Caius (S of Aventine Hill at Porta Ostiense), Forum Romano, Colosseum, etc, or even a 1-1.5 hr train ride to Naples and Pompeii.
Just a few thoughts...
Rome is a huge city and has...
Rome is a huge city and has problems like any other city but a few things stand out. There are a great number of purse snatchings and backpack 'slits', done with a very sharp razor slitting the bottom of your backpack so all the contents fall downward...it is done with such skill that the thief is gone before you know it. ALSO Italian men are notorious for being aggressive. While riding the metro one female friend of mine was pinched so hard it looked like she had been hit in the butt with a pool cue it was so black and blue. Thereafter, when we went on the Metro I made it obvious I was WITH her...and it quelled the digital attacks. We also agreed that it was safest if I more or less stood so I was firmly abutted to her rear quarters. Being the complete and total gentleman my mother raised me to be, I obliged. *sigh*
the things we men will DO in the name of CHIVALRY,,eh?
I considered it my solemn DUTY!
The Coppedé District
The Coppedé district, that quadrilateral behind Piazza Buenos Aires, enclosed within Via Tagliamento, Clitunno, Serchio, Ombrone and Arno and converging onto Piazza Mincio.
It is named for the one who created it between 1921 and 1926, Gino Coppede, transatlantic architect and developer, a little extravagant in its eclectic style which evoked medieval and renaissance architecture with stylings of enchanted castles."
When you arrive to the main airport of Rome, Fiumicino (FCO), you have 2 choices: one is taking a cab which will cost you 40 Eu (usually is a fixed price no matter where you go within the city), even though they might charge you more if it's night time or add 3 Eu for each luggage you carry with. 2nd choice is following the signs 4 the railway station inside the airport and take the train to Termini (Rome central station). There's usually one every 30 minutes during the day, none at night. When in Termini you can go out and take a cab (doing so you've saved a lot of money) or stay inside and take the subway.
Touristy but fun place for dinner
Der Pallaro is a place that serves a fixed priced menu with wine and water for 23 euros per person. It’s whatever mama cooks that day, although based on reading other reviews of this restaurant mama repeats some of the dishes. The antipasti consisted of huge portions of thinly sliced prosciutto, cooked lentils, sliced fennel, olives, ham croquettes, cheese croquettes, and mozzarella balls. Next came the rigatoni pasta cooked in a light red sauce followed by slices of meat sautéed in olive oil and parsley along with potato chips (potato chips are not my kind of Roman food). Lemon torte for dessert. House red and white wine; bottled water. With the exception of the meat being slightly overcooked, everything was delicious. After all the various antipasti dishes, I was quite full by the time the meat dish arrived. This is not gourmet food but for a decent meal in Rome with a fun atmosphere, this is the place to go. Both the dining rooms inside and outside were filled to capacity.