Roma Pass: worth it for first time visitors
If it's your first time in Rome, you might want to consider getting the Roma Pass card, an all-in-one tourist card that entitles you to free entrance to the first two museums/sites visited and discounted tickets to the remaining sites/museums, and a 3-day pass on the city's bus and subway system. At 20 euros (at the time of my visit in November 2008), it is definitely worth it.
Obviously, basic economic logic dictates that you first use the pass for the two most expensive museums/sites and these would be the Colosseum (11 euros for single non-EU citizen tickets) and the Capitoline Museums (8 euros). At the time of my visit, Roma pass was valid for 22 sites and museums. Unfortunately, the Vatican Museums is not of them.
A FEW ITALIAN PHRASES THAT MAY HELP YOU
Quale paese é questo ?
What country am I in?
Guardavamo la TV e ha esso improvvisamente espoloso.
We were watching the TV when it suddenly exploded.
Era rotto quando abbiamo ottenuto qui.
It was broken when we got here.
Che é la costa la più grande sul menu?
What’s the biggest thing on the menu?
Dove il ospedale é?
Where is the nearest hospital?
Galleria Nazionale Arte Antica - Palazzo Corsini
The collection, formed in the XVIII century, although composed from various sources mostly originating from the Corsini family (above all from the collection of cardinal Lorenzo), is unique in the sense that it is still intact today. It shows clearly the taste of Neri Corsini, nephew of the Pope Clement XII. In 1883 the Palace was sold to the Italian State with its collection, which thus formed the basis of the National Gallery of Ancient Art and only recently has been replaced in its original site.
Via della Lungara 10 (Trastevere area)
Tue-Sun 8.30am - 7pm (last entrance 6.30pm)
Entrance fee Euro 4
On your back!
My brother found this back carrier really helpful when carrying his daughter around. Often, the roads are not very child-friendly, and a toddler trying to traverse these pathways would hold everyone up they would be going s slowly, plus they could get hurt quite easily. It is also a good thing to have as buggy/prams are difficult to use on many roads in Rome. This is only advisable for young, light children though, as you will have a certain amount of back pain otherwise!
When In Rome, You Must Try Their GELATO
You can call me an unofficial ice cream expert :-) because I adore ice creams! My friends who know me will tell you that I only eat Haagen Daaz ice cream.... that is until I discovered the Italian Gelato.
Italians seem to excel in everything that they put their hearts and minds to. And their Gelato ice cream deserves an Oscar award!
And the best Ice Cream shop in all of Rome must surely be - Il Gelato di San Crispino. The gelati here are soft, creamy... delicious... and really, if it weren't for the fact that it's fattening, I'll probably eat it all day... and yes, all the time!
You can also buy a Gelato anywhere in Rome. But the most expensive places to buy one must surely be at the Spanish Steps. The gelati at Il Gelato di San Crispino isn't cheap either. :-(
One of my ex-colleagues bought a gelato just a stone's throw away from the Spanish Steps for - Gulp! - US$8 (and he didn't even sit in their cafe). Go figure.
Here I am (see photo please) - comparing whose Gelato is more appealing. By the way, I only eat chocolate ice cream and chocolate flavored Gelato. ;-P Just thought I'll elaborate a little in case you might want to buy me a nice Gelato when I am in Rome!