Drinking water fountains
It can get very hot in Rome. When I last visited in early June the temperature during the day was usually over 35 degrees C.
Luckily, however, most street corners and plazas have drinking fountains.
Best thing to do is buy a cheap bottle of water for a few cents from one of the supermarkets then keep re-filling whenever you find a drinking fountain.
They are also a great way to just cool off!!
Designs range from quite plain to rather elaborate!
If you don’t have a bottle to fill, just place your finger over the main outlet and water comes out of a smaller hole at the top of the fountain making it easier to drink from.
No fast food
* crostini, bruschetta, panini, tramezzino *
... and what ever all the delicous snacks are called. I wondered who needs a McDonalds ... but I was relieved to see that the restaurants with the yellow M weren't crowded ...
My favourite was a panini with radicchio salad and gorgonzola in a place near Plaza Cavour ... geeting hungry when thinking of it :-)
I also tasted suppli! mmmmmhhhh
What To Do In The Town Of BRACCIANO
Bored staying at the Castle... and don't know what to do?
Worry no more, my friends!
The little medieval town of Bracciano boasts of a mere 14,000 inhabitants and is perched 280meters above sea level . The town's most famous landmark must surely be the majestic Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano.
In case you get too bored staying in the Castle, you must wish to explore the Botanical Gardens of San Liberato where you can also admire the oldest bell-tower in the world.
For the more adventurous, I'd like to highly recommend taking a boat trip on the lake with the "tragetto"....
For the artsy folks, how about a visit to the Aeronautical Museum at Vigna di Valle
I am sailing , I am sailing....
I realise that this is hardly a tranportation tip...
BUT , I enjoyed it so much.
If your having your day of , no museums that day
or you had you portion already , go to the
artificial lake in Villa Borghese.
3 Euro for 20 minutes a person isn't little ,
I realize that. But you can chase the turtles ,
wave at the 20th century statues in the
roman temple and just relax....
Mostly a miss
In a city as big as Rome, restaurants are a hit and miss affair. This one is mostly a miss - but not quite totally. My spaghetti with clams and mussels was not bad, it was not fabulous either. For mains, I ordered Sardinian roasted suckling pig and I was given a horrible part - somewhere near the bony leg - and the waiter tried to sugarcoat it by telling he'd given the best part; well, it wasn't my first time to have suckling pig, or pork for that matter! The mimosa - a dessert of cake with fresh berries, was like the pasta, mediocre.
The waiter was very chatty and very friendly, but he seemed too aggressive in recommending dishes. I like to take my time to ask questions especially if it's my first time in a restaurant. This is not fastfood!