The Tibur and Rome
The Tibur River goes through Rome and is one of the most historically known rivers in Europe...but it's really unimpressive. Since Rome has risen a great deal over the last several thousand years but the river hasn't, the river is in a deep valley of sorts.
I have heard that there are boat rides on the Tibur, although I never saw any. Looking at the picture, you can see why the Tibur is not like the Seine in Paris. The walls are high, and along much of the Lungotevere (the roads on either side of the Tibur), trees make it impossible to see anything anyway.
If you want to see the Tibur from water level, go to Tiburina, the island in the middle of the Tibur, and walk out on the flat spaces on either end of the island.
The photo was taken from a bridge over the Tibur near one end of Tiburina, looking downstream towards the Ponte Rotto (the single arch in the background). The building on the right hand side is on the island of Tiburina, on which you will find a hospital, a trattoria or two, and other assorted buildings. Once you are there, you will notice that the entire island is shaped like a boat in the river (the river passes on both sides), with a bow and stern. There are bridges from either bank that let you walk on to the island.
Everyone loves shopping and...
Everyone loves shopping and Rome has an incredible amount of shopping. For the record, there are two periods during the year when everything is literally on sale. The first is after Christmas and lasts from January until the end of February. The second is the last 2 or 3 weeks of July. In August Italy closes and goes on Vacation.
Where to shop? Via del Corso, Via Nazione, Via Appia Nuova (not well known, but many stores), and around Piazza di Spagna. Around Piazza di Spagna is where all the big names are, so expect to spend a large sum on money. Via Veneto is a waste.
Looking for kiddiesware!
Clo by Clayeax is a children's boutique.
I cannot recall the name of this street, but it was the street that is first left once you leave the Vatican Museums, walk downhill, follow the road to the right and then this road is first left. There were quite a few boutiques there, and my sister-in-law wanted to get something for the little one.
It sold all types of clothes, was really sweet and if money were no object, I would've bought a few things! It was VERY expensive, so even though we had British Pounds to spend, we declined to but anything from here.
Well, planes are the first choice. Two airports, Fiumicino (or Leonardo Da Vinci) and Ciampino (Ryanair for example flies to Ciampino, it's smaller but well connected to the city - there's a shuttle bus to Termini).
I've also traveled through Italy by train. (Venice-Rome-Florence-Milan-Verona), this was during a backpacking trip I took in 2001.
If you're traveling through Italy, the ticket called Chilometrico is a nice choice (but have in mind you can only use the trains marked as R, IR and D, which are the slower ones - it didn't bother me). I think I can freely say that the train net-work in Italy (at least the part I have visited: the northern part and Rome) works pretty well. Just have in mind that the night-trains, which are always more "appealing" to back-packers can be really crowded.
The restaurants ands of course...
The restaurants ands of course the Italian Cuisine are excellent !!!
Take a 'normal' dish : antipasti, main course and dessert !
I suggest you the restaurant called 'La Taverna Del Ghetto', Kosher cuisine in the jood area. PASTA PASTA PASTA ... TARTUFO ... PANINI ... PANETTONE ... EVERY THING IS SO EXCELLENT !