When in Rome....eat as the Romans
On one visit to Italy, most of the English staying at the hotel complained about the food.
Although they all agreed it tasted delicious, they did not like the way the meal was structured in the traditional Italian way i.e. a starter of perhaps cold meat, followed by pasta then meat.
In their mind, pasta was a main meal and meat came with vegetables and chips not on its own.
It is one of my pet hates that people visit a country and promptly try and eat the food they eat at home - holidays are supposed to be where you try something different!
If you are staying in Rome, chances are you will be staying room only or Bed & Breakfast which gives you the chance to get out & try some 'proper' food.
Forget about Spag Bol in Pizza hut . At least once, go for an Italian meal, structured the Italian way
A must for Renaissance art/architecture lovers!!
It is located on Via della Lungara 230 in the Trastevere area, just beside the Tiber river.
It is not a huge place but it has great art works and many interesting stories/legends related to it:
-Triumph of Galatea by Raphael
-Loggia of Cupid and Psyche with Raphael's painting of the Three Graces
-Salone delle Prospettive (frescoes - upstairs) by Baldassarre Peruzzi
-The wedding of Alexander and Roxanne (upstairs) by Sodoma
It is open only in the morning from 9am till 1pm Mon-Sat. Entrance fee is Euro 5 per person.
Visitor's help desk can be contacted at tel. +39.06.68027267 or send a fax to +39.06.68027513
More information on the web at:
A good bus system
The Rome bus system is easy to use, dependable, and inexpensive. It is everything a bus system should be. Some of the lines do get crowded though. The #64 from Stazione Termini to the Vatican is one prime example. It was packed everytime we used it.
If you are staying more than one day I suggest you get a multi day pass for the subway and the bus. You purchase them from a vending machine in the subway stations or at news stands. Either way is easy. The ones in the subway stations are in English, German, Italian, French, and Spanish so they are easy for almost anyone to use.
It was a disaster at New year evening 2001-2002
Invited 30-40 couples remained without any food in this special night.
Although we reserved a month before, and reconfirmed the same day, we came got a table, but didn't get any food at all.
The same happened to all the guests
The staff didn't apologize at all
I think such a place should be closed immediately
A must see for any visitor!
The Colosseo was deteriorated more than I had thought and hoped. Almost all of the seating is gone and the floor has been removed to expose the underground tunnels where animals and Gladiators were held. Unfortunately, visitors are not free to explore the tunnels (I'm guessing safety issues).
You could still see how magnificent this structure was in its time. It is amazing to think that something that extraordinary was built so long ago!
*****They take cash only!*****