What can I say about one of the most talked about travel destinations in the world? You know why you want to come here, the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Vatican City, the Pantheon, beautiful women, good food, and nice weather. You'll find them all in Rome and well as many other great things that you may never read about in a guidebook, there is something around every corner of Rome to explore. Have fun.
Post Office Blues you'll sing in Rome
Do NOT spend an eternity in the Eternal City Post Office trying to buy stamps and/or send your post cards - and it could be a major undertaking as the Italian Post Office serves as a bank as well - people receive checks and pay bills and there are long lines to mail packages.. Buy stamps at the Tabacchi where you buy your bus/metro tickets and pop them in the red postal boxes you see on the outside of buildings - sometimes right there outside the Tabacchi shop. Post card stamps cost Eur 0.80.
OK - here's another "nono" story - I have to laugh, with a mind's eye view of my nono instructing me as we mailed letters to Verona from America - "open the mailbox door - shout loudly down to the inside 'ITS GOING TO VERONA' or it won't get there." I think I was about 10 before I stopped shouting into mailboxes. Then, because he laughed so much, I continued to do it long after I knew better - it was worth the strange looks people gave me because he got such a kick out of it all.
The shopping in Rome.
There are a lot of nice jewellery shops in Rome. You can really find something nice there. it depends, you can buy nice jewellery with the Glass from Murano , the small pendant -10 Euro and also the expensive jewellery from the jellow gold or white gold with the diamonds or other precious stones.
Travel expenses to Pompeii, Florence and Venice
People often wonder about the travel costs and times between cities in Italy. Here are some of the more common trips people make from Rome by train. Naples and pompeii- the high speed train will take about 1.5 hours to get into Naples and cost 51.30 for first class and 39.90 for second class . The cost on the IC train is 1rst class-25.50 and 2nd class- 19.50 OW. From the Naples station you must go downstairs to the circumvesuviana train. This train makes multiple stops, but the trip to pompeii (pompeii scavi) only takes about 30 minutes. This ticket is less than 5 euros RT. This is an all day trip so leave Rome early and return late.
Florence for the day will take about 1.5 hours on the high speed train. This ticket will cost 56.10 for 1rst class and 39.90 for second class. The IC train will take about 2.5 hours and cost 35.00 for 1rst class and 26.50 for second class. This is a very easy daytrip to make. Leaving early and making reservations at the museums will give you the opportunity to see to see the best Florence has to offer.
From Rome to Pisa is a 3 hour train trip. The cost is 64.70 for 1rst class and 45.60 for 2nd class. This is a trip you might want to consider being an overnight.
From Rome to Venice is a 4.5 hour trip. This is an overnight trip (meaning you should stay overnight in Venice since the train trip is so long). The 1rst class ticket is 89.30 and the 2nd class ticket is 61.80. I buy the first class ticket as it is such a long trip and the seats are larger and more comfortable.
All of these times are for the high speed trains and the cost were taken from the trenitalia website. As for reservations and availability these trains hardly ever sell out and the seat reservation fee is included with the ticket. If you book a few days before you travel you may qualify for discounts. Book your tickets as soon as you get to Rome. The ES trains have a coffee bar or a restaurant car where you can purchase food. On longer trips this can be a life saver. Take your ticket with you if you go to the restaurant car so if the conductor asks for it you can show him. They can fine you if you don't carry your ticket with you.
PIZZA, PIZZA, PIZZA
Trastevere has many streets that weave in and out of the old section of Rome, but once you cross the bridge over to Trastevere the vibe is different. The working man's quarters has a lively street called Via Della Lungaretta and you can walk the length from the Ponte Cestio, that crosses over from the Isola Tiberina, to a short distance away from the Ponte Sisto, which brings you back close to Campo De' Fiori.
Shopping and eating are the main attractions on the street, but a little over on Viale Trastevere off the Piazza Mastai sits "La Piazzetta" Ristorante-Braceria-Pizzeria on Via Cardinale Merry del Val. The outside tables are plentiful, the inside tables as well, and the food is typical Italian with a lot of pizza choices. Simple but rustic and warm, the decor makes one want to sit and sip a little vino and chew on a pizza, while talking shop with the chef who works behind the glass in front of a wood fireplace. Prices are not as high as in Rome center and the talk is free. Pizza! Pizza! Pizza! This is the dish of the day, month, year and at "La Piazzetta" there are plenty of choices with a pizza for anyones taste.