If you are eating out in Rome, you should try the Frascati wines, which are coming form the vineyards next to Rome (Castelli Romani). Frascati is a small village next to Rome, its wines are considererd to be excellent, still there is much more wine sold under the name Frascati than it could be produced on the hills of Frascati, so be careful!
One of the most famous wines of this region is called "Est!Est!Est!" from Montefiascone. According to the legends, Johannes Fugger, a german priest, who was found of the great vines, was travelling around Rome. His servant always traveled ahead of him, tried the next village`s vine and if he tasted and liked it, he wrote a short note for his master on the wall of the pub "Est!" meaning "there is" (good vine). When he tried the vine in Montefiascone, he liked it so much that he wrote that 3 times on teh wall: "Est!Est!Est!". In the end, the priest liked the vine so much that he stayed in the village for ever. His grave is is the dome of Montefiascone.
La vita, gli amori.......The Men in Italy!
Ladies.....the men in Italy are known to be relentless, no? But don't 'fear' them......INDULGE!! The men in Italy celebrate women and adore everything about a woman. Of course, as in any other country, if things get out of hand, you should already know how to handle the situation. Otherwise, just enjoy being a woman in Italy!
The dapper gentleman in this picture? He was neither a boyfriend nor a friend. Never even knew the guy......he was our WAITER!!!!! I went to a local restaurant where the waiters were infamous for kissing the female patrons and sending them off with a long-stemmed rose. Ya think they were after the big tips???
It was a lovely time.....don't quite remember how good the food was, but the 'service' was impeccable! If anyone out there knows the name of this particular restaurant, feel free to email Geisha_Girl directly....so I can add it to my list of 'Places to Re-visit.' ;->
English Outdoor Theatre - Emperors of Rome
The Miracle Players, have been spoofing the Emperors of Rome for eight years now - and they're back this summer (2006) for their very tongue-in-cheek, yet informative plays in English.
They re-enact the lives of Rome's most famous Emperors at the most fitting outdoor setting at the Roman Forum - Foro Romano.
Augustus may have ruled the world but did his wife rule him? Tiberius, the sulky Emperor who lived in isolation in Capri. Caligula, decide for yourself if making his horse a senator was the wackiest thing he did (we don't think so). Claudius, were his relatives right in saying the things they did about him? Nero, who at sixteen became the master of the whole known world. Well, what would you have done in his shoes?
Based on the historical accounts by Suetonius, Cassius Dio, Tacitus and others this true tale is given a contemporary voice in the heart of the ancient Roman Capital. The play is suitable for all ages.
The Emperors of Rome will be performed every Friday at 7:30 PM (prompt) at the Roman Forum from June 16 to August 11, 2006. Entrance is free (although tips are welcomed!) and you do not need tickets or reservations.
Busses to Piazza Venezia: 64, 70, 170, 492, 175, 40, 63, 95, 85, 628, 87, 715, 716, 60, 44, 81, 117, 119, 62, walk toward the coliseum and turn right.
Metro B to Colosseo, walk down Via dei Fori Imperiali toward Piazza Venezia and turn left before the piazza.
MAP Photo 4
From Friday, June 16, 2006
To Friday, August 11, 2006
Times Every Friday at 7.30 pm
Price FREE (gratuities accepted and you should be pleased to support them)
Walking is more fun!
This tip is not so much about what mode of transport you should use to get around Rome, but more to advise you to walk! Not because there is anything wrong with traveling any other way, but because you will see so much more. Most of which will be missed if you always get a train or taxi.
There are little pockets amongst the back streets that have beautiful fountains and monuments in them. Historical buildings can be found in the strangest of places............some of which will be missed unless you do a bit of walking.
It is not a far walk. Rome centre is not as big as say Paris or London. We walked from our hotel in the South East of the City to the Vatican in the North West and it takes maybe an hour.....if that. Obviously we took a lot longer because we stopped in at some other sites on the way.
If you can handle a few hours of walking then definetly walk! You will have a great time!
...and I forgot to take note of the name!
But you can't miss it really; walk up the Via Appia Antica from Piazza S. Sebastiano, past the circus of Maxentius and the tomb of Cecilia Metella, and you'll find it on the left.
Very friendly, very pleasant with good coffee/beer etc, snacks and meals, a selection of scrummy tortes/cakes. A welcome stop-off before or afgter your wander up the Appian Way.
They hire bikes too. Nut torte and various panini..........