Margutta 54

Via Margutta 54, Rome, 00187, Italy
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Husband - 2 G'MAs- wife-2 sons 9 days HELP!

by redrocket53

Any advise in how to keep two 80 somethings, a 23 yr and 18 yr young men, plus wife happy in Rome for 9 days? Place to stay? Grandma's are active but 80 so afternoon naps maybe in order (me too).

I was in Rome back in 1978 and loved it.

Re: Husband - 2 G'MAs- wife-2 sons 9 days HELP!

by Roadquill

Get an apartment with two rooms at least. To be centrally located I would probably look for one around Campo d' Fiore. A hsort walk for the young men to happening nightlife by Piazza Venezia or the Trastevere district or just W of Piazza Navona. Many stores on Vittorio Emmanuelle II. While I love walking in Rome, spend the few bucks on taxis to get the two G's from place to place. As to keeping your wife happy, non my job man! ;-)

Re: Husband - 2 G'MAs- wife-2 sons 9 days HELP!

by kathymof

Agree with Roadquill - here are some good places to look for an apartment. You will enjoy an apartment so much more than a hotel. Makes sure there are lots of pictures of the apartment and watch for things like single steps that are a tripping hazard for everyone, not just granny; staircases inside the apartment - a handrail is a must and make sure they are not too steep unless there are sleeping areas and a full bath on the entrance floor - again this can be a hazard to all; and make sure the building has an elevator if the apartment is above the ground or first floor. Some building staircases can be very steep and again, watch for handrails. If you are going during the hot part of the year, consider looking into something with air conditioning.

Re: Husband - 2 G'MAs- wife-2 sons 9 days HELP!

by redrocket53

I was really looking for ways to keep my wife happy - not really! My boys are best of friends so letting them hit the "scene" at night is ok. They make friends easily and who knows they may find some new pen (IM) pals.

Thanks for the hotel vs apartment advice - my wife is looking and finding some good places - we hope.

We have adjusted the itinerary to include Florence and/or Sorento. Any ideas for places to stay or sites to see? We will be in Italy for 14 days so if there are any suggestion the tour guide (my wife) could still be persueded to look at them.

Re: Husband - 2 G'MAs- wife-2 sons 9 days HELP!

by Roadquill

We rented an apartment for 3 nights in Florence using The women who run it are very good and knowledgable. They also have places in Rome. If you have an appetite in Florence, a night a Il Latini is well worth it. Figure about 40 euro per person. They just keep bringing out roasted meats, pastas, vegetables, There is so much to see in both Florence and Rome you can just scratch the surface being there a week. One of the unexpected highlights of Rome was exploring Palatine Hill. You get the admission for both when you buy a Colosseum entrance ticket. Karl

Travel Tips for Rome

A living church

by TheWanderingCamel

Visiting Rome's wonderful churches, I wonder how many tourists see them as anything more than repositories of a venerable history or magnificent art? Of course they are that, but they also play an important part in the lives of the folk who live within their parish boundaries as we saw when we visited the Basilica of St Agnes (The Basilica di Sant'Agnese Fuori le Mura -St. Agnes Outside the Walls) and the adjacent Mausoleum of Santa Constanza, a church itself these days.

Saint Agnes's martyrdom came early when she refused to marry the son of one of Diocletian's prefects at the height of the empire's persecution of Christians. The chapel in the catacombs where she was buried became a place of pilgrimage where Constanza (the daughter of Constantine the Great and one of the Imperial family's earliest converts to Christianity) chose to be buried. The imperial mausoleum above Constanza's tomb - now a church - was raised in a half a century later. The basilica was built above the catcombs in the 7th century. It features a lovely mosaic of the little saint in the apse and acces to the catacombs - all of which would seem to place it in the church-as-museum category of scores of other churches around the city.

We were privileged to experience a little of the community life of these churches - not only seeing a wedding party at Santa Constanza's but spending some time watching the bocce games being played out at the Saint Agnes Community Centre in the garden between the two churches where elderly card players and the mothers and children who were taking part in holiday activities there gathered in the bar at the end of their games. How lovely to see the generations together and to see the part this ancient church plays in their lives.

Just 12 years old when she was martyred, Saint Agnes became the patron saint of young girls, a lamb the symbol of her purity and innocence ("agnus" - lamb in Latin - is also a play of words on her name). Traditionally, young girls have played out a ritual on the eve of her martyrdom to see who their husband will be. On the Feast Day itself, January 21, two lambs are brought to the church to be blessed by the pope after a pontifical high Mass there. They are shorn on Holy Thursday and their wool is woven into pallia, ceremonial neck-stoles, which are then sent by the Pope to newly-appointed Metropolitan archbishops who wear them to symbolise their union with the papacy.

The church and catacombs are open daily from 09000 -1200 and 1600-1800. Entry to the church is, of course, free. Guided tours of the catacomb cost 5 euro.

Open: Monday 0900-1200; Tuesday-Saturday: 0900-1200, 1600-1800; Sunday: 1600-1800

The church can be found in the area known as Nomentana, a short distance outside the city walls, north-east of Termini
Address: Via Nomentana 349. Take Bus #36 from Termini or #60 from Piazza Venezia


by leics

Someone suggested we visited EUR to see a different side of Rome, so we did.

EUR stands for 'Esposizione Univerale Roma', and was built on the orders of Mussolini for the 1942 Trade Fair (which did not take place, for obvious reasons). It's laid out on a grid of streets with huge, 'blocky' buldildings.

There are some good museums here. apparently: the 'Museum of Art and Popular Tradition', the 'National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography' and so on.

But its modern monoliths did not really appeal on a grey, damp, chilly late afternoon, so we didn't linger long. One a warm, sunny day its wide streets might have more resonance.

It's certainly worth a visit if you are interested in 20th century architecture (particularly facist-style), and I think I may well seek out one or two of its museums when I nxt return to Rome.
But EUR is not somewhere I'd advise you to bother with otherwise: ther are a myriad of other more interesting off-the-beaten-track parts of Rome to see first.

Bus 714 from Termini, or Metro line B to one of the three EUR stations.


by biloune

If you stay in Rome for more than 3 days, you can get the CIS card. This card allows you to take any typ of transportation (bus, tramway, subway) in Rome for 7 days.
Price: 16 euros
If you wanna visit all the city, this will certainly help you!
You can buy it in tobacco's or in 'bigliettria automatica' in every station.

Yakkes , the sand was for free!

by belgianchocolate about Il grillo Brillo

We arrived late in Rome and after leaving
our luggage in the BB we went looking for
a restaurant. I must be honest , I didn't like Rome
much when first meeting.
And this restaurant didn't help for sure...

We decided to sit outside , that is fine
since the street hasn't got loads of traffic
and if was a nice evening. The waitress
smacked some menu's on the table and
she spoke a few words English...
It was the kind of waitress that it doesn't mind
if your daughter is lesbian , chooses one like
her as a partner. You'll get a son in law anyway.

The English went like this ' DRINKS?'.
And that went on the rest of dinner...
The appetizer was , let's say ok.
Grilled vegetables - you can make them with
a lot more care and much tastier... whatever.
The other side of the table choose seafood.

First headdish : Pasto vongolé. Well it was pasta
and I sure spotted some mussels...
The sand was for free , and the pasta was way
too fat. bah... My messmate wasn't
enthousiast either about his choise...

When the short haired G.I.jana yelled 'DESSERT'
we thanked her friendly ...
It could have been nicer , my first contact with Rome.

Their website looks nice....

The world famous coloseum

by stfan

You can not go to rome without seeing it. It was the second thing that I saw after the Forums. I was smart and I booked my tickets in advance so I just skipped all lines and got straigt in. Do not go there without booking in advance. The line was looong.

The place is very old and was in much worse state then I thought. Never the less I did enjoy it and it was a good feeling to walk around there.

Funny thing is the glass elavotor! Didnt expect that there!


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Address: Via Margutta 54, Rome, 00187, Italy