When visiting rome , you...
When visiting rome , you absolutely must see Coloseum, Piazza Navona and neighbourhood, Tiber's island on the River Tevere and many of hidden streets. My fondest memory of Rome are without doubt people.
Nice, friendly, pleasant people wherever you go.
Surviving Roman Summers
During the summer it is hot. And I live in Houston, Texas so I know what hot is, trust me! So make sure to bring a battery operated, hand-held fan or something to cool yourself with while wandering Rome. These battery operated ones can be found at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, etc for under $5. You can thank me later ;)
Designers' Outlet - one day trip :-)
this is a mall, approximately 30 km from the city. There are approximately 110 designers' outlets with discounts from 30% up to 70%. There are great prices and some absolutely fantastic clothes, for men, women, and children. There are not only clothes and/or shoes - accessories, there are also household stuff. whatever fits you well - great quality and style for acceptable prices.
On bus trips
The VT fora regularly host questions of the "how often does bus line xx run?" or "until what time does tram yy run?". I thought I'd answer once and for all so I created this tip.
First of all, buses run relatively frequently during the day, that is starting around 5 am and until midnight. Between midnight and 5 am only the lines whose number ends with an N (e.g. line 70N) actually run, and usually at intervals going from 20 to 60 minutes.
Secondly, do consider that buses are affected by traffic conditions, so do expect some variance from the posted times, especially at rush hour (which is roughly between 7 am and 10 am, and again between 5 pm to 8 pm). Also, during heavy traffic, buses suffer from a notorious phenomenon (which has been even studied with queuing theory) that sees buses running on the same line pile up (a very full one at the front of the pile, followed by increasingly empty ones right away). This is inevitable so give up to it, and if you see a too full bus it may be worth taking a risk and waiting for the next one.
Going around by bus in Rome may feel frustrating at times, but before raging out you must consider the sheer size of the city. There are 326 bus lines in Rome, and they cover an amazing 2152 kms, employing 2487 buses. Overall, buses and trams travel some 140 MILLION kms every year, transporting close to a billion people. Expecting a bit of delays is just normal.
Since VT does not give me enough space, I'll detail instructions on how to find out bus timetables in another tip.
Our most memorable dining experience in Rome!
Ristorante Cleto is tucked away in an alley at the end of Via Cavour, just two blocks before it dead ends into the Forum. The restaurant was packed, but we still managed to get a seat on the cute outdoor patio. This turned out to be the most memorable dining experience we had in Rome! The chef came out and introduced himself and recommended dishes for us. He checked in constantly as the night went on and even presented us with dishes we hadn't ordered, but he was sure we would like. We sure did!! We were here for hours, eating and having a great time. The food and service were outstanding and we really enjoyed the experience. The penne arriabiata was VERY good here. I also think that their bruschetta was the best we had during our entire time in Italy.