Call who? in emergency
Funny system in this country ...
Normally the power in a state is divided into 3 groups (executive, legislative and judicative) controlling each other so no other group would gain absolute power.
In Italy though, they go a step further. They have two sets of police forces. The ordinary police (la Polizia) as you know it in most western European countries and the other police force ( i Carabinieri).
I have been told that the carabinieri actually have their roots in the army forces.
But why have a competition between two "equal forces"? Do they control each other? Do they have to do so? Is it necessary?
Who do you call? Ghostbusters...
There is so much to see at The Forum
There is so much to see at The Forum,you need all day if you can.In fact,you could easily spend a whole day here as there are dozens of monuments and sights here.Just relax and take your time and enjoy what you see.No need to rush about wanting to see evrything.You are better seeing quality things,,,not quantity;)
Getting around the large expanse known as Rome
Okay, here is some information I think you may find important about the metro/tram/bus system in Rome. It is extensive, the metro is best for long distance runs (for instance, if you're staying near Termini station and want to get to St. Peter's), the buses are good for medium distances, and for sake of argument, the trams are best for short stuff, though I never rode them. You can get daily, weekly, and monthly passes for the transport in Rome, though I doubt you will ever get their value out of them, just buy indv. tickets for those big hauls, Rome is very nice to look at, there is always something nice to see on a walk. Tickets are sold at machines in the subways and some streets have bus ticket stands. You're allowed 75 minutes of travelling time on one ticket, but if your ticket expires while you're actually in transit on the bus, you're supposed to put a new one in.
Taverna Le Coppelle - Rick Steves Recommended
Prior to our trip to Rome, I had highlighted a few restaurants that Rick Steves recommends within his travel books. This one, Taverna Le Coppelle, is the only one we made it to. We tried to go to a couple others (one was a gelateria next to the Pantheon and a restaurant that I can't remember), but they were both closed - the gelateria for a couple months and the restaurant for good.
However, Le Coppelle was very good with a fantastic, almost unbelievable price for Rome (24 Euros for a dinner for 2). We got a good appetizer of bruschetta, a half liter of the house red wine, my wife got a pasta dish and I another pizza (prosciutto and mushroom (fungi) if I remember correctly).
The food was excellent and the service was good. The house red wine was mediocre at best. The restaurant was very crowded and festive. It is a no frills kind-of-place with tight seating and red-checkered table cloths.
However, next time I am in Rome I wouldn't hesitate to eat there again. A great bargain. Pizza. I thought their pizzas looked better than the pasta dishes.
Dont Forget Vatican Museum
Most things in Rome are free, especially churches, even St Peter. So I think you could afford 10 Euro for the Vatican Museum, including the Sixtine Chapel.
Just remember, inside the chapel, no photos and .....only whispering. But I liked the yelling of the guards there: SILENCIO !!!!