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Via Villafranca 10, Rome, Lazio, 185, Italy
Albergo Sandra
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Costs 45% less but rated 25% lower than other 3 star hotels

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  • Business50

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what should i wear in October?

by alwaysblendsin


Going to Rome on 10/20/2010...not really sure what i should wear. it should still be pretty warm right? im thinking just a few tshirt and capri pants and a few flowy dresses, and a jacket of course. would i be cold? I know in Ohio it can get pretty chilly around this time of year.

Re: what should i wear in October?

by davlap

How long you go for ,also depends on what you should wear.As you are going around autumn,you should still have nice weather, but getting cooler.i find layers are all ways good, maybe leggings with dresses in the evening.If your staying into winter, definately something more substantial as it can be cold.Also a scarf can be handy.Dont forget though, most of us dont get to rome often,and to buy yourself something nice is always a great reminder of your travels, highly recommend ,buying boots, leather goods a nice jacket.The style and fashions can be amaing.

Re: what should i wear in October?

by goodfish

We were there in early October and yes, it was fairly warm BUT it can get chilly on a rainy and/or windy day. The advice for layers is a good one: do bring a pair of slacks, a jacket and umbrella. You could also run into a run of cooler weather so you just never know!

I started off in a jacket on one gray, drizzly morning but didn't need it later when the sun came out.

And do make sure your dresses are below the knee for visiting churches.

Re: what should i wear in October?

by Kathrin_E

You need to carry rain gear, at least one pair of long slacks and shoes that withstand a rainy day in addition to your summer clothes. Having one warm sweater is no mistake either. Also note that Italian central heatings usually aren't turned on before November 1, so prepare for chilly conditions indoors.

Re: what should i wear in October?


I visited in late October and didn't have to dress any warmer than a cardigan and/or bodywarmer. I wore a short sleeved blouse or shirt during the day. There was an occassional light rain.
It's no guarantee but that was my experience.

Travel Tips for Rome

Almost as good as Pompei, but much closer

by gaiusmarius

Do not miss Ostia Antica (the former port city of ancient Rome). While admittedly second to Pompei, it is easily reached via the Rome rail transportation system. Just consult any transit system map. You can reach Ostia in less than 1/2 hour rather than the 3 1/2 hour each way trip to Pompei. Do visit Pompei if you have the opportunity. Yet, except for the frescos, formidable Mt. Vesuvius , & a catastrophic end, Ostia has everything else. You can spend a fascinating & pleasant day wandering the extensive ruins (featuring the most complete Roman toilet to be found). While not as prestigious as the Rome Forum, the ruins are in much better shape over all, particularly the everyday residences. The roads are also extremely well preserved. It will consume an entire day.
A restaurant/cafeteria is available where the food is reasonable and remarkably good (for a museum establishment). Certainly better than Louvre offerings.
Ostia is also uncrowded to the extreme. I can think of no reason why Ostia is not better promoted. My best memories of Rome are the pervading presence of history which weaves its way throughout. Also, the food in the non-tourist traps. The latter are my un-favorite memories of Rome.

3 Coeds and 11 Italian Soldiers

by mccalpin

When I was Assistant to the Director of the Rome Campus of the University of Dallas, one of my duties was watching out for the students - especially the female students. American "girls" (i.e., about 19 years of age and sophomores in college) from rural parts of the U.S. do not natively know how to handle come-ons and passes from men in large urban environments - like Rome.

One day, I was sitting in Piazza di San Pietro, waiting for the school bus to come. With me were several UD students. Suddenly, 3 of my female students walked by, hand-in-hand with 11 Italian soldiers, headed for the bus stop. Muttering to the students near me "This I've got to see", we all followed the crowd to the bus stop.

When we arrived at the bus stop, I saw the 11 soldiers all trying to collect kisses from my three students. The girls - all being from smaller towns in Texas - tried to say "No" and push the soldiers away, but ruined the effect by giggling.

So here I was all of 24 years of age, and I was going to have to chase away 11 men in uniform. Great.

I stepped up and said loudly in Italian something like "My students have to go now".

Suddenly, 22 hands flew up in the air, and the entire band surrendered, claiming in a babble of words that they didn't mean anything, no harm was done, and they were just leaving...

See next Local Custom Tip - Surprise ID of 3 Coeds...

Ancient Romans Spa Experience

by icunme

For a spa experience sililar to that beloved of the ancient Romans, head out of Rome to the Terme dei Papi in Viterbo. There you benefit from water of nearby springs famed for their healing properties. Treatments are numerous and non-gimmicky, and the spa's piece de resistance is a spectacular grotto carved out of the rock which forms a natural sauna.
Best for those who want to make at least a day of it: the spa is situated out of Rome, offering a real get-away-from-it-all experience. It's not the place for a quick facial between shopping and sightseeing. Book treatments individually, or choose one of the spa's programs, which last up to a week, for serious pampering. Also recommended for those with nagging aches and pains - expert masseurs will sooth them away.
A shuttle bus service runs Mon-Sat between Piazza Mancini in Rome and Terme dei Papi. Buses leave Rome at 8:30 a.m. and depart from Terme at 1:15 p.m. - phone in advance to book a seat Euro 8. By car, tak Via Cassia - Orte exit.
Termi dei Papi, Strada Bagni, 12 - Viterbo.

Small van for small apartment?

by Jenniflower

This was another of those 'I cannot resisit this picture' shots! haha

This removal truck was parked on the side of the road. I am not sure what exactly this removal company do move, but I doubt it could be general furniture? If it was, it would almost certainly have to be moved one at a time. The furniture in our apartment was old fashioned, huge piece... there is no way this removal van could've taken much of the furniture. I would be keen to know what exactly they DO move :)

GREAT pizza & antipasti!!

by Laura_Mexico about Pizza Forum

This is also a great place to eat Napolitan pizza (thicker and tastier than Roman style pizza) and other Italian specialties at low prices. It isn't very good looking, for some people it looks like a fast food place, but it isn't so. The food is good and the prices are quite low, and it's well located. Not many tourists (or even Romans) know about this place either. All pizzas are great here too: there's even one that includes ALL of the ingredients in the menu!!! You can also order some typical Italian appetizers, fried stuff such as pizza dough, breaded rice balls (some with melted cheese inside) which are absolutely great. You can eat a lot and not pay a lot of money for it. But be careful, because if you order a lot of appetizers before the main course, you won't be able to finish the HUGE pizzas they serve you there!


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Address: Via Villafranca 10, Rome, Lazio, 185, Italy