Via Marche 54, Rome, Lazio, 00187, Italy
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On the fast train to Rome
Pavilion Bar, Parco Colle Oppio, Rome
Il Margutta Business Card, May 2007
Can anyone suggest a company or individual for a private tour of Rome. Do you have any idea of the cost?
Re: Private Tours
There are umpteen private tour companies if you google.
I can recommend none, for I did not use them and would suggest that you need not shell out for using them either (unles it is your preferred way of exploring somewhere new).
Central historical Rome is compact and eminently walkable, with an excellent and cheap public transport system (bus, tram, Metro) for when you tire. All the main sites have audioguides and guidebooks available in English, and taking your own guidebook (I like the Rough Guides) will ensure you miss little and have good clear maps to hand.
It is entirely possible to book tickets for e.g. Vatican Museums, Forum/Colosseum and Galleria Borghese online...so a private tour is not essential even for that.
Unless you are happy to pay a lot of money for a private tour, it really is worth thinking again.
I'm sorry this reply does not fully answer your question but I felt it important to make it clear that private tours, whilst frequently touted, are not in the least essential for Rome.
Re: Private Tours
The only private guide I can suggest is RoninRome.com. I know he will cater to the tour you want to see. Check out his blog.
Re: Private Tours
On my previous visit, I used When In Rome Tours. I booked private tours for 2 days - 1 for Ancient Rome and the other for the Vatican. I had 2 different tour guides and both were outstanding. For me, private tour was the only way to go. I didn't want to be part of a large group getting shuffled around listening on a headset.
I highly recommend using When In Rome as they were fantastic. They came, met me at my hotel, and the guide asked if I wanted to walk the city or take a cab. We walked, talked saw some things, had a nice cappacino, and did our tours. This next trip I have a few friends that will be visiting Italy for the first time, and I'm considering booking tours again with this company for our group.
Travel Tips for Rome
If someone had never been to Rome, i think i would take them to the Vatican City, the heart of Roma though it's an independent state. The Vatican Museum, the great Basilica, the Pieta, and square, the colourful Swiss Guard, the narrow streets, Castel S'Angelo on the Tiber. Then i would walk through the streets of Rome, through the grand piazzas full of statues and monuments, explore the markets, window shop, and try every place that sells Gelato (Italian ice cream). Well it has to be our blessing from the Pope! (see travelogues)
On my first visit to Rome in 1977 i was struck by Michelangelo's Pieta in St. Peter's. It's an amazing piece of sculpture, carved when he was quite young yet the folds of the robes and the bodies are so perfect you aren't quite sure they are really marble.
The Trevi Fountain at night, on our second visit there we saw a bride and groom having their wedding photos taken by the elaborate fountain. Having a beer in a little restaurant. The kitchen was closed but they allowed us in for a rest and a drink as we had been walking for ages. Thanks to a customer who spoke English and helped us translate!
Italians usually only drink...
Italians usually only drink cappucino for breakfast( prima colazione) and will think you are strange if you order it in the afternoon.
TYPES OF COFFEE IN ITALY
Caffe lungo-'long coffee' also called 'caffe americano' espresso with extra water. it is similiar to the coffee served in America and is usually only ordered by tourists
Caffe Macchiato- espresso with a 'spot' of milk
Ristretto- very small amount of very concentrated espresso
Caffe latte- a milkier version of cappucino with less foam
Cappucino- espresso served with hot frothy milk
SHOPPING @ VIA NAZIONALE
There are plenty of different shops on Via Nazionale! Branded and not! From souvenir shops to cloths to food to anything you would like to shop.
Usually shops open at around 9am and close at around 7pm, some of them close in the afternoon. Womens/Mens/Childrens - Cloths/Shoes/Accesories
You also find food stores, restaurants and cafeterias where you can make your groceries shopping or stop for a quick snack, an ice cream or dinner before or after shopping. Average prices - according to brands or to what you buy.
a ticket on the italian subway...
a ticket on the italian subway cost only 1,500 lire. you can purchase it in the drug store. i'm not sure if it's only me, but i find that the train system is almost an honest system...i mean, i sort of realised that what's stopping me from validating the same ticket over and over...no one knows anyway..
but i didn't of course. i wasn't too keen on visiting and takig snap shots of an italian police station..
oh...be careful of the train doors closing. it gives a warning blar and slams shut the next second. watch the nose!
Another Good Siilian Restauarant
Sicily in yourr Mouth (Siciliainbocca) has three locations in Rome, but don't think of it as a chain restaurant. It is owned by two gentlemen who appear to remain committed to providing great food at reasonable prices. After trying Sicilia...ndo, we were still in search of the "peasant food" of my grandparents. I think we came a bit closer with Siciliainbocca, but even though it was not exactly peasant food, the quality and service was outstanding.
We started out with two appetizers, a hick pea pastry, and a mix of calamri, shrimp, sardines, green beas and onions lightly battered and fried. Both dishes were awesome. We then split was has to be the greatest risotto ever -- ai profundi -- with citrus. For our secondi, I opted for a mixed seafood of prawns, shrimp and swordfish, while my frend tried another mixed seafood grill (granatine). Neither of us were disappointed in the slightest. I don't know how we found the room, but we decided to splitt a negretto del passagio (almost like a tartufo) for dessert.
One note of caution -- see directions/location section below
This place was clean, service was outstanding, prices reasonable and the food was superb! The risotto ai profundi was simply amazing.
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