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Rome Highlights

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     More history, art, archeology, architecture, culture, music and better food and wine than can be absorbed in a hundred visits. The cradle of Western Civilization - - Welcome Home! 

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     At some tourist spots, just too many tourists.But who can blame them. Rome has so much beauty! 

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     Rome defies the nutshell. The energy, the history, the noise, the grime... it pours through every crack and cranny. 

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  • Colosseum

    Originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, this largest of Roman arenas was constructed between 70 and 80 AD on the former site of Nero's artificial lake. That very naughty emperor claimed as his own a large area of Rome which had been devastated in the great fire of 64 AD, and built the lake, extensive gardens and a lavish palace (Domus Aurea)...

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  • Trevi Fountain

    This is truly an amazing, stunning fountain. Much of its greatness to me lies in how much it hits you and how powerful an impact it has upon seeing it for the first time, when one enters the piazza from one of the narrow streets, the crashing sound of the falling water progressively getting louder as one approaches, until the site and the sound hit...

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  • Castel Sant'Angelo

    As I notice it's becoming more and more popular to open an access to some sights at night, at least in summer time. And this is great experience! Firstly, there are less visitors. Secondly, night magic makes its work and adds a magic spell on the monuments... I would recommend to book tickets in advance via internet to avoid queue at the...

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  • L'Archetto di Fontana di Trevi

    again no special resa just walking around and hungry near trevi decided to stop here as it was off the main road, and very quaint. We took the terrace out on the street against the wall. the service was nice and fast, the pizzas were bland and the pasta nothing to shout about. wife got a bit sick off the mushrooms pasta dish. We eat pasta and...

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  • Antico Caffè Greco

    Superb and remains true to its literary roots - http://thecoffeelocator.com/trending/review/around-italy-in-7-historic-coffee-bars. Unlike the Florian and other historic caffe's, the greco still attracts writers and poets today, and prices are reasonable.

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  • Gelato

    This clearly one of the most written about gelato spots in Rome. It is in very busy part of the old city. This leads to my twist on this Roman classic. Walk your feet off and then sit down like a king and treat yourself to a very nice gelato and some of the worlds finest people watching. I know, I know it costs more but it is worth it. The...

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Rome Nightlife

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  • Pub Crawl

    Great way to meet and mingle with others. Got a t-shirt and free drinks as advertised. Well worth the time and money + my friend had an birthday and she entered for free and got a bottle of Champagne. The pub crawl leaders were great and helpful - took good care of us. Would do it again next time! Totally recommend! Dress for clubbing since the...

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  • Piazza Gatherings

    L'appartamento è completamente ristrutturato in un bel palazzo del '900 e dispone di 1 camera da letto matrimoniale con ampio spogliatoio, salone con divano letto x 2, angolo studio, cucina e grande bagno, il tutto in 55 mq ben rifiniti ed arredati. Sono disponibili i seguenti comfort: - Aria condizionata - Wi-Fi illimitato - Tv digitale 32 -...

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  • Campo dei Fiori

    This place is pretty wild. theres a host of bars catering to american and english speaking tourists. Such as: The Drunken Ship and Sloppy Sams. Its a great place to drink and get crazy if you like a wild atmosphere. Also, just as much fun is people watching. Sit out on the patio of one of the more mild wine bars, and watch as drunk tourists and pub...

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Rome Transportation

  • Metro-Bus-Tram

    Such as in any big cities metro station in Rome is easy to use and faster Metro is the easiest way to get around in the city, for 1.50 euro it'll take you to your destination around the center and is reliable transport There is a metro every 3 minutes, just be sure you have a handy map with metro lines with you. They announce every stops but only...

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  • Airports from & to Rome

    Autonoleggio con autista (car rental with driver), is an easy and stress free way of getting to and from the airport in Rome or to and from the port, Civitavecchia, in Rome. My wife and I scheduled Roma Limousine for a driver with a Mercedes ( they also have vans and limousines) to pick us up at the airport and take us to our hotel in Roma. We also...

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  • Taxis

    In Rome, taxis are normally not hailed on the street, even when empty. Instead, the City has set up 63 locations where official taxis are in queues or "ranks". You can call a taxi to your location (hotels do this all the time), but the meter starts clicking the moment the taxi leaves its queue for your hotel. If you have luggage, of course,...

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Rome Shopping

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  • Souvenirs

    Tacky tchochke shops, like the one above, clutter up every street and every corner around the tourist hot spots and they all carry the same junk: ‘David' key chains; glow-in-the-dark Virgins; plastic Pietas; lurid, mass-produced Venetian masks (wrong city, folks); Colosseum ashtrays; the Pope slapped on everything from tea towels to fridge magnets....

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  • Women's Clothing

    This is one of the very few boutiques selling nearly new ladies designer wear and accessories. A glimpse in the window and you would believe that all is new. In fact it has a wide range of labels and the quality is great. The staff and the owner make it a wonderful experience. Prices are also very competitive as you are basically getting things...

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  • Men's Clothing

    this is a marvelous shopping center mall just outside city limits of Rome. We are shoppers and llike to go to where local people go so this was an experience. We found out at termini that bus 38 took us there and there was a big shopping center. Well we were not mistaken, this is huge 220 stores and many restaurants, the place is popping full of...

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Rome Local Customs

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  • Do As Romans Do

    this was closed during the day in summer we were but it seems a nice place to be inside the villa borghese and a marionnette theater for kids and old alike. the teatro dei burattini at San Carlino It came in 1978 at Torino to begin the story of the theater, and by creating the Teatro Popolare dei Burattini in 1990 it became known as the San...

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  • Signs, Signals & Superstitions

    More of images of the Virgin Mary that can be seen on almost every street in the Eternal City. I am always astonished at the variety of styles and conditions of these works of art. Photo #5, shows a corner devotional plaque, from 1860, depicting Pentecost. The Virgin is at the center and she is flanked by the 12 Apostles, as the dove of the Holy...

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  • Festivals Celebrations & Protests

    Yes, Italy's royal scandal starring the House of Savoy with KING VITTORIO EMANUELE III - he was deposed - exiled to Switzerland - begged to return - was granted his wish - returned - was arrested and imprisoned recently for criminal activity (gambling and prostitution) - confined to his quarters; but, here we caught him again - this time getting...

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Rome Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets and Purse-Snatchers

    i was carrying a camera bag with 3 layer of zip and taking my galaxy10.1 with me. when i was sitting the metro with my gf from trevi fountain metro back to my hotel. at Republica(a metro before termini). just when the metro stop and the door going to close. A short and fat ugly women block the door from closing and force enter the tram with another...

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  • Beggars and Cons

    Just came back from Rome, we, me and two female friends were walking past the Collosseum and two "soldiers" were asking is people wanted phtos, I carried on walking and unfortunately too quietly muttered too my friends that "they would charge" they didnt hear me and alas got charged % euros each, they were holering to me to come back, the soldiers...

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  • Train Stations

    Termini was a nice train station mainly. Me and my mom were there together with more bags than we could handle (a mistake). At first, there was a man following us trying to "help us out" and showing us where our train was and we knew he was bad news so we told him to leave us alone. Then, as we were boarding the train, a man on the train began...

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Rome Tourist Traps

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  • Colosseum Gladiators

    My expectations were the following: feel like I've travelled back in time, discover the digs from ancient Rome, see how Romans have lived for many years. In reality it was disappointing. The sights were excellent, and what I expected them to be. The surroundings however, not so much. Loads of people trying to make you buy things (souvenirs but...

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  • Trevi Fountain

    No but seriously...such a beautiful fountain....once again ruined by too many people and so many other people trying to sell you useless *** while your there. I'm sure in this day and age everyone has their own camera and they don't need a random man at the fountain selling you pictures for 5 or 10 euros. Try the gellato place right there tho its...

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  • Eating Out

    If you go down the long road in front of St Peter, direction Catel Sant'Angelo, (via della conciliazione) there is a restaurant called Don chichote was Universal bar) (but you cannot see the name from the street) that is just legal theft. At noon, we had (we were 4) 2 salads, one 1/2 chicken, 1 omelet, some bread, 3 diet cokes and 2 beers. 95€...

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Rome What to Pack

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  • Comfortable Shoes

    Bring your most comfortable shoes (walking and dress) with you. You do a lot of walking in Rome and new shoes will most likely cripple you. I took my old faithful worn in leather ankle length boots with me to walk around Rome and other cities throughout europe--best thing I ever did and my feet thanked me--I took a pair of black leather dress...

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  • Map

    Mapeasy's Guide to Rome is a great thing to have in your kit during a stay in Rome. It is printed on waterproof and almost indestructible paper. It is detailed and accurate. There is a ton of information on it. It is designed to be traveler friendly and easy to use. It such a waste of time looking for a map in a place like Rome when it is so easy...

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  • Sunscreen

    Good luggage with wheels for the cobblestone. And extra compact bag for bringing home souveniers. Shoes! Good Shoes. There is lots of cobblestone in Rome. Fabulous scarf for those chilly nights. Pay attention to how the locals wear them. So chic. Sunscreen, Hat Good camera batteries and film. So much cheaper and easier to find at home. Washcloth....

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Rome Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Rome

    About 160 Km north of Rome on the Tyrrhenian coast is a mountainous promontory, the peninsula of the Monte Argentario. Monte Argentario was probably an island which became linked to the main land by strips of sand forming a laguna. The town of Orbetello is located on the middle strip. There are two nice ports Porto Santo Stefano of the north side...

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  • Christian Rome

    What was "off the beaten path" ten years ago in Rome is now one of the usual hundreds of "things to do". This church is still "off the beaten path" it seems but for how long? Consequently we felt daring explorers; we were the only visitors, when we visited the church Santi Quattro Coronati located on the Celio between the Colosseum and San Giovanni...

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  • Ancient Rome

    I've passed through Termini station many, many times on my visits to Rome but it was only on this last visit that I spotted a *huge* chunk of Roman wall standing near the bus station area. I originally made this tip thinking the chunk was part of the Aurelian Walls ( built between 271 and 275AD, enclosing all of Rome's seven hills as well as what...

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Rome Sports & Outdoors

  • Soccer

    what other sport can be as popular as football in Italy? I've never seen such passionate fans in my life :-) supporters of different teams can be best friends in life, but when it comes to a game... it's impossible to describe. you just have to see it. I was lucky to see fantastic match between Roma and Milan. even more than game itself, you enjoy...

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  • Olympic Stadium

    This huge stadium is both home to AS Roma and SS Lazio, and is all seater with a capacity of 82,000. I've been here twice now, once for AS Roma v Man Utd and the for the Champions League Final 2009, FC Barcelona v Man Utd. Unfortunately I haven't seen United win yet. If playing AS Roma then be aware that the fans can get very aggressive and start...

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  • Biking Hiking & Running

    Whether you are participant or spectator (like I am) - this is one of the city's most atmospheric sporting events during which the city centre is transformed into a no-traffic zone - animated with concerts and performances that celebrate this festival of sport. As well as the marathon there will be the traditional "Fun Run" (a non-competitive...

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  • Tourist Info

    These three sites should be visited on the same day as they're in the same area and covered by one ticket price. To avoid the frustratingly long lines at the Colosseum, buy your combo ticket at the Palatine Hill ticket office (probably the shortest line) on Via di S. Gregorio 30. You can then choose to visit the sites in any order you wish. As many...

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  • St Peter's - Vatican City

    Hi everybody, remember that, if you arrive at the entrance of the Vatican Museums around 1.00 pm you will find no lines at all...usually :-) Moreover, when you leave the Sistine Chapel it's quite better to choose the righ exit, in that way you can enter the Basilica without doing any line. Good Bye

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  • Colosseum

    We went to the Colosseum early in the morning, so we enjoyed our visit to the place better. There are no tourists around the first two hours when we were there. Before the gates were opened, we had time to check the grounds of the Colosseum- just walking around the structure. We went to the Forum also and we enjoyed seeing all the things that were...

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Comments (39)

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2014 at 3:50 AM

    the great Cinecittà, craddle of Italian TV with more than 3000 films, today in private hands, at 1055 Via Tusculona, is about to start a new project of 400K m2 which will include hotels, restaurants,shopping etc. The battle is on to save it.

    • mccalpin's Profile Photo
      Mar 27, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      I do, I used to drive by it...but even with an infinite amount money and very proud in her network, she chose not to keep it...and, really, the question is whether the owners can afford to keep Cinecittà as it is...that's a lot of land at a major intersection in south Rome...

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      Mar 27, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      yes I know its the modern times, but so much history there, and they keep old stuff there so why not the cinecittà,anyway I like the loren and maestroniani,and and and , sad to see it go.

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    Aug 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    From 4th August this year (2013), private motor vehicle traffic is no longer allowed along Via dei Fori Imperiali, between Largo Corrado Ricci (near Via Cavour) and piazza del Colosseo (Colosseum.) "Private" vehicle includes automobiles and scooters. Bus and taxi are still allowed to use the way. (Am posting this basic information as an alert only, not for discussion on Rome Travel Guide. Anyone interested in further details will find more details on the Internet.)

  • mccalpin's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    The "Secret Garden" in the middle of the Vatican Museums are now open for Spring for visitors of the Museums to walk through. See The "Secret Garden" in the middle of the Vatican Museums are now open for Spring for visitors of the Museums to walk through. See mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_... . Please enjoy this area; it is a treat that visitors from many years ago could only look at through the windows of the Museums...

    Bill McCalpin
    Vatican City Travel Editor

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    Apr 2, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Note: The Roma Pass has a new feature: limited health assistance for card holders
    "Travel Health Call Center
    www.travelhealth.it
    A team of Doctors and health operators at your disposal for information and orientation regarding both public and private health care throughout the city.
    Multilingual Tourist medical doctors, special medical examinations, diagnostics, dentists, home health care, ambulance, emergency recovery and legal service in case of accident are available upon request to the multilingual Call Center.+39 06 43236291, open 24 hours every day (local call fee. Give your Roma Pass Serial Number in order to receive up to 30% discount on health services.
    The call center is free of charge for RomaPass holders; Health performance is reduced up to a maximum of 30%."
    romapass.it/p.aspx?l=en&tid=...

    This new feature may, for some, justify the increased cost of the card (scheduled to go up to 34 euro on May 1 2013).

    Bill McCalpin
    Rome Travel Editor

  • mccalpin's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    The Roma Pass and the Roma & Piu' Pass had been suspended for a while but are both now back in business. Currently, the Roma Pass is 30.00 euro and the Roma & Piu' Pass is 32.00 euro. NOTE: the Roma Pass' price will increase to 34.00 euro on May 1, 2013. There is no word yet on the Roma & Piu' Pass having a similar increase.

    Bill McCalpin
    Rome Travel Editor

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    Mar 18, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Pope Francis caused consternation for the Vatican security services yesterday when, after Mass at the parish Church of St. Anne inside Vatican City, he stepped out to shake hands with parishioners like any parish priest...only he did it at the Porta Sant'Anna entrance to Vatican City where hundreds of startled visitors crowded around and took photos.

    See the AP photo at news.yahoo.com/pope-wades-cr... This photo was taken from inside Vatican City outwards into Borgo Pio, the little neighborhood next to the Vatican full of religious shops and stuff.

    You can see a recent photo of Porta Sant'Anna facing from outside the Vatican in at "Use German with the Swiss Guards" - Vatican City Local Custom Tip by mccalpin . The parish church of St. Anne is immediately behind the metal gate on the right

    A somewhat more distant photo is the third photo at "A Drive Through Vatican City" - Vatican City Travelogue by mccalpin . This is an old photo of the Porta Sant'Anna back when the piazza in front of it was still open to cars. However, this photo gives you a good view of the gate. Immediately behind the gate on the right is the entrance to the church (where the Swiss Guard is standing). The Pope came out this door to the church, greeted the Mass attendees, then walk the few feet to the gate itself to greet the amazed public who were standing in the now pedestrian-only square.

    This gate is the gate just north of the colonnades through the wall; it is the employee entrance to the Vatican, and the entrance I used to use each week as I visited the Vatican bank...

    Bill McCalpin
    Vatican City Travel Editor

  • mccalpin's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Updates on the Pope's week as it affects visitors:
    On Sunday, March 17th at 12 noon, Pope Francis will do the weekly "Angelus" from his apartment window over looking St. Peter's Square. No tickets are needed, just bring yourself and up to 100,000 of your closest friends.

    On Tuesday, March 19th, the Papal installation Mass will be held in St. Peter's Square beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Square will open to visitors at 6:30 a.m. There are no tickets required for most of the Square. Parts of the Square will be blocked off for VIPs from around the world, and there is no ticket that will get you in those areas anyway. Expect huge crowds around the Square and streets blocked off for the morning. It is highly unlikely that the Basilica will be open Tuesday morning.

    On Sunday, March 24, at 9:30 a.m., the Pope will celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square. No mention yet of tickets; presumably, you and 150,000 of your closest friends will be able to flood the Square. Also, at 12 noon, the Pope will say the Angelus from the window of his apartment over the Square as usual.

    Bill McCalpin
    Vatican City Travel Editor

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Mar 16, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      I went to the Palm Sunday Mass on my first Rome visit. You're right that unless you have a seat (they largely seemed to be reserved for the religious great and good) you just stand with all the others. We saw the Popemobile bumping up some steps and then John Paul being wheeled out (literally) to deliver the Mass. It wasn't uncomfortably crowded, to be honest, but I bet there will be more people this time round.

  • mccalpin's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    The Installation Mass for Pope Francis will be on Tuesday, March 19, at 9:30 AM in St. Peter's Square. This means that access to the Basilica will be stopped Tuesday until after Mass has ended.

    Also note that there will be many representatives of foreign governments there for the Mass (for example, Vice President Joe Biden will represent the US), so security will be stepped up, and roads may be arbitrarily closed all morning.

    Bill McCalpin
    Vatican City Travel Editor

  • mccalpin's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    The Vatican Museums will reopen the Sistine Chapel as part of the Museums tour at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 18th. In addition, the Borgia Apartment and the Collection of Modern Religious Art will open at the same time.

    Thanks to VTer ianbaz for the heads-up!

    Bill McCalpin
    Vatican City Travel Editor

  • mccalpin's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Whoa! White smoke spotted at the Vatican!

    • mccalpin's Profile Photo
      Mar 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      Yep, we're watching Vatican TV via CNN...it's taking a while to suit the new Pope up (it's been an hour now, I think)...

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Mar 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Yup, CNN for me too - it's taking forever!

 
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