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  • Trevi Fountain - Fontana di Trevi

    4 out of 5 stars

    This magnificent piece of art was designed by Italian Architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. The man standing in the middle is Neptun (God of the Sea) accompanied by 2 tritons It's probably the most famous fountain in the world and the biggest one in Rome. It's also known for making your wishes come true by throwing a coin in it....

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  • Roman Forum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Roman forum was the political, economical and religious center of Rome during the republic. Originally this site was a marsh. It was also used as cemetery. The Romans drained the area and turned it into an area with several temples and other buildings. The forum was later abandoned and filled in by a thick layer of earth, becoming a pasture...

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  • Colosseum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Colosseum; originally known as Flavian Amphiteatre is a huge elliptical amphitheatre located east of the Roman forum. The building of this stadium was begun under emperor Vespasian in 72 A. D. It was inaugurated by Titus in 80 A. D. and completed by his brother Domitian in 82 A. D. This Colosseum was built on the site of an artificial lake...

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  • L'Archetto

    4 out of 5 stars

    This was our first trip to Rome and while there Hubby and I would be celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary. So we wanted to a nice place to eat for our special day. We aren’t the types to dress up fancy (heels just don’t work on the streets of Rome!), but we wanted a place that we could be assured of a good meal, rather than take our chances....

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  • Antico Caffè Greco

    4 out of 5 stars

    I was schocked to see such a beautiful Cafe founded in 1760 by Nicola della Madalena ( greek) Antico Cafe Greco was an oasis for Italian and universal artists. Amongst some of its famous customers were Stendhal,Liszt, Gounod, Heine, Wagner, Marc Twain, Gogol, and D'Annunzio. In the rear parlor there is a piano.They said that Rossini use to play...

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Okay, Hard Rock fans, no worries because there is a Hard Rock in Rome. On one of our walks around Rome, we happened upon the restaurant which is complete with massive burgers and fries and the requisite Hard Rock shop to buy your t-shirts and pins. We did not eat at the Hard Rock since, in my opinion, once you’ve eaten at one you have eaten at all...

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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

    We aren´t intrested in nightclubs,but we like to stay up late,and watch people.At this piazza you can sit at fountains steps free,and watch men selling strange toys,women selling roses,clowns making fun of themselves,and living monuments trying to stand still,when people stear at them.You can also buy an ice-cream,or if you want a glas of wine,it´s...

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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

    Rome has two underground lines. Both lines (blue and red line) crosses each other at Termini (see Termini train station) tube station. The blue line runs from Rebibbia to Laurentina and includes stops near EUR, St. Paul Outside the Walls, Piramide, Colosseum and so on. The red line runs from Battistini to Anagnina. It includes stops near the...

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  • Airports from & to Rome

    Rome Airport Transportation and tours is a great company to use for transfers in Rome and beyond. I arrange tours to Italy and I have arranged multiple transfers and private driver/guides for my clients with Rome airport transportation.. Julia responds quickly to emails and has always been very helpful with special requests. They are there when...

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  • Taxis

    The one I have used for business coming and going is Pronto Taxi http://www.6645.it/ProntoTaxiCms/showVoceMenu.2puntOT?id=5 The webpage is in Italian, then the taxi man can speak some English. Hope it helps others

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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

    Everywhere you go in Rome, you can see spot these water fountains called "nasoni" (big noses) because of the shape of their spouts. At first we were wondering if they were there just for animals or if the water was drinkable. After seeing plenty of people bend down to have a sip, we decided to try it for ourselves. Turns out the water coming out of...

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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 always wanted to go to Rome so we went there during our Europe tour. Now I would never ever go there again and would not recommend Rome! There are simply a lot of things wrong over there and pickpocketing is not the only problem. Crossing the roads is absolutely dangerous as the "zebra crossing" are not really pedestrian crossing. Cars and mopeds...

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  • Beggars and Cons

    This is more of a warning than a danger tip since beggars and sellers of all kinds abound in Rome, but they are not dangerous. Beggars can usually be found near the entrance of every single church in Rome (and trust me, that's a lot of churches!), while sellers, especially those selling scarfs and camera gizmos to take selfie pics, hang out near...

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  • Train Stations

    8.a.m on the June 13-2014: I arrived at Roma Tiburtina station. got onto the Florence-bound Italo train and put my bag on the rack of coach number 6. When the train was still standing at the platform, a man (tall and not very dark) passing by our seats. From nowhere some Euro coins were seen on the coach floor. The same man was asking around whose...

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Rome Tourist Traps

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  • Colosseum Gladiators

    Alright, so part of me knew what I was getting into when I decided to take a tacky picture with someone dressed up as a gladiator in front of the Colosseum, but I thought what the heck? So what if I want to bring home a tacky souvenir?! But what I wasn't prepared for was when, after we'd done our bit (which Sylvain more or less willingly ended up...

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  • Eating Out

    I was starving and decided to eat dinner at a restaurant nearby the Trevi Fountain (mistake no.1). The guy at the front enthusiastically pushed me in (mistake no. 2) and I obliged. Lets just say that I ended up paying 93 euros (thats right 93 damn euros for one person) for the following: -1 steak (66 euros) which was impossibly tough, full of fat...

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  • Taxis

    Basically don't take a taxi....it's the only sure fire way.....they all pretty much are out to rip off tourists which is annoying and tiring. Some even get their meter altered by shady mechanics to get almost triple the normal taxi fares of a regular driver. Also the weird thing is if you ever call a taxi they charge you depending on the time it...

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Rome What to Pack

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  • Comfortable Shoes

    There are two things that you must remember to put in your suitcase when packing for Rome to make the most of your trip: comfortable shoes and proper attire to visit churches. These would included shorts and skirts that are of decent length, as well as something that covers your shoulders. Given how hot it was during our trip to Rome, I mostly wore...

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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

    This villa was commissioned by Ippolito d' Este; son of Lucrezia Borgia in the late 1500. It is listed as UNESCO world heritage site. Its interiors are decorated with beautiful frescoes, but this place is mostly known for the gardens. These have five hundred fountains, built in various shapes. Some of these are activated during the day. Check the...

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  • Christian Rome

    A lovely, tucked-away church on the Celian Hill. Only 10 minutes walk from the Colosseum, but very peaceful. Giovanni and Paolo were two weathy-ish Romans who were beheaded on the spot (their houses) in 361AD, because they refused military service. What is supposed to be their house(s) is accessible under the church (the Case Romane: see tip),...

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  • Ancient Rome

    Insula Romana is a building (Roman block) dating back to the 2nd century AD, at the base of the Capitoline Hill and close to the basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli. The building, formerly five or six floors high, is an testimony of the extensive city planning in Rome during imperial age. It was a kind of apartment building that housed most of the...

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Rome Sports & Outdoors

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    I would highly reccommend you do a tour for these places. The convience alone is worth the extra money. You don't have to wait in long lines and once your in there you can always give the guide your headphones and walk around on your own. I personally thought the Roman Forum was the best. The information was amazing. I miss the food. It was...

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  • Colosseum

    Colloseum was immense. After reseaching this place, viewing google into the site, reading reviews...yep, its size sure does catch you by surprise. The crowds on line trying to understand filter signs and not understanding correctly returned on itself at many sites. Breath deeply, tolerance and focus on your space and you will get thru it. It seems...

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  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2015 at 4:00 AM

    1/19/2012 Update to my post below regarding bags at the Colosseum, Palatine and Forum:
    According to latest info from a credible walking-tour company, no backpacks or large handbags are allowed in the Colosseum, Palatine or Forum, and there are no facilities at those sites for checking them. As there are no formal guidelines for what "large" is, assume the smaller, the better.

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    1/16/2015: There appears to be a recent tightening of security at the Colosseum, Palatine and Forum. From the http://www.coopculture.it website for these three attractions:

    "ATTENTION PLEASE! We inform visitors that inside the monument it is strictly forbidden to enter with backpacks, handbags and luggage. "

    As there is no baggage check facilities at these attractions, it looks like you're going to have to visit these sites only with what can be carried in your pockets.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Jan 17, 2015 at 7:42 AM

      Funny Bill. The day bag I usually carry on abroad trips measures within those dimensions (nowhere even close to 12" high) unless it's full of stuff and squished out on the sides. It's usually full of stuff.

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Jan 17, 2015 at 9:31 AM

      Hello Bill! I've never measured my trip 'daybag' but I reckon it would easily fit within those limits. :-)

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    110 Open and Archeobus ceased operations as of 12/17/2014. Travelers who have pre-purchased tickets may apply for refunds through info@trambusopen.com. See the website for news release regarding the closure: http://www.trambusopen.com/en/home.cfm

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    Starting 9/1/2014, here are the city tax rate increases for all accommodations in Rome with the exception of hostels. These are per night, per person, for guests over the age of 10 with a few other exceptions. These taxes are not usually included in published hotel/B&B/holiday rental tariffs so it's good to be aware of them in the rare case that they're not specifically noted on a booking site or with an air/hotel package:

    turismoroma.it/news/contribu...

    While the sheet notes that the taxes can be paid by credit card, don't be surprised if your accommodation mandates payment in cash - as has been our experience.

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Good news! New measures at Termini to enhance security for travelers:
    italymagazine.com/news/new-m...

    • mccalpin's Profile Photo
      Oct 29, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      I made a comment on the article, noting that the article claimed that up until the beginning of the 1980s there were barriers in front of the tracks (platforms) to keep non-ticketed people out...I noted that when I lived there in the 70s, there were no such barriers, so if they were really there by 1980, they weren't up for very long...

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Oct 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      The 'helpers' at ticket machines and with luggage are certainly not exclusive to Termini and I'm not sure barriers will do much to alleviate things. I've seen them in action ever since I started visiting Italy around 10 years ago. It seems to be increasingly commonplace at visitor-popular stations in Italy and elsewhere in the EU. Milan Centrale is bringing in a proper porterage service to counteract the unofficial 'helpers'. The trouble is that it's increasingly commonplace because it works. People do accept the help, willingly or unwillingly, and give them a 'tip'. Me, I just say 'Nonononono, grazie', hold my bag in an iron grip and keep walking! :-)

  • JoyS59's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    Will anyone be traveling to Rome the end of July? I will be there and would love to sit and have a snack/lunch/a conversation with a member - please contact me asap. Thanks

    • JoyS59's Profile Photo
      Jul 3, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Oh I didn't know. Thanks for the tip! I will surely do that!

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Jul 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      You're welcome. VT is primarily a site where travellers share advice, information and reviews...although we do have plenty of meetings too...so you may not get any response (not least because you are new to the site and people are understandably wary of meeting total strangers). But posting a meeting is a good idea, as is posting in the Rome travel forum:

      Rome Travel Forum

  • mccalpin's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    News reports indicate that Pope Francis has cancelled general audiences (the ones on Wednesday) for July of this year. These same reports also state that he will not be going to Castel Gandolfo this summer, unlike previous Popes. The reason given for the changes was the Pope's health, couched in very vague terms (as befits the press office of a bureaucracy).

    He will still appear at the window overlooking the Square on Sundays to say the Angelus.

    Bill

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Restoration work on Trevi Fountain started on June 5th and is expected to continue for the next 18 months. You can see a live cam of what the fountain currently look like here (note the fence)….

    skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam...

    …and read about the restoration here:
    italianinsider.it/?q=node/22...

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Jun 10, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      True!

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Jun 10, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      Scaffolding is everywhere :-))
      Haha, Bill, I am ... superstitious maybe, but I want to thrown coins only into water. But then I throw them into any water :-) I am sure there are plenty of fountains in Rome. Erm.. I know hat there are ;-)

  • 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...

    • gwened's Profile Photo
      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.

  • alza's Profile Photo
    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.)

 
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