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  • Colosseum

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    final part of my pictures of the inside of the colosseum including the stations of the Cross, the Hypogenum and Arena. The Most Visited Roman Landmark of Rome is the famous Colosseum while the most famous Christian Landmark of Rome is the Saint Peter's Basilica and the most famous Rennaisane landmark of Rome is the Trevi Fountain. This famous...

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  • Trevi Fountain - Fontana di Trevi

    4 out of 5 stars

    more pictures of the renovation of the famous fountain when we visited last year. The trevi fountain was fully restored in August of 2015 and I hope to com back again to see it this time in it's full grandeur as I also thrown three coins in the then almost empty fountain, Unfortunately, when the time we visited the famous Trevi Fountain, it is in...

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  • Pantheon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    final part of my tips with more pictures of the inside and some of the famous personalites buried here The Famous Pantheon in Rome holds the distinction of being the best preserved Roman Temple (dedicated to every roman god) and oldest Roman Catholic Church in Rome. This famous architecture was originally built in 12 AD by Marcus Vipsanius...

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  • Ice Cream - Gelato

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    Traditional Italian ice cream is called gelato, and it can be found all over the city. Rome being so hot, the temptation to stop by a gelateria is sometimes pretty hard to resist! I tried to limit myself to one gelato cone (or cup) per day, but I was always on the lookout for the best - and most unusual - gelato flavours :o) I generally tried to...

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  • Pizza - Bruschetta

    4 out of 5 stars

    We had had a fair day's worth of flying, British Airways Glasgow to Heathrow, to Fumicino, in August 2009, and we headed out from our hotel later than planned. From reviews I had in my head we would seek out Pizzeria Baffetto. I am still not sure how we missed it but we were up and down the street and the wife was wearing less- than -sensible shoes...

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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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Rome Nightlife

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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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  • 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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  • 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 - Subway

    So if you've read my previous tip…. http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/2249b4/ ... now you have your ticket or pass in your hot little hand and are ready to roll! See this handy diagram for metro and trains around the city and further afield: http://www.atac.roma.it/files/doc.asp?r=4 Metro: Find the station on the red A line or blue B...

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  • Train

    There are many ways of getting to central Rome from Fiumicino or Ciampino airports: it all depends on your budget, what time of day you leave/arrive, how much luggage you have and any mobility issues you need to contend with. Both airports are some distance out of the city so taxi is your most expensive option and buses are the best for the...

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  • Bus

    The buses in Rome are managed and deployed by ATAC ( Azienda Tramvie e Autobus del Comune di Roma) before entering the bus you must have already a valid ticket, you can't buy a ticket inside the bus In Termini station there are self service ticketing machines where you can get a bus ticket or any tobacco (tabacchi) shops selling bus tickets. You...

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Rome Shopping

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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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  • Food - Beverage

    This is a place for people that really look for excellent food. It is a small kiosk inside the Gianicolense market in Rome. It is managed by a university law professor with the passion of food and his compaign. I cannot tell you what to eat as most products change with the season but I can assure you that all over the year they fry the best...

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  • Souvenirs

    Rome is the Eternal City and is the Magnet for Tourists around the World to Visit it's various attractions and the Vatican City so don't be surprised to see a large number of souvenir shops and stalls and stores along the sprawling City, particularly aound Saint Peter's Square, Spanish Streps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Pantheron, etc so you...

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Rome Local Customs

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  • Do As Romans Do

    there are many Public fountains around the City of Rome of which many were made by the romans who were the original builders of the first aqueducts which brings potable water to the city and many of the public fountains of rome do offer free drinkable and potable water to the locals and tourists of which all you need is to bring empty plastic water...

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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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  • 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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Rome Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets and Purse-Snatchers

    Rome, Together with Barcelona and Paris is one of the pickpocket haven in Europe due to the tens of millions of visitors it gets per year and the crowded areas in Rome such as the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Colloseum, Roman Forum and even in Saint Peter's Square, to name a few, are magnet areas for an army of pickpockets. use caution on where...

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  • Beggars and Cons

    A man or woman approaches you, asking questions about the schedule in broken English. You move away from your baggage, by only a few meager feet, to look at the schedule on the wall he's pointing to. Accomplice then grabs the easiest bag and runs. You turn to your baggage, see one missing, and the first person is now running away and you don't even...

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  • Traffic

    We are taught to walk on the sidewalk and not cross except at the striped pedestrian crossings. In fact, here in the States legal protection is related to using pedestrian crosswalks. Pedestrians do NOT have the right of way here, so don't try to play chicken with a Roman driver. In Italy, it seems to me, traffic signs seem to be advisory only!...

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Rome Tourist Traps

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  • Colosseum Gladiators

    not only in the vicinity of the Colloseum would you see locals dressed as Roman Centurions or Gladiators but also at the other attractions such as around the Roman Forum, around the Pantheon, Piazza Del Minerva and other Roman Inspired attractions around Rome. Don't pose with these Centurions or do selfies with them as they will forcefully charge...

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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

    you must wear comfortable walking shoes or lightweight rubber shoes while going on a jaunt here in the fabled Eternal Eternal City of Rome and you can even use a walking cane is you need it to walk around as the area is quite packed full of hordes of tourists like me and most of the attractions can only be accessed by walking as the hop on hop on...

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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

    although the best time to visit The Eternal City of Rome is in summer and the spring, it is best to bring a comfortable hat to shade you head and face from the heat that you would not notice if there is cold weather and also bring sunglasses to reduce glare when you are walking to make your Roman experience more enjoyable and to reduce the...

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Rome Off The Beaten Path

  • 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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  • Outside Rome

    Orvieto lies on a plateau of a volcanic cliff. It is located in the southernmost end of Umbria region. Orvieto' s main sight is the cathedral. Inside it is very large and quite empty. It was built between 1290 and 1320. Its facade is covered with sculptures, stained glass and colored mosaics. Its highlights are two chapels. One of these; to the...

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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 (Piazza Cinquecento). I can only assume that, before the recent massive refurbishment of the bus station area (associated with the construction of Rome's third...

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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

    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

    The secret for a less crowded ticket buying to view the Magnificent Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill is to buy your tickets online! but the second best option is to line up at the ticket counter along Via di San Gregorio (Palatine Hill Entrance and Ticket counter) as the line is way less than in the colosseum and also at the Roman Forum and...

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  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2015 at 5:53 AM

    Good news for travelers to Rome: the inauguration of the newly restored Trevi Fountain is scheduled for November 3, 2015.

    roma.virgilio.it/ultima-ora/...

    "The restoration of the Trevi Fountain will end in about a month. The Fountain of the Dolce Vita refurbishing will be inaugurated on November 3. "I am very happy to announce the inauguration, on November 3rd, the restoration of the Fountain of Trevi realized thanks to Fendi," announced the Councillor for Culture of Rome Giovanna Marinelli."

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Starting March 30th, The Capitoline Museums, Markets of Trajan-Museo dei Fori Imperiali, and Museo dell'Ara Pacis Museum will no longer be closed on Mondays so can be visited 7 days a week.

    en.museicapitolini.org/servi...

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Mar 26, 2015 at 2:19 AM

      They can be nice alternatives to the Vatican Museums…which tend to be overly busy on Mondays. :O)

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Mar 26, 2015 at 7:24 AM

      Oh, yes!! Thanks Kate :-))

  • mccalpin's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    Note that ATAC (the public transportation system of Rome) has opened the third Metro line - Linea C - in Rome. The Metro runs in southeast Rome, so is not of much interest to visitors, but will help local commuters in that part of town. The line begins service at 5:30 a.m. and runs until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The article I was reading didn't mention Sunday, but I imagine the hours are the same as Saturday.

    The line will be lengthened over time as more stations are added - when this happens, visitors may find it of some use. Line C will take the same tickets and passes as the other Metro lines (and buses and trams and every thing else...).

    Bill

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Effective April 30, 2015, there will be changes to the metro/bus pass system in Rome. The current 1-day BIG passes which expire at midnight of day validated will be replaced by one which expires after 24 hours. The current 3-day BTI pass which expires at midnight on the third day after validation will be replaced by one which expires 72 hours after validation.

    A 48-hour pass has been added as well as a booklet of 4 individual-ride BIT tickets. Also note information about passes for travel within the Lazio region.

    The only page I can find on this is only available in Italian so an online translator (google; bing; etc.) will be helpful!
    atac.roma.it/page.asp?p=229&...

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Mar 14, 2015 at 9:11 AM

      The good thing, you faithful guys, is that we will have a travel alert thing in the future :-) Kimberly posted about the upcoming new stuff. Your fantastic news finds will most probably be better visible than here in the comment section.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Mar 14, 2015 at 11:51 AM

      I saw that! YAY! Will move it to the proper place once that is up and running!

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Update to the post below:
    http://www.coopculture.it/en/ is informing visitors, tour guides and school groups that for security reasons, backpacks, large handbags and luggage are not allowed inside the excavations at the Colosseum, Palatine and Forum in Rome. Actual dimensions of allowable bags has not yet been determined for these sites but have been recently restricted to 30x30x15 cm (abt 12 x 12 x 6") or smaller at Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplonti, Stabia and the Museum of Boscoreale so that might be a good guidline until further notice.

    Visitors to Rome are asked leave larger items at their hotel or check them at the left-luggage office at Termini. Additonally, if you have scheduled a tour at the Colosseum, Palatine and Forum, you're asked to arrive 30 minutes beforehand to ensure timely passage through security checks.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      May 8, 2015 at 8:50 AM

      5/8/2015: the large bag/backpack restriction warning for the Colosseum has been removed from the website BUT is still in place for the Forum, Palatine and other archeological sites listed above.

  • 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

 
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