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Kfcsider Posted on 19/04/2017 22:34
When in Rome....
 
Evening guys.

Off to Rome for a few days tomorrow with the missus to help celebrate my upcoming 40th birthday and our 10th wedding anniversary. My better half has booked several things such as the Coliseum and the Vatican but never having been to Rome and only having spent 2 days in Italy ever for my stag do, I was wondering if anyone had any hints, tips, general inside info and hidden gems about Rome?

All contributions warmly welcomed unless you're NotKevinStonehouse, AVFTB, BrownBoxerShortsBoy in which case you can go $#@€ yourself.
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MACSEASIDER Posted on 19/04/2017 22:53

When in Rome....
Never been. On my list.

Have a great time. Many happy returns and happy anniversary [^][^]
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Stan53 Posted on 19/04/2017 23:12

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We always enjoy a walk around Navona Square in the evening. It is always busy with people and has a good atmosphere.

The restaurants in the square are more expensive but the one's on the streets leading off are cheaper. Some great ice cream there too.

Stan53
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glasshalffull Posted on 19/04/2017 23:17

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Great city, the obvious tourist attractions will serve you well, don't forget to visit the Vatican City.
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giro Posted on 19/04/2017 23:40

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The Pantheon is a must.

For something "unusual" try the Crypt of the Capuchin Monks. A few minutes walk from Barberini Underground.
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Qblock Posted on 19/04/2017 23:41

When in Rome....
The Forum [^]
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Kfcsider Posted on 20/04/2017 06:05

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Thanks for the recommendations guys. Just got up for a very early flight and want my bed again.

Giro - the crypt does sound interesting; I hope that it's not some kind of nobber's trick leading us to the Italian version of the Blue Oyster bar. [ref]
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TwelveAngryMen Posted on 20/04/2017 06:55

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Eat view in Rome is to be found on the terrace above the Victor Emmanuelle II monument
Go up the first flight of steps at the front and look for the the glass escalator behind the building
Link shows front of building

Link: Link
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Aero Posted on 20/04/2017 08:07
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When in Rome....
Trevi Fountain at night is stunning!
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Aero Posted on 20/04/2017 08:07
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When in Rome....
dp
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bollieboy Posted on 20/04/2017 08:19

When in Rome....
Pantheon

And forget the filth that Aero is posting. [;)]
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tommytwojags Posted on 20/04/2017 08:28

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Aero is that DP at the Trevi Fountain? [?]
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tommytwojags Posted on 20/04/2017 08:28
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oops DP from me too
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bfcpete Posted on 20/04/2017 08:38

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Was there for a few days a couple of weeks ago. If you go to Colluseum also do the Palatine and Roman Forum - the latter two are more interesting in my view. The Pantheon is worth a visit as well. There is also a good Hard Rock Café for drinks / music. Plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars and at all prices and often the more expensive are not the best.
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insider Posted on 20/04/2017 08:44

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Spent a week there last summer. The city is just one giant museum. Did a lot of walking because that way you see more. Buy your snacks at the little shops where you see the locals eating.
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spider29 Posted on 20/04/2017 11:15

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Can you get the Popes autograph for me...
Devout Roman Catholic here
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fixitian Posted on 20/04/2017 11:42

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You won't be dissapointed, It's certainly my fav city. For meals try the
Hardrock cafe. If you enjoy walking, you can save a bob or two by not doing the full tour. Enjoy.
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Bleach51 Posted on 20/04/2017 11:42
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If it is only a few days just stick to the obvious attractions and if you plan a bit in advance with a good city map you can easily take in most of them.
There is a decent metro,tram and bus system to get around and buying a travel pass covering your stay could well be worth it on time and cost but you will need to buy at a designated shop,usually a tobacconist before travelling.
If you have a bit more time then a trip to Ostia Antica is worth it by metro and train but you'll need a good half day.
If the Pope is giving an audience in St. Peter's you can apply for tickets but remember if you are going into any of the main churches and especially St Peters Basillica wear appropriate clothes..shorts are a definite no no and you may only find this out having queued to get in!
Have a great time and enjoy.

Edit to add,if you have a sister in law who is a Nun and resides in the city it can help.
It certainly did for us though she has now left the order she was in and gone back to civilian life😀
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Kfcsider Posted on 20/04/2017 11:49

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Thanks again lads for all the suggestions. Just endured a 6 nations style scrum to get on our shuttlebus as the previous one never came. Mrs KFC carried out an excellent flanking manouevre to barge over and on the bus to get seats whilst I plonked the luggage on.
Bleach - never realised about the shorts fella so you have helped us potentially dodge a bullet there.
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TwelveAngryMen Posted on 20/04/2017 11:59
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When in Rome....
Just to add to my earlier post the main attractions shouldn't be missed as they are incredible - I am referring here to the Vatican ( don't miss the Sistine Chapel ) St Peter's ( climb to top of Dome is a must ) a stroll through the Forum, The Colosseum and The Pantheon ( my favourite building as its just as it was )
Add to that a trip up to the terrace on the Victor Emanuelle monument I mentioned earlier up the thread for an unrivalled view of Rome - that's at the top of the Forum and can be done in 30 mins )
It's a compact centre so you can get around most of the sights quite easily on foot The Pantheon for instance is a 20-30 min visit at most and can be combined with lunch in the square
Similarly you can stroll through the Forum as you walk to or back from the Colloseum
The longer visits are to the Vatican and St Peters as along with the Colloseum they get very busy
If I was to miss any out it would be the last I think - not as into churches as I am ancient history but that's a personal thing
If you fancy something a bit more unusual try the catacombs
I got a cab out to the Callixtus ones very early one morning whilst it was still quiet then walked back along the Appian Way - the old Roman Rd Spartacus and 5000 of the slaves he led were crucified along by Crassus and then back through the Aurelian Gate and past the Baths of Caracalla to the centre Takes about 30-40 mins to do the walk however its a pleasant stroll mainly used by cyclists at the weekend and quite atmospheric - see link

Link: Catacombs
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ArchibaldKnox Posted on 20/04/2017 12:13
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When in Rome....
The Pantheon is an awesome engineering feat. One of my favourite buildings
A walk through the Forum is a must and if you want another museum after the Vatican then the Capitoline Museum has the most famous exhibits. The largest ruins in Rome are the Baths of Caracalla which took over 4 million tons of building materials to construct. Impressive even though wrecked by an earthquake in the 8th Century.

However, I particularly enjoyed the National Etruscan Museum which is in the Villa Giulia which is just to the north of the city centre. You only need a short afternoon. It is much quieter than the Vatican and yet the range of ancient exhibits is terrific. No grand paintings but sarcophagi, vases, bronze sculptures, swords, armour etc. We know most about the Etruscans from excavations of their lavish tombs, since their language and visual culture was swamped and taken over by the Romans and their buildings adapted.

The Etruscans had their own unique language and culture and inhabited the region to the north of Rome (hence Tuscany). They existed from ca 700BC until the Romans subsumed them. They were derived from neolithic tribes from central Europe who moved south, but were also heavily influenced by bronze and iron age ancient Greeks. Hence there are a lot of beautiful black and red figurative Greek vases in their art featuring warriors from the Trojan War and the Hercules legends. This is one of the best collections of ancient "Greek" vases in the world.

The most iconic of Roman images, the Capitoline Wolf, feeding the twins Romulus and Remus, was considered for many years to be an original Etruscan bronze from its influences, but has now been dated to probably the early middle ages. It can be compared with the Chimera bronze in the National Etruscan Museum.
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foolweary Posted on 20/04/2017 14:42

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I reckon I have visited all the typical major European and USA cities on city breaks.

But I have got to say that nowhere in that list is there a city that has as many gobsmacking amazing sites as Rome.

i was there for 4 days, we approached it with military planning, was absolutely knackered by the end and still didnt get through the list.

Number one stand out for me like others have said is the PAntheon, Its completeness, modern day context and the engineering feat of that dome is mind blowing.

Incredible place.
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Wizzerboy Posted on 20/04/2017 15:47
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Rome is a lovely city but my favourite place in Italy is Florence.

Back to Rome, obviously all the main attractions are a must including the Colosseum (hope they've finished the renovations when I return in June!)

Two other little gems you may like are the Villa Borghese a large park and stately home and The Campo de'Fiori a large market place where Mrs Wizzerboy decided to buy some spices, "justa onea little spoon" said the market trader, meaning 1 spoon per recipe NOT person. The first pasta dish we had when we got back to England nearly blew my fracking head off[:O]

Enjoy it mate, it's my wifes favourite country and it's growing on me after visiting Venice, Florence, Rome, Lake Como and Milan[8D]
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todayistheday Posted on 20/04/2017 19:03

When in Rome....
Get to the Lambretta factory in Milan while there.
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giro Posted on 20/04/2017 19:10
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Kf,
It's no Nobbers trick, mate.
Just take a look on youtube.
Although it has to be said,one or two of the cadavers move quicker than a Blackpool forward!😉
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Tramway Posted on 20/04/2017 19:38

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Great city with plenty to see. Watch out crossing the road though as the drivers often seem to think it is ok to carry on driving when pedestrians are still on a pedestrian crossing.
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FlamesofFire Posted on 20/04/2017 20:03

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By far THE best European city. Nothing comes close in terms of things to do.

Make sure you go to a proper Gelateria for ice cream that will blow your mind.
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SuddicksGhost Posted on 20/04/2017 20:08

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Stroll across the river in the evening to the area called The Trastevere. Beautiful part of the city, full of atmospheric bars and restaurants.
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Kfcsider Posted on 20/04/2017 21:08

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Giro - no worries feĺla.I'd have been more than a little suspicious of it had have PNEThorskin piping up about his life experiences beyond the fells of Pendle Hill.

Had a lovely but tiring afternoon trapsing around Rome visiting the packed Trevi fountain going from Obelisk to piazza to fountain and repeat. It's a lovely city where you feel like tou've stepped back in time by a few centuries and more everywhere you go.

We found a cracking little museum dedicated to the life and times of Leonardo da Vinci which had mock ups of loads of his inventions from medieval machine guns and tanks, the history and techniques behind his works of art to the more well known prototypes of helicopters and a curious room of mirrors which helped him to get a more accurate perspective of the human form in his paintings.

We've got the Vatican booked tomorrow but we're gonna add a couple more things into our itinerary based on some of your suggestions above. It's cracking city where you seem to stumble upon new fountains/monuments/obelisks at every turn.

Currently sat chilling in our hotel courtyard lisrening to some chilled out jazz, caipirinha in hand.

Grazie mille a tutti. Oystons fuori. Non un centesimo di piů.
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Fritzl_Palace Posted on 20/04/2017 22:13

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Echo what TAM said about best views in the City.

Go a little away from the main tourist sites to sample more authentic restaurants/bars. Try the small pizza places for snacks at lunchtime.

Forum is a must as is Colosseum. Worth doing an organised tour for that so to get more of an insight and to avoid queuing - check on Tripadvisor for the best ones.

One thing that may shock you though is the number of beggars on the streets as you approach Vatican City. All the wealth of the Catholic Church and they have that literally on the doorstep...

That said, apart from Blackpool it's the best place I've been to in Europe for years.
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Hoppo Posted on 21/04/2017 11:46

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Selfies in the Sistine Chapel aren't looked on with any approval [:O]
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ArchibaldKnox Posted on 21/04/2017 12:35

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It was Rome that made me realise what the main benefit of the little Smartcar was. They all park nose in to the pavement with about 3 inches between them and the car on either side. They can only do this in the narrow streets since the Smartcar is so short. But they can't open the driver's door. So the driver then climbs out the rear hatchback of the car. And gets back in the same way. By doing this they pack the little cars along the street parking zones but no-one ever gets blocked in.
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Kfcsider Posted on 21/04/2017 17:39

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Fritzl - done the Vatican today and I must admit that we didn't see many beggars and homeless people. Certainly not compared to Mancland where we spent a couple of nights a few weekends ago - beggars and homeless people everywhere in the centre.

Hoppo - they were very strict in the Sistine Chapel about just about everything going! The masses (pardon the pun) of tourists were constantly shushed by the attendants. I was listening to an audio guide via an app on my mobile so I had it out trying to set up the next instalment only to have one of the attendants sternly tell me that photos and videos are not allowed.

Archie Knox - smart cars and a number of their variants, some that we don't have back home, are everywhere. Very few big saloon cars aren't there? The scooter is king though; it's like an Italian mods convention wherever you go.

As I said earlier, we did the Vatican today. The frescos, sculptures, paintings and tapestries were mind blowing not to mention the intricately ornate ceilings. The gallery of maps and the Raphael rooms were stunning as was the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

We took a long walk from St Peter's square, taking in the Piazza Navona as per a recommendation above. Very chilled, lovely ice cream and loads of street performers.

We followed this with a visit to the Pantheon. Again, the architecture was magnificent, being stood under the dome making you realise what a feat of engineering this was for the Romans. However, we all got chucked out after around 20 mins as they were about to hold a service. Back at the hotel nursing some sore feet now. Thanks again for the recommendations guys as they have really enhanced our trip so far. I might get chance to say hello and thanks in person to some of you at Notts County hopefully. 👍
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TwelveAngryMen Posted on 21/04/2017 17:42

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Sounds a good trip so far
Don't miss out on that view I've recommended
It's spectacular
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ss53 Posted on 21/04/2017 17:55

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Someone already mentioned it but if you want somewhere away from the popular tourist spots and still not a long walk (15 mins from Navona), pop over the river to Trastevere. Lots of good restaurants and a very chilled area. Also if you down an app called The Fork and use it to book your restaurants, you will be able to get 20% to 50% discounts including alcohol in some cases.
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Kfcsider Posted on 21/04/2017 18:03

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Got that lined up on our way back from the Coliseum tomorrow Tim. Looking forward to it. We didn't get to go up St Peter's Basilica unfortunately as we hadn't booked for it and the queues went right round St Peter's Square.

Trastevere sounds great ss53 / Suddick. Depends how tired we are tomorrow evening. We can only be arśed to go to a nice fish restaurant across the road from our hotel tonight as our feet and legs ache. Ciao for now guys and thanks again.🖒
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