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Uncle-Ed Posted on 15/04/2018 16:47
5 days in Rome
 
 
Recommendations?

I know there will be loads but this is our first visit. We like good local food and beer, want to do some of the attractions (colosseum, Vatican etc...) but appreciate we need to be selective.

Iím early 40s and am going with my wife. Hotel is on the west side of the city near Cornelia subway station. Happy to travel on foot or train/bus etc..

Thanks in advance #UTB [fb][^]
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MawTheMerrier Posted on 15/04/2018 16:57

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Eat in back street restaurants and its cheap as chips. Don't moan if you are charged Eur20 for a burger outside the coliseum.

Go see the ruins - magic.

Centre of Rome is small enough to walk round.
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pork_pie Posted on 15/04/2018 17:18

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I was there many many years ago so dont know if you can still do this....but climb the inside of the vatican dome....mighty impressive views from the top! Obviously cos its a dome, the higher you get, the more you have to lean over! Im not great with heights so leaning over and looking down over a ferkin big drop, with (at the time) no safety nets or owt in place, frightened the pants off me! Wouldnt do it again but glad I did it though! [^]
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pork_pie Posted on 15/04/2018 17:24
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Oh.....and beware of pickpockets.....its like the film "Oliver"......fkn kids (around 10 yrs old).....LOADS of them! Keep ya valuables in awkward to get at pockets....or a bum bag under ya shirt....[xx(]

We caught a kid dipping when we were there.....an Italian bloke slapped him round the head.......we could never figure out if he slapped the kid for pickpocketing.....or slapped him for getting caught!
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1st_time_caller Posted on 15/04/2018 17:41
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Buy a cheap crappy umbrella from one of the thousands of street hawkers as soon as you get there and keep it visible. This will prevent being hassled by the thousands of street hawkers trying to sell you an umbrella. Worst around the Spanish steps and trevi fountain area

It is an amazing city. As posted above, dine in the back streets where the locals eat, every meal we had was 26euros for some reason and we never had a bad one

Wear comfortable shoes, Rome is a walking city, wife ended up ditching the sandals and bought some trainers!

And yes, be wary of pick pockets. Many of the attractions require looking up which means you may not be keeping an eye on your belongings so take a little extra care.

When walking down the little back streets, be wary of the guys and gals on scooters, they come from nowhere and tear round like it's monza

It is an amazing city and our 5 night stay is to be repeated soon, we absolutely loved it and cant wait to go back

Take a little translation book to learn some simple phrases, it goes a long way we found and seemed to be appreciated
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Hercules Posted on 15/04/2018 18:03

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The Coliseum is one of the few sights that actually live up to the hype. Unbelievable.

Walking is possible. We managed 17 miles on one day we were there. But theyíve got a reliable metro network too.
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Free_Subbuteo_171 Posted on 15/04/2018 18:10

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Hard to go wrong in Rome for history, with the Palatine, Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican City and artefacts galore.

Echo the thoughts around food - easy to get off the tourist rack and find some more local restaurants.

Got to say was totally underwhelmed by the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Great city just to wander around. My main tip is to get up as early as possible to see the main sites before the hordes arrive.
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speckyget Posted on 15/04/2018 18:11

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The Pantheon is ok. Until you realise how old it is and then it's astonishing. A beer in the Piazza Navona isn't cheap but you should do it anyway.
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SelbyRed Posted on 15/04/2018 18:13

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Colosseum is a must.

The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill was fantastic for me, you could really imagine how they used to live.

The Vatican was the biggest disappointment to me, vast quantities of paintings and ornaments soon became boring. As an Atheist I got quite wound up about the wealth and lavishness of the church.
The Sistine Chapel is a big room with paintings on the roof, I did not feel the wow factor I was supposed to.

The city is quite relaxed. Some great bars.




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asredastheycome Posted on 15/04/2018 18:55

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If your hotel is central walk everywhere anf be prepared to be amazed as you turn every corner. Wonderful place.
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Bigjohnspens Posted on 15/04/2018 19:16

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Iím off for the weekend on Friday. Going to go to the Lazio v Sampdoria game on Saturday afternoon. Staying near to the main railway station. Should be good.
Anyone took the train from the airport to the city. Is it easy to use and what does it cost?
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1st_time_caller Posted on 15/04/2018 19:24

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Can't remember the cost I'm afraid, but it was pretty easy to use
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Ingleby_Flash Posted on 15/04/2018 19:34

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100% what MawtheMerrier said. Walk, walk, walk. Eat in back street places and see the sites - simples.

Been to many many big cities worldwide and Rome is the only one I could live in. Enjoy Iím jealous [^]
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KTD83 Posted on 15/04/2018 19:54

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We stayed just outside the Vatican last summer, we found a lovely little restaurant near our apartment on Via Aurelia called Trattoria Angelo Alla Cupola. Very good value for food and drinks and very authentic. We went twice, no tourists just locals. On the outside it doesnít look anything special but the food especially the seafood was excellent.
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KTD83 Posted on 15/04/2018 19:57

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Do all the big tourist things early or late in the day, as the cruise day trippers arrive about 10:30 and disappear around 4:30 while they are about its heaving everywhere.
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Borobob66 Posted on 15/04/2018 20:05

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Train from the airport is 18 euros. Use the quicker Leonardo da Vinci express rather then the regional train. Non stop into the city.
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el-Sid Posted on 15/04/2018 20:35

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Buy the time out guide (same company as the famous listings mag in London ) covers the standard stuff well but the area by area recommendations for eating drinking and shopping should throw up some more interesting stuff. I get them for any big city I go to and find them reliable and well written.

Craft beer scene is big in Rome ( like everywhere ) so plenty of interesting bars selling Italian beer that is not peroni. The roads are lethal, the driving is appalling, follow a local across the road if you can rather than striding out on your own. Itís a great place to wander and very atmospheric at night. A standard amount of caution and keeping your wits about you should see you ok.
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StanleySmiith Posted on 15/04/2018 23:02

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Just back from Rome, excellent trip and yes we walked a lot and yes it's expensive. Big Bus that does open top tours good to get your bearings.
Not everybody's cup of tea but we thought the Papal Audience at Vatican City on a Wednesday morning was fantastico - Viator do a good value no nonsense trip, they get you there early and into a fantastic seat!
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borodrew Posted on 15/04/2018 23:36

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Book in advance before you go to collesuem etc. Go straight to entrance with no queue. Makes a huge difference with Vatican museums.

A few other places are the castle just over the bridge( forgotten it's name). There's an absolute huge amazing church away from most tourist sites which is great and free which I will post the name of tomorrow.


If after a few days of sight seeing you want something else travastere is a lovely area with a few squares and a cool kind of neighborhood.

And there's a train that goes to lido (beach) for cheap of you want a day relaxing.

There's also magicland theme park not too far away if you have kids/ have done the sights.

I went to see Roma fiorentina which was amazing. Not as good as when I went with Boro though. Catacombs too. So much you could do depends on what your after.
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Lemmy_Kilmister Posted on 16/04/2018 04:05

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If you're there on a Sunday and the Pope isn't out if town, he does a short blessing in St Peters Square. But be advised there'll be 20000 there so it gets a bit busy.
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CasinoGrande Posted on 16/04/2018 06:04

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In the Pantheon get one of those headphones that give you a personal tour at your own speed. Get much more info than just wandering around. There was a burger joint in the square opposite, plastic tables and glasses etc. but you get to sit outside with a cold beer for a fiftieth of the price of the restaurants which are gobsmackingly expensive.
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Alan_Breck Posted on 16/04/2018 07:08
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Don't be scared to use the local public transport especially from the airport to the centre. The buses are generally packed with people but are very cheap and the destination information is clear and precise. We love Rome, and you will walk many miles as there's so much to see, but eat and drink away from the main tourist areas and you won't get fleeced.

#UTB
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amc55886 Posted on 16/04/2018 07:29

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Wine, meats and cheese at this place.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g187791-d7361389-r350262701-Prosciutteria_Roma-Rome_Lazio.html

Amazing atmosphere, brilliant food. HIGHLY recommend.
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Bri_Marwood Posted on 16/04/2018 09:51

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If you have a spare day for relaxation, jump on a train and head to Anzio. Beautiful beaches and astonishing seafood at great prices. We regularly visited one restaurant offering a five course seafood meal for 25 Euros.
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Bigjohnspens Posted on 16/04/2018 10:02

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Booked tours of the coliseum and Vatican. Anyone got a view of what else are the must seeís whilst we are there?
Thanks
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London_Boro Posted on 16/04/2018 10:04

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Take your stab-proof underpants.
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redwurzel Posted on 16/04/2018 12:37

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Pick pockets are bad on the trams they wait for a sudden turn. I kept my money is my socks.

History is amazing and you can touch a lot of it unlike London. Take an English guided tour of the Forum. We stayed on Aventino Hill and walked across Circus Maximus (Ben Hur ring) to Coliseum on a hot summer morning - magical.
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deafschool Posted on 16/04/2018 13:53

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I was there in September. I got two large beers in a place near the Vatican and that cost Ä36. Keep away from food places near tourist attractions.
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scottyc Posted on 16/04/2018 14:43

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Get the Rick Steves Rome book and do as he says[^]

There is a self guided walk in there that covers all the central attractions to do at ur leisure.

Hints and tips on best way to book tickets for the Vatican tours, colleseum etc.

Get a Roma pass for transport. Only used it a few times but it was cheap.

We were there 5 days best day was the last day at Borgese gallery and gardens. Gallery was good if thatís ur thing but the surrounding grounds/parks are top notch.

He recommends drinking from the fountains and filling ur own bottle however. I wouldnít. Unless you want a stomach bug to travel home with.

All in all an unbelievable city though.
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Uncle-Ed Posted on 16/04/2018 22:30

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Brilliant. Thanks for the tips so far. Feel like I need an extra few weeks to fit all this in.

Anything else not yet mentioned?
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