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Feeding the poor today and everyone on the planet tomorrow: What are the issues, and what can be done to avert a global food crisis?

The global food crisis in our times is more often not a lack of food; it is a need to remove the obstacles to having that food available. Poverty comes in many forms and from many sources. For some it is the sudden loss of a job or home in a nation of affluence. Addictions or medical expenses rob a family of money needed for food. The need to emigrate because of war, floods, droughts, earthquakes, volcanoes, lack of employment, or political conflicts and occupations often places people in temporary communities where assistance is needed for the daily provision.

The most obvious obstacle we are now experiencing is a rapid increase in transportation costs to deliver food and supplies and an increase in the cost of the supplies because of fuel costs and food production being diverted to create biofuels for transportation vehicles. This all makes a donation less effective in serving the need. In war and natural disasters, destroyed roads, bridges, shelters, medical facilities, and such present another obstacle to reaching those in need.

Discussions on ways to end hunger were the focus in Rome in 1996 where 180 nations met for the World Food Summit (WFS). By 2015 they hope to cut in half the number of undernourished people. . The goals were reaffirmed five (5) years later as set out in the “Rome Declaration on World Food Security” and the “World Food Summit Plan of Action.” Sustainable development, promoting fair trade system, prevention of natural disasters and other emergencies that threaten food security are their lofty and perhaps nave goals. An excellent resource with many links is at ResearchSEA at http://www.researchsea.com/htm l/article.php/aid/3145/cid/1

In May 2008 alone we saw the rice crop of Myanmar (Burma) destroyed by a typhoon and an earthquake in China devastated a large area. Between the two disasters, well over two million will need prolonged food assistance, over 100,000 have died, and multitudes are out of homes to live in. In spite of lofty goals and technology, man cannot conquer the global food crisis or other world problems with technology.

There are ways to provide more food for the poor today and to have abundance for the whole planet in the future. Ninety percent (90%) of United States grain goes to feed livestock and one-third (1/3) of Africa’s peanut crop feeds cattle in Western Europe. We can change our ways. This is an important consideration for several reasons:

1.) According to Dr. D.C. Jarvis,

Rome hotel – Part 1


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I Love Italian Wine and Food – The Latium Region

Latium is located in the central western part of Italy on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It includes the Apennines mountains, fertile foothills and valleys. There are four groups of ancient volcanoes, each with crater lakes. This area was once the center of the world, and remains an international center of art, politics, religion, and trade. Its population is 5.2 million, making it the third most populous region of Italy.

Latium, also called Lazio, was settled by Indo-European tribes during the 2nd millennium B. C. Later it became Etruscran. When the Etruscans were driven out by the Romans, the area became impoverished and remained so for centuries.

Food abounds, you name it and it’s probably grown in the region. The region’s most special vegetable is the artichoke. It may surprise you to learn that Latium is a center of kiwi production. It is also known for seafood, fish, and shark. Meat raised here includes beef, lamb, pork, and veal. The regions most famous cheese is Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, Mozzarella made from the milk of water buffalo. According to the popular local legend, Julius Caesar sent Marc Anthony to Egypt, where he fell in love with Cleopatra and this cheese. He sent water buffalo back home and local residents have been enjoying this Mozzarella ever since. Whether or not this legend is true, Mozzarella di Bufala Campana cheese has been popular for centuries. Latium once produced Falernian, which was considered the best wine in the Classical World.

Latium’s major city is Rome, the capital of Italy. As the Italian writer Silvio Negro said, “Roma, non basta una vita,” Rome, a lifetime is not enough. Ancient Rome was a center of wine production and of amprhorae, clay wine jugs. The area still produces wine. A short Internet search revealed an 18th Century villa for rent 35 minutes from the heart of Rome, surrounded by 30 acres of vineyards and olive groves.

Latium devotes three hundred thousand acres to grapevines, it ranks 7th among the 20 Italian regions. Its total annual wine production is about 78 million gallons, also giving it a 7th place. About 16% of the wine production is red or rosé, leaving 84% for white. The region produces 25 DOC wines. DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which may be translated as Denomination of Controlled Origin, presumably a high-quality wine. Only 6.5% of Latium wine carries the DOC designation. Latium is home to three dozen major and secondary grape varieties, half white and half red.

Widely grown international white grape varieties include Malvasia, Chardonnay, Trebbiano, and. Sauvignon Blanc. The best known strictly Italian white varieties are subvarieties of Trebbiano, the yellow Trebbiano Giallo, the green Trebbiano Verde, and Trebbiano Toscano.

Widely grown international red grape varieties include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. and Merlot. The best known strictly Italian red variety is Cesane. Also popular is Sangiovese, an Italian grape now found elsewhere including in California.

Before we reviewing the Latium wine and cheese that we were lucky enough to purchase at a local wine store and a local Italian food store, here are a few suggestions of what to eat with indigenous wines when touring this beautiful region.
Start with Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Spaghetti with Cream, Pancetta (Italian bacon), and Egg.
Then try Luccio Brodettato alla Romana, Pike in an Egg-Lemon Sauce.
For dessert indulge yourself with Pizza di Polenta e Ricotta, not a pizza, but Sweet Polenta Ricotta Cake.

OUR WINE REVIEW POLICY While we have communicated with well over a thousand Italian wine producers and merchants to help prepare these articles, our policy is clear. All wines that we taste and review are purchased at the full retail price.

Wine Reviewed
Tenuta Gasperini’ Vigneti VillaFranca ‘Castelli Romani Rosso DOC 2002 13.5% alcohol about $13

This wine was produced about 20 kilometers south of Rome. It is a 50/50 blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano, two popular Italian red varieties. I found it a bit acidic and relatively tasteless at first. I tried it with kube also called kibbe, a Middle-Eastern specialty, balls of ground rice filled with ground meat. They were cooked overnight with potatoes in a somewhat spicy tomato sauce. The wine tasted a bit of cherries and tobacco. In a meal of chicken burgers and zucchini in a bland tomato and onion sauce, the tobacco taste was stronger than previously. The marketing materials for this wine mentioned raspberry, plum jam, leather, sweet spice, and tomato leaf. When looking for them I found plum jam and leather, but not the other elements. The distributor recommends this wine with baked pasta or veal medallions in a red wine sauce. Maybe.

Pecorino Toscano is a sheep’s milk cheese made in Tuscany and neighboring Umbria for thousands of years. It is also produced in Latium. Soft Pecorino Toscano is white with a tinge of yellow, while semi-hard Pecorino Toscano is pale yellow. This cheese is moderately strong smelling and has a complex nutty flavor. I tried this wine with sliced soft Pecorino Toscano on toast with a somewhat spicy Moroccan tomato and pimento based dip. The flavors blended well, and the wine wasn’t thin. However, in the final analysis I would not buy this wine again. It seems overpriced and cannot compete with many other wines that I have tasted in this series.

Planning a vacation: Top ten cities you should visit – Part 1

It is very difficult to name the top ten cities that a person should visit because there are many beautiful cities to choose from and everyone’s tastes can vary. But here is my list:

1)Paris

2)London

3)Prague

4)Vienna

5)Florence

6)Venice

7)Rome

8)Rio de Janeiro

9)New York

10)San Francisco

Paris is a city of amazing architecture, culture and cuisine.

London is a city with outstanding museums and parks.

Prague offers beautiful churches, bridges and palaces.

Vienna can be called the music capital of the world.

Florence is a city of art and history.

Venice is a city of canals, beautiful churches and museums.

Rome is a city of incredible art and history and the gateway to the Vatican.

Rio de Janeiro is the city of the world’s most famous carnival.

New York is one of the financial capitals of the world and an international city.

San Francisco is a city with beautiful nature and excellent examples of modern architecture.

How to make the most of a day in Rome, Italy – Part 2

Here is a 5-day suggested itinerary to help maximize your time and get the most out of your vacation in the Eternal City.

Day One. Orientation Day

Learn the ropes. With map in hand, take a scenic walk downtown and visit Rome’s most celebrated fountains and monuments. This walk should take 3 -4 hours and include a visit to the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna & the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Navona, and Campo de’ Fiori.

Day Two. Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant’Angelo

Spend the morning at the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica. A highlighted tour inside the Vatican Museums takes about 3 hours, and includes the Pinacoteca (Picture Gallery), the Tapestries and the Hall of Maps room, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel. As for St. Peter’s Basilica, a 2-3 hour visit is recommended and should include the Tombs of the Popes, the Piet (Michelangelo), the Baldachino or Bronze Altar (Bernini), and the Dome (Michelangelo).

The Vatican Museums are closed on Sunday (expect on the last Sunday of every month; free entrance.) For additional information, you can visit the official Vatican website: www.vatican.va.

Helpful tips: Want to avoid the cue at the Vatican Museums? Book a guided tour with an official Vatican tour guide (details available on their website.)

Next stop, Castel Sant’ Angelo and the Sant’Angelo Bridge (Bernini). Spot here for great pictures taking along the Tiber River, then head down to Via del Governo Vecchio for great boutique shopping, local pizzerias, and traditional restaurants. Discover new places and visit anything you missed on your first day.

Day Three. Papal Audience

Send a fax (at least 2 weeks in advance) and reserve free tickets to attend the Papal Audience, held every Wednesday morning. It is a once in a lifetime event that shouldn’t be missed. If you didn’t get a chance to reserve tickets, that’s fine, you can just show up and stand in the square among the crowds.

Helpful Tip: During the summer months, the Papal Audience is held at the Pope’s summer residence in Castelgandolfo, Italy (40 minutes drive outside Rome.)

Day Four. Galleria Borghese, Via Veneto

Galleria Borghese. A must-see; it houses a collection of works by Antonio Canova, Caravaggio, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and other notable artists. Reserve your tickets in advance to secure an entrance time. Reservations can be made on-line at the museum’s official website: www.galleriaborghese.it.

Via Veneto. This street, made famous in the 1960′s, was established as the epicenter for upscale cafe’s, expensive hotels and luxury shopping.

It is also known for the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappucini. Beneath the church you can view the Capuchin Crypt that is comprised of 6 small chapels reconstructed from the human remains of the Capuchin monks.

Day Five. San Clemente & Ancient Rome

The Basilica of San Clemente dates back to the 4th century, and offers you a glimpse at 12th century mosaics and well-preserved frescoes. In the underground levels of the church, for a small fee, you can pay a visit to a pagan temple.

From San Clemente, you can reach Ancient Rome by foot; it is located just 5 minutes from the basilica. For a complete visit, check out the Roman Forum, Coliseum, and Palatine Hill. A single ticket is required for entrance into all 3 sites and can be purchased at any of these locations.

Destination Malta

Malta tourism is booming. Hotels are full; so much so that some tourists have had to be sent to Gozo — and the odd one even as far as Sicily! Yes, the figures show that 2007 is turning out to be the best year for tourism in Malta in at least the last six years, with increases not only in terms of arrivals, but also in hotel rates and occupancies. National Statistics Office figures for September showed that arrivals were 17.8 per cent up on last year.

“Until then, the problem was how to fill rooms; but now, it’s a question of sorting out overbookings,” laughs the President of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association, Josef Formosa Gauci. Indeed, he could think of worse problems.

Year on year, the first nine months of 2007 have seen an overall increase of 7.6 per cent in tourists visiting Malta, with August being one of the best months in the history of its tourism. Figures are constantly being churned out and they keep on looking good.

Indeed, the best isn’t over yet positive results have carried on up to the end of October, with Malta International Airport figures for that month showing a 16 per cent increase in passenger movements over the same period last year, while figures for November are also showing increases. The rest of the winter is envisaging a good rise in seat capacity— in excess of 10 per cent — partly resulting from new low-cost routes offering cheap flights to Malta, including Ryanair, German Wings, Clickair, which stopped its operation in October and is scheduled to start again in April, a Norwegian airline from April and the possibility of another from Madrid. Increases over the normally quieter shoulder months are, therefore, also being expected.

Needless to say, Mr Formosa Gauci is “very satisfied with the turnaround we have seen although he insists on the “need to keep our feet on the ground”, encouraging all players in the industry to continue to work together to face challenges ahead.

Tourism is, after all, a highly dynamic industry and things change constantly. Of course, it would be impossible to continue seeing the same rate of growth as Malta has its limits. But the country would definitely not be holding back on working to maintain the levels achieved and aiming for growth in the shoulder and winter months.

The state of the product is also a critical aspect of the industry and the MHRA acknowledges that quite a bit has been done on that front too. “But it is an area where it is never enough” says Mr . Formosa Gauci – and it is probably this attitude that contributes to improvement.

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The Association welcomes the fact that EU funding is now going to be used to continue to upgrade the product, and be poured into, for example, better beach facilities and the restoration of Maha’s magnificent bastions.

The government’s budget for 2008 has allocated an extra €11.6 million to improve the tourism product. It voted a record sum of €39.1 million to the industry, with €24.5 million going to the Malta Tourism Authority to continue its work.

But Tourism and Culture Minister Francis Zammit Dimech attributes the success achieved in 2007 to the proactive collaboration of the government, the MTA and the stakeholders.

While expressing his satisfaction with the results, he says he knows only too well that “now we should and shall go for further growth and work together in that direction to achieve as much in 2008 and beyond.

“On our part, we took three conscious decisions and are reaping the positive results: the introduction of low-cost carriers in a big way, while keeping in mind the interests of legacy carriers, including Air Malta, and tour operators; increased investment to market Malta more effectively overseas; and the organisation of a wide array of cultural and entertainment events that render Malta a unique experience for the Maltese and tourists alike.”

And the national airline is doing its part too. Air Malta is focusing on its marketing campaigns and aggressively promoting value-for-money travel opportunities, running successful campaigns in the core European markets, where it is offering the island as the best short-break alternative, said its General Manager, Marketing & Product, Brian Bartolo.

In the UK, it has just launched Malta the Break Escape, which has been running since the last week of October and is presenting an unbeatable travel opportunity to incoming UK tourists. In France Italy, Germany and Benelux, Air Malta’s recent advertising campaigns have resulted in a market increase in inbound travel bookings to Malta in the previously quiet November and December periods, Mr Bartolo notes.

Air Malta is an active network airline, seeking code-share agreements with global carriers — a key investment in connectivity by the Maltese national airline. The latest addition to the list of code shares was Air One, with whom Air Malta code shares on Rome Fiumicino, meaning its market reach now covers every Italian domestic airport.

The successful code-share agreement signed with Lufthansa in November 2006 allows both carriers to offer two daily non-stop flights to Frankfurt and a daily flight to Munich, with connectivity to every German regional airport, as well as offline European, American and Asian.

The move has generated substantial new traffic into Malta, with a positive direct impact on the tourism industry. The code-share agreement, which initially was solely operative on the direct Malta-Frankfurt and Malta-Munich routes is now covering every German regional route, Mr Bartolo says, adding that, recently, the code- share agreement has also been extended to the Scandinavian cities of Oslo and Stockholm. Through the code-share agreement with Lufthansa, there are non-stop daily services from Malta to Washington Dulles International Airport, via Munich.

These developments are extensively increasing the accessibility to the Maltese islands from major European and international gateways.

For more information about Malta, visit the Malta travel guide GuideToMalta.net. Find out more about Malta, Maltese people, Maltese culture and various places of interest. The site also offers a selection of articles that give you a great impression of what Malta has to offer and provides info on cheap flights to Malta.

A Week in a Rome Apartment Living as the Romans do

Short term apartment rentals are a fairly new concept, and present travellers with a fantastic new way in which to enjoy their chosen destination. By staying in an apartment, you instantly gain all the convenience of home, with a level of privacy and freedom that is impossible to acquire when staying in a hotel.

With this in mind, my partner and I decided to try and rent a Rome apartment, for our up and coming visit to this charming city. We found a website that specialised in short term Rome Apartments and the service they provided was first class, the booking process was simple and payment was handled simply and securely.

We have no doubts that by renting our own private accommodation for our entire stay, we were able to enjoy our time in Rome far more than we would have staying in a traditional hotel. We spent a fantastic week, becoming lost in the architecture and culture of sites such as the incredible Vicoli and the ancient Trastevere and Campo dei Fiori. We were free to do as we pleased, no set meal times, or any of the other restrictions often encountered when staying in a hotel. This was the greatest benefit for us in renting an apartment in Rome, we able to live life like a local, we were free to spend our days as we pleased, knowing we had a wonderfully comfortable home to return to when the day was over.

This highlights another great benefit of renting your own apartment for your vacation time; it comes equipped with a kitchen and a living room, really just like being at home. We had ever intended to exercise our culinary skills whilst on holiday, but I was so taken with the well fitted kitchen that I decided to learn how to cook some Italian food. With the help of a recipe and some Guanciale, supplied by the fantastic delicatessen shop Volpetti, I was able to rustle up a wonderfully tasty Italian dish named Pappardelle all Matriciana, much to the amazement of my partner!

I really cannot stress how different it was to be staying in our own apartment in Rome, and not in a generic, boring and constricting hotel. We really felt like we were living within the beautiful city of Rome, and not just visiting as a pair of tourists. I would recommend this form of accommodation to anybody who wishes to spend their time, in the destination of their choice, with the comfort and convenience of their own home close at hand. I certainly will be looking at short term apartment rentals as a replacement for hotel accommodation, whenever I travel outside of my own country of origin.

More Popular Holiday Destinations For Thought

Popular holiday destinations for thought are Florence, Rome and Venice. Venice is a place for love and romance. Try to visit during the summer and not the fall when it seems to be the flood season. You cannot do much with the heavy downpours and flooding. The accommodations around Riatto Bridge are great for accessing many different attractions you will want to see. You will find cafes and fine dining restaurants in this area as well. If romance is what you are looking for, you will want to take the gondola ride at night. The city lights are beautiful and set the pace for romance.

Add Rome to your list of popular holiday destinations. Visit during the spring or fall and the weather will be just right. The summers are hot, but are still enjoyable. Christmas time is a time of year that is very popular for visitors and the city can be very crowded during christmas. You can join in the mass on Christmas Eve at the Vatican Square. You will need to book this reservation as soon as you have your flight reservations since it does fill up quickly. The restaurants are amazing. The chef will come out to see if your meal is everything you wanted. It is a special place to go.

In Rome, you can enjoy the Vatican City is one place you must see. Try to make during the early afternoon to enjoy the full beauty of the city. Shopping is another thing you will want to do while visiting. It is just amazing all the shops and things you will find to buy. Have enough money planned for your shopping adventures. You will enjoy a stay in Rome and see so many things that you have only read about in books. Popular cheap holiday destinations are full of excitement, even in Rome.

Florence is the other popular cheap holiday destination. It is a beautiful city with many attractions to keep you busy. Visit Florence in the spring when all the gardens are starting to flourish. You can sit outside on a warm day and enjoy the scenery where as in the summer it is hot. There are many things to so and see that you could be inside all day long if you want. The museums and galleries are just extraordinary. If you are looking for a special place to take the family for some history and culture, Florence is the place to go and have fun.

The restaurants are something to talk about in Florence. You can fine different types of cuisine and the cafes are great for a day meal while sitting outside enjoying the weather. Shopping and sightseeing is the top of the list for this popular holiday destination. The parks are beautiful and the scenery is amazing. You can spend an entire day sitting in a park and feel as if you have seen something new every minute you are there. You will find that these locations are great for planning a family vacation to and everyone will find something to intrigue them.

Cheap Weekend Break

One of the most significant aspects of vacation travel in Europe has been the recent explosion of interest in the short break vacation market. No-frills airlines have led the way to opening up cheap routes from London and regional airports to destinations all over Europe. A short weekend break in some thrilling city has now become a viable alternative to sitting home in front of the television set.

A UK survey of Britain’s vacation habits recently shows that this weekend escape plan is now worth a phenomenal £34 billion a year. People are spending an average amount of £760 a year on these short breaks, flying off to European cities, cultural festivals and sporting events.

The three-day break is most popular, with 21% of respondents taking Friday off work to fly out and 34% arriving back late Sunday evening, giving them some 55 hours away.

Edinburgh and Glasgow were some of the most popular weekend break locations in UK, while Paris, Amsterdam, Palma, Dublin, Brussels, Venice, Nice and Madrid were their most popular European weekend destinations. Other airlines have reported strong interest in Prague, Rome and Barcelona.

The key ingredients to a successful weekend break away were spending quality time with a partner, sampling local food and drink, cultural sightseeing, weather and, (for the ladies), shopping. Nightlife, perhaps unsurprisingly, was more important to the younger travelers than the more elderly.

Psychologist Dr. Aric Sigman said, “The results indicate that the British have now developed proper escape plans to counterbalance the fact that they work the longest hours in Europe. The low cost and accessibility of short haul travel now enables people to act out the growing need to be physically and geographically removed from their everyday surroundings in order to truly get away psychologically and emotionally. In fact it has been found that when it comes to dealing with stress, frequent short breaks are more effective than infrequent long holidays. What is interesting is that most people spend their weekend breaks in a low-key way involving time alone with their partner, dining and R&R as opposed to the frenetic activity and nightlife sought by previous generations.”

Whatever the reason, many UK residents are now taking advantage of rock bottom no-frills prices to spend four or more short breaks in the thrilling cities of Ireland, Scandinavia, Europe and the Mediterranean during the summer months, the German Christmas Markets and Alpine or Spanish ski slopes in winter. Visitors to the UK from North America are also taking advantage of these no-frills flight options, spicing up their vacation in England with short breaks in cities as far afield as Copenhagen, Berlin, Prague in the Czech Republic, Spain’s Barcelona and Athens in Greece.

Given the astronomical prices charged by West End restaurants where dinner for two can set you back £250 or more, it makes sense to take off for a paella to the sound of Spanish guitar in Barcelona, a spaghetti and a bottle of Bardolino under the stars at a pavement restaurant in the Piazza Santa Maria in Rome’s Trastevere, or a more expensive romantic dinner for two on a Seine bateau mouche in Paris. Before only the jeuness dore and the jet setting glitterati could afford such extravagances. But things have changed and many prefer to take a number of such fun jaunts through the year rather than undergo the hassles concomitant with organizing a long vacation.

How to save money while visiting Rome – Part 4

Most traveler’s to the major historic cities of Europe have the impression the cost will be prohibitive if one intends to visit for any length of time. This is especially true of Rome because of it’s prominence as the seat of Classical Culture. For many it’s hard to imagine that it’s possible to spend an inexpensive holiday in this truly spectacular city, but the truth is, like any city in the world, there is always a way to cut corners when it comes to saving your holiday dollars.

For instance, if you travel into Rome by train you can purchase a seat for around 20 Euro’s. If you happen to be traveling over night and don’t mind sleeping in your seat, you can save the 65.80 cost of a 2nd class sleeper.

Few travelers realize this, but there are over 100 convents in Rome that welcomes paying guests. Just take a look at MonasteryStays.com and look at the options for booking on-line. Often a clean room can be had for less than 60 Euro’s a night. You might also get to spend an evening in a building that could possibly be centuries old. Although there may be curfews and other restrictions, it is well worth the savings if one is willing to put up with a few inconveniences.

Be sure to find accommodations that are close to public transportation as if is far more economical than the expensive Rome taxi’s. A bus, subway, and tram pass will only cost you around 16 Euro’s and will be good for the whole week.

Perhaps you might decide to just start walking and wandering with no set destination in mind. That way you can let chance determine what amazing sights you might happen upon.

You might just stumble upon something like the century old Antica Bireria Peroni, a restaurant that specializes in Northern Italian fare and very inexpensive prices. Of course Rome has it’s share of very expensive restaurants, but One of the main joys of Rome is just how affordable and high quality the food can be in many of the cities out of the way restaurants that the locals favor.

Possibly you might choose to visit the church of San Luigi dei Francesi and have the opportunity to view 3 pictures of the apostle Mathew painted by Caravaggio. It will cost you next to nothing. Each painting has a spotlight tht shines on the pictures individually, but just wait for a rich tourist to activate the coin-activated lights.

If you happen to have an interest in contemporary art, there are branches of the Roman Museum of Art that are free to enter.

It’s unfortunate, but it’s fairly expensive to visit the Colosseum at over 15 Euro’s, and the Forum at 10 Euro’s, but if you are happy enough to see Rome as it “is” and not as it “was” you can easily pass these two options by.

For some, it is depressing to see how such a glorious empire had become a mere shadow of itself and transformed into nothing more than an open air museum. Traveling the streets of contemporary Rome is far less expensive and most likely far more enjoyable than spending time and money on the usual tourist attractions when you happen to be on a limited vacation budget.

The ruins of Rome have been around for centuries and will still be there for you to see if you should return another time when your holiday budget is not quite as tight.