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Annual Events in Rome

“New Year’s Day

Following the previous evening’s revelry, children’s activity unfolds on New Year’s Day in the Piazza del Popola, with clowns and other performers on stilts, papier-mache masks, fire-eaters, and more. Call +914 669 5378 or more information.

Underground Market

Unfolding in a subterranean parking lot near the Via Sistina, this monthly antiques market caters to collectors. Call +39 0636 004399 for more information.

Roman Purim

This Roman Jewish holiday, the Mo’ed di Piombo, stems from 1793 AD (5553 in the Hebrew calendar). Rome’s Jewish Temple is illuminated at night as the rabbi explains the meaning underscoring the celebration. Call +39 0636 004399 for more information.

February

Rome Independent Film Festival

As Rome’s foremost cinema event, the Independent Film Festival showcases more than 40 artists from some 25 countries. Screenings are in theaters at Cinema Pasquino, Cinema Roma and the Ripa Hotel. Call 0039 0636 004399 for more information.

March

Eurochocolate

During Eurochocolate week everything revolves around the seductive sweet stuff with some 500 participating stands, a Chocobookshop, a Chocofarm and a chocolate-flavored film competition. For added flair, the famed Trinita dei Monti staircase gets plastered with 3,000 pure chocolate eggs. Call + 39 06 36 00 4399 for more information.

April

Rome’s Good Friday Procession

On Good Friday, a torchlit procession moves from the Via Crucis, from the Colosseum and up the Monte Palatino, re-enacting the 14 station of the cross from the death of Jesus to placement of his body in the tomb. Call +39 06 3600 4 399 for more information.

Monthly Bargain Market

La Soffitta Sotto I Portici is a monthly bargain market taking place on the third Sunday with collectibles, memorabilia and more up for grabs. Call +39 06 3600 4399 for more information.

May

May Day Musical

On May 1, Rome celebrates spring’s arrival with a world-class music festival in Piazza San Giovanni. Call +39 06 3600 4399 for more information.

Spring Antiques Market

The Grande Mercato di Primavera (Great Spring Market) offers memorabilia for all tastes. Call +39 06 3600 4399 for more information.

Tennis Masters Series

Great tennis arrives in Rome with the Masters Series where 120 players compete for the top prizes. Call +39 06 3600 4399 for more information.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

This breast cancer awareness fund-raiser involves a mini-marathon at the Stadio delle Terme di Caracalla.

Things To Do On Holiday In Italy

Italy is a very popular family holiday destination for families staying in self catering apartments and holiday villas. It is also popular with couples on romantic short city breaks. They can choose to stay in a holiday cottage or a luxurious holiday villa with a swimming pool.

Rome is now one of the most popular cities in Europe. While here you can choose to stay in one of the many holiday apartments or luxury villas available to rent direct from the holiday home owner in the capital. The prime attraction of Rome is the Colosseum. Emperor Vespasiano built this in 80 A.D. and gladiator fights were performed here. This is a huge monumental structure.

The Vatican City has many hot spots like St. Peter’s square, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Gardens, the Sistine chapel and the Vatican museums. Another popular tourist spot is Fontana di Trevi. There is a belief that if a person throws a coin into the water here, the person would return to Rome at least once again.

Tuscany is an enticing tourist destination and one of the most popular in the world. Tuscany is home to Siena, Lucca, Pisa and Florence. Here, you will find the great works of Renaissance architects, sculptors and painters. Some examples are Filippo Brunelleschi, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci. The Cathedral of Pisa has a bell tower called as the Tower of Pisa. You will find the visit here is physically challenging. There are more than three hundred steps that wind up a narrow staircase. Tourists come from all over the world to visit here; they stay in self catering apartments or holiday villas that they rent from the home owner.

In Tuscany, you can enjoy horse riding from Centro Ippicol Agrifoglio. The horses are extremely obedient, soft and gentle and the inspiring countryside can be seen along with a relaxing ride. At the Circolo Golf Ugolino, a round of golf can be played.

St. Mark’s square is located in the midst of Venice. Families on vacation rental a luxury villa with a swimming pool or a holiday apartment and use this as a base to explore the local sites and culture. There are many museums here. Basilica is a church that has golden mosaics. Also, there is a 10th century altarpiece. Doge’s Palace has a museum inside it. Close to the basilica, there is a Porta della Carta. From the palace, there are pleasant views of the island San Giorgio Maggiore.

Towards the east is the Ponte della Paglia. From this spot, you can see the Bridge of Sighs which proves very popular with tourists. Towards the north of St. Mark’s square, there is a Rialto bridge. While walking from St. Mark’s square to this bridge, you will find many shops selling sweets, handbags, and designer clothing and glass souvenirs. Another major attraction for families staying in self catering apartments or villas is Aberoni golf course, it is the most popular.

Tourist can also enjoy fun filled recreational activities such as sailing in San Giorgio del Maggiore Island, swimming can be done down on the beach, in-line skating at the rink in Castello, tennis and rowing in Canottieri Bucintoro.

A Walk in the Park – Touring Rome by the Day

It’s undeniable that there are so many beautiful places that you can lay your eyes on once you get in Rome. But when is the best time to enjoy it? Of course! in the morning, especially when the weather’s just right for some strolling.

Rome Day Tours Is All about Choices

When it comes to Rome day tours, everything will be according to your choice, and it will never be that hard as you’re provided with lots of them. First of all, you can have the option of enjoying this historical city all on your own. If you have a car, then you can simply get away from the usual places of interest of Rome and proceed to the countryside and nearby villages. Certainly, these locations are not covered by professional and commercial day tours. This will surely be a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Besides, travel doesn’t have to be super-expensive as there are trains that you can ride going from one point to another.

For those who are visiting Rome for the first time, however, it’s advisable to take on Rome day tours provided by local Official Tour Guides. They would cover numerous places that you can probably miss out if you’re only doing the touring alone. Besides, it’s great to have a private Official Tour guide with you, explaining the rich history of each monument and building that you’re going to pass through.

Normally, Rome day tours are referred to as the walking tours. This is because majority of world-renowned establishments are found close to one another. You can basically start your tour at 10:00 a.m. at the Roman Forum, where imposing buildings used to stand. While you’re there, why don’t you listen to the tales and anecdotes that will be shared by your tour guide? They can give you a glimpse of the political and social life of the Romans, which have been known for their philosophies and theories.

You can then proceed to the Colosseum where gladiators used to reign. They speak so much on the form of entertainment during the days of the emperors. But more than that, your Rome private day tours will provide you on the technicalities of the venue. After all, isn’t everyone always left in awe as to how the Colosseum came to be? Nevertheless, it’s ideal to bring in some cash with you, as you will likely get to pay an entrance fee. Besides, this will help you skip a very long line.

After lunch, you can then proceed to other magnificent edifices, even including those that are found at the back streets. These include the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Pizza Navona, and Trevi Fountain, among others. A fountain that has been the fruit of the collaboration of great Italian artists, such as Borromini and Bernini, is found within the area too.

Rome private day tours can be a lot of fun. However, it’s not only you who share the same opinion. So if you don’t want to have anyone taking on your spot, it’s always best to book your private tour days ahead, especially if it’s going to last for some

Tips for visiting Rome – Part 7

I have to go to Rome 2 or 3 times every year, send by The Italian Customs Agency for which I work, to attend to refresher courses, normally for 3-4 days.

After 17:00, I’m free to walk about Rome to visit the many interesting places over there.

Time available for me is not many and those hours are not the best because there’s the top of traffic, just since 17:00 to about 20:30, the Imperial Forum and other public parks and museums are going to close, except for some exceptions with particular expositions.

So, the best (relatively) is moving in the middle of the afternoon, since 14:00 to 17:30, if you don’t suffer the hot in summer, otherwise, in the middle of the morning (10:00 – 13:00) and then, in the evening, after 20:30 – 21:00 to have dinner (in Rome, rather late hours for dinner are usual) and visit Rome in the evening, very nice and pleasant.

If you walk in the evening, stay always in the centre, where, normally, there’s many people and the “movida”, because to circulate in the other areas can be more dangerous for crime and robbings.

Rome is beautiful, but, surely, is NOT a paradise.

To move in Rome, try to use as much as possible the two lines (A and B) of the Underground, although very little thing, if compared to that of Paris, London, or New York and it’s often crowded; by the way, this is the fastest way to move across the town.

Be careful that, if I remember well, at 23:00 it closes the service.

Avoid absolutely taxis, because they’re too expensive and not fast for the traffic, if you don’t have too much money.

Then, where the underground can’t get, take a bus or walk, being careful to cross roads, because Romans are rather fast, nevrotic and few patient with pedestrians.

My advice is that of buying a daily ticket for 4.00 Eur to circulate freely the whole day by bus and underground.

There’re also other tickets for 3 or 7 days, really convenient and comfortable.

Buy cumulative tickets to visit more museums with the same ticket; you will spend less and save time.

If you have time and will to walk, start from the underground stop of Terme di Caracalla, pass through the Viale delle Terme di Caracalla and then,

continue along Via di Porta S. Sebastiano, the beginning of Via Appia Antica (the first of the great roads built by the ancient Romans, pass Porta S. Sebastiano (a door of the Aurelian Walls) and then walk also for 5, 7, or 10 km along the Via Appia Antica.

The landscape of the “Campagna Romana” is very nice and green, with many ancient imponent ruins and the S. Callisto Catacombe, (the ancient Christian underground cemetery).

The area is today a great natural park, saved from the assaults of modern cements after many years of environmental battles.

I made this long walk in a beautiful free sunny Saturday of October; wonderful!

Great books about traveling to Rome

This is a selection of books from different genres that make for a good read in the eternal city.

Italo Svevo – ‘A Life’, 1999. Novel, translated.

Anthony Barrett – ‘Agrippina’, 1996. Historical.

David Yallop – ‘In God’s Name’, 1997. Finely researched nvel about papal intrigue.

Irving Stone – ‘Agony and Ectasy. 1989, Fictional novel based on facts about Michelangelo.

John Cornwell – ‘Hitler’s Pope’. 1999. Historical.

Steven Saylor – ‘The House of the Vestals. 1999. Accurately documented fiction set in Ancient Rome.

Edward Gibbon – ‘The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’. 1982. Historical literature.

Elizabeth David – ‘Italian Food’. 1998. Cookery book from the English-language doyenne of European cuisine.

Richard, Francis and Robert Graves – ‘I Claudius, Carcanet Press. 1998. Accurately documented fiction in Ancient Rome.

Alberto Moravia – ‘Racconti Romani’, 1997; ‘The Confromist, 1999. Contemorary fiction, translated.

Colleen McCullough – ‘The First Man in Rome, 1992; ‘The Grass Crown, 1992; ‘Caeser’s Women, 1997. Finely researched fiction set in Ancient Rome.

Agustus Hare – ‘Agustus Hare in Italy’, 1997 (19th century text, re-published)

Rome: Influential Empire, Great Tourist Aim

Rome was originate as distant back 753 BC by the clone, Romulus and Remus. It grew substantially until it became the Roman kingdom which was control by an Emperor from the year 27 BC.

The Roman Empire became a following and economic center for the Western World. Its influence stretched far and wide and it was said that “all transportation lead to Rome.” This most powerful Empire, however, fell in 476 AD. It had a uneven history next its fall. The city preserve its rank as the capital of the Papal States and later on it became a center of culture and imaginative activity which it has somewhat retained to this day.

Over its turbulent history, the inhabitant in the area has risen and fallen depending on the style of the time. In modern times, Rome seems to once again be on an upward scale in terms of its permanent population.

It is a very popular tourist destination seeing around ten million tourists through its city every year. The city is a city of contrasts. On the one hand, tourists will find busy thoroughfares and expensive prices. On the other hand, it is full of small sheltered parks, fountains and piazzas. It is full of ancient ruins, famous monuments and fascinating museums. You can view the remains of ancient times, see the extraordinary architecture from the Renaissance period, enjoy a gastronomical treat in a traditional Italian restaurant or relax in the gardens of European sovereign.

Due to the huge number of tourists that visit Rome per annum there are a vast number of holiday accommodation options to choose from. From the traditional to the unique, visitors can choose the place that appeals to them most. Hotels are a popular accommodation choice in Rome. They range greatly in price and quality. You can choose to stay in luxury hotel or you can easily find a budget hotel often in the area surrounding Termini Station.

Holiday apartments or villas can be found to rent. These are a good option for small groups or families as they provide more space and soltitude than a hotel. Bed and breakfasts are fast becoming popular in Rome. If you go for this option be prepared that they may simply be a room in some-one’s house.

Rome If You Want To – A Traveler’s Guide To Rome

Rome is one of the most beautiful areas in the world. The very cradle of human civilization, its many landmarks are a joy for the eyes to behold. The Eternal City remains unrivaled when it comes to the sheer aesthetic supremacy of its antique structures and its impressive, widely-venerated history. It doesnt come as a surprise then that Rome has claimed the #2 spot on the top travel destinations in the world.

1. Rome

With a climate mild and rainy in winter rather than full of snow, many find Rome the perfect place to vacation during any time of year. You do not need a Visa if youre only staying for 90 days or less. Experts recommend visiting Rome in the off-peak months between October and March to avoid the summer rush. If you can, try to book a hotel near or within the centro storico or historic district.

2. Take The Tour

Be sure to make a list of locations you intend to visit within Rome beforehand to save you time and money. Private tours are a great way to get around and at the same time soak up the local culture. Another great way to economize is by taking the TramBus system, that goes around the city and provides a fascinating tour of Romes neighborhoods.

3. Don’t Miss These Locations

The Coliseum is probably, next to the Vatican, the best structure to visit in the city. You can tour the premises on your own or join those conducted every hour by guides dressed as Gladiators. Operating hours vary throughout the year, so you will want to call in advance if at all possible.

4. The Roman Forum

Check out the civic center of Ancient Rome where political, religious, and economic activities took place. Many of its columns remain standing among the ruins even after 2000 years, displaying the intricacies of Roman architecture. Admission is free, opens at 9 am and closes an hour before sunset. If you want, you can spend a little more to get a personalized guided tour complete with audio pedestals where you can learn more.

5. The Vatican

One of the most popular spots to visit in Rome is, of course, the Vatican. In addition to its religious importance, the Vatican has a fine collection of sculptures, paintings, books, and many other artifacts that chronicle the Catholic Churchs history. You can view St. Peters Basilica, marvel at Michelangelos Pieta, its detailed masonry, or the papal catacombs. Move on to the Vatican Museum where even more magnificent antiquities are housed, not the least of that are Egyptian mummies from B.C. era.

6. The Sistine Chapel

If pressed for time, skip everything else and proceed to the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo, primarily, was known as an excellent sculptor so when Pope Julius II commissioned him to paint the Bible on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, he thought it was a ploy by his rivals who thought Michelangelo, not being a full-on painter, would yield mediocrity and eMBArrass himself. Of course, we all know it didnt quite turn out that way. In fact, the Sistine Chapel is probably the most recognized piece of work from the Renaissance period.

Know All About Rome: A Travelers Guide To Rome

The city of Rome is very impressive mostly because of the antique structures it has. It also has a great history attached with it. Rome was ranked at number 2 position in the 2004 Readers Choice Awards for the Top 10 European Cities (for Conde Nast Traveler). It was behind Florence only.

Rome is dry and hot in summers and rainy in winters. The city has a population of 2.7 million. You need to have a passport to visit Rome, as it is for most of the Italian countries. But you do not have to worry about the visa if your stay is not more than 90 days. You should visit Rome during the off-season that is from October to March. There are too many tourists during the summer months. Try to get accommodation into hotels near the historic district or the centro storico. Hotel de Russie is the situated perfectly between the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo. This way you will get to visit these places first and then move on to visit other places of interest.

You should explore Rome on your own. You should make a list of the sites you intend to visit. This will make traveling a lot easier for you. It will also help you save time. Private guided tours are also a good option. You can get the bookings done from your hotel only. You can also opt for the TramBus system. It is cheap and good. This bus system takes you to all the beautiful places in and around Rome.

Different people visit different places in Rome however there are certain sites which one should never miss. The Coliseum is the most popular structure in the city. You must visit this place. You can either look around it on your own or go for guides who are part of the conducted tours. The guides dress up as gladiators. The time when these tours are conducted are not fixed so you should call earlier and inquire about them.

After Coliseum the place to visit should be The Roman Forum or Foro Romano. This place has significant historical importance as it was the civic center of old age Rome. This was the place where all the significant activities took place be it political, religious or anything else. Even after 2000 years, its structures depict the Roman architecture in the true sense. There is no entry fee for visiting this place. It opens at 9 in the morning and closes 1 hour before the sun sets. Paid audio and guided tours are also available.

The Pantheon is a very old structure, around 1,800 years old. However the structure is still intact. This structure was built around 125 A.D. the word Pantheon literally means temple to all gods and it was built by Emperor Hadrian. It has got a huge 9 meter opening. That is the only source of light here. Some famous people like Vittorio Emmanuel II, Renaissance painter Raphael, Umberto I and two Kings of Italy are buried here. The building has remains of so many civilizations. You can know a lot about Roman civilization from here. You can learn about their sculpture, clothing, woodwork, language and many other things. You can actually learn about their thoughts also. There is no entry fee for The Pantheon. It is open for visitors throughout the week. It is closed on all holidays excluding Christmas.

You can visit all the listed placed in Rome in a single day. After this, you can spend a 3 hours at The Vatican. Here you can find huge collections of books, paintings, sculptures and many other things related to the history of the Catholic Church. But this time is not sufficient to examine each and every piece out there. You can not go through the entire Vatican collection at one go. In St. Peters you can have a look at Michelangelos Pieta. Then there is the magnificent Vatican Museum where some great antiques are placed.

There are also some Egyptian mummies here. However one place which you must visit is the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo was a great sculptor and Pope Julius II asked him to paint the bible on Sistine Chapels ceiling. However his aim to embarrass Michelangelo wasnt fulfilled as Sistine Chapel went on to become one of the greatest pieces of art from the Renaissance period. The schedules here arent that regular so you should inquire about it well in advance.

Cafes and restaurants are there almost everywhere in Rome so there is no problem in finding them when you are feeling hungry. For traveling, wear comfortable dress and shoes. Do not carry too much luggage with you. To know all the things you need to do and need to visit, consult the hotel concierge or some other tourist information.

Forget Paris, Discover The Romance Of Rome

Rome is considered by many to be the heart of Europe. This city was once the centre of the greatest empire the world has ever seen. Even today, remnants of that greatness are everywhere in Rome, with some of the most breathtaking art and architecture you will ever see. Rome was the home of the greatest artists and sculptors and even if you may have seen these pieces in books, there is nothing like seeing it for yourself up close and personal.

The biggest attraction in Rome is the Coliseum. This colossal structure still baffled engineers today as to how it was built using what we still think was primitive methods. However, the Roman Empire was centuries ahead of its time in terms of building structures, dams and canals which irrigated the fertile lands surrounding the capital.

Many organized tours start from the Coliseum and wind their way through the city, stopping at every breathtaking cathedral and museum. Rome is a city of immense culture and historical significance, so if you are at all interested in art and culture then Rome is one place you have to go.

On the other side of the spectrum, Rome is a modern city alive with dynamism and a great vibe. Rome is home to some of the best bars and nightclubs so if this is what you are looking for then you will not be disappointed. If you are looking for a place to stay, then look for a place within the main parts of the city. You will not struggle to find something to do just by stepping out of your hotel.

If hotel life is not what you are after then there are plenty of self-catering apartments and holiday rentals available. Hotel package tours will allow you to see most of Rome within a solid structure. This is a good way of ticking off all the places you will discuss at dinner parties. Holiday rentals will give you more freedom to explore on your own terms and you will more than likely stumble upon a few places that ordinarily you would not have been able to find.

Rome rarely experiences terrible weather but the best time for a visit is in summer. This, however, is the most expensive time to travel so booking in the milder off season may be better. The weather is still great and the city is not as full of bustling tourists. If you book early you should be able to get a place in the better hotels or in a self-catering apartment.

If you want to try something different, then you should try Rome. Hire a Vespa and head out to the countryside or flit around the narrow streets. Rome is a place that begs for adventure.

The Ancient Modern Rome

Most people choose summer for their holiday adventures. But when it comes to Rome, a winter trip, when the city rests from its clammy, exhausting heat, is even more advisable. Sightseeing is calm and leisurely, and an evening in one of local cafes, like Tazza d’Oro by the Pantheon, is even more pleasant.

Having read a couple of guides on Rome you might feel a bit confused: the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Saint Peter’s Square… Experienced travelers say that excursions around main attractions, when you see them one by one in the order they are mentioned in travel guides, are useless. Leisurely idle walks – that is the best way to make friends with Rome.

First thing a tourist is advised to do in Rome is to get the city map and find the nearest stop for trams 3 and 8, which go around the city demonstrating a great amount of attractions. They will of course take you to the Colosseum. It might sometimes be difficult to get inside, but after your visit you can go further to Via dei Fori Imperiali – a road rich in archaeological and historic attractions: the ancient market, Forum of Trajan, Basilica Ulpia etc. Various events often take place here.

You are then free to go anywhere you want – Rome is rich in churches, fountains, squares, museums, cosy streets and shops. On your way from the Pantheon to Piazza Navona (by the way, the famous Fountain of the four Rivers is located here) you will encounter a modern house standing on piles right above the ancient ruins. This is what true Rome is – full understanding between the ancient history and modern life.

Squares are almost at every turn in Rome. The best known of them, like Piazza di Spagna, Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Venezia and Piazza Navona, are always crowded with people. However, there are also spots that are rarely mentioned in standard guides. Piazza Mincio in the Quartiere Coppede is one of those – fountain, arches and art-nouveau roofs are definitely worth seeing.

A historic district concentrated around Campo de’ Fiori also deserves one’s attention. The place is full of narrow lanes, endless stores selling various goods, small shops selling vintage clothes standing side by side with Renaissance palaces and ancient ruins. Another district (or “rione” like they call them here) pleasant to walk around is the bohemian Trastevere, which greatly differs from other Roman districts. Time runs more slowly, and colours are unlike anywhere else in the city. Trastevere has some churches (basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Santa Cecilia in Trastevere) and museums (Museo di Roma). The district is rich in cafes and restaurants serving wine and food. Trastevere still keeps its historic traditions.

As for spiritual traditions, one place that will remind you of those is the Vatican City. However, to enter it you will have to join a guided tour. And don’t forget to observe Rome from the Janiculum Hill and Piazzale Garibaldi. An unmounted trip is the best way to get there – on your way you will see some beautiful houses and fountains. On the hilltop there is a green park. One of the most important local landmarks is the monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi

For the romantic persons I would recommend seeing the sunset from Circo Massimo (Circus Maximus), when the sun throws rays of light on the opposite Palatine.