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Eat and drink in Rome

Eat and drink in Rome

In Rome you do not have to miss the famous ‘pizza al taglio’: basically in Rome you can live with it! And it will help you a lot to save monay expecially if you are a traveller on a budget.

Attention: the most fancy places are usually tourist traps. We suggest to get lost in the narrow streets away form the big crowded ones. You should not pay more then 2 euros for a delicious crusty walking pizza…

If saving is your travelling philosophy, you can also drink your water from the public fountains that are spread all over.

And after pizza?? You need to end with a fantastic ice cream!

For an excellent one try Giolitti’s (Via Uffici del Vicario, 40, ph: 06 6991243; www.giolitti.it) that since 1900 has been serving savoury ice creams behind all expectations. It’s not in every guide… only Romans know!! Basically till now you should have spent not more then 5 euros!!! Quite good news for backpackers, or also families with children travelling on a budget!! Right??

But the best tips are the following: dinner out in Rome!!

The San Lorenzo and Trastevere neighbourhoods are both renowned for reasonably priced Roman-Style cooking. If you have a lodging there it will also be easy to get around: otherwise there are plenty of guest houses or family B&& (bed and breakfast, in Italy are also called pensioni or family guest house) available in many websites, among the others you can try Flashbooking.com which allows to book directly online providing you with the BB maps and directions and contacts as well. Very useful! We suggest you chose your BandB according to the location and if you get your accommodation in Trastevere be sure you will be in the most traditional, buzzing and authentic area of Rome!

There are very few things Romans will line up for. One of these is “da Baffetto” near Piazza Navona, more exactly in Via del Governo Vecchio,14;ph. 066861617). After 9 pm prepare to wait quite a lot because they do not take reservations but pizza is fabulous!!

For tradition Roman dishes there is also “Trattoria da Francesco” in Piazza del Fico, 29 (ph: 06 6864009) hidden in a cosy square that serves as a private garden. If this is not enough and you are planning to stay in Rome for few nights, consider a visit to Alfredo alla Scrofa and try the specialty: ‘Fettuccine’ (Via della Scrofa, 104)

For a little more expensive but trendy place (which is pizzeria, restaurant, wine-bar, ‘cheeserie’ all together is ‘Gusto in Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 9; ph: 06 32262 73; open every day from 10 in the morning until 2 in the night).

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I Love Italian Wine and Food – The Calabria Region

I Love Italian Wine and Food – The Calabria Region

Calabria is the toe of the Italian boot. It is located in the southwest corner of Italy, with 500 miles of coastline on the Ionian, Mediterranean, and Tyrrhenian Seas. Its total population is about 2 million. The countryside is mountainous, and prone to earthquakes. For centuries peasants worked very hard to eke out a living from its poor soil. During the last century over a million people left Calabria to seek a better life in Northern or Central Italy or overseas.

Historically, the region’s first name was Italia, probably from the Italic tribes that inhabited the area. Over time, Calabria has belonged to the Greeks, the Romans, and the Byzantines. Others who lived in the area include Armenians, Bulgarians, Catalans, Goths, Spaniards, Normans, and Bourbons. Talk about multiculturalism.

While Calabria has been poor, its agricultural production is important. For example, it is the source of about 25% of Italian olive oil. Other agricultural products include vegetables, especially eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, artichokes, asparagus, and mushrooms. Its citrus fruits and figs are special. There is plenty of wheat for pasta, country-style bread, focaccia, and pizza. The main meat is pork, and some Calabrian salami is famous. Other meats include lamb and goat. The seas yield anchovies, cod, sardines, swordfish, and tuna. Cheeses include Caciocavallo Silano and Crotonese, reviewed below. Christmas and Easter are accompanied by traditional desserts. You won’t go hungry in Calabria.

Perhaps you haven’t heard of Calabria’s cities including Cosenza, Reggio di Calabria, and the regional capital, Catanzaro. The largest of the three, Reggio di Calabria, has fewer than 200 thousand people. But big cities are hardly a requirement for good wine. Few would ever claim that Italy’s best wines come from Rome, or the surrounding area. Hills and mountains, sunny days and cool nights, maritime breezes, low rainfall, and poor soil are all factors that can lead to excellent wines. Calabria definitely has winemaking potential.

Calabria devotes about sixty thousand acres to grapevines, it ranks 13th among the 20 Italian regions. Its total annual wine production is slightly less than twenty million gallons, giving it a 15th place. About 91% of the wine production is red or rosé (a bit of rosé), leaving 9% for white. The region produces 12 DOC wines. DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which may be translated as Denomination of Controlled Origin, presumably a high-quality wine. Only 2.4% of Calabria wine carries the DOC designation. The region is home to almost three dozen major and secondary grape varieties, half white and half red.

Widely grown international white grape varieties include Chardonnay, Trebbiano, and Malvasia. The best known, strictly Italian white variety is Greco Bianco, which makes an excellent sweet wine that is very hard to find outside of the region. In general, Calabrian white wines are difficult to find in North America.

Widely grown international red grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The best known strictly Italian white variety is Gaglioppo, whose flagship wine, Ciró we review below. Keep your eyes open for wines made from the indigenous Magliocco red grape.

Before reviewing the Calabria 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 Pitta Chicculiata, Pizza with Tuna, Tomato, Anchovies, Black Olives, and Capers.
Then try La Carne ‘Ncantarata dei Fratelli Alia, Pork Loin in Honey-Chili Glaze. For dessert, indulge yourself with Fichi al Cioccolato, Chocolate-Covered Roasted Figs.

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
Librandi ‘Duce San Felice’ Ciró Reserva 2001 13.5% alcohol about $15

Some claim that Ciró is the oldest existing wine. It is said to come from a wine consumed by victorious Calabrian athletes on their return from the Olympics well over 2500 years ago. This DOC wine grows in the low hills near the Ionian Sea in eastern Calabria not far from the Sila Massif plateau. If you ask me, the geographical characteristics worked out quite well for this wine.

Ciró is made from the indigenous Gaglioppo red grape, which has a light-colored pulp and very thick skin. In spite of the grape skins, this wine contains light tannins. Personally I found the tannins excellent, they melted into the food and I say this as someone who is not overly fond of tannins. I tried this Ciró with barbecued boneless beef ribs marinated in a somewhat spicy tomato sauce and loved the way the fruit flavors accompanied the food. Sometime after the meal I reread the wine store’s review and agreed with their quote “…This Librandi has tangy texture with complex, juicy red fruit, and overall it’s very attractive. It’s just great for barbecued meats…”

Crotonese is a pure sheep’s milk cheese found in Calabria. It is made in 4 pound wheels with a very light rind. Its color ranges from pale yellow to creamy yellow. Crotonese is an excellent grating cheese. Another recommendation is to slice it thinly and drizzle olive oil, especially Calabrian Crotonese olive oil, over it. Its flavor is both salty and sweet, and is mildly sharp. I tried it for lunch with a mixture of humus (ground chickpeas) and processed vegetables, toast, and the Ciró Reserva. The wine and cheese flavors blended well. Another recommended wine for Crotonese cheese is the classic Tuscan Brunello di Montalcino at about three times the cost of this Ciró.

Additives Helping the Food Processing Industry

Despite the point that food additives have gained much of its importance in past few years, this is a fact that in some form or the other it has been used for centuries. The process of preserving and processing food came into existence when the man first learnt to protect food from nature for longer period. Initially, processing methods included only salting and drying. The first food products to be used as processed or preserved food was meat and fish. Egyptians used colors and flavorings to process their food and make them even tastier than before while the people of Rome used saltpeter [scientifically named potassium nitrate], spices and colors to enhance the life of the food and increase the beauty of the food. Now days, chefs all around the world frequently use baking powder as a raising agent or thicking agent and colors such as cochineal to change normal food into processed food which is tasty, healthy and enjoyable to eat. The overall intention of food processing stays the same as of your mom i.e. to provide healthy and tasty food

In the rapid evolution of food processing industry in the last 50 years, many food additives came into existence that can perform number of functions to make a food item look and taste better. Some of these additives have become very popular due to its very common use in our daily lives. These are emulsifiers in margarine, sweetener in low-calorie food products and also many other preservatives and anti-oxidants. These additives not only make food to look beautiful and taste better but they also cut down the speed of product spoiling time and rancidity.

We have talked so much about food additives but do not know what actually it is. A food additive is basically a food substance not generally eaten alone as a food regardless of whether or not it has some nutrition to offer for humans and also not used as a main ingredient in food. The use of additive is basically conducted for some technical purpose and that too in the manufacturing, processing, preparation, treatment or transportation. It is also expected to show its existence by naturally reacting with food items and enhancing them from every aspect. Many food additives are naturally required by food products but some are additionally added to augment the taste and appearance of that food stuff. This is the technical purpose that leads to the facts that they are food additives.

Food additives have an important role to perform in this multifaceted food processing industry. We know that cooked or raw both kind of food is subjected to natural changes once it comes in contact with environmental procedure. Additives help food maintaining its original composition and thus keeping itself worth eating for longer.

It’s only because of additives that the range of processed food is increasing and the list of menu is getting longer in super-markets, specialist food joints or when you go out eating. This is not the end and people are surrendering more and more to their taste buds and asking for more variety of processed food. These expectations of consumers can be completed only by use of ultra-modern food processing technologies and not to mention the food additives also which are grown and invented through innovative minds and meticulous and strict testing.

How tipping works

Tipping has several debatable origins. Evidence suggests it originated in ancient Rome. Another explanation from www.straightdope.com, says it is from the eighteenth century. A Dr. Johnson that had a box marked “to insure prompt service”, at his local coffee shop would put coins in there before leaving, if service was satisfactory. Even the acronym is argued as being correct. Tipping came to America from England, but after the Revolution was looked down on for a time because it was given to those of lower class.

I spoke to several wait staff and it seems that there are several things common to tipping. There doesn’t seem to be much difference between male or female tippers, even though the old rule of thumb used to be 15% paid by women and 20% paid by men. Women are showing they can be equal after all. All agreed that tipping indicates the level of service shown the customer and waiters work hard to get the most from each table. It seems to be in agreement among all the wait staff that I spoke to, that seniors and some ethnic groups are the cheapest when it comes to tipping too.

Restaurants have difference policies when it comes to tips. In many European restaurants a gratuity is automatically added to the bill, regardless of the number of diners. Here in America, many restaurants automatically add a gratuity of 10%-15% for groups of 6 or more. Claiming tips for tax purposes is handled in several ways too, but most restaurants require the server to claim tips charged on credit cards. It is usually left up to the server to decide how much they claim in tips paid in cash. I think most decide a lot less than what they make and rule in their own favorduh! Most service type jobs that accept tips rely on tipping for most of their income and work hard to earn them.

Tips are usually shared among all the staff, in a restaurant. If a restaurant has an open table policy, meaning that all wait-staff help all tables, the tips are distributed among all the wait staff, bussers and cooks, in varying percentages. If tables are assigned to designated waiters, the tips are only split up between that wait person and their bussers and sometimes the cook, if they are smart. My own experience showed that the more you share the money, the faster and warmer your customer’s food was when you served it and the more you get in tips!

What is a good rule as to how much to tip? I say use 20% as the rule and vary it more or less depending on quality of service. Sometimes a server will go the extra mile that deserves that extra recognition of a couple more dollars. Then there are the times where you wish you never walked in the door. I was once on a travel trip with a college swim team and we stopped at Denny’s for breakfast. There was a group of about 10 of us and we were jovial, but well behaved. We had a server that was the meanest and grouchiest old woman that had obviously gotten up on the wrong side of the bed that day! As a result, we left her two pennies under an upside down glass of water. That was a perfect expression of the quality of service she gave!

How You Can Save Money If You Book Hotels In Central Rome

This article has the purpose to explain what we intend for central Rome and the benefits to reserve an hotel in this area.

For central Rome we mean specifical districts like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Trastevere.

The district of Trastevere was once inhabited by the medieval working class and since the 1970 has been filled up with new hotels, tour buses and sidewalk vendors. The original people of this district belong to a mixed ancestry, mainly Jewish, Roman and Greek and for decades they were known for speaking their on dialect in a language rougher than that spoken in central Rome.

Trastevere remains one of Rome’s most colorful quarters, even if it is a bit overrun and it is know as a ” city within a city”.

The hotels in central Rome allow visitors to save money when sightseeing because people can cover all the major monuments in few hours with a pleasant promenade.

In fact if you have booked an hotel near the spanish steps you can see how Rome is entered by Porta del Popolo built in the Renaissance period by the architect Vignola from the designs of Michelangelo.

As you can imagine, you can’t walk anywhere in Rome without stepping on several layers of Roman archaological remains. it’s often frustrating for the people who actually live there: they can not do anything above or below ground without having to stop and carefully consider what is being lost and found.

A trick you have to know after you make your reservation is to ask for a corner room. Corner rooms are usually larger, quieter and have more windows and light than standard rooms, and they do not cost necessarily more. Always ask if the hotel is renovating: if it is, request a room away from the renovation work. You can also inquire about the location of the elevators, restaurants and bars in the hotel, all sources of annoying noise.

Rome center offers also some splendid opportunities for lovers of the performing arts. All major performers pass through Rome and the city has traditionally been the hot spot for theater production in Italy. The scene positively burgeons in summer when a mind-boggling range of performances is staged throughout the city in various indoor and outdoor venues.

Rome is also a sort of culinary melting pot for distinctive regional styles.

Pesto and marinara sauce, ravioli and risotto, cannoli and tiramisu are often all found together on the same menu. Another advantage of Rome’s size and cosmopolitan charachter is that you can find very good restaurants downtown with food from around the globe: Rome is really your best opportunity to hunt out different types of cuisine.

The Eternal city wasn’t built in a day and,to accommodate its tourists, it continues to expand with more hotels, opening hours for museums and other attractions, especially during holidays and the summer months.

Rome’s Best Restaurants

Rome caters to a variety of tastes and preferences, each of them distinctly Roman! From the casual Roman tavern (also known as a trattoria or osteria) to the trendy upscale restaurants, each offers a different perspective of Roman wine and cuisine.

MET, which is found near Ponte Milvio, is one of Rome’s trendiest hotspots. The minimalist table decor alternates between white, black, and chocolate brown. The menu is suitably varied to cater to different tastes.

Maccheroni, the most popular Italian dish in the world, is the name of one of the best trattorias in Italy. Located in an ancient neighbourhood in the Piazza delle Coppelle, it maintains a warm, rustic atmosphere. The menu is an offering of traditional (and homemade) Roman cuisine. It also includes regional specialties.

Roscioli is considered by locals to be the city’s best enoteca (or wine bar). Here you’ll be served fresh bread and specialty wines each day according to Roman tradition.

You can’t come to Rome and not try the pizza. For authentic Roman pizza and local wine, visit the Montecarlo. It is located close to the Piazza Navona, and its noisy, fun atmosphere is loved by both locals and tourists.

Quinzi & Gabrieli is arguably the best seafood restaurant in Rome. Having been established in a 16th century building, the restaurant features three rooms with vaulted ceilings, an open front kitchen, and a terrace that overlooks a typical Roman square. The food is cooked in full view of the patrons, and the seafood comes directly from the fish tanks into the pots. A few choice ingredients are used to bring out the flavour of the fish.

La Pergola in the Rome Cavalieri Hilton Roof Garden is one of Rome’s best gourmet restaurants. It has been awarded a three Michelin stars and was founded by executive chef Heinz Beck. The cocktail bar with its views of the Eternal City and St. Peter’s dome is widely acclaimed. The restaurant has a frescoed ceiling and cherry wood interiors to add to the gourmet experience. In the summertime, you could also enjoy alfresco dining on the adjacent terrace.

For something off the beaten track (as far as Italy goes), try something completely different. SOMO, a Japanese/fusion restaurant, is one of the best non-Italian restaurants in Rome. The special lighting and intricate Japanese interior design give this restaurant in historic Trastevere a special touch. The restaurant is open everyday except Monday for evening meals between 7.30 pm and 12.30 am.

Tips for visiting Rome – Part 4

The Short Roman Holiday: When planning a trip to Italy, many travelers favor itineraries which allow them to experience a number of different cities. A typical 10 day vacation plan may include three or even four different “stops”. Rome often tops the list of “must see” Italian destination cities. But with only a few precious days to explore, the biggest dilemma is how to plan a complete and memorable Roman experience during a short stay.

Plan your arrival: If Rome is your first stop, a good plan will help make your first day more than simply recovery from an overnight, transatlantic flight. Making your ground transportation arrangements ahead of time can minimize the stress of arriving in a foreign environment. Only slightly more expensive than a pre-arranged shuttle from the Rome airport, an advanced reservation for a private driver will provide someone to greet you, help you with luggage and provide the most direct (and relaxing) route to your hotel. We pre-booked with Rome Shuttle Limousine with good results.

Less can be more: In a few short days, you can’t see it all. It becomes a choice between “checklist” tourism and a true cultural experience. If you want to deepen your experience rather than just skim the surface, consider identifying a theme. A culinary theme, for instance could take you from neighborhood gelaterias to sumptuous rooftop dining overlooking the city lights; quaint, family trattorias to open air markets with fresh artichokes and artisan cheeses. Other themes might include sacred spaces (churches and cathedrals) or a photo-tour of parks and gardens. Another option would be to choose one or two main sightseeing excursions, and fill out the remainder of your days with casual exploration and chance encounters.

Utilize Shortcuts: Many museums and historic sights offer, for a small fee, an opportunity to skip the line. For a visit to the Vatican Museums, for instance, a “skip the line” reservation can save you from an hour or two of standing in line. Options are available for guided tours, of course, but some companies, like online” Viator, offer a less expensive option than provides quicker entry while still allowing you to tour the vast museums at your own pace.

Make it personal: There is no better way, in my mind, to enhance a vacation than to spend a bit of time meeting, observing and interacting with locals. This is more likely possible when you get away from the major tourist attractions.

A Center of Culture and Religion

There are palaces, universities, and basilicas. Modern Rome also hosts the Cine Studios, which is a film and television studio complex second only to Hollywood. When it comes to music, Rome boasts the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia which is an internationally acclaimed conservatory of music. Visitors who enjoy museums should examine the National Museum of Rome at all of its four locations. In addition to the museum, no visitor to Rome should miss visiting the Vatican.

The National Museum of Rome.

The National Museum of Rome is divided into four main sites. The sites are: Crypta Balbi, Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, and Baths of Diocletian. The Crypta Balbi site has three floors. The basement consists of archeological remains, and can only be viewed with a guide. The ground floor shows ‘archaeology and history of an urban landscape.’ The first floor shows the development of Rome from the fifth century to the tenth century (AD).

The Palazzo Altemps houses many statues and works of art, including sculptures of eastern deities. There is also a private theater which currently houses special exhibitions. The Palazzo Massimo alle Terme houses a sarcophagus and mummy, including amber and jewelry artifacts that were found with the mummy. There are also sculptures and ancient coins at the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. The Baths of Diocletian includes sculptures from bathhouses, a former chapel, and a sixteenth century garden.

Vatican City ‘A Nation in Rome, Italy

Vatican City is the world’s smallest nation, occupying just under half a square kilometer of Rome’s real estate. In addition to housing the Pope, the Vatican contains perhaps the most famous house of prayer of all time. The Sistine Chapel, located in the Apostolic Palace, is the site of the art of Michelangelo. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel shows scenes from the Bible, beginning with nine stories from the book of Genesis in the highest part of the chapel. Perhaps the best known scene of the chapel is the picture of God creating Adam. On the walls, Botticelli painted three scenes; Scenes from the Life of Moses, The Temptation of Christ, and The Punishment of Korah.

Visitors to the Sistine Chapel can enjoy the breathtaking artwork from 9am to 6pm in the winter, and 9am to 7pm in the summer. Visitors should be aware that the place is considered a holy place and therefore, there is a dress code. Visitors should wear long pants or skirts, not short skirts or shorts. Additionally, those wearing sleeveless shirts are not welcome in the Chapel.

Another popular tourist attraction is the Vatican Museum. There is a cafeteria at the Vatican Museum, but dining options are limited within Vatican City. Likewise, there are no overnight accommodations for visitors, so you’ll need to go back into the city of Rome for sleeping arrangements.

Travel destinations: Rome, Italy – Part 8

Rome is a city with two faces, one side an Americanized, tourist

heavan, and the other is the real side, the locals Rome. I intend to give an insight to the real Rome, the one i think everyone should visit at least once.

Sometimes it’s not the obvious things that strike you about a city. It might be a detail, like the scent of cherry blossom in spring, the leisurely walking pace, or the way Italian banks seem geared towards keeping people out. In Rome, for example, the Colosseo is a top tourist priority – but so is crossing the road in one piece. At first this might seem a vain hope, as cars and motorinos are often reluctant to stop even for those waiting at crossings. But it becomes a lot easier if you observe the local technique, which is to stride out purposefully, all the while staring the oncoming driver or motorcyclist in the eye.

A little inside knowledge also helps make sense of other local stimuli, from soccer graffiti to stray cats; and mastering Roman habits such as not drinking cappuccino after lunch and not leaving tips of more than five per cent will do wonders your self-esteem.

Coffee is serious business in Rome and has little to do with the Americanized genre peddled in London or Seattle by lookalike chains.

Go for tradition over variety when drinking the brew in Rome.

Visitors to Rome are often surprised, and sometimes shocked, by the number of stray cats that roam the city, these cats are well looked after by volunteers.

Rome and motorinos, motorinos; the two wheeled motorized bikes, are a symbol of Rome. I definatly recommend a ride round the city to see the sights (especially by night)

Rome’s nightlife exsists primarily in the piazzas, these are squares in which the locals ‘hang out’, sing, dance and chat. Best places to visit; Piazza Popolo and Piazza di Spagna.

Market shopping is the way of the locals, nothing beats a good bargain. Of course market stools aren’t for everyone, head to Via del Corso, close to piazza venezia and the colosseum, an entire street full of stores.

Take a sip from the fountains of Rome, ancient aqueducts bring water to Rome all across the city, the water is the same stuff we buy bottled with a huige price tag…one difference, in Rome, It’s free!

Romans en masse, Romans are good at high-density living. It breeds habits that may appear rude or discourteous to those frm more sedate cultures, but that are often determined by sheer force of numbers. Queuing three of four abreast is often the only way not to spill out of the door and down the street: but you can be sure that everyone in the queue knows exactly who came in after them.

The Roman style, understand "Bella figura" and you’re halfway to understanding the Romans. Bella figura is a little bit presence, a little bit self-respect and a little bit being careful not to let the side down. It’s what carabinieri motorcycle cops are communicating when they lean against their Moto Guzzis in jodhpurs and wraparound shades; it’s what makes kids from the depressed outer suburbs dress up on Saturday night as if they were in Beverly Hills. The opposite is "brutta figura", to show oneself up. In Rome, it’s not so much what you’ve got, it’s what you project.

Go a head, visit the colosseum, the forum, eat pizza and go to the clubs but go to Rome and do as the Romans do and you’ll enhance your experience.

Emergency contacts/telephone numbers;

general emergencies – 113

fire emergencies – 115

road assistance – 116

How to choose Discount Lodging in Rome

In order to find discount lodging in Rome, one needs to first become familiar with the term pension. A pension is like a hotel, only it tends to be smaller. In addition, the price of the room at a pension includes the price of meals.

Some tourists who seek discount lodging have chosen to request mezza pension, which means half-pension. This means that the tourist will pay for eating at the pension for only one meal a day (in addition to breakfast). Whichever arrangement the tourist selects, she or he is guaranteed a comfortable accommodation with an informal atmosphere.

Once the visitor to Rome has located good, discount lodging, then she or he will want to take-in the City’s many sights. Plan any sightseeing with an eye to the discovery of Rome’s many churches and museums. Moreover, do not forget to include a trip to the Colosseum.

The visitor to Rome might want to spend some time within the discount lodging reading-up on one or more of the places that could be part of a sightseeing expedition. One way to get a feel for ancient Rome is by reading Emperors and Gladiators by Thomas Wiedemann. This book offers a very positive picture of early Roman civilization. Anyone who has read this book will realize that the Colesseum did more than just pandering to the masses.

Rome has so much to see that one is foolish not to obtain a map. The visitor to Rome should then study that map, most likely within the confines of some discount lodging. The map should show where the tourist’s accommodation sits, in relation to Rome’s monuments, churches, museums and other places of interest (such as the catacombs).

Once the tourist has chosen the places of interest that she or he wants to visit during a tour of Rome, then that tourist should consult with the operators of the discount lodging regarding the best mode of transportation. A tourist can view Rome on foot, by autobus, by underground or by taxi.

As the tourist departs from his or her discount lodging, that traveler will probably be unprepared for the true wonder of Rome. That first exposure to Rome has left an impression on many travelers. Fenimore Cooper wrote that when he first saw Rome he felt like a compatriot who first visits town, perplexed with the whirl of sensations and the multiplicity of the objects.

A tour through Rome is like paying a visit to another time. It is a way to have a close-hand look at the magnificent skills of the ancient architects, sculptors, and painters. It forces the tourist to re-examine his or her perception of Rome. It will leave that tourist with the desire to return and to plan for a longer stay at some sort of discount lodging.