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Advice from Anne's Place

Birthdays, anniversaries, honeymooners, the young and the old - spend time in Italy, in Rome.

We were there. in the hills above Rome, for 10 years. TA virtually killed us, not listening to reason with respect to the province of Rome, simply concentrating on the centre, not of accommodating guests who did not to be in the centre. And we were closer, time wise, to the centre than many places on the outskirts. We provided transport and cell phones to ensure that our guests were never fearful of the unknown!

So we moved to Puglia, to a lovely place not far from the sea. And there we are today.

But we have left all the advice open for visitors to read, so they can appreciate the beauty of the Eternal City.



AIRPORTS - Rome has two airports, there is the Leonardo di Vinci (Fumicino) airport in the south west, that is the main international airport, handling all scheduled airlines from all over the world, and the is Ciampino (pronounced Champ - ee- no) in the south-east, that now is predominantly Ryanair and EasyJet, with a couple of other European cheepies flying in. It is easier to reach the centre of Rome from Fumicino, as there are fast trains to the centre, but there are buses from Ciampino that will take you to either Anagnina (the Metro station) or Terravision and Schiffani will take you to the Termini in Rome. The main problem is traffic.

AIRPORTS - Having read the comments in TripAdvisor today about transport to and from Ciampino airports, I need to re-iterate a few things. Do NOT use the taxi service there. They are banditi (and that needs no translation). Use Terravision by all means, you need to either buy your ticket on line, or as you come out of arrivals, there is the ticket desk opposite and to the right of the bar. You can also use Cotral/Schiffani  buses to either the Ciampino railway station and take a train into Rome (frequent and inexpensive) or to the Anagnina  Metro station, where you can take the metro into Rome. One thing to remember with Terravision - the early morning buses are packed, and there is no guarantee of a seat. The alternative is to arrange to be picked up - and if you stay at Anne's Place, you can be.

AIRPORTS - If you catch a very late flight into Ciampino, you will find it chaotic. The queues for the buses and for car hire can lose you quite a lot of time. Taxis are quite expensive. Arrange a pick-up.

AIRPORTS - Both Rome airports are very busy, when you arrive you'll need a lot of patience especially at Fumicino, baggage handling is not their forte. And always allow yourself plenty of time to get there and check in as you leave this wonderful country. 

AIRPORTS - Ciampino airport really isn't much of an airport. The arrivals has a very poor bar, that serves coffee in plastic cups (anathema). The parking is atrocious. The queues for the rental car agencies appalling. The taxi drivers are bandits. The Terravision bus confuses most but the seasoned traveller. Departures are not much better. There is at least a reasonable bar. The so called "duty-free" - forget about it. Buy all you need in the shops or supermarkets before you go to the airport. They are undergoing some changes, and new companies are offering bus services into Rome.

AIRPORTS - Ryanair checked baggage allowance is 15kg per person (no infant allowance). Beware that Ryanair will not accept any individual item exceeding 32 kilos and with combined dimensions of more than 81cms height, 119cms wide and 119cms depth. So do not think you can travel with one case. Ryanair allows each passenger (excluding infants) to carry one small piece of hand baggage on board. The hand baggage must not weigh more than 10kg and be less than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, in dimensions.  Check all this out on their website. Also check out the new regulations on the Aeroporti di Roma site

AIRPORTS - How long do I need to get to the airport ? Well, Rome has two airports, Fumicino (pronounced Fume-ee-chino) (Leonardo di Vinci) and Ciampino (Pronounced Champ-ee-no).  Fumicino is the main airport, some 40km outside of Rome to the south west, and is busy !! The train is the best solution, as the roads can be a nightmare. Trains leave the Termini (Rome's main railway station) every 30 mins (Leonardo di Vinci express) or from other stations (Metropolitan Train).  Ciampino is another matter. There is no train, only buses and taxis. They are then dependent on the road. You can go by bus to the city of Ciampino, then take a train. You can take one of the many other buses (and believe me, the bus companies have seen the market here) to the end of the Metro, or to the Termini. Or there are many companies that will pick you up. And so will we (from either airport)

AIRPORTS - New regulations have come into force over hand baggage on European flights - check the Aeroporti di Roma site for more information

BEHAVIOUR - Rome, the eternal city. Most folks love it, a few hate it. Most have a wonderful experience, for a few it's a nightmare. Those who have loved it, those who have had a wonderful experience, are those who did not expect to find things the way they are at home. They expected the Italians to be different. They did not expect to find burgers on every corner. They did not expect that everyone would have brilliant English (or German, or French). They learnt a few words of Italian, and could be polite. They weren't xenophobic, and you don't need to wave the stars and stripes, or the Union Flag (Union Jack) in their faces; but you don't loudly exclaim how much better things are at home, and how you can get a proper coffee at home, and how much better the food tastes at home, and how much better the drivers are at home. And you don't go up to an Italian and demand, in your own language, that they tell you the way to the Forum, or the Coliseum, or the Vatican. And you don't wear a vest, or a t-shirt, or anything else that might offend the Italian culture.

BEHAVIOUR  - We've majored before on sensible clothes and particularly sensible shoes. It's getting warm again, Rome is crowded, and hot. You'll want to feel comfortable. You might want to visit holy places. How do you deal with this? Loose cotton clothes can still be attractive. Flat walking shoes. You aren't going to the ball, you aren't taking an interview on which your whole future depends, and you are not headed for the beach.  No one is going to criticise you for being natural. Covering your shoulders is sensible anyway in the sun. Don't wear skimpy shorts, they just make your back end bigger ! (and you won't get into the Vatican).

BEHAVIOUR  -  Racism has raised its ugly head since the World Cup, comments made by Italian politicians have not helped, nor has the the behaviour of Italian football in general. But is is no worse that any other country. Some try to hide it, others make a big issue over it. I have given advice before about behaviour whilst in Rome. Don't wear controversial T shirts, don't strut around showing you are different. Blend in, learn some of the language, be polite, respectful, but that doesn't mean subservient. We have had a lot of colours and creeds staying with us, and none have ever had a problem in Rome. The Italians are a lovely people. They are on the whole kind and helpful. But they are of Latin blood, and are easily riled. Don't rile them.

DRIVING - Driving on the Italian Autostradi is no different to most countries that I have driven in. You always get the fools who want to flash you, or overtake on the wrong side. The only possible difficulty may be the tolls. Always take a ticket on arrival, or you will have problems leaving. Not all exits are manned, some are automatic and need cash. Be sure to put the ticket in the right place, look at the display, and feed the cash in.

DRIVING - Driving in Italy - if you have driven in France or Spain, then you can adapt easily to the Italian style. The important thing is that you don't get annoyed with some of their idiosyncrasies. Stay with Anne, your accommodation Rome, and get more advice

DRIVING - When driving in this wonderful county, there are a few things you'll immediately notice. Three lanes are designed for at least four rows of cars.  Red lights must be advisory only, along with Stop signs, double white lines etc. Overtaking is an art. A 2 metre gap in front of you has to be filled. If someone is using the mirror, it will only be to see that their hair is perfect (and most times it's the men). Parking is a free-for-all, and those black and white crossings are just right for parking on. Double parking is cool, after all, you need that shot of coffee.

DRIVING - Driving in Italy - make sure you always have your car papers and a valid driving licence with you when you drive anywhere.

FOOD & WINE - How much do I need for food in Italy ?? Firstly, find a place that provides a good breakfast inclusive in the price of the room. A plate of pasta for lunch, with water or coke will set you back approximately 10 Euro. Eating in the evening can cost as little as 10 Euro, but could be up to 100 Euro. Check the menu before entering the establishment. Wine is inexpensive, if you settle for the house wine, beer is more expensive than the house wine.

FOOD & WINE - Vegetarians need not worry about going hungry in Italy. Apart from the pizza Margarita, there are so many pasta dishes that are meat free, and so many contorni (side dishes), that will certainly fill even the most ravenous veggie. Just one thing to beware of, particularly with pastas, the Italians don't consider pancetta (bacon) as meat, and will often add it to many dishes. Just ask ! (Senza carne ??)

FOOD & WINE - Food and wine are two things very close to the heart of all Italians. The variations across the country are enormous. Try to take in the local cuisine and local wine wherever you stay. You'll get all the advice you need by staying at Anne's Place A bed and breakfast Rome.

FOOD & WINE- It is quite difficult to find a poor restaurant in Italy. But in the major tourist attractions you'll find a pretty standard fare, rather than anything exciting. Try moving out of the city, find a small place to eat at. It will be more exciting, certainly less expensive, full of Italians rather than tourists, and the food will be excellent. Take a look at our restaurant advice for Palestrina.

FOOD & WINE - There are some excellent wines coming out of Puglia (the heel of Italy) and Sicily. Don't always be content with the house wine (vino della casa), although it will nearly always be more than drinkable, but try a Puglia Primitivo or a Sicilian Morgante Nero d'Avola. .

FOOD & WINE - You will see very few Italians sat at a bar drinking coffee. That's mainly because the bar charges a premium for you using their tables. Take it at the bar, like the Italians, and save yourself a lot of money.

FOOD & WINE - With the Italian press rueing the decline of tourism in Italy, and the slow food movement encouraging visitors to make use of the emerging B&Bs and “agriturismo” farmstays , it is clear that some changes need to be made by the hoteliers, the train companies, the waiters, all of whom believe that they have the right to carry on in the way they have always behaved.  Stay with us, and avoid the crowded tourist areas, eat locally, and enjoy the real food of Italy.

FOOD & WINE - Food in Italy is so regional. The Rome area offers the best in offal dishes, everything you have had before, and a lot you will not have had. Staying at Anne's Place, your Rome accommodation, you'll be shown all the places to eat.

FOOD & WINE -The whole roasted pig (porchetta) is something worth trying. It is boned and rolled with strong herbs and pepper, roasted over a spit roast, and served often simply with rough country bread and wine. Ariccia (a town between Albano and Genzanno, south east of Rome) boasts to be the origin of porchetta, and you will find many eating places there serving this wonderful food.

FOOD & WINE - Don't expect to eat early when you are in Italy. In Rome some restaurants in the main areas will open from around 6pm, many will be later. Outside of Rome (other than other major cities) NOTHING opens before 8pm. Then they'll eat 'til late. The best thing about eating in Italy is that the table is yours for the evening. You'll not be hurried out because there is more business waiting. Take your time, enjoy your food, make it a social occasion every day, rather than functional.

FOOD & WINE - Whilst in Rome (or the whole of Italy for that matter) avoid restaurants with "tourist menus". Roman cuisine relies on fresh fresh fresh ingredients prepared in a straightforward manner. There are excellent local/regional specialties... do try them. Do your homework here too...research some restaurants/foods before you go (hint: fried artichokes, saltimbocca, pastas carbonara, amatriciana, cacio e pepe, baccala, pappardelle with ragu, etc. PS Thursday is gnocchi day). And try places frequented by Romans. No, it will not be "like the Italian food at home". It will be authentic and local.  Try also the vino della cassa, red or white. If you are eating where the Roman's eat, they won't go back if the wine is not good.

FOOD & WINE - May 1st. Fava and pecorino - Many families gather on 1st May and eat the simple peasant dish of fava (broad beans) with pecorino (sheep's cheese) washed down with copious quantities of wine. The idea behind this is that the peasants will have harvested the fava (described as poor man's meat in the south of Italy), the wine that they made at the end of last year was at its best, and the cheese would have been produced from the few sheep that they had. You will find every market and many enterprising farmers with their vehicles roadside selling the fava for next to nothing. It's simple, it's filling and it brings families together.

GENERAL - Chilling out - it's difficult to do at the best of times. Don't overstretch yourselves, don't set an itinerary that is too demanding. Enjoy Rome, enjoy living, enjoy eating and drinking. Don't be a slave to rigidity. If you miss something today, there's always tomorrow, or another time. Soak up the atmosphere, mingle with the local people, see life from their perspective. Avoid the crowds, the hoards queuing for this and that. Rome's been here for centuries, it'll be here a while longer.

GENERAL - There are so many tour companies in Rome, and so much conflicting advice about using them. There are also a number of vendettas being fought on TripAdvisor. My advice is to look for a good guide book, study a bit beforehand, and go with your eyes wide open to explore everything alone. The apostle Paul didn't need a tour company when he travelled !!

GENERAL - Further to my note on tour companies, some guests yesterday were very complementary of Three Millennia, they said it was tiring, but their guide was very knowledgeable. Also there is a lot of good feedback on Angel Tours. We have our own tour guide (Paolo), and visitors that have used him have been very pleased.

GENERAL - Electricity, converters, power adaptors etc. Italy is 220V, and most of the sockets accept the Italian plug, which is three pins in a row, with the earth (ground) in the centre. They will also accept the standard European two pin plug, on most shavers, chargers etc found in Europe. Occasionally the "Schuko", which is the accepted European system across northern Europe is found in Italy. You cannot use your American hair dryer or curling tongs without a power converter, and you need to buy a converter that handles up to 2kW, unless you have bought appliances that are clearly marked as dual voltage. It is better to leave these devices at home, and rely on the hotel (or B&B) to provide you with them, or pick up a cheap hairdryer in the supermarket for less that € 10, and throw it away when you leave. Most mobile phone chargers and camera chargers are already dual voltage - look at the label to see if it says "Input 110 - 240V, and you'll be fine. All you will need in an adaptor.

GENERAL - What do you want to do ? Most folk want a holiday to remember. Most do not want to be compromised, whether simply by language problems, being ripped off by locals, or their holiday spoilt because they have had their pockets picked. Well for the language you can always choose London or New York, but all major cities unfortunately suffer from the other problems. What can you do to avoid your holiday being ruined ? Always check the price before you commit to something. If you think it is expensive, walk away. Likelihood is you'll be offered a better deal, but even think about that, and try another carriage or taxi. Have the bare minimum with you when you travel on the Metro or the buses, these are the most likely places you'll have your pockets picked. Wear a money belt to keep what you need only for the day. Ensure that where you stay has a safe, or is safe for your valuables, especially you passports etc. If you have rented a car, it is better to leave nothing in it, but if you need to, leave nothing on view. I know - teaching Grandma to suck eggs comes to mind, but so does better be safe than sorry.

GENERAL - You do not need to spend a fortune in visiting Rome. There are cheap hotels in the centre, but like all cheap hotels, they may not be clean, the service might not be good and you'll be disappointed. Cast your net a little wider, and the costs versus quality improves considerably. The trains are cheap, and reliable, to allow you still to spend a full day in Rome. The restaurants in the countryside are far less expensive than those in the city, the food is often better, and the service always good.  And you can spend some days touring the less touristy places.

GENERAL - Papal Audiences - When the pope is in Rome, he gives a public audience every Wednesday beginning at 10:30am (sometimes at 10am in summer). It takes place in the Paul VI Hall of Audiences, although sometimes St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square are used to accommodate a large attendance. Anyone is welcome, but you must first obtain a free ticket from the office of the Prefecture of the Papal Household, accessible from St. Peter's Square by the Bronze Door, where the colonnade on the right (as you face the basilica) begins. The office is open from Monday through Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Tickets are readily available on Monday and Tuesday; sometimes you won't be able to get into the office on Wednesday morning. Occasionally, if there's enough room, you can attend without a ticket. You can also write ahead to the Prefecture of the Papal Household, 00120 Cittā del Vaticano (tel. 06-69883114; fax 06-69885863), indicating your language, the dates of your visit, the number of people in your party, and (if possible) the hotel in Rome to which the cards should be sent the afternoon before the audience.  At noon on Sunday, the pope speaks briefly from his study window and gives his blessing to the visitors and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square. From about mid-July to mid-September, the Angelus and blessing take place at the summer residence at Castelgandolfo, some 26km (16 miles) out of Rome and accessible by Metro and bus.

GENERAL - "Take a walk on the wild side" - not quite, but do take a look outside of the major cities in Italy. Savour the real Italy, not the bits that are full of tourists. Public transport works well, will get you to any small town or village. Walk through the narrow streets, take a coffee in a bar, lunch in a place where you'll be the only non-Italians. Visit the local church or a monastery. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

GENERAL - Getting married ? Have you thought about doing it in Italy ? The paperwork can be quite difficult, but it is achievable, because we did it this week for a lovely American couple in Palestrina.

GENERAL - Dress codes - Wear what you are comfortable in, but if you are visiting the Vatican, or any of the churches or monasteries, there is a more stringent clothing requirement. Shoulders should be covered, so no tank tops, although short sleeves are fine. Long shorts, trousers (Am. pants), skirts etc are fine, don't go in sports shorts. There is a simple rule of thumb: wear what you would wear to a job interview, as if you wanted to impress your new employer.

GENERAL - What does Italy have to offer for 2006 ?? Apart from the food, wine and fellowship; Rome doesn't change (apart from the no smoking rule), the Vatican is still the Vatican, the buses and the metro still function (but be careful of pickpockets), the taxis and the horse drawn carriages will still overcharge you. But there is no where like Italy.

GENERAL - At Christmas, every small town right up to the biggest cities decorate the streets to show the joy of the celebration. Italy is a Catholic country, and not afraid to portray that. There are nativity scenes and many other open displays of Christianity where ever you look. Join in these celebrations.

GENERAL - What are the most important things about staying in any hotel or B&B ? It's attention to detail, it's knowing that you welcome and are being cared. It's that personal touch that is missing in most bigger hotels, and unfortunately in many other hostelries that have grown tired over time. Look at Tripadvisor as to what visitors have to say about Anne's Place.

GENERAL - The Italians will respect you more if you have at least a few words in their language. Per favore (please), Grazie (Thank You) Buon giorno (good day) Buona Sera (Good evening - and said from mid afternoon right up to when you finally go to bed). And of course the Ciao word - informal, meaning hello and bye bye.

GENERAL - There are wonderful street markets in most towns that are worth visiting. Not only for clothes and household goods, but beautifully fresh fruit and vegetables, locally grown, with real taste.

GENERAL - If you are a citizen of an EU country, by showing some identification, you will gain access to certain sites at a better rate, and children will go free of charge.

GENERAL - Tivoli has three villas worth a visit, and they can all be done in one day. Start in the town with the Villa D'Este, wonderful waterfalls, gardens and other water attractions. Peaceful and calm. Move on to the Villa Gregoriana, more waterfalls, and temples, and then go down to the Villa Adriana, the imperial garden city.

GENERAL - Be sure to bring the address, directions and telephone number with you. If you have GPS or a navigation system you'll find the coordinates here  for Anne's Place - Rome Accommodation

GENERAL - Generally speaking, the Italians are one of the easiest European races to get on with. They are easy going, friendly and helpful. Do try to greet them with a Buon Giorno or "salve" (hello), and if you want help ask if they speak English before launching into what it is you need help on.

GENERAL - Remember that Italy is a strong Catholic country, and as so expects not only good behaviour from its visitors, but also a reasonable standard of dress. This is particularly important when visiting many of the churches, monasteries and museums.

GENERAL - Credit cards are generally accepted throughout Italy, but in many cases with reluctance, particularly at smaller restaurants, petrol stations etc. Try to have sufficient cash, especially if you are venturing out from the tourist areas. All of the Cash Points (ATMs) marked Bancomat will work with nearly all cards.

GENERAL - Staying in Italy is an adventure. The wonderful food, the wine, the people. The public transport works. The roads are well maintained. The shops have everything. Stay ByAnne, your B&B Rome, and live that adventure.

GENERAL - Afraid of the language problems that you might have ? Don't be, the Italians are generally very helpful when there is a need. Try and follow the rules, and there should not be a need.

GENERAL - What is service ? What do you expect from a hotel or a bed and breakfast ? A friendly welcome ? Help and advice ? A clean room, a good shower, a good breakfast ? Peace and quiet ? Unobtrusive management and staff ? A bar ? Look at Tripadivsor and you'll find all of these reflected in the comments from people that have stayed at Anne's Place.

GENERAL - You can easily fill 7, 9 or 30 days in Rome. and its surroundings. And remember that there is a beyond Rome, because you can day trip to Orvieto, Assisi, Spello, Frascati, Tivoli, even down to Pompeii and Vesuvuis.
GENERAL - Walking tours are a great way to learn about the sights you are seeing. There are lots of reviews on the boards of TripAdvisor for walking tour companies. Three Millennia offers an Angels & Demons tour.
GENERAL - Try Rick Steves guidebooks for self-guided walking tours if you prefer to tour on your own. The DK Eyewitness guides are also excellent.

GENERAL - In talking to an MD of one of Britain's most respected companies a couple of days ago, he expressed some concern about an Italian Christmas dinner for the companies' staff  (nearly all are Italian), that it would end up with a bunch of drunks leaving the restaurant bringing the company into disrepute. How wrong could he have been, the Italians do not share the British "culture" of drinking to excess, or snogging under the mistletoe, or visiting broom cupboards. As in the past, they'll have had a great and noisy time (believe me - they can be noisy - although we had a girls' weekend in February, and even the Italians complained that they were even noisier than them, but they were led on) but there are no hangovers in the morning, and nobody will be embarrassed because they have gone too far. What's the advice here - come to Italy expecting the restaurants and bars to be loud, expect to see people enjoying themselves - and join in !

GENERAL - 060606 is the telephone number to call for information on the services provided by the City of Rome. The service is available in English from Monday to Saturday, from 4pm to 7pm.

GENERAL - As I continue to read the questions on TripAdvisor, I realise how much help people are looking for. I also get a little concerned when hotels and inns use TripAdvisor to promote themselves. You do not need to stay in Rome to enjoy Rome. Come outside and save a lot of money, stay at Anne's Place, and be treated like royalty. No language problems, transport to and from the local station, as well as to the restaurants for your evening meal.

GENERAL - Tipping - a question nearly everyone asks. What you must remember is that waiters, waitresses, taxi drivers etc are paid a reasonable salary, they are not dependent on your good will. So in restaurants most Italians will leave the loose change from the bill. That doesn't stop you from leaving something though, if you have had a lot of help (with the language maybe to understand the menu), or you have been royally treated. But even so, never more than 10%. You should also check, especially in the big cities, that they have not already added a service charge. This is not the same as a cover charge, where all restaurants add one or two Euro for the cutlery, napkins and sometimes the bread. Exactly the same applies to taxis, if he has been particularly helpful (and safe), then give him something. Incidentally, in bars, it is not unusual to leave 5 or 10 cents having paid for the coffee. BUT NOT if you have taken a table and paid table rates.

GENERAL - So much to do, so little time to do it in. Don't rush a visit to Italy. Don't try and do too much. Take in Rome, Venice and Florence; if it is the big cities that attract you. Wander through the countryside, and absorb the culture, away from the crowds. Think of a visit to Siena, or Assisi, Orvieto. Holidays are not about how much you have crammed in during your week, they are about relaxing, eating, drinking, being a part of what is around you. Life is too short to not make the most of what you have.

GENERAL -Hotels or Bed and Breakfasts; centre of Rome or outside ? Bed and Breakfasts are in-vogue today in Italy. There are constant improvements in the standards of B&Bs across Italy, although there are still a few which fail to reach a reasonable standard. Hotels can be chalk or cheese. Good here, bad there, very, very bad elsewhere ! Inside or outside of Rome. Inside means you can do most on foot, and you can fall back into the hotel easily in the evening. Outside, you need to take some form of transport, and then it might not be late enough for you. BUT, all those who have stayed with us have not regretted the travel, as they were able to leave the grime of the city and return "home" to an idyllic setting in the countryside, with the warmth of hospitality often not available in the city.

GENERAL - What does Italy (and particularly Rome) offer that London or Paris do not. Having lived in London for several years, The theatres, the museums, the shopping, even the transport was better than Rome. Having visited Paris both on holiday and for work, I can say I love Paris - the night life, the food, the left bank. But Rome is just something else altogether. A shabby elegance exudes from most corners. A public transport system that needs some care and attention. The splendour of the Vatican, and of many other churches throughout Rome. The Coliseum, the Forum, the Trevi fountain. The Spanish steps. There is no city quite like Rome, and although you will struggle with English is Rome, they will try, unlike our good friends in Paris.

GENERAL - Smog, smog, smog. As it gets colder again in Rome ((down to 8 degrees C), the pollution creeps in again. Rome is trapped between the sea and the hills, and is, unfortunately, a trap for smog. The city tries, by reducing traffic, to limit the problem, but whatever they try, does not seem to work. From my office in the hills of the Castelli Romani, I can see the yellow cloud, that is Rome. Escape when you can to the hills and mountains around the eternal city, get away from the noise and pollution, and simply travel in each day.

LAWS - Laws in Italy - always be sure to take the receipt from a bar when you have a coffee (or anything for that matter). If the police stop you having seen you leave the bar, and you have no receipt, they can fine you.  Stay at Anne's Place, your bed and breakfast Rome, where you'll be well advised on everything

LAWS - laws in Italy - the police are stopping men who are in public without tops (shirts, vests etc) and warning them that it breaches the laws in Italy. Always where a shirt when in public. Stay at this accommodation Rome, and you'll not go wrong !

LAWS - Laws in Italy - Road checks by the Police or Carabineri are quite common. You will need your driving licence and the car papers. Failure to provide these could result in the car being impounded.

MEDICAL - Anne has contacts with the local hospital, the local chemist and a local doctor to assist you if you run into problems. We have had quite a lot of experience - don't be concerned, the Italian medical service might look old fashioned, but in fact it is quite good.

MEDICAL - The paper copy of the E111 reciprocal medical cover between European nations will not be accepted after 2005. From 1 January 2006, you will need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to receive healthcare that becomes necessary during a visit to an EEA country or Switzerland. There is further information available on the Department of Health's site

This is the Italian one

OUTSIDE ROME - Palestrina has a lot to offer. The original city, like the present day one, was situated on the slopes of the Monte Ginestro, the last foothills of the central Apennines. From this position Palestrina could control the roads of travel and communication between north and south, thus resulting in the city's wealth and power. To understand Palestrina's history and culture, one must simply look at the local monuments and archaeological ruins. They indicate Palestrina's existence as early as the 9th century BC., and in 338 the city participated in the Latin war against Rome (which divested Palestrina of part of its history, but led to the recognition of its autonomy). Read more about Palestrina here

OUTSIDE ROME - Palestrina The International festival of polyphonic music was held in Palestrina, where the music of the man who created polyphonic music was born, and he devoted himself Palestrina, as Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. The details of the concerts were available on (but only with Internet Explorer). A bus was available from Rome Tues - Sat at 18,30 – Sunday 9,00 – from Via Marsala ( in front Hotel Santina) and returns after the concert. It was an amazing 5 days, which included over 12 concerts, including world the renowned Tallis Scolars and the Hilliard Ensemble. However, by far the best was the Academy of Music from the University is Warsaw. They put their heart and soul into their performance. Also worth noting were the local Roman (and Palestrina) choirs, and there were wonderful performances from three German Choirs. It will be worth a visit the next time they hold such series of concerts.

OUTSIDE ROME - If you want to get from Rome to the Amalfi coast, you have a number of choices. Take the direct IC or ES train to Salerno (2.5 - 3 hours) use the Trenitalia site, then you can take a bus (SITA) or the hydrofoil. Alternatively, take the train to Naples (2hrs) then the Circumvesuvian train to Sorrento (1 hr) (all the Circumvesuvian trains are here), then the bus to Positano (40 mins), or Amalfi. But if you have the funds,  take the fast train to Naples, and a car to Positano, or Amalfi  (but not a local Napoli taxi - arrange something in advance). It is a spectacular drive (but not for the fainthearted) The are a number of companies that can help you:

OUTSIDE ROME - The Castelli Romani and the Monti Prenestini offer so much, particularly in dining. There are all of the local trattoria as well as many Michelin recommended restaurants. Take a look at the Antonello Colonna in Labico or the Il Piscarello in Palestrina. Also click on our restaurant guide for Palestrina

OUTSIDE ROME - The Fashion District in Valmontone is worth a visit. Beautifully laid out, ample parking, good products from major manufacturers, often at factory prices.  - Stay at Anne's Place - your Bed and Breakfast Rome

OUTSIDE ROME - Walk the streets, enjoy the sites, meet the people. But don't just restrict yourself to Rome. The real life is in the towns that surround Rome, in the Castelli Romaini, in the Monti Prenestini. Visit towns like Cave, or better still Monticave, where there is an observatory with maps reflecting pre-roman times (when it was still the sea)

OUTSIDE ROME - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was part of the musical heritage of the city of Palestrina, and his music is still celebrated across Italy. Palestrina itself maintains that musical heritage, with concerts most weekends. One of the monasteries also has a display of cribs, which are worth a visit

OUTSIDE ROME - Castel Gandolfo (the Pope's Summer Residence) is not quite how it is described in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, but it is well worth a visit. Perched on a hill, overlooking the Lake, it is serene and beautiful. There are several wonderful restaurants that will feed you well at a good price. Walk down the steep hill to the lake, where there are more restaurants and bars, beaches to relax on or swim from.

OUTSIDE ROME - "Take a walk on the wild side " (2) - Don't spend all your time in the centre of Rome, as wonderful as it is ! Tivoli, with the three villas open to the public, deserves a full day. Take a look at Tivoli (Hadrian's Villa , Villa d'Este and the newly opened Villa Gregoriana)

OUTSIDE ROME - Ostia Antica is one of the Rome's major attractions, particularly interesting to those who can't make it to Pompeii. If you want to see both ancient and modern Rome,  take the Metro Line B from the Termini to the Magliana stop. Change here for the Lido train to Ostia Antica, about 26km from Rome. Departures are about every half-hour, and the trip takes only 20 minutes. The train lets you off across the road that connects Rome with the coast. It's just a short walk to the excavations. Later, board the train again to visit the Lido di Ostia, the beach. Italy might be a Catholic country, but you won't detect any religious conservatism in the skimpy bikinis on display here. There's a carnival atmosphere, with dance halls, cinemas, and pizzerias. The Lido is set off best at Castelfusano, against a backdrop of pinewoods. This stretch of shoreline is referred to as the Roman Riviera.

OUTSIDE ROME - Ostia Antica is one of the Rome's major attractions, particularly interesting to those who can't make it to Pompeii. If you want to see both ancient and modern Rome,  take the Metro Line B from the Termini to the Magliana stop. Change here for the Lido train to Ostia Antica, about 26km from Rome. Departures are about every half-hour, and the trip takes only 20 minutes. The train lets you off across the road that connects Rome with the coast. It's just a short walk to the excavations. Later, board the train again to visit the Lido di Ostia, the beach. Italy might be a Catholic country, but you won't detect any religious conservatism in the skimpy bikinis on display here. There's a carnival atmosphere, with dance halls, cinemas, and pizzerias. The Lido is set off best at Castelfusano, against a backdrop of pinewoods. This stretch of shoreline is referred to as the Roman Riviera.

ROME - There are a couple of tourist buses that do Rome. One is the Trambus, an open top bus that covers all the major historical and artistic sights (or sites), and the second is the Archeobus, that will major on the archaeological parts of the city (that's virtually everything except the shops !!). Take a look at the Trambus web site and you'll find all the information you need, and more.  The Archeobus site is still under construction, but the service does run. Tickets for all the tourist lines can be bought at the TRAMBUS OPEN INFOPOINT in the Piazza dei Cinquecento (Termini Station) on platform D. It's open from 8.30 am - 08.00 pm
Tel. 06 46952252

ROME - Pantheon open hours are: Mon-Sat 0830-1930, Sun 0900-1800; public holidays 0900-1300

ROME - Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones --- head for the Via Veneto and pay a visit to the Santa Maria della Concezione just off Piazza Barberini. The "Bones" are closed on all day on Thursdays and there is a midday closure. Admission is free but a donation is requested.

ROME - Cross the Piazza Barberini and take the road (the Via delle Quattro Fontane) up to the Palazzo Barberini, that hosts the Italian Art Museum. Just feast your eyes on some beautiful art, and in particular Guido Reni's portrait of Beatrice Cenci. Percy Blythe Shelley fell in love with this portrait, and wrote a little know play "The Cenci". The simplicity of that painting juxtaposed with it surroundings: the uber-Baroque palace of Barberini, is simply marvellous

ROME - James Martin tell us that those who should visit Rome are the lovers of conspicuous consumption, the history and archaeology buffs, the lovers of the irrationally rational and the youthful music-clubbers. Where do you fit? I like to think that I am in the third category, and Rome works for me. Remember that Rome is a carnival all year long and that Italians avoid Rome in August because it's hot and muggy and everybody who's anybody is away at the beach. But places are still open, the visitor is still adequately catered for. But this is an even bigger reason to stay just outside of Rome, in the hills, where the air is fresher, and cooler, and the people friendlier. 

ROME - Anyone can visit the tomb of Pope John Paul II by entering the basilica and going down the stairs located under the dome (marked Tombi di Papa - tombs of the popes). This is the space under the basilica floor but above the scavi, actually the old foundations from the first St. Peter's. It is free, but it can be crowded. From there you can not only see many other popes and dignitaries tombs, but you can get a glimpse of St. Peter's tomb, too. See all you want inside the church first then descend as the serpentine route will leave you outside the basilica in the right courtyard. You can re-enter the church from there without having to go through security again.

ROME - The Scavi tour (the necropolis underneath St. Peter's Basilica) is fascinating and must be pre-booked.  Musty old passageways with frescoes and walls from 1,900 years ago, beneath this enormous basilica! Visits are coordinated by the Ufficio Scavi della Fabbrica di San Pietro, and should be booked as far in advance as possible. The number to call is +39 06 6988-5318, fax +39 06 6988-5518.

ROME - When visiting the eternal city you should not miss the National Art Gallery on the Via Barbarini (the entrance is actually in the Via delle Quattro Fontane  - just to the right of the cinema on the Palazzo Barbarini). Not all art is being exhibited due to renovations, but what is there is excellent. Take the opportunity to lie on one of the sofas in the main hall and examine the ceiling where the wonderful painting by Pietro da Cortona, the ”Triumph of the Divine Providence” 

ROME - The RomaPass costs 18 Euro and is valid for entry to any 2 sights participating in the programme and bus/metro/tram for 3 days from the time of validation. The Colosseum and Palatine Hill count as 1 sight. It's an excellent value considering the Colosseum/Palatine Hill ticket is €11. The Borghese Gallery is included in the program but the RomaPass does not cover that 2.50 mandatory reservation fee nor does it guarantee you a reservation. After you visit 2 sights the other museums/archaeological sights are 50% off. But the Vatican Museum is not included in the programme. The RomaPass can be purchased from Tourist Information Points or any of the participating museums. Don't purchase the RomaPass at the Colosseum because you will have to queue. Instead purchase it at the Tourist Information Point on Via dei Fori Imperiali, across from the Roman Forum so you can bypass the line.

ROME - Shopping - Via Condoti is the Bond Street of Rome. It has the most wonderful, and really expensive shops that you could imagine. They even have guards on the doors. Gold and Platinum cards a 'plenty there, you'll be out of place without one.

ROME - Rome is a great city. You can spend an inordinate amount of time there and never tire of it. But don't neglect the many wonderful towns and cities around Rome. There's Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer residence, overlooking the Albano Lake, there's Tivoli, with the Villa d'Este, the Villa Gregoriana and Hadrian's Villa. Then there's Palestrina, with a very good museum displaying the Mosaic of the Nile.

ROME - Pyramid of Caius Cestius - Take the Metro to the Piramide, and as you step out, you find the pyramid. Dated from the 1st century B.C., the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, about 36m high, looks as if it belongs to the Egyptian landscape. It was constructed during the "Cleopatra craze" in architecture that swept across Rome. You can't enter the pyramid, but it's a great photo opportunity. And who was Caius Cestius? He was a rich magistrate in imperial Rome whose tomb is more impressive than his achievements. You can visit at any time.

ROME - The Colosseum (Colosseo) - Step off the metro at the Colosseo, and you will have your first view of this once wonderful, now a mere shell,  Colosseum which still remains ancient Rome's greatest architectural legacy. The Colosseum could seat 50,000 in its heyday. The vestal virgins from the temple screamed for blood, as more exotic animals were shipped in from the far corners of the empire to satisfy jaded tastes (lion versus bear, 2 humans vs. hippopotamus). Not-so-mock naval battles were staged (the canopied Colosseum could be flooded), and the defeated combatants might have their lives spared if they put up a good fight. Many historians now believe that one of the most enduring legends about the Colosseum (that Christians were fed to the lions) is unfounded. Long after the Colosseum ceased to be an arena to amuse sadistic Romans, it was struck by an earthquake. Centuries later it was used as a quarry, its rich marble facing stripped away to build palaces and churches. On one side, part of the original four tiers remains; the first three levels were constructed in Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian styles, respectively, to lend variety. Inside, the seats are gone, as is the wooden floor. On a user-friendly note, two lifts have been installed to allow visitors to reach the second tier without having to climb steps 24 cm high. The Colosseum has become Rome's largest traffic roundabout, around which thousands of cars and motorinos whip daily, spewing their smelly exhaust over this venerable monument (and throughout Rome, hence the constant smog levels). You can explore on your own or rent an audio guide for 4€.

ROME - Trevi Fountain (Fontana dei Trevi) - Get of the Metro at the Barbarini, then elbow your way through the summertime crowds around the Trevi Fountain, and you'll find it hard to believe that this little piazza was nearly always deserted before the film "Three Coins in the Fountain" brought the all tour buses. It's supplied by water from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct and a triumph of the baroque style, it was based on the design of Nicolo Salvi (who's said to have died of illness contracted during his supervision of the project) and was completed in 1762. The design centres on the triumphant figure of Neptunus Rex, standing on a shell chariot drawn by winged steeds and led by a pair of tritons. Two allegorical figures in the side niches represent good health and fertility. On the south-western corner of the piazza is a sombre, not particularly spectacular-looking church, SS. Vincenzo e Anastasio, with a strange claim to fame. Within it survive the hearts and intestines of several centuries of popes. According to legend, the church was built on the site of a spring that burst from the earth after the beheading of St. Paul; the spring is one of the three sites where his head is said to have bounced off the ground

ROME -  The Way of the Cross - On Good Friday the Pope leads a solemn torchlight procession, the Via Crucis, from the Colosseum up the Monte Palatino, re-enacting the 14 Stations of the Cross, from Jesus' death sentence to the placement of his body in the tomb. Like his predecessors, the recently-elected Pope carries a large wooden cross part of the way, and at every station he offers a brief prayer. At the final station he also gives a speech, linking the re-enactment to current events. Tens of thousands of the faithful gather with torches and lights to follow this solemn procession, which starts at 8pm every year in front of the Colosseo. No tickets are necessary but expect a big crowd. Arrive early for the best line of sight.  Via dei Fori Imperiali (road in front of the Colosseum/Roman Forum) will be closed to traffic so travel there on the metro.

ROME - The Catacombs of St. Callixtus (Catacombe di San Callisto) - "The most venerable and most renowned of Rome," said Pope John XXIII of these funerary tunnels. The founder of Christian archaeology, Giovanni Battista de Rossi (1822-94), called them "catacombs par excellence." These catacombs are often packed with tour-bus groups, and their tour is pretty awful, but the tunnels are simply phenomenal. They're the first cemetery of Rome's Christian community and burial place of 16 popes in the 3rd century. They bear the name of St. Callixtus, the deacon hired to run the catacombs by Pope St. Zephyrinus, who was later elected pope (A.D. 217-22) in his own right. The complex is a network of galleries stretching for nearly 19km, structured in five levels and reaching a depth of about 20m. There are many sepulchral chambers and almost half a million tombs of early Christians. Paintings, sculptures, and epigraphs (with such symbols as the fish, anchor, and dove) provide invaluable material for the study of the life and customs of the ancient Christians and the story of their persecutions. Entering the catacombs, you see at once the most important crypt, that of nine popes. Some of the original marble tablets of their tombs are still preserved. The next crypt is that of St. Cecilia, the patron of sacred music. This early Christian martyr received three axe strokes on her neck, the maximum allowed by Roman law, which failed to kill her outright. Farther on, you'll find the famous Cubicula of the Sacraments with its 3rd-century frescoes.

ROME - Opera in Rome - There are some good websites for info, one being Operarome and another being of the Santa Cecilia . Check them out. Also the Rome Guide has useful information. You could also try the InterEnsemble site. When you arrive it is worth picking up a copy of "Wanted in Rome" and "Roma C'č" at the Airport newsstand. In the back of Roma C'č there is a section in English.

ROME - Rome is not a big city. Most of it can be done on foot (even though it is a bit warm). Wear sensible shoes, cover your shoulders, and wear a hat. Drink plenty of water from the water fountains (it is perfectly OK). Most of all, don't rush around. Rome wasn't built in a day, don't try and do it in a day.

ROME - This was never meant to be a blog, as it says that it is advice, but I admit to being annoyed with a posting on TripAdvisor by a gentleman who complained about his time in Rome. We have had all nations and all colours staying with us, and never had anyone who did not enjoy their time in the Eternal City. But as I said yesterday, you cannot expect this to be Quincy, Illinois (I use Quincy as an example because I worked there for two years, and that was kind of different to anywhere else I'd been - in fact a bigger culture shock than working in the Middle East). Assimilate, assimilate, assimilate. You might have to queue (get in a line) for some of the places that you'd like to see - accept it. The service in the restaurant might be slow - accept it - it's not MacDonald's (the slow food movement started in Rome, when MacDonald's opened their Burger Bar (I cannot bring myself to say restaurant) close to the Spanish Steps). The Metro might be crowded, accept it (but watch for pickpockets). The driving might be chaotic, and they won't stop for you stood by a pedestrian crossing, accept it - go with the flow - watch how the locals cross the road and follow them.

ROME - The Vatican Museums has to be the most important collection of art in the world, and a must when visiting Rome. The ancient statues that Michelangelo was influenced by, the Tapestry Gallery, the Gallery of Maps, through the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel.  St Peter's Basilica hosts many special works, including  Michelangelo's Pietā and many other treasures. Every Wednesday is the Papal audience (for which you will need tickets). Bear in mind that a strict dress code is applied in the Vatican, no shorts (knees must be covered, and shoulders must be covered.

ROME - Don't rush Rome, or any other holiday in Italy. Don't think that you can manage 10 cities in a week. What the Italians are good at is taking their time (except driving). Take time to absorb the atmosphere. Enjoy a frothy cappuccino and a tasty cornetto in the morning (but never in the afternoon or evening - in fact the Italians will tell you that after 10am is too late for cappuccino). Relax over lunch, even just with a plate of pasta and a glass of wine. Stroll down the Via Condotti, or to one of the many Piazze in Rome. Walk round a church or two (you won't be short of choices). Finally, take dinner, don't expect this to be fast, it is not MacDonalds, the table is yours for as long as you want it. The choices of food are what the restaurant prides itself in. Take recommendations from the waiter. Ask what wines he has; don't just settle for the house wine (although it will be more than drinkable). And do not expect your bill (check ?) to arrive within minutes of asking, that also takes its time. Don't rush, just enjoy yourselves.

SECURITY - Never leave anything in your car, especially in the crowded tourist areas. Not only will the car be broken into, but you will need to make a declaration with the Carabineri, and that alone is very time consuming.

SECURITY - Like any big city, Rome has its share of pickpockets and thieves. Take as little as possible into Rome with you, watch your pockets, handbags, purses, especially on the Metro.

SECURITY - There is some violence in Rome at the moment, and unfortunately it is not confined to one area. Stay in the country and travel in daily.

SECURITY - There have been cases of tourists being robbed and assaulted after accepting drugged food and drink from persons pretending to befriend them, particularly around the central railway station in Rome (Termini Station).

SECURITY - The number of robberies from cars, at traffic lights and at rest stops and service services on the motorways, is on the increase. There are reports of thieves staging roadside emergencies to persuade drivers to pull over. While the driver is distracted the thieves steal personal belongings.

SECURITY - Take care, take as little as possible with you. Rome is a beautiful city; there is  no need to be scared or frightened. Watch in particular for suspicious characters, and keep well away.

SECURITY - Petty crime (including bag snatching, pick-pocketing, passport theft and theft from cars) in Italy is common, especially in larger cities and in and around major tourist attractions, on public transport and at major airports and railway stations. Thieves in Italy often work in groups or pairs to distract the victim and then steal from them while attention is diverted. Watch out particularly for the gypsies, as families, it's their children that do the thieving. Also, don't be conned by the sorry looking girl with a baby on her breast, these are professional beggars.

SECURITY - People often write of their concerns over Rome. Unfortunately, like any big city, there are pickpockets (especially on the Metro), taxi drivers will fleece you, the bars charge a fortune if you sit at one of their tables.  We have had guests who have had their passports stolen (even at the War cemetery in Cassino), who have had wallets stolen, and even money taken directly from their "bum bags". Anne's Place always briefs visitors on these pitfalls and how to avoid them.  Rome has a heightened security in the squares and museums, particularly for those with backpacks. Always make sure that you have some form of identity on you.

TRANSPORT - You can buy an all day ticket from Zagarolo for only 6 Euro, which takes you into Rome, you can use the Metro all day, and all the normal buses. Don't forget to write you name and date of birth on the ticket, and to stamp it as you enter the first station. Go from Anne's place - free transport to and from the Station - only at Anne's Place

TRANSPORT - The railway systems in Italy are pretty good, and the Intercity and Eurostar trains are fast and comfortable. This makes many cities in Italy reachable even by day trips from Rome. The train to Florence only takes 90 minutes from Rome Termini. And they are not that expensive.

TRANSPORT - How long does it take to get into Rome ? It is faster, and more comfortable, to take the train from many of the cities outside Rome, than it is to take a bus and metro from the Rome suburbs. From Anne's Place, you will be taken and collected from the railway station and advised on the ticket then accompanied to the train. As you are returning you can either call from Rome to advise us which train you are on, and we'll be there, or go into the bar at the station, and they will call us to tell us you are there, and we'll be there within minutes, whilst you enjoy a coffee or a beer.

TRANSPORT - Italian Railways and public transport generally is quite reliable. As visitors you can obtain a BIRG, which allows you to use all the public transport within a certain radius. From Zagarolo you pay 6 Euro, and you can travel all day into Rome and about Rome.

TRANSPORT - The public transport system in Rome and Lazio is very good, although maybe a little outdated. But for 6 Euro from Zagarolo you can take an all day ticket that allows you onto the train into Rome (and back out to Ostia if you want), and all buses in Rome. Cotral run buses into Rome, but also south from Palestrina if you need. Cilia, a local company in Palestrina, runs minibuses around the area

TRANSPORT - Fast trains will connect you easily with Florence or Naples from Rome. As such you can base yourselves in the Rome area, and let the train take the strain. Even Pompeii from Rome is simple.

TRANSPORT - You have looked forward to Rome for some time, you arrive, and find yourself uncomfortable on the Metro. This is a common occurrence. It is crowded, it is often smelly. There are pickpockets. There are buskers. I've said before that you should take nothing of value with you on the Metro, and that you should be on alert of things around you. What are the alternatives ? The buses are also packed, and extremely claustrophobic. The taxis are expensive, and most of them are bandits. You could walk, spring and autumn are lovely for walking in Rome, but the summer is too hot, the winter wet and cold. So what can you do ? Walk when it is possible. Take the Metro out of the rush hour, avoid the number 64 bus.

TRANSPORT - More on the theme of public transport in Rome. The middle of any train system anywhere is more crowded that the front and back. Try and suss out where the metro train will start and end. You'll always see those that know heading for the back or front. Join the less crowded part of the platform. You will have to walk a little farther, but it will not be so claustrophobic once you are on the metro itself.

TRANSPORT - You can day trip to Pompeii, or Vesuvius. Umbria is also manageable. Florence by train from Rome is very fast (and frequent), but beware, Eurostar are cancelling 18 trains a day right now (posted 1 Feb 2006).  Where would I go ? My favourite day trip is Sienna. It is a beautiful city, with the cathedral. and the sloping square, the narrow streets, the entertainers, the shops, the bars and restaurants. Then there's the Palio, albeit only in August, but it has been infrequent that I have been there, and there's not been some sort of parade to entertain.

WEATHER - At last spring seems to have arrived. Rome was 20 degrees yesterday (68F), the sun was bright, and the sunset spectacular from the hills around Palestrina. This morning there is a little mist around, which will imply another beautiful day. Unfortunately, this does mean that the pollution in Rome (I can see it from my office window) is higher than normal.

WEATHER - It's getting warm - wear sensible clothes, wear sensible shoes. Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes. Don't stand out, try and mingle, be part of the scene, soak up the atmosphere. Rome is a wonderful city, take time to enjoy it, take time to enjoy the whole area, the food, the wine, the hospitality. Make it a time to remember.

WEATHER -Italy 2005 had the strangest of summers. A guest commented yesterday on how green everything was. It's true, we have had an excess of rain this summer, and particularly during the last weeks. The temperatures are still reasonable, but you will need a lightweight raincoat and certainly an umbrella. And talking of umbrellas, it is wonderful how the umbrella sellers suddenly appear the moment there is a little rain, and how the price doubles......

WEATHER - Unfortunately, Rome suffers not only from the heat, but smog all year round. Escape the pollution by staying at Anne's Place, and only visit the Eternal city during the day

WEATHER - Snow today. Not a lot. Enough to slow everything down though. The Italians do drive quickly, except in the snow. Then they slow down unbelievably. Except the drivers (I use that noun rather than anything I may have written that would have been derisory) of the Porsche Cayennes, the VW Touregs (aptly described as toe-rags) and all other large 4WD vehicles, who believe that their vehicles are capable of handling the conditions far better that us lesser mortals. The advice for today is not don't buy one, but do drive carefully. Do write to me with any comments.

WEATHER - AS the colder weather sets in, you'll need something to keep the chill off, especially in the evenings. Most of the bars and restaurants are closing their outside facilities, but you'll still find inside a little cool. Anne's Place is warm and accommodating. Try us for your next visit to the Eternal City

WEATHER - As hard as Rome tries, it is still a polluted city. They are offering special deals for motor bike and moped riders to go "clean", looking at electric taxis and buses; but it is still polluted. But to enjoy Rome, you do not have to stay there and breathe in the fumes 24 hours a day. Take yourself into the countryside around Rome, use the public transport. It is actually quicker to the centre of Rome from Anne's Place (Rome accommodation) than staying on the outskirts of Rome.

WEATHER - It's getting cold ! Particularly at night ! You'll need your woolly jumpers and thermals when you venture out of an evening. And the restaurants do not have the temperature turned up, so they can be quite cool as well. It isn't going to get better either, so be prepared. Mind you, the Italians will be in their fur coats, knee length boots, and the whole shebang, they will feel the cold more that the average. But, te wor  Geordie hinnies, you'll manage in yer cropped tops an short skirts.  

WEATHER  - Frosty mornings, but clear skies. The temperature has dropped, and will stay low. Wear warm clothing, but watch out for pickpockets, particularly on the Metro and the buses. Talking of which, there are several types of tickets available on the combined transport systems in and about Rome. ATAC Roma has a good site in English to explain all the types of tickets. It isn't the easiest site to navigate on, but what info you can find is good and up to date.

WEATHER - Rome in July and August is very hot. Wear sensible shoes or sandals (the pavements become red hot) and keep your shoulders and head covered. It's cooler at Anne's Place - Bed and Breakfast Rome


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