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Walking around in Rome

by BENNETT, M. (17/10/2011 04:32:43)

Just walking around Rome and falling across its many treasures was the best way to feel the city.
The Borghese Gallery allowed a close up view of an incredible collection of great masterpieces. The Vatican was easy to explore from our place. It was only a five minute walk and we spent a day there.

It was easy to find places to eat around our location but we also enjoyed walking around Rome itself. We would come across a side street somewhere and find a great dining experience. It is a great experience to be in a city where one can walk around and do just that. The experience is in the journey of getting there as much as it is in arriving there.

Rome is a city made for walking and exploring. That makes it my kind of city. It is a place that is fun to walk around in , not concerning oneself of being lost in until you want to get back to your location. Then you look at your map and easily find your way back. I loved the wandering experience as much as I loved the wonderful sites.

Three reasons why this location was worth while are as follows. Location to many key places within walking distance. The beautiful room itself with its great view and wonderful host. Thirdly, our location was close to the metro and to the bus shuttle for the air port making all ones needs close at hand. Indeed, if we wanted a last stroll out in the evening it was beautiful seeing the lights on the buildings.


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stay in Rome

by BOYKA P. (14/10/2011 09:10:33)

We had a wonderful stay in Rome. We have visited the Vatican Museum, Sistine chaplel, Basilica St Pietro, The Colloseo, Foro Romana, The Pantheon, etc. We saw very impressive artworks of Caravaggio in St Luiggi di Francesi and Santa Maria del Popolo. In St. Clemente we visited the tomb of St. Cyril - the creator of Cyrillic alphabet, and this was very important for me like Bulgarian. You breathe the history in Rome.
 

In Italy you can never go wrong with the food - because it is always excellent. As we were really exhausted in the evening we ate in the neighbourhood in small restaurants recommended by our host, like Lotto Vecchio (hope I spell correctly), Ricomincidatre and Manggia Fuoco. We had the chance to taste original Sicilian and Roman cuisine and all above mentioned places were visited mainly by Italians, but not tourists, which means authentic taste.

Well, it was funny to see Piccadilli paper bag (Bulgarian supermarket chain) in front of Fontana di Trevi. It was a bit annoying, that we arrived at Villa D'Este in Tivoili at 5:30 PM, when they just closed it under our noses, but we came back the next day and it was really worthed. I can recommend to anybody to see these fountains, which work by gravity and there is no even one pump in the entire place.

1. It is amazing feeling to touch with your hand things older than 2000 years. 2. The masterpieces of Michelangelo, Raffaelo, Bernini and many many others are a must to see in a life time.
3. The delicious Italian food and the sophisticated leather products are also something you cannot miss.


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Stay in Agrigento

by JOHN R. (10/10/2011 21:39:52)

Agrigento was an excellent base for these day trips and our B and B was perfect. Sicily is an outstanding place to visit. We spent time walking among the ruins at the Valley of the Temples. We also took time and drove to visit some distant family in a nearby town of Aragona. A side trip to Casltagirone, a small Sicilian town known for its ceramics was delightful as well as a drive along the coast viewing the white cliffs. .

I don't think you could find a bad meal if you tried. Everything is fresh and homemade. We enjoyed the seafood and pasta. Agrigento wasn't a "tourist" town and we felt we were with real Italians. Some of our previous experiences made me wonder where the Italians were, hearing English, German or French being spoken. This was our first time in Sicily and we loved it. Local shops provides some great cheeses, sausages and olives. We picniced a few times, too.

Our host's name was Giovani, one of the guests from Mexico was Juan, and I am named John. We had some laughs regarding the three of us having essentially the same name - just in different languages. Also, it took us a while to figure out how to open the outside door until someone showed us that we only needed to push a button - not fumble around with our keys.

Sicily is the bread basket for Italy and much of the world. Grapes, Olives, Almonds, Pistaccio, Prickly Pears grow all over making meals incredible and fresh.
Agrigento is located central to many easy day trips - beaches, Valley of the Temples, vinyards and olive groves.
Our B and B was beautiful and we were made to feel very welcome. The facilities were modern, clean and beautiful.


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B&B in Naples

by EDMUND C. (03/10/2011 19:51:44)

"Bravo" is what I can think to appreciate the B&B I stayed at,  just feel like home! Castle dell'Ovo is a good place to go. In Italy, not many places can have medieval castles to see, and Napoli historican centre is one, and dell'Ovo is what I need. Though it is not really a great fortress comparing to the one I visited in the past, it is definitely a good place to see the sunset and the night view of Napoli.

Undoubtly, L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele in Via C.Sersale is a must to try. Not only tourists, even many local Italians appreciate the pizza there too as well, and the price doesn't adjust for big profit but is still in a "local price" (not tourist price). Personally, I think the quality/price ratio is good, but it's not really so surprising (I think some other pizzeria can also offer the same or even better quality pizza too), but it's still worthy to try there.

Not really any exciting experience to tell, but what I memorize the most is the pets in the B&B I stayed. There are 2 cats and 1 dog, and they are really lovely. One of the cats is white and it's a lazy one, but I could make it follow me sometimes and even to my bedroom. Since then, it liked to go to my bedroom very often and even slept in my bed! :D

Napoli city originates since 8th century, and one of the eldest cities in Italy, which preserves lots of old buildings like castles while the other cities in Italy do not have the same. Furthermore, it connects to other locations such as Capri, Pompei which are also worthy to go. Last but not least, Napoli is notorious for its local security which makes most of the tourists stay away from here (that's what I like as I don't like places which are crowd with tourists).


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B&B in Rome

by ROSEN, J. (10/10/2011 21:06:08)

We enjoyed our stay in Rome ! The B&B was centally located and made walking to various attractios quite easy. Walking to the Borghese park was very pretty ambling down Via Veneto and all the fine shops,. Another day we walked toTrastevere and stopped to see the Jewish Ghetto area. In the evening we walked around the Monti district and ate at a neighborhood restaruant.

For our anniversary we dined at La Teverna dei Fori Imperial. This was perhaps the best restaruant we ate at during our two weeks in Italy. It is near the Colosseum and definitely one of the top restaruants in Rome. It isn't overly pricey but you do need reservations. The wall is covered with photos of famous folks that have eaten there. Al Pucino and Woody Allen to name just two.

This was our first experience with remote controlled Air Conditioning. I spent at least 15 minutes trying to figure out how to turn it on. Finally I called the front desk. I have to admit tha I felt stupid once I was shown the remote and the very apparent "On" button. Making phone calls was a bit of a challenge until I learned that I needed to dial "0" for an outside line.

1)The hotel is located close to the Termini Station which made it easy to get to from the Airport. We took the Terravision Bus for only 4 euros from the airport to the Termini and walked from there to our room.
2)The room was very quiet and very clean with modern decor, with in-room free local phone and WiFi
3)The staff, Alba and Jerry were exceptional making us feel welcome and comfortable.


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Walking the streets in Florence

by ESPOSITO, J. (20/10/2011 08:22:30)

We walked the streets and neighbourhoods of Florence & admired everything from outdoors. Afterall, the weather was beautiful. The hill of Michaelangelo was the best location to see the whole city. Ponte Vecchio was interesting too. If going to any museum sites, get there early & consider getting a Florence card. 50Euros, 72 hrs., & many museums. My advice, the streets  are a museum.

Le Compane- A locals place, great food, affordable, good service. A little off the beaten path but worth the walk. Katti house- simple, inexpensive, good. Very friendly staff. Family owned & operated. .

The addresses are numbered with 2 systems. Blue & red letters. If an address had a lower case r next to it, look for the address number in red, otherwise follow the other system. This made things a little confusing.
 

The food & wine. The soups are well known here such as minestrone, tomato & onion. Porcini mushrooms are abundant.
The school of leather. Beautiful, authentic items found here. Worth the money.
Beautiful structures & scenery. There is something beautiful about almost every structure in the city.


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sightseeing in Rome

by CUPERUS, T. (18/09/2011 20:02:42)

If you like walking you can do a lot of sightseeing of ancient Rome on foot. Pantheon is impressive. It is good preserved and de sculptures and frescos are nice. Ostia Antica is good documented and therefore you can imagine how it was like. De piazzas and little streets where nice and cosy. After Ostia I was a little bit disapointed about de Forum Romanum and de the Palantino (less documentation).

Pizzeria a Ivo in San Francesco a Ripa (Trastevere)

Funny things happened on personal level, you will experience yourselves.

Still so much to see: Vaticano, Sistine Chapel, St. Pietro Basilic.


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What to see in Rome

by ANGELIKA R. (14/09/2011 08:50:53)

You can write books about the loveliness and the greatness of Rome . We visited the Forum Romanum, Castel S. Angelo, Fontana di Trevi, Monumento V. Emmanuelle, the Collosseum and in the Musei Vaticani we spend a whole day. Its not necessary to describe this places but it was - as always - just awesome! The life of Rome, the people, the views, the sunset, the food......
Love this town!

When you want to eat, where the Popes eat, when they want to be private, go to the I Quattro Mori (Via Fornaci). More Sardegna delicious food you will never find, even in Sardegna! The amount of fish dishes were unbelievable! The restaurant is just a short foodwalk from St. Pietro and this ist fine, because of the Grappa, Limoncello and Mirto you get there for free..

We had our dinner at the spectacular I Quattro Mori and because it was the birthday-dinner for my beloved husband, the Padrone offered him a birthday-gift: One of the bottles of spectacular Sardegna White Wine! The second we love was the breakfast - just an italian coffee and a brioche in the sensational Coffee-shop Castroni!

3 reasons are not enough, why we love this place and why we will return back as soon as possible! . Its the sun, the people, the lifestyle, the food and the sepactacular views of this 2700 year old town, where history comes to life.
Just sit there in a small bar on the street and have a look, have the feeling!
 


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Walking around in Rome

by RILEY, R. (25/09/2011 15:44:18)

We mainly enjoyed walking round different areas of rome and taking everything in. We didn't actually go into any main sites as I have back problems and cannot wait in line very long. We went to the church behind palazzo Venezia which was beautiful. We went to the trevi fountains and Spanish steps which were full of tourists. We initially did annopen bus tour which was ok, good to get orientated but we enjoyed doing a lot of walking after this

Trattoria degli amici in trastavere, good food, great desserts and it is a restaurant supporting people with disabilities and also the money from wine sales goes to helping the aids epidemic in africa. We also ate at shooters steakhouse near San Giovanni metro station one night and the name is misleading as there were lots of Italians there, the food and service was great.

Not really, I was curious about one waiter asked us what we thought of Rome, which we said we loved and his comment was to ask if we liked Venice better. Neither of us had been to Venice to comment but I was surprised with Rome as it felt like a smaller city than I expected and my sister who has been there thinks it is so beautiful without feeling arrogant. So that was sort of confirmed by the waiters attitude

Rome is beautiful for some reason I pictured it would be like Athens, big busy and dirty. In fact wefound walking around more navigable than Florence which was overrun by tourists. Rome is very pretty and we felt safe as two young women walking on our own. So much history to learn about the whole city is history in itself. Lots of great food and friendly people. I was sad to leave Rome and wished we'd spent more than 2 nights there. I was also sad I didnt have more money and space in my suitcase as shopping was great!!


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stay in Rome

by DRIES, J. (15/09/2011 10:09:54)

Rome is must see city because of it's huge part in history and the western society as we know it. Although the Romans around the main touristic sites are not always that friendly, we experienced very nice people that enjoy life just outside the most touristy places. Trastevere is a great area, but more and more people are aware of this so enjoy it now!
 

Pantheon: Impressive and really makes you feel the historic background
Giancolo: The hill between Trastevere and the Vatican area. Great walk, great views
Borghese park: Sort of Central Park of Rome. Rented a double bike and enjoyed the park
Colosseum: I would suggest a guide: skip the line and helps you imagine the colosseum at his prime.

Dar Poeta: Pizzeria in Trastevere. In a lovely alley. Very good pizza's. I recommend the specialty pizza Dar Poeta.
Papa Re: Trattoria at a lovely little piazza also in Trastevere. I tried the Tagliata and I loved it and it was so much that I couldn't finish my plate.
Also try bars that serve drinks and a buffet. You'll pay more for your drink, but you eat as much as you want.

We loved all the 'noses' everywhere in the city: little fountains of fresh, cold water. If you make sure you have a small bottle with you, you can fill this everywhere.
We made use of some guides during our stay and would recommend Aldo at the Colloseum and Fi at the Forum Romanum or Vatican Museum.

 


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