"Rome, sweet Rome..." romanista2000's Profile
Well, my dear friends, being a citizen of Rome I consider myself among the most fortunate men. Rome, the Eternal City that gave birth to the Western civilisation. Villas, buildings and Palaces are scattered along the city and all around you can see what made this town great. Coming from the ancient period archeological remains bring everyone back to the Old Roman Empire, when Roman citizens dressed up with togas and sandals were heading to the Senate or to assembly for the Emperor speech or, perhaps, to the Coliseum for gladiator's fights. Medieval buildings remind to all her greatness thus in that dark period. The Renaissance years then came and the splendor of the masterpiece's fine arts along with the magnificent monuments gave way to what we, nowadays, can admire. As Roman I warmly invite you to join my city which will impress you with the many attractions and the temperate climate inviting you to stay open-air while sipping a glass of wine or eating some of our tasteful food. Yet, the city offers to travellers much of that and always welcomes you with a cup of Cappuccino or strong Caffè Espresso. As citizen I express my invitation to come and suggestions may be given to those who are planning a visit. Let's enjoy the City!
Once there, why not paying a visit to Trevi's Fountain? Tradition says that if you throw a coin in the fountain's water, wishing to return, then it may come true. Hard to say where this comes from but many friends of mine did so and I saw them back in Rome many times. So it is easy, why not follow this very old saying?
The charming Rome is an open-air museum, where you can find all archeolical vestiges, remains and art masterpieces. Feel free to walk the downtown narrow streets on night-time and look at the different view of the city lighted with old fashion lamps. Get the chance to step above some of Rome's hights and look at the charming, gasping, breathtaking panorama.
Water is a natural resource you may have for free from public fountains. It is safe to drink the fresh water due to it flows from the nearby mountain springs. Be wise, do not buy overpriced water bottles from shops in areas with large concentration of tourists. Buy just a single bottle from groceries or supermarkets and than re-fill the empty bottle from fountains along the city streets. For the same reason do not buy souvenirs in the immediate vicinity of monumental areas.
It is just another tip to make your money last a bit longer.
Rome has much to be proud of: the City as Italy's capital enjoys the privilege to be the location where the 1990 World Cup Final was played . We are very passionate at football, and we won 4 World Cup finals since the very beginning, and anyone is supposed to be an expert-like and Italians tend to discuss all football matters in a very animated way.
Rome is also home to two Serie A Football Teams: AS Roma and SS Lazio, archirivals to each other.
When traveling Rome, you better do as Romans do: never stop to touristic places on searching for restaurants in largely crowded areas such as Trevi's Fountain, St. Peter's Square, Coliseum and vicinity. Walk a little down the the narrow streets and stop-by where you see young locals, there is the right place where you can enjoy good time and good food as well. Spending less of your money.
Also restaurants, very ofter, charge you for table cover (quite normal).
Bear in mind: toilettes are not easy to find, so you better use those of museums, Mc Donald's restaurants, bars and so on.
I have little to say about that topic, since everyone's memory knows what to eat and drink once in Rome. Not to talking of spaghetti and all of pasta's kinds we have invented, I better consider some regional delicous as fish and seafood dishes or beef (or pork, or chicken...) chops and specialities. Italian cousine well deserves its name.
How can anyone stand from the table without a slice of sweet pastry or pie?
Wine... well, there is little to specifies: consider the change to buy one or two bottles of the dry Frascati's wine to enjoy once at your hometown: it may be of same help to easy the sadness of being out of the city you have visited, at the end of your roman vacation.
- do NOT buy roses from streetsellers, avoid being scammed, unless you are soooo in love with the person next to you,
- do NOT buy faked replicas of CD/DVD, fashion bags, or famous brand sunglasses or shoes: you may also be fined on the spot (up to 1000 euros) if Police stops you (some do not wear uniforms, just show their IDs on your face).
- while using Rome's trasportation network or visiting places where large people gathers be aware of pickpocketeers. They may be either some gipsy children, as well as well dressed persons who try to lower your attention, may be asking for some information.
Keep your purse or daypack in front of you, never leave them unattended... do so and you are completely save from troubles. And, as a double care, never take much of your value with you, apart the amount of money you believe may need per day.
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