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"A Day At The Races" Rome Off The Beaten Path Tip by craic

Rome Off The Beaten Path: 773 reviews and 1,310 photos

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Because my daughter is a jockey, when she came to visit she really wanted to go to the races.
I cannot begin to tell you how hard it was to find out where the races are held. Or how to get there.
Because it is not something that tourists seem to do.
I found a tourist info booth with a really helpful girl who gave me a phone number to ring. Many had fobbed me off, scornfully.
Ippodromo Capannelle.
It was a nightmare finding out what day the races were on, and how to get there.
In the end we found out that many many trains go to Capannelle, it is the first stop out of Termini. It would help when you get there that there was a station name up on both sides of the platform, but there you go. It's not for tourists.
Once there we looked for a cab rank to get to the races. No luck. No public phone to ring for a cab and none of us had cellulari.
But Alex squizzed into the distance and saw white rails and a grandstand so we walked.
No entrance fee to the course.
Bars, fast food of very poor quality, teeming crowds of locals.
What I liked most was listening to the race announcer. He said something like "Volta." Which I took to mean - "They're off."

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  • Updated Jun 23, 2007
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