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Photo by David Cenciotti http://cencio4.wordpress - Rome
Photo by David Cenciotti http://cencio4.wordpress

Coming to bella Roma? B R A V O !!

A grand lady - she is. Overwhelming - she can be..........

Know a little about her and you will not SEE her - you will EXPERIENCE her - she will be yours.

Open your heart to her - she will embrace you and enchant you.

VT'rs & friends I have met in Rome - Jeann, jeannkelly (Rome), Jennifer Compton, craic (Upwey, AU) - Rebecca & Derek, Rebecca76 (Napa, CA) - Christina, lachristina (Pittsburgh PA) - Ray, ray d (Malta) - touristgal, Kathryn Soler (California) - lengleng (San Francisco Oct 2009) - magic travelers (Barcelona Nov 2009) - Jan, Italian Job (Warsaw Dec 2009) - Jo104 (London Dec 2009) - Pam Murray (PamelaMurray1) - Joanne & Jerry, qvarizona (Arizona 2010) - Nadya Sued & Javi Perez, magictravelers (Barcelona 2010) - Mike Gendomenico (CA poconos) - Yuko (London, CA) - emiro49 (Rome 2011) - Christine Pey, christinepey (Kuala Lumpur MY)

I am hoping to see many more VT friends in 2011 in Rome! I thoroughly enjoy assisting tourists coming to Rome, so know that your e-mail is always welcome.

This is a must-view, short video on Italy vs the European Community - the bus and bureaucracy are my favorites, although elections and politics are a close second - all true - quite amusing (to Italians, if not everyone) - enjoy! Add your coments to Norman (elections favorite), Erik, Momo - tell me your favorite:
Italy Vs European Community

NEWS FLASH VATICAN - Museums open FRIDAY from 7 to 11 p.m. Details on Vatican City page.

NEWS FLASH A new hotel tax is being imposed in Rome as of January 2011. The new tax will cost 3 euros ($4) per person per night for four- and five-star hotels and 2 euros ($2.70) for lower categories. Small children are exempt.
The tax will also see an extra 1 euro ($1.35) charged at the city's museums and other tourist attractions.
The new law applies not only to foreign tourists, but also to Italian tourists and business travelers who are not Rome residents.
In the United States we have always paid a sales tax and are accustomed to this tax procedure. You will not find "sales taxes" in Italy - this hotel tax is the one and only tax you will pay here - so, no complaint, please!

NEWS FLASH - New taxi scam in Rome (actually, that's nothing new). A recent law limits the taxi fare from the FCO to town to 40 euros (about $56). Some cabs post an "official 60-euro rate" sign for the trip. The 40-euro fare is for ROME cabs -- taxis based outside of Rome get a break as they need to drive out of the city again. From FCO choose a Rome city cab (look for "SPQR" on the door) - you'll save around $28.

See my ITALY page

ROME FOR KIDS and especially TEENAGERS are now grouped together on the last page of ROME THINGS TO DO TIPS

Today's Roman Gladiator - Rome

Today's Roman Gladiator

I will present the very BEST photos that I have found on ROME for you (with appropriate credit/permissions). If not "credited" they will be my own. I find it more important to show extraordinary photos rather than be able to say "all are taken by me." If you have a super photo and would like to see it posted here - do send it along - I will gladly include it with credit to you.

Photo left: My First View of the Colloseum and our modern-day gladiator.

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Outstanding Current ROME EXHIBITS - %Antony Gormley: Drawing Space
From: Saturday 1 January 2011 To: Sunday 12 June 2011
The MACRO museum of art hosts the first exhibition in Italy of the British artist Antony Gormley, one of the most respected sculptors of the contemporary art... View/print/share full details...

Laboratorio Schifano
From: Friday 7 January 2011 To: Sunday 12 June 2011
Exhibition of more than 2000 pictures by Mario Schifano, one of the most innovative international artists of the second half of the twentieth century.

MACROradici del contemporaneo: L’Attico di Fabio Sargentini 1966 –1978
From: Friday 7 January 2011 To: Sunday 12 June 2011
A visual journey, through images, places, languages, cultures and the people who have lived in international and experimental milieu of Rome in the Sixties.

Beatrice Pediconi and Roberto De Paolis - "No Trace"
From: Saturday 9 April 2011 To: Sunday 15 May 2011
Photographic exhibition by 2 young Italian artists, Beatrice Pediconi and Roberto De Paolis. At the MACRO museum from 11.00-22:00 Tuesday - Sunday.

Concorso MACRO 2% - Arthur Duff / Nathalie Junod Ponsard
From: Friday 25 March 2011 To: Monday 31 December 2012
The winners of MACRO's 2% competition, Arthur Duff and Nathalie Junod Ponsard offer the MACRO museum and its visitors two public art installations.

New York Shots
From: Friday 25 March 2011 To: Sunday 1 May 2011
New York Shots, a new project by American photographer Howard Schatz is devoted to boxing icons. The MACRO museum hall will exhibit ten large photographs

Arcangelo Sassolino -Piccolo animismo
From: Saturday 9 April 2011 To: Sunday 12 June 2011
The MACRO museum unveils a new design for the ENEL Gallery with pieces by international artists Arcangelo Sassolino, Ernesto Neto and Dan Perjovschi.

The Collection and New Acquisitions
From: Saturday 9 April 2011 To: Sunday 12 June 2011
2 new acquisitions from Giuseppe Pietrniro and Zimmerfrei will be exhibited at the MACRO museum. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 11:00-22:00

No city in the world mirrors mankind's contradictions as 2,760 year old ROMA does - religion and raucousness - devotion and decadence. ROME - capital of the empire that conquered the entire Mediterranean, Holy See of the papacy, artistic focal point for masters the world over from the Renaissance on, open laboratory for architectural experimentation during the Baroque era - capital of Italy after 1870.

The official date for the founding of the city by Romulus and Remus is 753 B.C. Despite nearly three thousand years of invasions by Sabines, Gauls, Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Huns, Normans, German Landesknechte, Napoleon, and mass tourism - Rome survives and thrives!

Each new culture left unique imprints on Rome. Follow the footprints - in Rome you will find what appeals to you - pick and choose what suits your fancy - extend your horizons and ride the Roman wave of adventure - find the avant garde among the ancient.

It is a city of countless churches and monuments - the only thing that might outnumber churches are bars - one on every corner and mid-block also. There is an abundance of exquisite fountains and faucets where Romans drink and refill water bottles throughout the days, the water still coming in by way of the ancient aqueduct. There are the ancient ruins, palaces and villas at every turn, piazzas and obelisks - look right and you're missing something on the left.

Christmas in Piazza Navona - a Wonderland !! - Rome

Christmas in Piazza Navona - a Wonderland !!

For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health.
It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies.

1. Japanese are known to eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. Mexican people may eat a lot of fat and carbohydrates but still suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. Chinese people generally drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians may drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

5. German people drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you!

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COLOSSEUM - COLISEUM -- The real name is Flavius amphitheatre but why does the whole world call it the Coliseum?

Perhaps it was named for the defunct enormous statue of the Emperor Nero, "the colossus" 35 metres high, which stood right next to the amphitheater.

The ancient Coliseum gave spectators efficient weather protection with its ingenious roof covering - the "Velarium" - an enormous linen tarpaulin hung by a system of ropes, winches and wooden poles that girded the top of the outer wall. One hundred sailors from the Imperial fleet moved it in perfect synchrony to the beating of a drum.

After the VI century, with the Empire's decline, the Coliseum fell into disuse and its walls housed confraternities, hospitals, hermits and even a cemetery. From the Middle Ages onwards, the Coliseum has been one of the world's greatest marvels.

Take note of the scenes of avant among the ancient. They are side by side at every monument - we dig a foundation for a new building and discover ancient ruins -- so, our architects simply design the building around the newly discovered "monument" to the Eternal City.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Tutto bene - love it all - people, art, monuments, food, wine.......
  • Cons:grafitti - although in all cities - it is somehow more offensive here in Rome.
  • In a nutshell:Eternal gratitude to all who maintain the Eternal City.
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Comments (151)

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2014 at 3:37 AM

    Very good page.


  • TooTallFinn24's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Carol- Some great and timely information about Rome. I spent over an hour reading and rating your well written tips for a 3 1/2 week trip to Italy. Is it ok to e-mail with specific questions if they arise? Thanks!

  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    What a lovely and helpful page. I especially liked your talkng statue info. Keep up the good work. Irene

  • rivercalm's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Hello, Carrol. Today I decided to start planning my Rome trip for this summer and I'm really looking forward to start reading all your tips on this beautiful city - as I can see there's quite a number :) (thank you for writing them)
    Greetings from Croatia, Mirjana
    p.s. I will def put your sites to my favourites :)

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Hello Carol. I returned to your Rome page as we are planning a trip to Italy next year. Fantastic info here and lovely photos. Thanks for sharing your knowledge! Greetings / Jess :-)

  • iblatt's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    Pity the Caravaggio exhibition closes at the end of May! What interesting exhibitions are scheduled for August-September?

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    You've added still more fine updates since my last visit to this page on March 18. The richness of all the sights and monuments in Rome is quite overwhelming.

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    Fine updates on local customs. A black cat at the Vatican!!! General tips are what we always thought they are: not just favorites. Semantics or not semantics that's the question!

  • Apr 14, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    wow i need to come back here when i have more time (after my soon to happen wedding!). hoping to visit rome (again) next year with the Mr. this page will be a treat im sure!

  • Ramonq's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Wow, Rome. I hope I could be there soon again. Will look out for you in my mobile device. Thanks for dropping by! Ciao!

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