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Santeno
01-09-2005, 02:50 PM
My wife and I are planning a trip to Rome in the middle of March. Neither of us has been here before. We are looking to stay in the center of town, where many of the major attractions are, but we don't want to be stuck doing only thetourist thing. We are really interested in seeing rome from a local's point of view (especially when it comes to food, wine and nightlife). We have absolutely no interest in eating at tourist traps. If any of you guys are local Romans or have experiences with this town that you cam recomend, I'd really appreciate it.<p>If any of you want to meet, we'd love to do that as well.<p>BTW, where is losna from?

Reppu
01-10-2005, 12:37 AM
I was there with my wife four days in October, and it's a wonderful city. I can recommend you the Jolly Vittorio Veneto Hotel. It's at the end of Via Veneto, a very nice place near to everything. From there you can go anywhere downtown by walk, and at Via Veneto there's a Lambo dealer <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>You have to visit mostly the Roman Forum and the Vatican, but do it with a guided tour or you will miss what really matters, that is the history behind. All the rest of places you don't need a guide. Places worth to see: Pantheon, Castello Sant'Angelo, Trastevere (best sights of the city), Piazza Spagna, Piazza Popolo, Piazza Navona, Fontana di Trevi, Vittoriale, Colosseo, Circo Maximo, Santa Maria Maggiore, Bocca della Verita......all that you can do walking if your hotel is in the downtown. DON'T RENT A CAR.<p>I'll scan the map i took with me (a very nice one) and send it to your email adress if you want. In the meantime you can try this:<br><A HREF="http://www.scandinavian.net/EC/Appl/Home/FrontDoor/0,3479,SO=14F8A6BD525B406F_AFF33E86C2A526B4&MKT=SE,00.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.scandinavian.net/EC....html</A><br><A HREF="http://www.sprachurlaub.de/stadtplan/rome-map.pdf" TARGET="_blank">http://www.sprachurlaub.de/stadtplan/rome-map.pdf</A><br>If you have time, a two days travel to Florence is worth as well and not very far.<br><BR><BR>
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Santeno
01-10-2005, 08:15 AM
Awesome. Thanks. we are actually staying near there. about a block away from the plaza baberini metro station. The hotel is called the Boscolo hotel Aleph. It's supposed to be within walking distance to many of the area's big tourist attractions. we are also interested in visiting some of the locla markets as well as taking a few day trips in the sorounding area to drink the wine.

bm88
01-10-2005, 08:58 AM
I was there last summer!<p>Anyway, there is a great pizza restaurant right next to the Trevi (sp?) fountain.

Naga Royal Guard
01-10-2005, 01:31 PM
they banned me from Rome :(

carrera4
01-11-2005, 06:11 AM
There are so many nice places to see, I can't choose the best ones...<p>Ok for the Reppu's list, but there are other places worth to see:<br>I think the Campo de Fiori square is a nice place (in the morning there is a market and there a lot of pubs and bars).<br>The Aventino (next to the Circo Massimo) it's a very quiet and beautiful place with a great view of the city.<br>The Campidoglio is wonderful and there is a terrace where you have another great view.<br>You should also have a look of the city from the San Peter's dome (they said me the best day is monday, when the vatican museum is closed).<br>Of course there is plenty of wonderful churches all around Rome but it's impossible to visit all of them.<br>The Galleria Borghese is also a very nice place and museum.<br>I don't know what kind of market you are looking for but the Porta Portese one is the most famous: it's very cheap but you can find very strange things there (look out for the pickpockets).<p>Have a look to the City of Rome official site <br><A HREF="http://www.comune.roma.it/eng/index.asp" TARGET="_blank">http://www.comune.roma.it/eng/index.asp</A>

Naga Royal Guard
01-11-2005, 09:03 AM
u should call reichel crapdesign to drive down from austria and visit ya hehhehehehehehehee

Santeno
01-11-2005, 09:13 AM
You guys are awesome. Thanks for all the tips. I'm really trying to avoid the tourist restaurants (as well as the pizza joints). can you recomend an area not too far where we can find good local restaurants with distinct food that won't charge $200 for two plates of pasta?

Reppu
01-11-2005, 09:22 AM
For that, i dunno....but if you love pasta, at the Campo di Fiori market there is an AMAZING spices dealer, with anything you can imagine.

carrera4
01-11-2005, 09:50 AM
at trastevere there's a lot of typical restaurants and the're cheap too, but it's not so close to Barberini... However there's plenty of good restaurants and the prices are good.<p>Consider also that real pasta and pizza are different from the US Standard versions... we don't even have something like pizza hut in Italy: you eat pizza in the pizzeria that's like a cheap restaurant and is usually hand maded.

Santeno
01-11-2005, 10:28 AM
I live in New York, so stuff like Pizza Hut is not too popular here. There are tons of new york style pizerias, Italian style pizeria's, and any number of trattorias here as well. I guess I want to sample stuff that you don't normally find here, which is why I want to see the local spots.<p>I keep hearing that there is a flea-market in trastavere that is worth the trip. I also hear that that section of the city is definitely not touristy.<p>what about all these pickpockets I keep hearing about? Is it a real concern or is it another one of these things you always hear about a place that a little bit of comon sense is al it takes to avoid.

carrera4
01-12-2005, 01:54 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I keep hearing that there is a flea-market in trastavere that is worth the trip. I also hear that that section of the city is definitely not touristy.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I think it's the Porta Portese one, cause it's close to trastevere...<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>what about all these pickpockets I keep hearing about? Is it a real concern or is it another one of these things you always hear about a place that a little bit of comon sense is al it takes to avoid.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I think that if you live in a big city like NY (but I read is one of the safest city of US) you shouldn't be afraid of them. The fact is that some places like Porta Portese, the buses and the metro are always full of people and then it's easy that someone steals you something... However I think that a bit of common sense is sufficient

syclone
01-12-2005, 10:13 AM
i was just in rome for new years and it was awesome<p>i stayed at a jolly hotel and it was very nice<p>one of the people i was with had an slr camera stolen out of their backpack in a crowd. of course, since youre from new york, you're probably a lot more aware of your surroundings than someone from rural mass.<p>campo de fiori was a pretty neat little place. not too many people there really, but it was a tuesday night and raining.<p>i know you dont want to do any of the typical tourist crap, but drink a lot of wine. even the cheap wine in italy is so good. rome is full of great little restaurants. many aren't that flashy, but i really couldn't find any bad food while i was there.<p>the place is so nice that just wandering around is very cool. the city is much more packed together than new york or london. you can kill a ton of time and see some really interesting stuff just walking around.<p>i also saw the pope speak at the vatican which was pretty neat.<p>sorry, the people from rome will probably give better advice, but i just wanted to give my take since i was just there.<BR><BR>
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