Your First Time in Rome



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Rome comprises 2500 years of history, visibly layered on top of each other and surrounding the smallest country in the world, Vatican City. Whether interests are ancient, medieval, renaissance, baroque or modern, Rome uniquely caters to all. The Centro Storico is home to most of Rome's ancient, baroque and modern sites. The Trastevere neighborhood, just west of the Centro Storico, is a favorite of Romans and visitors, as its vibe is less touristy and more authentic Roman. Meanwhile, the outer-lying neighborhoods highlight Rome's imperial history, both above ground and under, at the excavation sites and catacombs.

Rome's atmosphere is romantic, chaotic, relaxed and touristy all at the same time. Add to that some of history's most beautiful sunsets, and the Eternal City moniker is justified. Thanks to the practically ten months of mild to warm temperature, city lifeis seen in Rome's piazzas both day and night.

Getting around Rome is easy, especially once aware of the incoming motorini (scooters). The city is walkable, bike-able and also has a well integrated public transportation system. ATAC Trams, buses and metros (subways) traverse the entire city and are easy to comprehend.

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Day 1 - Rome


Rome is a city that is not meant to be seen in one day-- it has over 2500 years of visible history, miles of museums, and thousands of art work. Your best option would be to your divide time thematically-- Ancient Rome, Piazzas & Meandering, Vatican City/Sistine Chapel, et cetera.Lucky for you, Rome is a pedestrian paradise. It is easy to walk the entire city at any time of the day and neighborhoods tend to overlap. Most neighborhood center around a historic and often large monument, so if you plan on just meandering, you'll find it hard to miss Rome's highlights. Vatican City, home to the Sistine Chapel, deserves its own day, not for its slightly out of the center location, but for the vast amount of artwork combined with the overflow of tourists.If walking is not the thing for you, hop on the double decker Red tour bus and visit all the sites you want.


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Palatine (The)

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Location:

Via San Gregorio
00184 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 699 0110


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The Colosseum (Colosseo)

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Location:

Piazza del Colosseo
Piazzale del Colosseo, Via dei Fori Imperiali
00184 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 700 4261 / +39 6 700 5469


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Spanish Steps

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Location:

Scalinata di TrinitĂ  dei Monti
Piazza di Spagna
00187 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 06 060 608(Tourist Information)


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Roman Forum

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Location:

Via Romolo Artioli
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 06 3996 7700


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Piazza del Campidoglio

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piazza del Campidoglio
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 06 060 608(Tourist Information)


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Trevi Fountain (Fontana dei Trevi)

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Location:

piazza di Trevi
Piazza di Trevi
00187 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 06 060 608(Tourist Information)


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Piazza Navona

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Location:

piazza Navona
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 06 060 608(Tourist Information)


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Trastevere

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Location:

Viale di Trastevere
00153 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 06 060 608(Tourist Information)
fax: +39 (0)6 481 9316 (Roma Tourismo)


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Musei Vaticani (Vatican Museums)

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Location:

Viale Vaticano
00165 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 (0)6 6988 3041
fax: +39 (0)6 6988 5236


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The Pantheon

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Location:

piazza della Rotonda
Piazza della Rotonda
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 6830 0230


Day 2 - Rome


Italian food is consistently everyone's favorite and there is no wonder why. It is simple and delicious, with Roman cuisine ranking top in comfort food.

Important things to note: First, Italian food tastes better in Italy so take advantage and order a lot as you will not taste anything like this again. Second, Roman pizza is thin and served as an entire pie, not by slice. Finally, Italians invented the art of the long dinner, so stay a while and people watch.


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Montecarlo (La)

Location:

vicolo Savelli 13
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 6 686 1877 / 39 66860 0278
fax: +39 06 6860 0287


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Macheroni

Location:

Piazza della Copelle 44
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 06-68307895


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Settimio all'Arancio

Location:

via dell'Arancio 50
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 066876119


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Dal Bolognese

Location:

Piazza del Popolo 1-2
00187 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 06-3611426


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Da Augusto

Location:

piazza de' Renzi 15
00153 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 6 580 3798


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Most of the Roman social scene revolves around either the piazza or the dinner table. Aperitivi and after dinner drinks are just now entering the dialogue, so the various bars are lovely opportunities to sample treats like pizzette, local olives and mini-tramezzini.

If dancing is more your interest, Rome has a wide variety of discoteche which range from exclusive to cheesy. Testaccio is the epic center of the club scene and covers the gambit of dancing-- hiphop, house, techno, latin, lounge, lazy. Divertimento (enjoyment) is always the objective in Rome, no matter how kitsch it may be so shake off your snobbery, and just get out.

Remember, Rome shuts down at 2 am, though some clubs stay open later. Always best to research in advance.


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Caffè della Pace

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3-5 Via della Pace
00186 Rome, Italy

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tel: 39 6 686 1216


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Testaccio Village

Location:

34 Via di Monte Testaccio
00153 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 0657301420


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Solotto 42

Location:

Piazza di Pietra 42
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 06-6785804


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Gusto

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Location:

9 Piazza Augusto Imperatore
00100 Rome, Italy

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tel: 39 6 322 6273


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Joia Music Restaurant

Location:

via Galvani 20
00153 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 06 574 0802 / +39 347 755 3876(Reservations)


Day 4 - Rome


Looking for an outdoor adventure? Just outside the city walls is Via Appia Antica, the oldest Roman road that extends to the Adriatic. Via Appia Antica is lined with tombs, monuments and pine trees, and bisects a national park. The setting is picturesque for a lazy walk or picnic, or a fun bike ride for the sporty.

Start off at the Museo delle Mura-- Museum of the Ancient walls, where you can walk where imperial soldiers once did. And remember to begin your visit in the morning, since most of the sites close by lunch time (1 pm).


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Tomba di Cecilia Metella

Location:

via Appia Antica
00178 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
fax: +39 6 481 9316 (Tourism Board)


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Museo delle Mura

Location:

via di Porta San Sebastiano 18
00179 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 7047 5284


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Catacombs of St. Sebastian (Catacombe di San Sebastiano)

Location:

Via Appia Antica 136
Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 06-7850350


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Villa Dei Quintili

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Location:

via Appia Nuova
1092 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 0639967700


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Appia Antica

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42 Via Appia Antica
00179 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 512 6314 / +39 6 513 0682
fax: +39 6 5188 3879


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