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G'day all.

I posted a thread about this in the 'travel' section but thought i'd post it here as well thanks to Nanda.

I'm heading to Rome on Sunday 10th FEB and returning on Tuesday 12th FEB.

Since i'm heading there alone, i thought i'd post a thread here to see if anyone else might be interested in going as well. If not, it'd be nice if you could give some advice/tips/general info about Rome.

If anyone is interested in travelling on those dates, or possibly meeting up in Rome during those dates, then i'd be happy to catch up for a drink or two.



Cheers!

Vin.
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Re: Rome, Italy - Short backpacking/sightseeing Trip

Tip take very good walking shoes me and my husband went for a long weekend 2 years ago and we walked alot also i had my mbt shoes on and i still got an infection in my foot you have to see the 6th chapel its out of this world breathtaking wonderful. Try and see as much as you can oh one more thing the buses and underground erm what can i say only be prepared to think you are a sardine as they pack you in not a nice feeling. Have a fab trip dont forget to take lots of photos and let us know how it went.
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Re: Rome, Italy - Short backpacking/sightseeing Trip

I can give you some hints if you want since i travel very often towards Rome.
It's normally very nice in the period you've chosen
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Re: Rome, Italy - Short backpacking/sightseeing Trip

If you are very brave (or suicidal), it is worth hiring a car and driving out of town to Frascati and visiting this place:

http://www.alpergolato.it/pergolato/en_ristorante.htm

...your mouth will love you for the rest of your life....

Also near to Frascati are the volcanic lake, Lago di Albano; Castel Gandolfo, and Rocca di Papa (stunning views across Rome).

Another fun excursion is this place:

http://www.calcata.info/enindex.html

Also not far from Calcata is Lago Bracciano which is a great place to sunbathe.

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Also not far from Calcata is Lago Bracciano which is a great place to sunbathe.

Cheers,
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Lago di Bracciano a great place to sunbathe? I would neither put a foot there..

And don't hazard to kayak as a father with two kids died for this not so long ago..

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Re: Rome, Italy - Short backpacking/sightseeing Trip

Assuming you have not been to Rome before.

We did Rome in the middle of winter...

Definitely wear good walking shoes and thick socks - the cobblestones are very tough on the feet.

we stayed in a privately-owned one bedroom apartment (b&b) two blocks from the colosseum..so all our days started with a stroll past the colosseum to colosseo train station...

Am looking through my 'helpful notes' from the trip -

one walking tour - Start at Via del Fiori Imperali, walk through to the Spanish steps, up the spanish steps to the top, turn right and follow the street to the top - have a picnic in the park, then walk down the steps at the far end into the Piazza de Popolo...

San Pietro basilica has no entry fee and the queues are not generally as long as the vatican museums/sistine chapel. There is a tourist information centre located between the rounded colonnades at the right of the basilica - the staff speak good english and you can book a tour for the vatican museums which allows you to queue jump...

Stay away from the central railway if you can, the thieving is terrible/gypsies etc/ and much worse if you are on your own or just a couple of tourists...

Another day - start at the San Pietro Basilica and walk down to the river, past the ancient church and across the footbridge to teh other side, then on towards to the

And third day option - Colosseum and Palatine Hill - you could go forever here looking at ruins (if that interests you).


Being Australian, we just sucked in the history of civilisation - there is no building in Australia older than 200 years and even the ancient pine trees were a sight for us as our pine trees in Aus are also no older than 200 years since they are not native...

The view from above the Piazza del popolo / Villa Borghese was fantastic - you can hire bikes in the park and ride around (sorry we didn't do this when we had the chance). and there were couple of guys doing rollerblading tricks in the park - good entertainment whilst eating our picnic lunch...

Hope that inspires. I have promised my daughter to take her to the colosseum! - we arrive in Switzerland at the end of the month with an unlimited work contract - we plan to stay until we get sick of Europe...cant wait!
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Re: Rome, Italy - Short backpacking/sightseeing Trip

Rent a scooter while you're there. They're cheap rentals for the full day, great way to navigate the streets!

Most importantly, use them to ride over to the catacombs at the edge of town (catacombs are rather spaced apart so walking to them would take forever), cruise around the Forum and on the Appian way and pretend you're a Roman (well, but with a scooter), and head over to that large park in the middle of the city (that I don't remember what it's called right now).
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