ome is a tumultuous city laced throughout with romance, beauty and history. These pages will help you find the wonder we experience on each visit.
No other city brings together such sights and experiences so intimately. And the food. If you think you know Italian food but haven't eaten in Italy, you're in for a glorious treat.
f you seek the source of much of our language, literature, art, architecture, governments and habits, you must see Rome. Rome sports the reminders of 2,700 years of continuous human habitation. Through the grime and bustle of a modern, crowded city, there's a special aura over walls that have seen 135 generations of the great and humble.
e've visited Rome often over more than 30 years. We invite you to experience the enjoyment and wonder we've found. This brief 'introduction' can only scratch the surface of what you should know about Rome. Hopefully, what we've learned over the years will help you enjoy your trip more. Better, we hope this will entice you to read other, more detailed, Sources.
isitors to Rome may find themselves overwhelmed with the opportunities afforded by Rome's history, art, and architecture. Two weeks may be enough for a hasty tour through most everything; a month would be better. Oh for 'the good old days' of the leisurely travel (and wealth) of the 18th century British visitors to the Eternal City.
Fortunately, Rome is compact enough to skim the best in three (full) days, and if you've more time we guarantee you'll find delightful and fulfilling ways to use it. Enough, so that we've filled several pages covering Rome's Sights and excursions.
s in so many cities, location is the thing. Avoid hotels not in the city center. In Rome Hotels you'll find a number that we've enjoyed over two dozen trips over the years as well as many recommended by acquaintances.
he number 2 Roman attraction! Seriously, Italian food as prepared in Italy is spectacularly delicious. Even if you (think you) don't like Italian food, it's worth the trip to find out how much you'll like real Italian food.
ou'll find our favorite restaurants in Roman Food and Restaurants, along with some ideas to please your palate.
ore than perhaps any city in the world, children find fascination in Rome. We've found little difference between what appeals to the old or the young. Here's a sketch, from our youngsters, of Rome for Kids.
Practical Information Including:
We were stunned to find Frommer's
2001 Rome and Frommer's 2001 Italy recommend this site as one of six web
sources for Rome information. We're the sole non-professional site among a group that
includes the Vatican's own web pages.
Here's what Frommer's has to say: Seasoned travelers advise green-footed wanderers on what to do when in Rome. Musing romantically about the ancient city, the pair guides you to hotels, restaurants, excursions, quiet spots, and, of course, attractions like the Vatican and the Colosseum. The site includes tips on seeing Rome with kids.
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