Family Travels
Roma
Rome....in Two Days.
Yes...it is possible if you are prepared and well organized.
Plan your days well.  Check opening and closing times.

Did we see it all?
Of course not...that is why we threw coins into the Trevi
Fountain in hopes of returning one day!

Rome in even three or fours days would have been hectic
and stressful.  Two was enough to see the basics.

Get the Rick Steve's guidebook...study it well.
Get the Roman Pass or other tourist cards to make your
trip easier.
    Day One
**We arrived and checked into hotel...grabbed a quick lunch
**Metro to Cavour Stop...Visited St. Peter's in Chains Church
Moses sculpture by Michelangelo ties in with Florence's Prisoners
***Visited Coloseum (used first free admission on Roma Pass)
***Arch of Constantine
***Roman Forum (free)
***Quick look at Capitol Hill, Piazza Venezia, Victor Emmanuel
Monument, Trajan's Column (we saw the plaster in British Museum)
***Took Taxi to Campo de Fiori...Took Rick Steve's Night Walk Tour
as outlined in his book....Dining at Campo de Fiori (Field of
Flowers), Got Take out pizza at Forno in the square,  grabbed at
merinque at a bakery, got gelato, visited Piazze Navona and its
Bernini Four Rivers Fountain, tried Death by Chocolate gelato at
Tre Scallini, Bought some artwork from a starving artist, visited the
Pantheon (but missed going inside)...found Giolotti Gelaterie (the
best in Rome)...and ended our evening at the Trevi Fountain
....and took a taxi back   

It was Dad's Birthday...and what a great day we had!
                            
                                                  
 Visit www.romapass.it

                     3 day pass/ $E20

The Roma Pass covers free admission to the
first two sights you visit...with discounted
admission on other sites (does not include
Vatican sites)  Also included free
transportation on ATAC buses, Metro lines
A&B, and others

Be smart...use Roma pass for big ticket costs.  
Bypass lesser sites until you visit two major sites...
then use it  at lesser sites for discounted admission
Validate upon first time using.
It
IS your Metro/Bus Ticket...Keep ID with you
Police occasionally check ID and tickets...avoid fines
.
St. Peter's in Chains Church
Sacred relic of Apostle Peter's chains
while inprisoned in Rome.
Above: Michelangelo's
Moses
Part of Prisoner's series we viewed at
Florence's Accademia
This View can be found by following below outline...
Visiting St. Peter's in Chains first and following street down
The Coloseum
The Roman Forum is free.
There are three public water fountains
to fill water bottles.

Use your souvenir overlay book for
past/present photos
Amanda reads the Rick
Steves' guidebook and gives
us a history lesson.
The Roman Forum
Capital Hill
and Victor Emmanuel Monument
This adventure will let you experience the sights,
tastes and sounds of true Rome.
Follow the Campo dei Fiori (Field of Flowers)
nighttime walking tour of Rome as outlined in Rick
Steves' travel guide

We started around 4 o'clock and had a wonderful
day celebrating Dad's 45th Birthday.

We started by taking a taxi from Capitol Hill to
Campo dei Fiori...Our light dinner was ok...But try
to find Forno's take-away pizza in the corner of the
square.....there is also a fountain in the center of
the square for filling the water bottle.
The merinques we found on the side street as you
walk to Piazza Navonne
We enjoy Meringues and
Dad gets a Cherry tart for
his Birthday
Bar Tre Scalini
Try the "Death by
Chocolate" gelato
Mom buys this painting (left) from the
above starving artist.  
Problem--how to fit it in my suitcase???
Piazza Navone is fun...filled with artist, vendors & entertainers.
We find Giolitti...Dad and Mom ate here in 1990.
By far the best of the best when it comes to gelato
Trevi Fountain
Erica throws a penny in
in the hopes of returning
to Rome one day
The Pantheon by night
Nardizzi American Hotel

We liked this simple hotel
Great, Safe location literally
across the street from Italy's
Department of Defense

Close to the Metro on the
Piazza della Repubblica

Nice rooms/AC
Light Breakfast incl.
Top of many flights of stairs
or take the little elevator

www.hotelnardizzi.it
Via Firenze 38 (4th floor)
tel 06-488-0368
and the Vatican Museum
and the Sistine Chapel
        Day Two
**Take Metro to Cipro/Musei Vaticani
**Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel
**St. Peter's Basilica
**Lunch Buffet (incredible) and shopping and  take the Metro to hotel
**Nap/Rest
**Rick Steve's Dolce Vita night time walk from Flamino Metro down Via
del la Corso to the Spanish Steps
**Dinner at a non-Rick Steves recommended spot...big mistake.
**Spanish Steps  (Warning Metro closes early...we had to take a taxi)

Advice.....Do this Dolce Vita (Sweet Life) walk in afternoon (not in the
evening) All the shops were closed and there was nothing to see.  We
recommend doing it around 2:00-3:00...make a dinner reservation...then
spend the afternoon strolling and enjoy...If not, you will arrive to empty
streets and filled restuarants...with no place to eat.
The Spanish Steps
by night
After sightseeing in the Vatican, we took a little
stroll and found One of the best places to eat in Italy
with an amazing antipasto buffet lunch
Grilled tomatoes, asparagus, eggplant
lasagna, pestopastas and grilled meats and more

Follow map in Rick Steves' book
La Rustichella
Via Anelgo Emo 1
near Metro stop Cipro-Musei Vatican
Snack Bar Gastronomia
on Via Firenze 34
near recommended Hotels

Had a wonderful selection of pastas
and grilled veggies and made to
order Salads

Just Point and order...
Rome's Metro
There are only two lines --   A & B
and it only covers some of the not use
it to get to Campo Dei Fiori area.  
Warning...they also close fairly early at
night.  Be prepared to walk or grab a taxi
Caution--Photographers
at work
What You Need to Know
Places to Stay, Places to Eat
How to Get There
Hotel Adler

Loved this hotel too!  About a
block from the Nardizzi Hotel

Close to the Metro on the
Piazza della Repubblica

Nice rooms/AC
Light Breakfast incl.
Great rooms, friendly host

Via Modena n°5
tel. +39 06 484466
fax. +39 06 4880940
info@hoteladler-roma.com
www.hoteladler-roma.com
2007
Dates Visited --
1990, 2007, 2008
2008
Valerio Basconi
on Via Firenze
Right across the street from the
Snack Bar

Had a great selection of
sandwiches and pizza

Mozzarella Sandwiches are great.
Try the Eggplant Pizza
Giolotti
This famous gelaterie and pastry
shop has thrived since 1890

We never miss a chance to visit
Via Uffici del Vicario
2008
2007
Fornaio
We have visited here twice
on the little road that connects
Piazza Navonne to Piazza Camp
dei Fiori

Try the tarts and merinques
2008
2008
2007
2008
Forno

"Full Steam Ahead"
The kids head directly toward
their favorite take-out pizza place.

This famous Pizzaria is located in
the corner of the Campo dei Fiori

We never miss a chance to visit
Try the White Pizza
Just go in and order by "un etto"
or "Du etti" the amount (in weight)
that you want.
Private Driver
Tours or
Transportation to Airport/Piers

Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful
Just Call Him and Talk Over what you want
and Negotiate a Price

Five person transfer from Port to Rome $E175.00

Marco Retacchi
Via della Cappella
info@romelimousinetouring.com
www.romelimousinetouring.com
La Rustichella
After sightseeing in the Vatican, we took a little stroll
and found One of the best places to eat in Italy
with an amazing antipasto buffet lunch
Grilled tomatoes, asparagus, eggplant
lasagna, pestopastas and grilled meats and more

Follow map in Rick Steves' book
Via Anelgo Emo 1
near Metro stop Cipro-Musei Vatican
You can't avoid the long security lines.
But you can bypass the really long
ticket lines...just walk to the front with
your Roma Pass (if it is one of your first
free admission uses)
It can save you 30mins to 2 hours.

Buy one of the souvenir Coloseum
books with clear overlay pages to show
present and past images.
It is worth the expense.
Bargain them down...they wanted
$E12...we got it for $E8