This was Becky’s first visit to Rome and my second. Rome is an amazing city. It lends itself to maniacal sightseeing and is not so much a hanging out and chilling type place. There’s so much to see and the sights are everywhere. In this wrap-up, I’ve included the processed HDR shots that I took along the way in the link and pasted into the text.
I’ve included some thoughts about the logistics of our trip in the following:
The Beehive Apartment
We liked are stay at the apartment and felt that the 70 euro price per night was reasonable. Our apartment was clean and functional. The room was quite and comfortable and The Beehive’s people were helpful and professional. We’d definitely consider The Beehive again.
Roma (& Piu) Pass
We’ve generally struggled to get full value from city passes in other places. This was not the case with the Roma Pass, which easily paid for itself (>40 euros of value for 25 euro cost). The added convenience itself makes it worth considering. I’ve read some debate about whether the Roma & Piu pass covers the train to the Rome airport. From what we could tell, the pass does not cover the 11 euro train ride to the airport. We bought our pass at Stazione Termini.
The pricing of taxis in Rome was not transparent to us. Perhaps we should have done more research upfront on this. Nonetheless, the bus and Metro system is convenient and runs very frequently. Apart from our adventure on Bus 81, we had little trouble using the system. Consider riding Bus 116 for a cheap tour of old Rome.
See this link for some taxi discussion:
Visiting in October
We chose October for a visit time because it is cooler and we expected there to be less tourists. The weather was nice, but the crowds were still there. I hate to see what the crowds looked like in August!
The tour we did of the Coliseum and Palatine Hills were well worth the modest cost. Though we did not do any additional tours on this trip, we will look for this on future visits. It certainly added to the experience.
The food is good with no mediocre meals. Curiously, the quality of the food, or more correctly, the quality of our dining experience seemed to be only loosely correlated to the price. We found we could eat well relatively cheaply.
We buy way too many of these. Here are thoughts on a couple:
Not really a guidebook, “Italy, For the Gourmet Traveler,” by Fred Plotkin provides a different perspective on the food options in Rome. The lack of maps makes it somewhat difficult to locate some of the places mentioned, particularly if you don’t have immediate access to a computer. It does provide food related background information.
DK Eyewitness Travel’s “Rome” was very good. The picture format is often so clear that you feel like you are on a guided tour at times. This was easily the most common guidebook series, in its multiple languages, that we saw in Rome and throughout Italy.
Our favorite place for a cappuccino and a pastry (we didn’t do the complete survey!) was Boulangerie Italiana in Stazione Termini. We’re sure there are many good, if not better places to be had, but this one was convenient to our room and had the best cappuccinos and café lattes that we had in Italy.