Monday, July 11, 2011

Touring Rome

If you are traveling to Rome then you need to take into account several aspects. The first thing is to plan right, then you'll have a fantastic time in what is the most amazing locations of the world. You must plan your means of transportation to get there, how long you want to stay, the hotel where to stay, what to visit, and other things. If you want a fantastic journey in Rome, you need a clever planning.

How to get to Rome
Rome can be reached many ways. You may fly in to Fiumicino or to Ciampino airports. Fiumicino is much better serviced though, and you will get a train directly into town. Cheaper flights get to Ciampino, which does have a shuttle bus to Rome.

Transportation inside the Italian capital
If a car rental worries you, or you drove in with your car, then you may use public transportation, leaving your car at a long stay parking lot. Buses, trams, subway, and taxis provide for plenty of alternatives to your car and relieve you from worries. Green buses are a great transport in Rome. During the night there are more than 20 lines running the city. Taxis are also a good option, and they can also be used as tour guides for an extra charge. They know the spots you should not miss and are to be trusted.

Accommodations in Rome
A huge city such as Rome offers hundreds of places to stay at for all budgets. If you go the traveled booking route, you will get more expensive hotels, but if you put in some effort you can get better deals. Among the places to consider are the Westin Excelsior Rome in Via Veneto, and is considered a kind of monument. Or the Baglioni, again in Via Veneto, near Piazza di Spagna. Finally the Hotel Albani is in the Parioli area, set in a place to remember.

What to do in Rome
Rome offers plenty to see. Needless to say, you can spend a month visiting and just see a glimpse of it all. The cornerstones are St. Peter’s Basilica plus the Vatican. Then you have the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, and the Palantine Slope. The history of this city is unbelievable, rich of well preserved Roman architecture.

A better way to enjoy the archaelogic sites of Rome is by purchasing the Roma Archeologica card, including a series of historic locations throughout Rome that are must see. The card will give you access to the Colosseum, Palatino and also Palatino Memorial, the Normal Roman Museums, Terme Di Caracalla, Cecilia Metella, plus the Villa Dei Quintili. Must-see museums are Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo, Terme di Diocleziano, and also the Cripta Balbi.

Rome Shopping
Looking to just relax and walk around doing some serious shopping? Then you must go to Piazza di Spagna and Spanish Scalinata. This section of Rome literally bursts with all kinds of shops, bars, restaurants, and markets. These are very characteristic of the city and should be visited. Just remember that this is the reign of pickpockets, so keep your values tight.

Rome deserves several days to be appreciated. Do not commit the mistake to go for a daytrip, as you will just be exhausted, confused, and hungry, trading good food for the first tourist joint at hand. You will hate it! Plan ahead instead. Choose your places in advance, then go straight to the point, and always remember to leave some space for the unforeseeable and unexpected, which is the zest of life!

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