Not exactly travel advice but on how to enjoy Rome fully. Inspired by the actual phrase that dates back to 390AD……and sung by Barbara Striesand in 1964, here is the link to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_E0jk05jPY . One can find regular travel advice in various travel guides – Eyewitness is a particularly good one. Available very recently, is a new handy travel app for $2.99 that one can download on iphone or ipad for the inside scoop on Rome – http://itunes.apple.com/app/rome-dream-of-italy/id447204024?mt=
So enjoy the Eternal City, take breaks at the many cafes and watch the world go by, speak some Italian and….
Eat where the Romans do – local trattorias serving traditional Roman fare such as Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Penne all”Arabbiata, Carciofi (artichokes) when in season, etc. Ristorante are hit and missed unless recommended from a good source.
Do stay away from restaurants in the touristy areas where restaurants have signs claiming that they don’t serve “frozen food”. Hmmm…… I wonder what were they serving before?
“Bella Figura” (looking good) is part of the Italian culture. Dressing smartly will get more doors open for one than if one was dressed in shorts and Hawaiian shirt. Museums and churches also have strict dressing codes – if inappropriately dressed one is not permitted inside.
So leave your Lululemons at the gym and don’t forget your sunglasses.
Stay in a hotel or rent an apartment in a neighborhood to get a feel of Roman life. My chosen area this time round is the via Veneto and the parks surrounding Villa Borghese. The Duke Hotel is definitely home away from home. www.thedukehotel.com . Nestled in a quiet residential area, this hotel is welcoming after a busy day of touring. Nearby, there are delis, boutiques, gelateria, bars and cafes to watch the world and people go by. The train station Euclide is only a 5 minute walk away which will take one to Piazza Spagna (Spanish Steps).
Take in a classical concerts around the city, if you love classical music. Lots of talented musicians offering concerti in churches and halls around the eternal city. For detail concert listings,visit www.classictic.com/en/Search/Italy/Rome/2011-10-02/0,0,0/page1.html .
In April of this year, I’ve had the pleasure of listening and watching Michelangelo Carbonara (piano) and Kyungmi Lee (cello) perform works from Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann. Tickets are very reasonable ranging from 12 euros and up depending on the venue.