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Only 2 full days in Rome - how to manage time?!?

Only 2 full days in Rome - how to manage time?!?

Mar 2nd, 2007, 08:37 AM
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Just MY two cents, but I feel it was a bit condescending for Jabez to malign the imaginations and historical interest of those who find certain sites too crowded. In my case, I DID take a tour with a guide, but her narration at the Forum/Colosseum was pedestrian and uninspiring. YMMV. And, in response to Jabez' theory that those who don't like crowds should just stay home, I must point out that we visited Rome in late October, not July or August, with the thought that we would be able to avoid most of the crowds. This was not the case, and OF COURSE that was disappointing.

As a matter of fact, my husband and I have a profound interest in history, and as artists/writers can hardly be said to lack imagination. Therefore, I look forward to having the time to visit the Forum again, (perhaps early on some February morning), when we will be able to release our imaginations and feel something of what the site was like 2000 years ago.

We also spent several days in Venice on this trip, and Venice was very crowded from about 9 am to 9 pm with daytrippers. For us, that did not detract from our Venice experience, but neither does it change the fact that visiting Piazza San Marco at 6 am when it was deserted and bathed in golden autumnal light, was the most magical time for us.
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Mar 5th, 2007, 05:08 AM
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Sorry if my post personally upset you. The intention was not to attack or even be "condescending". this is the first time in some 4,000 posts here, Slow Travel and Flyer Talk where I felt that I needed to apologize for hurting someone's feelings.
Let me clarify the post that you responded to.
I made sure to qualify the post with "sometimes". There are always exceptions,as yours may be.
I probably should have added a few more points like:
-One of more of the travelers may be sick. Illness on a trip (myself or my wife) obviously brings a new stress to the experience.
-The visitor may have been unlucky in getting a poor tour guide. It's highly recommended that the traveler asks for tour guide recommendations here and other forums.
I noticed someone just the other day asked about an Ostia tour company and received some "bewares".
-The traveler went to the sites at the worst possible times.
I have been in Rome in Oct.,June, May,March and november. There can be crowds midday in all these time frames.
It's best to ask about the best times to visit different sites.
For instance:
The Forum is generally much less crowded and hot (if applicable) early in the morning.
-If you hate crowds, stay away from the Spanish steps and the Trevi fountain from Friday afternoon until Sunday night.
-San Gim is best not visited at 11am during the mid to high seasons.
-Montalcino can be slammed during the day on Saturdays (especially if nice weather).
-Siena is always crowded during Palio.
-Expect Greve's Saturday market to be shoulder-to-shoulder.
I could go on with these examples. Fodor's has many helpful posts concerning this issue. In some cases (Palio, Greve's market,etc.) will need to be skipped by those strongly opposed to crowds.
Other times, like entering the Vatican at noon, crowds can be seem much less oppressive. Those tips can be learned by asking and searching for the advice.
the last one that I might add is
-Maybe they were just having a bad day.
I'll chalk this up as why my post was probably a bit too direct for some.
As much as I'm sorry that you thought I was attacking you,I was giving my opinion based on being involved with travel advice online for the last 5+ years. I stick with what I said with the caveat that I probably should add the new points I added with this post

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Mar 12th, 2007, 09:12 PM
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I am visiting Rome/Vatican on 3rd/4th April. I am trying to send a fax to Vatican guided tours but it does not go through. I guess country code is 379. Also is Wed will be papal audience on 4th April ? if so tue afternoon tour will work better for us. Wondering which private tour to book to avoid lines if Vatican tour does not go through?
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