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Rome - off the beaten path, need suggestions

Rome - off the beaten path, need suggestions

Old Nov 6th, 2001, 05:11 AM
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Does anyone know of any flea markets? I read about the Campo de Fiori market, does that have more than food?
Old Nov 6th, 2001, 05:23 AM
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Sarah, I didn't go but Porta Portese, which Maria mentioned above, was highly recommended to me by someone who lives in Rome.
Old Nov 6th, 2001, 05:30 AM
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Vita/Maria: Can you tell me where Porta Portese is located? Thanks!
Old Nov 6th, 2001, 07:25 AM
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Sorry, Sarah, I'm not as organized as most of the posters on this board, so I don't remember the streets that Porta Portese is on, but it is very widely known and I think it only happens on the weekend. We asked at our hotel and they recommended taking a taxi, which was the only time we didn't walk to our destination. I think it was mentioned in our guide books as well. Sorry for the scant information.
Old Nov 6th, 2001, 07:48 AM
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Sarah, Sorry, I don't know either, but if you do a search for Porta Portese on this site, its been mentioned before. It seems to be in Trastevere but a little too far to walk.
Old Nov 6th, 2001, 03:03 PM
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Marianna--This is excerpted from my post on this forum last June after a May visit to Rome. Hope if is useful to you.
The nicest surprises, those which we felt the tour guides didn't really do justice to, were the Sixtine Chapel and Borghese Chapel in Santa Maria Maggiore (central Rome, intersection of Via Cavour and V. Merulana)-- they rivaled anything we saw in St. Peters or elsewhere; the Vatican Treasury (inside St. Peters)--this was an unplanned stop, but since we were right there, we did it on the spur of the moment, and it was fantastic--the Popes have accumlated some impressive "hardware" over the centuries!; and the Borghese Gallery (reservations necessary;did them over the internet)--WOW!
We used the "back door" exit from the Sistine Chapel suggested by someone else on this forum some time ago, and it worked slick--saved us the long walk from the usual exit back around to St. Peters square. We also chose the "visit St. Peters in the morning and let the long waiting line for the Vatican Museums disperse" approach, and it worked well--we got in line a little after noon on a Friday, and it took about 10 min to get to the ticket window.
Old Nov 8th, 2001, 05:49 AM
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How do you book a "Scavi" tour? Can anyone recommend a good tour company and should I go on a walking tour in Nov or will it be too cold?
Old Nov 8th, 2001, 08:06 AM
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you can email [email protected] to request a tour. They emailed me back a confirmation within a few days. Be specific with the dates that you are interested in.
Old Nov 8th, 2001, 09:14 AM
Nancy F
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Just returned from Rome - a lifetime is not long enough. We found a restaurant tucked away ----on Via Trachetto -restaurant of same name - I took a card from there and but it isn't far from the Coloseum and the food is delicious.
Will try to get phone number and pass it along... Ciao!
Old Nov 8th, 2001, 09:49 AM
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I second (or third or fourth) the Scavi tour; it was one of the highlights of our trip to Rome, if you don't count my husband being stung by a wasp in the Vatican museum. The man at the Scavi desk was dour but polite, so I guess we were lucky, and the tour guide was great. Weather: When we left Italy on November 4, the weather report listed 57 degrees for Rome, Florence, and Milan, but it felt warmer in the sun. I wouldn't hesitate to take walking tours in early November; just wear layered clothes and comfortable shoes. In Rome we signed up for four tours with Scala Reale (the Orientation Tour, which is free, plus Ancient Rome, Piazzas at Night, and the Vatican). There were three of us on the Orientation Tour, six on the next two, and only my husband and I on the Vatican tour--an excellent insight to St. Peters and the museums by a young religion student. I'd recommend them highly. Their website is www.scalareale.com.
Old Nov 9th, 2001, 05:04 AM
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I leave in a week....can't wait! Thanks to everyone for responding to this posting. I've taken down all of your ideas and recommendations. I was able to book reservations to the Borghese Gallery. Is there an "easy way to get there?" Thanks again and I'll make sure to post a trip report on my return.
Old Nov 9th, 2001, 05:15 AM
dan woodlief
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I can't speak for all ways, but we took a cab to Borghese to save a lot of walking. It was only about $12 U.S. from Termini. It would be a fairly easy walk if you plan to sightsee in the vacinity before the visit. Neighboring sightseeing areas include Via Veneto and Piazza del Popolo. I don't think the Spanish Steps are all that far away either. Save a little time to see some of the park too. You are supposed to pick up the tickets within 30 minutes of the visit anyway.
Old Nov 9th, 2001, 05:28 AM
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Just a comment re. Rome/walking, I stayed near Termini...maybe I'm used to paying a lot for short cab rides in the city I live, but I thought Rome's taxis were outrageously affordable. (Sticker shock in Florence, tho). Found price to be about $4 USD from Termini/Piazza Independenza into the city center area (to, say, Piazza Colonna/Del Corso or Gesu); $10-11 USD to Vatican. I'd cab to and from destinations & devoted my walking time to the areas of the city I was visiting that day, rather than to&fro hotel. Fun to chat with the drivers & see the city & zip around with the crazy traffic and hottie guys on scooters buzzing about!
Old Nov 10th, 2001, 06:02 AM
Doug Weller
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We also stayed near Termini last year (Hotel Aberdeen near the Piazza della Republica). I can't understand why people would want to use taxis. We walked, used the bus, trams and underground (weekly tickets cost 8 bucks). Used the 40 express bus rather than the one the tourists usually use, the 64).

Visited a catacomb on the Via Salaria, St. Priscilla's. The Via Salaria is a route used even before Rome was built. From what I've found, probably a better choice than the more touristic ones if you can only visit one.

A real highlight (besides the fantastic Scavi tour) was San Clemente. San Clemente is amazing -- a must for any visitor to Rome. It's unique
character is obvious from the moment you walk through the entrance
gate in the walls surrounding it. You enter into a lovely secluded
courtyard, an atrium (Daniella called it a paradisio I believe) with a
fountain in the middle, a resting place for pilgrims. These have been removed
from most old churches. Daniella sped us through the inside of the ground level
church and deep into the depths beneath it. Down below the larger, still mainly
intact 4th century church which is under the current church lie some ancient
Roman buildings. The area itself was destroyed in 64 AD by fire, and there are still some remains of those old houses. This level is a labyrinth of passageways and chambers, some with tufa walls and others with brick, many with
herringbone tiled floors.

We also loved the Domus Aurea. We used a tour guide. Anyone who intends to go to Rome should think of engaging Daniella to guide them. Her email address is [email protected] and her web
site is http://village.flashnet.it/users/fn025316/guide.shtml

My trip report is at:
Old Nov 13th, 2001, 04:32 AM
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