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We Survived Rome Without A Money Belt! Our Week in Rome.

We Survived Rome Without A Money Belt! Our Week in Rome.

Apr 22nd, 2007, 10:11 PM
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Mels,

Oh, oh, oh...the suppli...yes they had long, yummy strands of cheese. They were sooooooooooooo good! We had them at other places too, but the ones at Giggetto were the real mccoy.

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Apr 23rd, 2007, 01:33 AM
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Bookmarking with pleasure!
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 02:31 AM
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Hi, iamq,

great report - love the food details. I was in Rome, Florence and Venice last year [lucky me] and the food in Rome was definitely the best, IMO.

can you not get hold of the "5th quarter" in the US at all? we regularly eat lambs heart, ox-tail, and kidneys [generally mixed with steak on a pie or pudding]. Some people still eat tripe, [I've never taken to it], and you can get intestines, though they'd have to be a special order and are an acquired taste.

our best meal was at a restaurant near the via nazionale [we were staying in the Monti area, north of the colosseum] where for anti-pasti, the waiter brought us baby octopus, cooked in 6 different ways! very yummy.

I loved Rome and felt very cross with myself that it took me 49 years to get there!

keep the report coming,

regards, ann
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 05:43 AM
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iamq, at the risk of sounding like eveyone else here, I have to say, what a great report - I am ging in about a month and will make a beeline for the suppli, never had them, can't wait - I am curious, though about prices, you never mentioned any costs, other than the "it was our most expensive meal" - what was the average cost of a meal, either lunch or dinner? Did you find the restaurants terribly expensive? Again, grazie mille for the great trip
report - look forward to the rest.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 06:56 AM
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Will read this over before my June trip. Thank you.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 09:57 AM
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 10:21 AM
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What a wonderful report! I so admire the fact that you kept eating even after your "texture alarm went off," lol!
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 11:38 AM
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Leslie,

Duh! I guesss I did forget to include prices didn't I? I will go through the reciepts tonight and add the information.

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Apr 23rd, 2007, 12:02 PM
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Bill: What a terrific report and so detailed! I felt I was walking with you and recalling all the sights, sounds, smells ...... sigh.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 12:08 PM
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iamq, I loved your report. You hit so many of my favoirte spots, and described your experience so eloquently, that I felt I was back in Rome.

Thanks!
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 12:26 PM
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I'm waiting for you to dig out your receipts, though based on your reviews, I probably won't care how much anything costs! Speaking of money, any suggestions about how to handle the currency thing? Exchange at home? at the airport? travelers checks?
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 12:48 PM
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Bill, thank you for taking the trouble and time to post your wonderful report. We enjoyed many of the same restaurants in the Campo and it was like being there all over again.

You are a better person than me, though. I do not think I could have managed the hooves! Thanks to your bravery I was able to note which word to absolutely AVOID on menus.

Dowzerw, do not bother with travelers checks. Do a search and you'll find lots of advice on the money. We prefer to land with Euro on us so we can meet our driver without delay and because there have been times our flight has been diverted and it was helpful to have cash in hand for food and necessities. Others prefer to hit the ATM at FCO after arrival.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 01:11 PM
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iamq, I have never been to Rome, but after reading your wonderful report, it makes me want to go immediately.

As a matter of fact, you have such a delightful writing style and a great way of taking us with you any time you on your travels. I find myself always wanting to go to the places you have been and write about.

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Apr 23rd, 2007, 01:12 PM
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iamq, I have never been to Rome, but after reading your wonderful report, it makes me want to go immediately.

As a matter of fact, you have such a delightful writing style and a great way of taking us with you any time you travel. I find myself always wanting to go to the places you have been and write about.

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Apr 23rd, 2007, 03:09 PM
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I am glad that many of you are finding this helpful! I'm still at work, but when I get home I'll calculate what we spend on dinners.

Dowzerw,

A friend sold us some eruos that he had laying around so we had around 80 when we entered the country. We then stopped at the bancomat at the airport and got some more. Cash and credit card is the way to go. We actually used more cash that we thought we would and charged less.

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Apr 23rd, 2007, 03:19 PM
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annhig,

Yes, I think we have access to those types of things, all except maybe the baby calf intestines. I just never think of eating any of it because I've always considered it "gross". I have to admit that since I've been back, my less adventuresome eating habits have started to return. I think Martin is going to give making the coda alla vaccinara a try though. The sauce has so many interesting ingredients in it and it was so tasty.

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Apr 23rd, 2007, 03:40 PM
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Bill--Thanks for sharing the great details of your trip
I have skimmed through the posts quickly and don't think anyone answered your question about the name of the fountain on the Via Giulia:
Fontana del Mascherone
My guidebook says it is a Baroque fountain in which "a grotesque mask and granite basin were combined."

I agree with you about the charming tortoise fountain in the Piazza Mattei. I felt I should throw my coin in there instead of the Trevi fountain to ensure a trip back to that particular neighborhood in Rome, not just the city in general.

to others reading Bill's great food report, I would add that in addition to good food Trattoria da Giggetto has a great location right next to the Portico d'Ottavia in the ghetto.
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Apr 23rd, 2007, 05:49 PM
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Thanks Vtt! I loved that fountain and would divert us every chance we got so we could walk by there.

You're right about the location of Giggetto. Our table looked out over the ruin. Very nice. There is another outdoor dining area around the back side of the restaurant, but there is no view of Antica Roma.

Okay here is the cost information for our meals that Leslie requested.

We don't drink alcohol, so if you drink wine, you'll need to imagine a total that is a few euros higher than what we paid.

Best value: Aristocampo, 2 porchetta sandwiches: 8 euro

La Tartaruga, 2 primi, 2 secondi, 1 dessert, 2 bottles acqua minerale: 88.50 euro. Keep in mind that Martin's pasta and truffles was 26.00 euro which helped to spike this higher than it would have been had he not ordered it.

Cleto, antipasti, 2 primi, 1 acqua minerale: 32.00 euro

Del Paino, 2 antipasti, 2 pizza, 2 acqua minerale x 2: 20.50 euro. We ate here a second time and the tab came to 24 euro.

Pierluigi, 3 antipasti, 1 primi, 1 secondi, 2 dolci, 2 acqua minerale, 2 cafe: 130 euro

Alle Fratte, 1 antipasti, 2 primi, 2 secondi, 2 acqua minerale, 2 dolci: 54 euro

Armando al Pantheon, 2 primi, 2 secondi, 2 dolci, 1 acqua minerale: 56.50 euro

Giggeto, several antipasti, 1 primi, 1 secondi, 2 caffe: 49 euro

Checchino, 1 antipasti, 2 primi, 1 secondi 2 acqua minerale, 2 caffe: 66 euro

Osteria del Angelo, 2 primi, 2 acqua minerale, 2 caffe: 22 euro

We had 2 panini and 2 cokes at the cafe at the Borghese Galleria and took them into the gardens: around 10 euro



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Apr 23rd, 2007, 06:00 PM
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Thanks again Bill for a nice report! I'm a pretty adventurous eater, but the "trotters" would have done me in.amp;
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HELP!! --- I am going to be in Rome during the beginning of July for the first time so all of your posts have been extremely helpful. I have a big question for you all....if I am only going to be in Rome from Friday to Monday morning how do I narrow down what I try to fit in? I know I will need to make more trips in the future, but I would like to make the most of the short time I have in Rome.

My boyfriend and I are taking a trip that starts in Dublin (for a family thing) and then we are off to Florence and Tuscany before we go to Rome. I know it sounds crazy to try to fit that much in, but we have a difference of opinion as far as the planning is concerned so I am just trying to go with the flow at this point?

Any suggestions for Rome itinerary in 3 days?

Thanks in advance.

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