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Why am I so worried about our Rome trip??

Why am I so worried about our Rome trip??

Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 03:48 AM
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Well, I agree with what others have said. Of course you're spending a lot of money and want to have a fun trip, but I find it easy to get caught up in feeling like everything has to go perfectly and we have to see x,y, and z for it to be a success.

You'll come back and someone will say, "oh what a shame you didn't make it to X." Well, you know what, it's your vacation! You do what you want when you want to. There might be 1000 recommendations you can follow but there are just as many other places to go, see, and eat that are equally great experiences. For example, my family just had a dinner in Prague at a hotel restaurant patio just across from the Astronomical Clock. I am sure it was a "tourist trap." But the food was good, the drinks were good, the atmosphere was perfect, and our kids had a blast.

So I'm just trying to say that even if you don't follow the "rulebook" or even stick with your own plan, don't consider anything to be a loss or feel as if you've missed out! Don't worry so much while you're there that you forget to enjoy yourself!
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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 04:45 AM
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Just a quick word on hotel recommendations for restaurants...

Last year, we stayed at a decent little hotel in Rome. Our worst meals were the two that the hotel suggested. They absolutely insisted on calling to secure a reservation. I'm pretty sure they were getting some kind of a kickback.

We went over with no real ideas of where we were going to eat, and had great meals every time when we just wandered around looking for some place that looked/smelled good.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 06:06 AM
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I second celticdreams.
We have been all over Eourpe and never went with any restaurant ideas, reservations or plans.
On our trip to Rome earlier this month, we just went out at dinner time and cruised the menus posted and chose some place that looked good.
We had our 14 yr old daughter with us and it worked out nicely.
Probably one of the best dinners we had was in the Jewish Ghetto. Cruise over there for even a snack, it's so laid back and peaceful.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 06:17 AM
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Trust Me, You will be plannign Yur return to Rome before youleave Italy.

I can't tell you how stressed I was about going to Rome Like You are. I planned a vacation for My In-Laws there and we had 8 of Us traveling together. I was worried sick about so many things, but of course Fodorite's helped me out big time and eased my pain in the brain.

I have a post regarding rome, and truly we had the best time. And the Food, was Fantastic everywhere we went. The choices are unbelievable. Everyother establishment has food, I'm not kidding. Our Hotel (Empire Palace)was surrounded with stores and restaurants, not to mention the train station was like 10 minutes away and we went there quite often to shop and eat.

Don't be afraid to venture in and look at Menu's and ask questions. I was worried about overpriced tourist area's and I think everyone can admit they have been in the same situation, We did a couple of times, but live and learn.

I am so happy that you are going to Italy, you will Love it. Have the time of your life. I can't wait to read your post when you get home...

Theresa in Detroit.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 06:23 AM
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One poster recommended taking cabs ... I recommend the OPPOSITE. Our favorite thing in Rome was simply walking around and soaking in that incredible atmosphere. We never took a taxi during the entire trip -- and loved walking from sight to sight.

We had no meals planned -- and found some FANTASTIC little restaurants--and some that were only okay, but nothing bad.

Try cramming in every sight and you'll see it all--without enjoying nearly as much as if you relax and enjoy what you see. I'll bet you have a blast!
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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 06:48 AM
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If you are staying near Termini, you can either use the metro or the vast bus system which are very easy to use to get around the city if you do not want to walk (but you will want to to see everything!). I fly to Rome quite frequently and am always amused on this board about everyone's perfect places to eat around Rome and the rest of the world-as others have said,just wander around and if you see something that appeals to you both atmosphere/menu wise then go in.Some of the best meals that I have had in Rome were at places that were off the beaten path or unexpected.After one day there you will be able to figure out whats a tourist trap and what isn't for dining,trust me.Side streets seem to offer some interesting dining along with more locals. I am pretty sure that you will be like the rest of us when I say that this will NOT be your last trip to Rome as it grabs your soul and will make you want to work more,downsize,etc. to get money for your next trip back.Have a fabulous time and be sure to save me some red wine for my trip back there!
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Old Apr 23rd, 2007, 08:07 AM
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You are all so wonderful! Thank you! lol
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Old Apr 27th, 2007, 09:41 AM
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Sammy, I'm happy I stumbled across your thread today, it is just what I needed! My sister and I leave for Italy May 13 and I am starting to get the jitters - worried about missing a restauarant or a site. I think I may be on "information overload"!! I'm going to follow the kind recommendations of these posters and realize that if I miss something this trip, it is all the more reason to return!

Have a fabulous time!!!
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Old Apr 27th, 2007, 09:55 AM
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have a fabulous time!
Old Apr 27th, 2007, 10:01 AM
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Thank you for the kinds words!
Mary...now we only have 4 more days to go! Ahh! I am still tweeking at our itinerary. If you want, read through my posts and see why this trip is so important! lol Title is something like "being a coincidence.."
This weekend I plan on reading a few trip reports and finalizing out list of restaurant recommendations...thanks to Franco and EkScrunchy.
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