rome - travel notes

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      Day 1 - 4, Rome
      You can add Rome to the beginning or end of any of our other recommended trips to Italy. Or combine it with other cities for a grand tour of Europe.

      If you have never been to Rome before, we recommend that you spend at least four nights there. If you?ve been before, three nights may be sufficient, depending on your interests.

      For a list of our recommended accommodations in Rome, click here.

      Although public transportation in Rome is okay, we recommend that you walk as much as possible. The city is compact and if armed with a good map, you should have no trouble. Those who prefer not to walk can get a one-day pass good on all public transportation for 4EUR. The pass is available at the central railway station.

      Business hours in Rome vary widely and change frequently. Please check opening and closing times before going anywhere. This will greatly reduce the possibility of disappointment.

      The year 2000 was the year of the Papal Celebration and many Roman landmarks were restored for the occasion. Some reopened after years of restoration and now require reservations. You can phone when you arrive in Rome. Or you can make reservations in advance by e-mail.

      The Borghese Gallery requires reservations since reopening. There?s an on-line booking form at

      If you are interested in having an audience with the Pope, you can make reservations and request tickets through the Church of Santa Susanna which is the home of the American Catholic church in Rome by visiting

      Our Rome database contains information about dozens of attractions. For specific information including admission fees, hours, address, and phone numbers use our search engine or the links to the right.

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