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Rome, Italy

Capital city of Italy Website

Approval Rate: 79%

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    Tue Dec 05 2023

    It's a good

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    Fri Aug 14 2009

    For this review I've decided to use an excerpt from the travelogue I wrote for the holiday as I feel it best describes my experience of Rome. When we arrived at the Roma Termini we ended up queueing at the tourist information desk for a good 20 minutes to try and find out how we get to our hotel. The problem here is that the desk doubles as a place that sells guided tours around Rome known as the "Roma Pass" so a lot of the people were there for that. We were told there to take the number 90 bus and to get off after 8 stops. Now the first thing which is important to remember with Rome's buses is that there are multiple stops on roads and all stops on the road only count as a single stop - that can get a little confusing if you don't know the system. We got off at the stop we were told to and wondered where we were - we had no idea where to go to find the hotel. Fortunately I had my PDA with me with a map of Rome on it so I typed in the address of the hotel and it sent us on a trek a... Read more

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    Sun Sep 09 2007

    No hope for people who judge a city by a religion. Go to a madhouse! Without any doubt   the most beautiful city in the world.

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    Wed May 23 2007

    I give it 4 stars only because of its importance to Western Culture. Other than that I didn't really care for it

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    Sat Sep 23 2006

    Catholics need to learn the truth.

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    Thu Apr 06 2006

    Everyone must visit Rome and Italy. Here is the history of religion, mankind and many arts and sciences rolled into one. It really is the capital of Western Civilization and the Eternal City!

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    Wed Jan 11 2006

    Twice, in 1985, I spent a day there for some R&R; while stationed on a ship in Gaeta. I recall the following things: - On the train ride to Rome, I met two beautiful Italian college girls who lived in Latina, but went to school in Rome. Their English (and my Itlian) were adequate enough to have an interesting conversation. One of the girls was reading an excerpt from my copy of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale that I took along to read. She sounded quite sensual reading about the scene where Bond is in the car with 2 thugs and sweet Vesper Lynd. We spent 15 minutes trying to comprehend the Itlian translation for "outskirts" (though I was thinking more about "in-skirts.") - Rome is not a clean town (but cleaner than Naples). And it has a fairly large contingent of foreigners (e.g., Africans, Arabs, Orientals). - Some of the best Chinese food I ever had was in Rome. I think I was so tired of Italian food, that the Chinese was such a refreshing change of pace. - The only site of i... Read more

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    Wed Jan 11 2006

    I've never been there, and I understand that it's dirty, probably in part because of its antiquity, and partly due to the fact that most if not all of the world's large cities are dirty due to pollution and industrialization. Rome, regardless of one's personal beliefs, IS one of the world's most historically and culturally important cities, it's beyond questioning in my view. I consider myself to be a deist, I believe in God, but not really a member of any organized faith. If anything, I would probably be described as a lapsed Catholic, though my grandmother was a Baptist, and from The South as well. I have no problems with anyone's beliefs, could care less about them. What gets me about fundamentalists is not their doctrine, or their beliefs, but the fact that the topic they're writing about often has little to nothing to do with their faith at all. This is supposed to be a board rating Rome as a city, not a forum for one's religious opinion on things. Frankly, I have found that one ... Read more

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    Tue Nov 15 2005

    One of the most walkable cities I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. Fun things to do and see at every turn.

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    Mon Nov 14 2005

    Dirty and poluted. It might have alot of culture and all but it's boring and dirty.

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    Wed Apr 27 2005

    Wow. Ancient culture, the vatican, great art, great food, spanish steps. Great place to shop too.

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    Sat Apr 16 2005

    Queen of cities, former mistress of the world, golden Rome. Rome is a very interesting place and one of these places where there is always something to see and if you had a lot of time, could take forever to see. Also, like London, a place where the more things change, the more they stay the same. Only interesting modern structures are Termini station (the most efficient train station in the world, also restored and very convienient), and EUR. Then there is the hidden Rome of the Caesars which abruts out of the ground all over the place. Don't miss sites like the little visited Circus of Maxentius out on the Via Appia Attica and many other sites to extensive to mention here.

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    Thu Aug 05 2004

    Eternal city!! one week is not enough to see everything

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    Fri Jul 23 2004

    It would take an eternity to see all of the Eternal City.

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    Fri Jun 04 2004

    Come's the eternal city... I've said enough

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    Fri May 21 2004

    The great sites everyone lists below are a given, but I really enjoy just walking around (roaming?) in Rome. Strolling at night gives the city an entirely different look and it is the best time to people-watch. Taxis are surprisingly cheap there, and on a hot day the speed and air conditioning make it an even better value. I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because Rome's a bit chaotic for my tastes and the public transportation is not as easy or thorough as London's or Paris'.

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    Thu May 06 2004

    What's truly amazing about Rome is its churches, and I'm not just referring to the Catholic ones. Besides of course the expected visits to the Vatican and St. John Lateran, Rome is a great opportunity to see services of other old Christian churches w/ congregations in the Eternal City. When I was last there, I was lucky to come upon an Ethiopian Coptic Church, and I checked out its Mass. The Coptic Church was founded in the very early years of Christianity and is mostly found in Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, and Ethiopia. Its liturgy is quite different from other denominations (Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant). Also, Rome has one of the oldest Synagogues in Europe. For those interested in history and religion, Rome is a jackpot for you.

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    Mon Feb 23 2004

    Rome is incomparable. Comments based on many repeated (mostly brief) visits to Rome between 1947 (when I was a kid) and 1996. Although it suffers a lot from urban sprawl, the ancient heart of Rome is fantastic. Plenty of history, pretty much confined to a relatively small area the two farthest points being the Colosseum and the Vatican). It's hard to walk anywhere beteen those two points without walking through, over, under, or around something of interest such as the Trevi Fountain, the Roman forum, the Spanish Steps, Via Condotti, etc. Shopping can be expensive, depending on where you shop, but there are some bargains, such as silk ties (which you can find almost everywhere in Rome). Traffic is bad, the streets are raucous, and there are too many one-way streets. YUou're usually better off walking. The natives can be somewhat obnoxious and, like the Parisians, insufferable at times, although most sales, restuarant, and hotel people are OK, and tend to speak English pretty wel... Read more

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    Sun Feb 08 2004

    I was lucky enough to get to stay for 2 weeks while attending college. It is magical, we found this place with a view and we would sit here everynight and just look over the city. Just thinking of how it was 2000 years ago. Don't fall into the tourist traps, do your own thing and explore. Look for off the path restaurants and they are no more expensive than anything here in the USA.

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    Mon Dec 16 2002

    Roma, a beautiful city, has zillion architecture wonders to show.

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    Tue Jun 18 2002

    I lived here for a couple of months and while I enjoyed the city, I got a little tired of both the high prices for food and the constant onslaught of pickpockets. Keep your cash in a money belt or somewhere safe. Termini station offers great people watching, Trevi Fountain is amazing. Eating gelato and sitting at Trevi Fountain was one of those "zen" moments in my life. There's history in every nook and cranny of the city.

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    Mon May 21 2001

    Rome is truly a city that will make you feel both glorious and right at home. Forget the tourist attractions - there is so much more to see and do. The food is the best you will ever taste and the people are very friendly. Hang around the Campo Di Fiore and Piazza Navonna - the neighborhoods are wonderful. Visit San Clemente, the Capuchin Cemetery, and Quatro Coronati for some real treats. Stop in every church that you pass, one is more magnificent than the other. Gelati, coffee, panini and pizza that cannot be beat! Great jewelry stores in the Jewish ghetto - all 18k - stop by Shelly Ginto and tell Arturo that Donald sent you. Also, eat a fine meal at Dante Taberna dei Gracchhi in the Prati section - the food is out of this world - ask for Tommaso. If you know any priest that belong to an order- see if they have any friends stationed in Rome - they can really show you the city.

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    Mon Jul 24 2000

    Some cities are so stacked with historical landmarks that it's almost too much. Rome is one of those cities, from the Vatican, to the Collosseum to the Pantheon, you would need weeks to hit the tourist spots of this city alone. And that doesn't even give you time to check out the non-touristy spots of this city, which in many ways are even more appealing.

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    Sun Jun 11 2000

    Rome has some of the most amazing sights in the world. From the Coliseum to St. Peter's, it is truly amazing to actually see the many sites that you've heard about. Unfortunately, it is quite dirty with a lot of polution. There is also a serious problem with gypsies. My friend and I saw a group of gypsy kids (using pieces of cardboard to distract their targets) pickpocket a young woman and attempt to do the same to many others.

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    Sat Jun 10 2000

    I just spent some time in Italy and thought Rome was nice but not for me. The ancient and religous history contained within one single city is amazing...the artwork in the Vatican, St. Peter's, the Forum, the Senate. However, I found it very crowded and noisy and almost got run over by mopeds every five minutes. I think that Tuscany has much more to offer...Florence and Siena are beautiful and quite cultural and the food and people of the Tuscany are much more appealing.

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    Tue Nov 16 1999

    I think that Rome deserves 5 because it is a beautiful city with a lot of culture, history & art. It has a lot of places to visit, a lot of nice restaurants and good clubs! People are very friendly!

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    Mon Nov 01 1999

    Rome is truly the Eternal City - no where else in Europe will you have the unique experience of living in a modern city, yet experiencing antiquity in such an in your face way. And you just can't beat Italian men! Mamma Mia!

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