June 1, 2008 |
I seldom see people on bicycles in Rome, probably because of the traffic and uneven pavement. Then, too, the Eternal City is full of hills, seven of which are famous. -- Susan Spano Aventine Many Rome aficionados know this hill south of the Forum because of the moderately priced Hotel Aventino, www.aventinohotels.com, and its nearby sister hotels, the San Anselmo and the San Pio.
June 1, 2008 |
At a tourist information center near the Roman Forum, I asked an attendant whether anything was free in the Eternal City. He looked at me strangely, then came up with a response. "Si, signora," he said, pointing to the brochures on the countertop, "all these are free." It's like that in Rome, where prices for everything are high, even before you get sticker shock from exchanging dollars to euros. Here's how a budget traveler can try to make do.
January 17, 2008 |
Hundreds of thousands of brightly colored balls went cascading down Rome's famed Spanish Steps on Wednesday in the latest stunt orchestrated by the man who dyed the waters of the Trevi Fountain red. TV cameras caught organizer Graziano Cecchini and several others emptying bags of red, green, yellow and blue balls down the 18th century steps. The balls bounced down the steps, filling the boat-shaped Barcaccia fountain in the piazza below in a spectacle that stunned passersby, who snapped photos and scooped up the balls as souvenirs.
January 16, 2008 |
It's a big deal when the pope agrees to speak at an event that isn't church-related. It's an even bigger deal when public protest forces him to cancel. Veteran Vatican-watchers said they'd never seen anything quite like it. Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday abruptly called off plans to speak at Rome's prestigious La Sapienza university, after students and professors rallied to proclaim him pontiff non grata.
October 20, 2007 |
When the Rome Film Festival forgot to invite Sophia Loren for its first edition last year, she was said to be furious at the snub. This year, organizers made good by giving Loren a lifetime achievement award and scheduling a series of events to honor the half-century career of an actress who has been called Italy's best-known export after pasta. "It's the first time I have had a career award in Italy; I hope I deserve it," said the 73-year-old Oscar-winning star.
August 19, 2007 |
Tourists can now buy tickets to the Colosseum on the Internet and avoid long lines at the ancient Roman arena, officials said. The online booking system allows visitors to pick a spot on a guided tour in their preferred language, giving them access to the 1st century arena and its temporary exhibitions as well as the nearby Palatine Hill, where Rome's emperors lived in luxury. Each year 4 million people pay to visit the Colosseum and the Palatine.