You may want to have a guide to Rome, such as a Michelin or Frommers, for general information. The Blue Guide is the best for in-depth information on art and architecture. For a complete listing of events, films, concerts and theater, check the monthly magazine WHERE, available at Bernardi. The resource library at Bernardi provides an extensive selection of guides and maps to Rome, Italy and Europe.
Piazzale Scipione Borghese 5 (Villa Borghese) - tel. 06 32 8101
Hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., €8.50. By reservation only.
Vatican Museums/ sistine Chapel
Viale del Vaticano - tel. 06 69 88 3860
Hours are 10:00 a.m.- 3:30pm, Monday to Friday; 10:00a.m.– 1:30pm Saturday.
Tickets: €13. On the last Sunday of every month, entrance is free.
Scavi Tours (Excavations) - St. Peter’s Basilica
The Excavations Office is reached from St. Peter’s Square through the Arco delle Campane (to the left of the façade) or through the Holy Office Gate (through colonnade to the left). At either gate, ask the Swiss Guard for the Excavations Office.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org - Tel. 06 69 88 53 18 - Fax: 06 69 87 30 17
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday and holidays
Tourist Information Office
Tel.06 360 04399,
An Italian breakfast generally consists of coffee and a cornetto (the Italian version of a croissant), which can be plain or filled with cream, chocolate or jam.
Lunch was typically the most important meal of the day in Italy, but is becoming less so due to the constraints of modern working life. Lunch options can vary; a panino otramezzino (sandwich) filled with any variety of ingredients, fresh salad boxes, or pizza al taglio (pizza sold by the slice with many toppings). At the same pizza al taglio places, you can also buy suppli, arancini (deep-fried rice balls filled with mozzarella, meat or vegetables) or other fried goods. Other lunch options include a full, sit-down meal consisting of antipasto, primo piatto (first course, soup or pasta), secondo piatto (second course, usually meat or fish), and dolci (desserts). Lunch is typically from 1 to 3 p.m.
Dinner is similar to the lunch format with a variety of traditional dishes. Italians typically eat their dinner after 8:30 p.m.
• Almost Corner Bookshop, Via del Moro 45 (Trastevere), tel. 06 583 6942
• Economy Book & Video Center, Via Torino 136, tel. 06 47 46 877
• Anglo-American Bookshop, Via della Vite 102, tel. 06 679 5222
• The Lion Bookshop, Via Dei Greci 33/36, tel. 06 326 54007
• Feltrinelli Internazionale, Piazza della Repubblica & Largo Torre Argentina tel. (06 686 63001)
Most foreign films are dubbed into Italian; those screened in the original language (with Italian subtitles) are indicated in listings by ‘versione originale’ (VO). The only movie theater that has regularly screening VO releases is Nuovo Olimpia on Via in Lucina 16 (small side street, just off Via del Corso), tel. 06 686 1068.
The nearest beach is Lido di Ostia. Take Linea A to Termini. Transfer to Linea B to Piramide; from there take a station connection for the local train to Ostia. Exit at Ostia Lido Centro, Stella Polare or Castel Fusano. Follow these same directions to go to Ostia Antica, the ancient port of Rome – an excellent day trip!
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• Campo Dei Fiori - This is Rome’s most historical and picturesque marketplace. You can find seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers, nuts, spices, great coffee and food. Be sure to check the many fantastic bakeries in the area. Hours are 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
• Porta Portese (in lower Trastevere) – One of Europe’s largest markets, Porta Portese features all sorts of bric-a-brac, used bicycles, plants, second-hand clothes, antique collectibles and much more. Watch out for pickpockets. Open early morning until 2 p.m. Sundays.
• Mercato Via Andrea Doria (close to Metro A - Ottaviano) -You can find everything from fruit, veggies and cheese to clothing, accessories and housewares. Hours are 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Saturday. There are markets in almost every neighborhood of the city, including an open market not far away from the Bernardi Campus.