have 5 nights in rome what are the "must sees" and good recomendations for meals on the run or food markets we are staying in apartment near the vatican is it worth while to purchase train / bus tickets for the week or pay as we go any tips please
I would suggest Rick Steves' list: http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/italy/rome3.htm
My top sights: St. Peters/Vatican Museum w/Sistine Chapel; Colosseum/Forum; Pantheon; Spanish Steps
Vatican & Sistine Chapel & Museums of the Vatican
We always rent apartments also, just wander your neighborhood you'll find several markets we had several within 2 blocks. Just walk by the resturants they post the menus & prices most plasces outside if you find something sounding good stop in.
We did alot of walking so we didn't buy any passes just single trips on bus etc.
Thank you both for your replies have made a list on your recomendations of what to see so will attack those first few days and will wander the streets and look at the menu boards when you stayed in an apartment near the vatican were there grcery stores nearby? thinking of taking a rolling shop trolley to put everything in is this a good idea ? or are there too many cobblestone
Joy - What's a "rolling shop trolley"? Sorry, but that definitely doesn't translate into Americanese. It always amazes me how many different flavors of "English" there are. :)
Will try to describe it its what elderly and not so elderly use for their shopping instead of carrying plastic / paper bags. it has 2 small wheels and an aluminuim frame shaped like rectangle with handle. Attached to this frame is a rectangular canvas bag with a fold over zipped top probably the nearest thing would be like an elongated thin suitcase bag or a golf cart you pull it after you like a golf cart and I suppose you could liken it to a golf buggy smaller with a flapped top but soft material and will expand a little too. dont tell me you havent something the same wherever you live could start a new business importing them lots of people here use them particularly the elderly they take a heap of groceries without any problems and are in regular use particularly with folk who dont like plastic bags Is it clear (as mud) sorry am not good at descriptions anyway you must call them something else
You did a great job of explaining it. The only term I've heard for them here in the States is "shopping cart". But that term also applies to the carts in the supermarket. Hence, the impolite phrase "old lady shopping cart" sometimes pops up. Anyways, you said you'll be in Rome for 5 nights.
I don't think that that length of stay warrants the hassle of hauling a shopping cart. To me, it would be far less bother to make an extra trip or two to the store. OR, if you have a large and sturdy plastic bag at home, you can bring that from home. Changing topics, other people have rated the Spanish Steps as a "must-see". To my wife and I, it had to be the most overrated sight in all of Italy. It's just a bunch of steps, albeit nice-looking steps. Although I have to admit, it is a nice change of scenery once you've gotten "churched-out".