Rome hotels, Rome restaurants, Rome attractions, Rome shopping
What's not to love about a town where the default greeting is ciao, bella! and where wine costs less than Coca-Cola? Plenty of cities are beautiful, but only Rome is as warm and accessible as it is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, with majestic ruins and umbrella pines that dovetail with ochre-toned palazzi in one very compact and visitor-friendly city center. Vespas buzz and buses screech over grand and sunny boulevards or down cramped cobblestoned alleyways, creating an urban chaos that somehow manages to keep an upbeat rhythm. Romans aren't completely content to rest on their laurels of 3,000 years of art and history: exciting new civic spaces are being developed in the districts just outside the old center, and a neighborhood in the shadow of a prison, half a mile from the Vatican, has become a hotbed for young bohemians. No matter where you go in Rome, there's always something, or someone, ready to meet your gaze, and invite you in. Start here.
TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM AIRPORTS
Roma Turismo Official site of the Rome tourism bureau
Vatican City Visitor info, liturgical calendar, theology
ATAC Bus and metro maps and general info (in Italian)
Città delle Meraviglie Interactive map; pop-ups with historical info
TuttoCittà Online address locator
Enjoy Rome Independent tourist office
Context Rome Independent visitor agency
Musei di Roma Portal with info on major monuments and museums
Wanted in Rome Online magazine and classifieds for expatriates
Six Nations Rugby Feb.--Mar.
Maratona di Roma Mar. 26, 2006
Easter Week Sweeps week for the Vatican; Apr.
Cultural Heritage Week Apr. or May
Piazza di Siena Horse Show late May
Estate Romana June--Aug
Gay Pride July
Roma Europa Festival Music, dance, theater; Sept.--Nov.
100 Presepi (Nativity Scene Exhibition) Dec.--Jan.
Vatican Christmas Tree and Nativity Scene Dec.--Jan.
Christmas Market in Piazza Navona Dec.--Jan.