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Bodil Mar 7, 2003 04:11 AM

We are two young woman going to Rome for the first time. We would like suggestions about moderatly priced places that have good food and fun atmosphere in neighborhoods that we will feel safe. Same goes for budget hotelsuggestions that are close to major sights or the trainstation. Thanks in advice.

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    peter pumkino RE: Bodil Mar 7, 2003 05:53 AM

    Gosh, there are hundreds of recs. on this very site - just do a search on Rome (in fact there is one thread of two girls going to Rome!).

    My only advice is be careful. The Italians are NOT generally violent but they can be a pain-in-the-backside. Give them an inch and they'll take a mile. So unless you actually want to be followed around all day don't be too friendly. Do what the Italian women do - they walk with their head down and never make eye contact. I know, it's a shame but that's the way it is. However the Italians can also be extremely friendly and a lot of fun. Go figure.

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      jasper RE: peter pumkino Mar 10, 2003 05:11 PM

      i really don't think rome is that bad. I am not a woman, but i lived there for nine months, and women do not walk with their heads down. people do get mugged in the station area, but if you're used to urban life, you wouldn't be that scared there.

      my favorite restaurant is the monserrato off piazza farnese. enjoy Rome it's fantastic

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        jasper RE: peter pumkino Mar 10, 2003 05:12 PM

        i really don't think rome is that bad. I am not a woman, but i lived there for nine months, and women do not walk with their heads down. people do get mugged in the station area, but if you're used to urban life, you wouldn't be that scared there.

        my favorite restaurant is the monserrato off piazza farnese. enjoy Rome it's fantastic

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          rcc RE: peter pumkino Mar 10, 2003 11:58 PM

          Italian women don't walk with their heads down. They're so happy and confident and are almost always smiling. Besides, if you walk with your heads down, you'll miss a lot of the beautiful sites that are everywhere when you walk around Rome.
          By the way, try to get a hotel around the Spanish Steps or the Piazza Navona (sp?) area. Enjoy and be friendly.

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          DavidT RE: Bodil Mar 7, 2003 08:06 AM

          If you live in the US, pick up a copy of the current (March) issue of GOURMET magazine. The entire issue is devoted to Rome and there are a ton of recommendations for food, dining, shopping, hotels (expensive ones I am afraid), sightseeing, etc.
          I also recommend doing a search of this sight for other Rome-related postings. There have been quite a few over the past 6 months.

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            mdibiaso RE: Bodil Mar 7, 2003 08:49 AM

            below in the link field is a post about hotels that should give you some information and ideas on where you may want to stay. Seems like around the train station is not really the atmosphere you are looking for. But you may have to pay a little more than planned to get to the better areas that are closer to attractions and good restaurants. But think of all the time you will save being able to just walk out of your hotel and being in an area you want to be in.

            Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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              mdibiaso RE: Bodil Mar 7, 2003 08:57 AM

              and here is a link to a recent thread on reasonable restaurants with an emphasis on pizza places. These two should get you started. And you can search for others.

              Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                John Lowe RE: Bodil Mar 7, 2003 02:29 PM

                Restaurants

                Believe it or not its getting much harder to eat out well in Rome - as a rule of thumb avoid tourist areas(there are many safe areas that are not touristy) - tourists don't complain so the kitchen gets slack

                If you eat in the following areas you'll do alright

                Prati
                Garbetella
                Parioli
                Celio
                Monti

                The following restaurants are moderately priced in tourist areas where you'll eat really well

                1.Settimio Di Arancia - via Arancia ,50 (near Spanish Steps)

                2.Da Agusto - Piazza Di Renzi (Trastevere)

                3.Enoteca 313- via Cavour 313 (Coliseo)

                John Lowe

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                  NYC Food Snob RE: Bodil Mar 7, 2003 11:26 PM

                  Do not stay near the train station!!! This is probably Rome's most questionable area. I suggest you stay here:
                  http://www.venere.com/cgi/hotels/pgwe...

                  If this link doesn't work, it's a B&B called Pantheon View on venere.com. You will love the experience and feel quite safe. Plus, the Pantheon is where you want to be every night of your visit. This is where the fashionable youth hang. Also, Trastevere is very hot these days for the young and hip. You'll want to play there, as well. Good cheap food is everywhere. Just ask your hosts.

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                    Chuck RE: Bodil Mar 10, 2003 06:46 PM

                    You are going to love Rome - For us, it was like NYC in many respects. I agree with the post that warned against staying at the train station area. Yes, the hotels are cheaper there, but you do not want to stay there. Its too far away from the action.

                    The Navona area is also very nice and especially safe -tons of police and military officials in the neighborhood.

                    For two young women, the only word of caution I'd give you is watch the gypsy kids - hold on to your purses and get away from them right away when they approach you - usually in the squares. Be aware - you should not have any problems.

                    The Italian people are incredibly helpful. You can overcome the language problem, too. And, the food? Fantastic and it's amazingly reasonable. There are lots of places you guys can eat at that will not cost you much - Trattorias are especially good. Also, the food shops for great sandwiches at lunch time and finally the gellato places. Scroll down to 10/2002 posts - tons of info on Rome's best.

                    You should know there are Internet Cafes so make sure you register now to get your E-Mail - Web Mail? That was by far the smartest thing we did before we left Florida. Don't buy Euro Travelers Checks in the US either!

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