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First time in Rome - need suggestions

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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

    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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    1. re: peter pumkino

      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

      1. re: peter pumkino

        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

        1. re: peter pumkino

          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.

        2. 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.

          1. 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/...

            1. 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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                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