Dining & Nightlife
Rome remains one of the world's great capitals for dining, with more diversity today than ever. The trattoria is usually a family-run concern serving home-cooking. A ristorante is more formal, with a wider selection of dishes. Pizzerias can serve antipasto, pasta, meat and vegetable dishes as well as pizza. The wine is so excellent and affordable that you might want to do as the Romans do and have it with both lunch and dinner. Restaurants generally serve lunch between 1 and 3 pm, and dinner between about 8 and 10:30 pm; at all other times, restaurants are closed. The city centre obviously has the highest concentration of tourists so it can quite easy to fall into the tourist traps but if you see a restaurant packed with locals, go for it, as you can't go wrong.
You don't have to look far to be entertained in Rome. Opera or soccer, dance or drinking - partying in Rome is a pretty easy thing to do. The bar and club scene are mainly in the historic centre, Trastevere and Testaccio. Head down there around 11pm and listen for music. The outsides of the clubs will give you no idea what the insides are like. This area is best in the summer when the dancing moves outside. In the winter, most clubs close.
Rome in an expensive city, so don't expect to find too many bargains. Nevertheless, window shopping is a joy and you will find good value for money, especially if buying leather goods (shoes, bags, gloves and belts) and certain decorative items (lamps, Italian modern designer goods and glassware). Designer stores are found at Piazza di Spagna and the surrounding Via del Babuino while the more mainstream shops are on the Via Nazionale and Via del Corso. Vintage second hand clothes can be picked up in abundance on Via del Governo Vecchio or in San Giovanni`s Via Sannio market or failing that, check out the Via Appia Nuova - the longest shopping street in Europe.
Flying time from:
Approximately 11 hours Montreal:
Approximately 10 hoursCalgary:
Approximately 13 hours Vancouver:
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Mediterranean Climate - spring and autumn are the best times to visit, with generally sunny skies and mild temperatures. July and August are unpleasantly hot. From December to February there is briskly cold weather, although it's rarely grey and gloomy.Electricity:
230 volts AC, 50Hz.
A passport is mandatory for Canadian Citizens, although no visa is required. For other countries, please check the Italian Government Tourist Board to get a complete list and other details.Note:
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