good news dozens upon dozens of properties have undergone major
renovations in the late 1990s. :-) The bad news is that with
some 20 million visitors expected to arrive in 2001, finding
a hotel room at any time of the year will be harder than ever.
Make your reservations a long time ahead -- we're talking months
here... Choose among our wide range
of hotels here and book your night online !!!
to Rome !!!
All roads may lead to Rome if you're driving, but don't count
on much driving once you get here. Reception desks of most Roman
hotels have at least one English-speaking person, so it's wise
to call before leaving for your little trip, to find out the
best itinerary into Rome from wherever you're starting.
Find out whether the hotel has a private parking lot. If not,
you're usually allowed to park your car in front of the hotel
long enough to unload your luggage. Someone at the hotel--a
doorperson or a bell boy will direct you to the nearest garage
or place to park.
In restaurants a service charge of about 15%
usually appears as a separate item on your check. A few restaurants
mention on the menu that cover and service charge are included.
Either way, it's customary to leave an additional 5%-10% tip
for the waiter, depending on the service. Tip checkroom attendants
500 lire per person, rest room attendants 200 lire (more in
expensive hotels and restaurants). Tip 100 lire for whatever
you drink standing up at a coffee bar, 500 lire or more for
table service in cafés. At a hotel bar tip 1,000 lire and up
for a round or two of cocktails.
From Rome south, tip taxi drivers 5%-10% of the meter amount.
Railway and airport porters charge a fixed rate per bag. Tip
an additional 500 lire per person, but more if the porter is
very helpful. Theater ushers expect 500 lire per person, and
more for very expensive seats. Give a barber 2,000-3,000 lire
and a hairdresser's assistant 3,000-8,000 lire for a shampoo
or cut, depending on the type of establishment.
On sightseeing tours, tip guides about 2,000 lire per person
for a half-day group tour, more if they are very good. In museums
and other places of interest where admission is free, a contribution
is expected (500-1,000 lire). Service station attendants are
tipped only for special services, for example, 1,000 lire for
checking your tires.
In hotels, give the concierge about 15% of his bill for services,
or 5,000-10,000 lire if he has been generally helpful. For two
people in a double room, leave the maid about 1,000 lire per
day, or about 4,000-5,000 a week, in an average hotel; tip a
minimum of 1,000 lire for valet or room service. Double amounts
in a very expensive hotel. In very expensive hotels, tip doormen
1,000 lire for calling a cab and 2,000 lire for carrying bags
to the check-in desk, bellhops 3,000-5,000 lire for carrying
your bags to the room and 3,000-5,000 lire for room service.
from the airport to town !!!
Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino
Airport is 19 miles (30 kilometres) south-west of the centre
of Rome and the best way into town is by train. There is a non-stop
express to Termini Station, the central rail station, and a
train to Tiburtina Station on the east side of Rome. As for
taxis, you'll probably find a crowd of people soliciting to
drive you into Rome, but it is best to go to the taxi stand
and use only the yellow or white taxis. Make sure the meter
is running and if not, settle on a fare before you leave the
airport. Travel time will be 40 to 60 minutes.
someone in Rome
The Italians are keen on the most enthusiastic forms
of greeting. Hugs, kisses and handshakes are all performed upon
meeting a friend or even a mild acquaintance, regardless of
sex. However, foreign visitors are not expected to join in with
these warm hellos except, of course, for the handshake which
is compulsory both socially and in business.
dress code !!!
Italians take dress very
seriously, they like to take time to do it... Therefore, smart
clothing should be worn especially in business settings where
it is recommended that both men and women dress in suits. Outside
business, casual clothing is ok, but stay tidy if you don't
want to feel out of place. Italians dress up whenever possible.
connected in Rome !!!
It is possible to connect
to the Internet at most hotels.
There are also quite a few cyber cafe's where you can send E-mail's.
One excellent Internet cafe in Rome
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