I have only visited Rome once, for a week, and you will certainly need "a
few days", and even then you will only be fairly superficial. I went in
October 2005 and found it absolutely amazing. I came back with a mixture of
vox pop tourist stuff, and EH equivalents but better.
Before I went I found the Michelin Guide to Rome a very useful background.
When there, English translations seemed widely available. Published by
Electa for the Soprintendza Archaeologica di Roma, I have 'The Roman Forum'
ISBN 88-435-6335-1 reprint 2004 of 1st edition 1998, 'The Palatine ISBN
88-435-6316-5 1998, 'The Baths of Caracalla' ISBN 88-435-6554-0 reprint 2005
of 1st edition 1998 and 'The Colosseum - Official Guide' ISBN 88-435-8220-0
reprint 2005 of 1st edition 1997 originally published as 'The Valley of the
Colosseum' ISBN 88-435-6321-1 1997. At a quick glance the last two are
identical, and I bought the last one on impulse in an Oxfam shop back here
some time after, thinking it would be different.
Lozzi Roma seem to publish popular editions of photos, maps and posters
largely based on a detailed reconstruction model of ancient Rome, and 'The
Ancient Splendour of Rome' incorporates "Transparent overlays of
archaeological sites with Pompeii, Ostia Antica and Hadrian's Villa" and a
free DVD which I have never played. They also published ' Rome- from its
origins to the present time (and the Vatican). It is divided into nine
itineraries, which will give you some idea of the sort of time you will
I would recommend visiting the Pantheon, Colosseum, the Baths of Caracalla,
the Forum (or, rather, the various contiguous Fora of X, Y and Z,) and the
Palatine as a minimum. We walked everywhere, so there was always plenty to
see in transit. As my partner had organised the trip as a present I had to
digress from archaeology on occasion for her sake, but she was very patient.
The scale of the monuments and the degree of survival are phenomenal, and
I doubt that you will have time "to go to Ostia Antica when there, and see
that great mound of amphora sherds - can't remember where it is." (Kevin
Flude) I think it is the Monte Testaccio. See Wikipedia. It is about 2 km SW
of the Colosseum and about 1.5 km WSW of the Baths of Caracalla.
I do not know to what extent you will be met on arrival or couriered, but
Lesley had picked up one tip on taxis particularly at the airport, so be
careful that you have a good idea beforehand what the fare should be
approximately, and establish what it is before you get in to a taxi and that
the meter is reset and running. Certainly at that time there were rogue
taxis who would look genuine, but would rip you off. We were nearly caught
as it was. I cannot remember which airport we arrived at but were advised to
walk through from 'Arrivals' to 'Departures' for shorter queues and greater
availability of taxis. Anyhow your hosts will be able to advise you on the
Oh yes, remember your charger for your camera or spare batteries and have a
big empty memory card.
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From: "Peter Clark" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, January 24, 2014 12:59 PM
Subject: [BRITARCH] Rome
I’ve been invited to speak at a ‘journée d’étude’ at the French School of
Rome in March and thought I’d stay on a few days to have a look round (I’ve
never been to Rome before). Can anyone recommend some good books to read
before I go?
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