Travel writer Susan Spano wrote a series of good articles about Rome for the Los Angeles Times. She is living in Rome and reporting from there. Today they were reprinted in our Santa Fe New Mexican. Here are the links to the original articles.
- Italy: At home in Rome – Times staffer Susan Spano finds that, minor hassles and high costs aside, Italy’s capital city is a fascinating place to settle down. By Susan Spano, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer. May 30, 2008
- Exploring Rome’s famous seven hills – Ancient and modern-day attractions beckon to the curious. By Susan Spano, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer. May 30, 2008
- 10 books and movies to prep for a trip to Rome – By Susan Spano, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer. May 30, 2008
- Budget travel in Rome – How to see the city without spending too much money. By Susan Spano, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer. May 30, 2008
We spent two weeks in Rome, near Piazza Navona, during Christmas 2003 and loved being right in the center of things. We walked by the Pantheon (see photo above), my favorite building in the world, every day.
The time between Christmas and New Year is not the ideal time to go to Rome, in my opinion. We had very cold weather, which was to be expected, but the crowds of people in Rome were shocking. People from all over Italy come into Rome for the holidays. Literally, you could not get inside some of the cafes because of the crowds. Next time, if I wanted to be in Rome in the winter, I would go earlier in December or after the first week of January.