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Rome Marathon sees thousands turn out for good causes

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One of the key dates on the European long-distance running circuit, the Rome Marathon grows in stature year on year and is seen by many as being in the same league as the London and Berlin events.

The course passes by some of the most famous sights that the city has to offer and represents a great way for visitors on Rome tours to take in several key attractions.

Among the spectacular backdrops to this challenging race are such well-known sights as the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican City.

Youngsters and those who don’t fancy trotting around the full distance can take part in the shorter Fun Run event, which is still pretty testing but more accessible to less experienced runners.

While the race itself happens on the Sunday (March 22nd), the whole weekend is given over to related events and celebrations – with perhaps even more pasta consumed the night before that at the London event!

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Roma take on Arsenal in the Champions League

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Visitors on Rome tours might well have noticed the sport-mad nature of their surroundings within minutes of stepping off the plane but those still in any doubt should try and secure tickets to this crucial European tie on March 11th.

Stadio Olimpico will be the cauldron-like venue as AS Roma take on the might of Arsenal in the second round of the UEFA Champions League.

The Giallorossi, as they are known, made excellent progress in the group stages and finished first after some impressive performances yielded 12 goals, despite suffering a shock opening round defeat to Romanian surprise package CFR Cluj.

For some years now Roma have been guided by the talismanic leadership of their captain Francesco Totti, a gifted footballer and spirited forward who has become one of the most loved players in the club’s history.

This crucial tie against London opposition for the second time in this year’s competition will see Roma tested to the limit in their quest for an elusive first European crown.

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Romans hunt down a bargain

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Every fortnight locals and visitors doing a spot of Rome sightseeing alike gather to sniff out a bargain or two at the twice-monthly La Soffitta Sotto i Portici.

The market at Piazza Augusto is always a huge draw and features a wide range of wares for sale. Antiques and art nestle alongside a plentiful array of knick-knacks and curios – there’s surely something for every taste.

Visitors looking for things to do in Rome should consider heading down the charming square on the first and third Sundays of the month when in the city, as they’re sure to be able to find an old watch or a piece of hand-crafted furniture to their liking.

The market is also well-located, so shoppers can make their way into the heart of the city after the event finishes at sunset and enjoy the plethora of fine eateries and bars that Rome has to offer.

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Italy gear up for a scrum in Rome

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Italian rugby fans will see their team in action at home for the first time in the 2009 Six Nations championship in Rome on February 15th.

Ireland will be the visitors for this second round tie at the city’s 30,000-seater Stadio Flamino, as both sides look to make progress in what is surely the most keenly-watched annual event in world rugby.

As the prestigious competition’s most recent entrants, after the old Five Nations was expanded in 2000, Italy have shown themselves to be no poor relations in the tournament, having recorded some impressive wins and put in dogged performances both at home and away.

Rugby fans looking for sightseeing and things to do in Rome should hurry to get tickets to what promises to be a hotly-contested match in front of a noisy and furiously passionate home crowd.

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Italy prepares for Ancient Rome theme park

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The theme park doesn''t fit in with Rome''s character, say critics Italy is planning a new Disneyland-style theme park depicting Ancient Rome.

Mauro Cutrufo, the deputy mayor of the capital, said: "Our model is EuroDisney in Paris."

Attractions in the park would be based on life both in republican Rome, which ended with the murder of Julius Caesar and civil war, as well as the power and might of the Roman Empire.

Rides through a replica of the Colosseum would be offered, where visitors could watch gladiators fight each other or wild animals, as the Emperor looks on.

However, the plans have been criticised as being incompatible with Rome”s character.

Claudio Mancini, head of tourism for the Lazio region added that the theme park was unsuited to the city”s urban preservation plan.

"I say no to Americanisation," he said, adding that "1,000 acres is no small amount."

Tourism to Rome is down by five per cent this summer, mainly due to the credit crunch and the strong euro.

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Snacking banned at monuments in Rome

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People caught snacking near monuments will have to pay a £40 fineRome City Hall has banned snacking near its famous monuments in the city”s historical centre, according to reports.

A £40 fine will be slapped on those who violate the ban which runs until the end of October, the Associated Press said.

Officials told the news agency they want to preserve artistic treasures and decorum in a city that has millions of visitors every year.

The ordinance also bans the homeless from making makeshift beds and people loitering around at night, as they are “often drunk [and] not only leave all manner of litter on public grounds and in the fountains, but also disturb the peace”.

Rome is the latest Italian city to take steps to protect its historical sites.

Venice banned picnics in public places and bare torsos in St. Mark”s Square, while Florence is clamping down on men who wash the windshields of cars for payment.

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Chariot racing could return to Rome

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Chariot races could once again roar through RomeMany visitors to Rome hope to experience some of the ancient culture that has made the eternal city famous – however, few would expect to catch a full-blown chariot race.

But that”s exactly what could be on offer as the historical society Vadis Al Maximo hopes to stage a major chariot race event next year.

Speakung to ANSA, Vadis Al Maximo head, Franco Calo, explained: ””The event would last three days, starting on October 17, at the same period when the race took place in Roman times.

””If possible, we hope to involve charioteers from all over the world””

He said the society has plans to transform all the main squares of the capital into scenes from Ancient Rome, using props on loan from the Cinecitta film studios.

””According to our calculations, the Circus Maximus area could hold up to 35,000 people,”” he said.

In Roman times the course in the Circus Maximus could accommodate 12 chariots, each drawn by teams of four horses.

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When in Rome?

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The restaurant has around 600 types of wine in its cellarTraditional Roman food is often hard to come by, but Checchino dal 1887 brings it to you on a platter.

Dishes include Quinto Quarto, Il Padellotto, I Rigatoni con la Pajata, L”insalata di Zampi, La Trippa, Le Animelle, Il Cervello and Gli Schienali, together with Bue Garofolato, the ancient rural dish whose original recipe is owned by the restaurant.

As the name suggests, the restaurant opened in 1887 when a young couple, who ran a wine shop in the Testaccio caves, decided to replace it with an Osteria con cucina (a tavern with kitchen) because a slaughter-house was being made opposite it.

When the new slaughter-house was ready (1890), its workers got used to coming to the tavern to cook the meat that they received as a part of their incomes.

Thus dishes like La Pajata alla Romana, La coda alla Vaccinara, Il Padellotto were born.

Located in the Testaccio district, you can enjoy your meal with a bottle of wine from the cellar which stores around 600 different types.

Special Interest – Nightlife – From an extravagant meal to an eerie ghost walk – plenty of things to keep you entertained after the sun goes down.
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