20 September 2009

Roman Holiday From Arthur

On Wednesday, I am going to cheat all day--I'm not going to use Arthur at all.

I'll be in Rome. Tell me where to go! You will be my substitute guidebook.

Up to now, I have been guided only by Arthur, my wits, and the Goddess Serendipity (as Lee puts it), with assists from the irresistible twin devils Kitsch and Irony. But I desperately need a mental health break (as Lee noted, this really is work . . .), and I could really go for some actually tasty Italian food; the places in my book have been, er, lackluster.

  • Wednesday
  • Rome
  • Tell me where to go, what to eat, what to see, what to do.
I'll be relying only on comments/e-mails from friends and family, plus user-generated internet content (i.e. the 21st century version of the guidebook) such as TripAdvisor.

Leave your tips in the comments or e-mail them to me at doug@douglasmack.net. Let's see how you measure up to Arthur.



  1. Doug,
    Mike (Lee's) mom here. We really liked the Borghese Gallery when we were in Rome three years ago. We had a good dinner at the Ristorante Pizzeria Sacro e Profano, near the Trevi fountain, Via de Maroniti 29, tel. 06-679-1836.
    Hope you have a great trip.

  2. Doug,

    Besides the obvious stuff that you should do that I won't bore you with I suggest going to the top of the Vittoriano (that huge white monument near the Forum). It is free, offers a great view of Rome, has a lot of historical information about the building and Rome in the late 1800's and because you will be standing on it you will not have to see it.

    Another thing I suggest (full disclosure these are all mine) is downloading--for free--iKangaroo's Angels & Demons podcasts off iTunes (http://tinyurl.com/mk4uxx). They have a lot of fun information about Piazza Navona, The Vatican, Pantheon that go beyond the story.

    Lastly if you are up for a walking tour try a Rome(ing) Tour www.romeingtours.com. They are geared for a younger audience and cover a lot of information and ground for a reasonable price.

    Have fun,


  3. Thanks to both of you for these tips! I'll check these out.

    Chris, thanks especially for the tour info--I've put that on the "must do" list for tomorrow. I haven't read Angels & Demons, so I think I'll pass on the podcast for now. But I'll be back. Next time!


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