A quiet weekend in Rome


Sunday, February 13th 2011 in Rome was a muted affair. Perhaps the narrow defeat of Italy by Ireland here at the Stadio Flaminio the pail which doused early Six Nations enthusiasm in Rome once and for all, although the Irish community was out in force on Saturday to follow England 59 Italy 13 after the Manchester derby. Plenty of publicity littered the expat pubs and bars between Termini station and Piazza Venezia, selling Vatican tours, Colosseum tours, and other Rome tours in general, but it was a quiet day all round.

Italy meet Wales and then France on February 26th and March 12th respectively. For rugby union fans travelling to Rome to follow their team, we are offering 5 off our Vatican Highlights Morning Tour and Afternoon Tour as well as the Colosseum and Ancient Walking Tour. Customers who would like to take advantage of this offer must attend our office on Via Sebastiano Veniero 21 (opposite the Vatican Museums entrance) with one of our brochures, which can be picked up from either the Druids Rock or Druids Den near Termini station.

Italian chances in this year’s tournament are already slim, coach Nick Mallett had to endure shocking line outs, shoddy tackling and a real horror show from hooker Ghiraldini at Twickenham. We’re hoping for renewed interest in the Six Nations here in Rome with an Italian win against the Welsh in a fortnight, however unlikely that may seem.

Walking up Via Flaminia to the Stadio Flaminio when Italy are playing England, France, Scotland, Wales or Ireland has become somewhat of a pilgrimage for rugby union fans, but do they know about the mediaeval necropolis discovered beneath one side of the stadium in 2008? Or the long history of Via Flaminia? Visit our website When In Rome Tours for private tours of Rome, custom Rome tours, walking tours of Rome, limo tours in Rome, cruiser bike tours and our new helicopter tours of Rome and Italy.