One Irish pub in Rome, four tour operators!

This is going to be an exceedingly brief article of sorts. By the time England had swatted Sweden back to Scandinavia earlier this week, Finnegan’s was emptying. A glance around in between a generous round found three tour operator bosses to my left and right (i’m just the copywriter…). Surely a record? There’s only a handful of quality tour providers in Rome and that bar moment captured the majority! So is this an article about Rome sightseeing and how best to see the most when in Rome or something more? Watch this space… :p Just to say that we used to offer a tour called ‘Drink as the Romans do’, but for now, you’ll have to make do with Eat as the Romans do or have a look at our wine tours in Rome, well, cheese and wine tasting. Wines on both tours are generous on the palate, accompanying foods bountiful.

The grand opening of our new website… Monday, October 1st 2o12! We’re fighting with deep reds and blacks (webmasters, please don’t leave spiteful comments!), greens, blues (or perhaps just plain old viridian green), so on and so forth. In an ideal virtual world, intelligent web content would colourshift to match the users immediate surroundings and state of mind, but for now i’m running with some kind of blue green oceanic theme. Which reminds me, that boat tour of the River Tiber needs a home.

Keeping cool in Rome #1

Some like it hot? This year Rome is approximately seven degrees fahrenheit cooler than last year, and nine degrees fahrenheit cooler than two years ago, but she can still work up a mid-afternoon sweat. Not everyone thrives in what can be scorching rays of Italian sunshine, especially in late August. So what is the best way to spend all day sightseeing in Rome without having to endure the woes of heat exhaustion?

Street water taps are easy to find in the city centre, so carry an empty bottle in your bag and refill whenever necessary. The water is cool, clean, and it tastes much better than more or less any bottled spring water you’ll pay for in a shop or supermarket. The bottom line is don’t pay for bottled water, just leave your hotel with an empty container (500ml).

Fountains. Again, they are plentiful in the city centre so while you would do well to refrain from taking an impromptu bath or shower, or worse, drink from the pool per se (ingesting pigeon droppings and tiny bits and pieces of litter in some popular fountains like the Trevi is something we do not recommend), you can drink directly from source without fear of an upset tummy. The best course of action is to sit on the edge of a fountain and enjoy cool water droplets in the air around you.

Gelato. From experience, a mix of citrus flavours when it’s getting hot does wonders for the constitution if you can forget about the calorie intake. Lemon and lime or orange and melon are cool and refreshing combination flavours.

Alcohol, beers and ciders. Stay away! They quench your thirst temporarily at best and at six euros a pot in most pubs in Rome, you’ll just be throwing away your hard-earned cash. Finnegans Irish pub next to Cavour Metro station on Via Leonina is one of the most expensive, but it’s a welcome refuge for weary tourists after a day traipsing around ancient Rome. Sponsored by Celtic FC at some point, Finnegans is two parts Italian one part Belfast, and frequented by as many rowdy expats working for the UN as a regular Italian rugby crowd. Finns comes highly recommended, despite the incoherent ramblings of random Manchester City and / or Liverpool fans on match day.

It can get extremely hot in and around the Vatican City, so if you’ve booked Vatican tours, make sure you head over there with plenty of water.

Eating in the heat. Better to wait until the evening when pizza ovens are ready to bake after a big breakfast.