A new name, a new look & a new home

Notice anything a little different?

I recently changed the site up quite a bit. Why Rome? is now Why Roam? because I wanted to be able to share travel tips and experiences with you for cities other than just Rome. I’m very, very lucky (I seriously count my blessings every day) to have the ability to travel around Europe some, and I want to share those adventures with you too.

You’ll probably notice the new look – new name, new logo, new site design.  But I also changed the website address for the site. It is now http://whyroamtravel.com. Please be sure to update your feed reader account so you don’t miss out any of the new things I’ll be sharing with you.

To kick things off, I would love for you to join me on your social media platform of choice (Facebook, Twitter and/or Pinterest) for a photo series of 30 days in Paris. I’ve had the AMAZING chance to spend some time in this fabulous city, and I would like to share my time here in Paris with you.

A friend of mine (another American expat in Italy) recently did something similar when she and her adorable little family came back to visit Italy this summer. I thought it was a great idea and a better way to bring the trip to life. You can check out her trip to Italy in photos by visiting her blog.

To follow along on my Paris journey, be sure to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and/or Pinterest. I’ll be using the hashtag #30daysinParis.

Welcome to my new (online) home! I look forward to sharing new adventures with you!

30daysinParis
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Meet Dolce: The Newest Member of Our Family

Meet the newest little member of our family … Dolce.  His name means ‘sweet’ Italian, and he is just that … SO sweet! 
 
He wasn’t planned.  Our neighbor showed up with him one afternoon, and he immediately stole our hearts.  We have had him for almost one month now, and he has brought so much joy, love and laughter into our home.  He’s been a big blessing, and I think he rescued us as much as we rescued him.  
 
He is completely spoiled, but I don’t think you will be able to tell from the photos. 😉

He loves to sleep on his mommy.

He ‘helps’ with everything … typing on the computer, making the bed, taking out the trash, hanging the laundry … you name it.  🙂

“Mom, please stop working and pay all your attention to ME.”

 It’s hard work being a baby

Food coma (notice the roast beef on his nose)

Completely worn out after playing hard … so worn out, he slept with his tongue hanging out.

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Rome Ticket Prices Increase

Today’s the day.  The new ticket prices for Rome’s public transportation went into effect today.  Many of you probably heard this was coming, but for those of you who were unaware, we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news.  The new ticket prices will be increasing between 33% – 50%, depending on the type of ticket.  This applies to all public transportation … buses, trams, metros and trains.

The most notable of the price hikes will probably be for the single ticket.  The €1 ticket valid for 75 minutes, will be increasing to €1.50, although it will be valid for 100 minutes.

Below is a breakdown of the new prices:

  • BIT – €1.50 – single use ticket, valid for 100 minutes (old price = €1)
  • BIG – €6.00 – valid for 1 day (old price = €4)
  • BTI – €16.50 – valid for 3 days (old price = €11)
  • CIS – €24.00 – valid for 7 days (old price = €16)
  • Monthly – €35.00 – valid for calendar month (old price = €30)

For areas on the outskirts, ticket prices for those zones will also increase.  These might be important to you if you plan to take a day trip to Tivoli (Zone 3), or to Civitavecchia to depart on a cruise ship (Zone 5).  See the new price charts below.  
 
The new ticket prices go into effect today, May 25th.  Tickets purchased prior to today will be valid at their face value until July 31st.  From August 1st to October 31st, you will be able to trade in your old ticket and apply the original value toward a new ticket.  If you have an annual ticket, it will expire upon the date noted on the ticket.  
 
New Rates 
BIRG  (Regional Integrated Daily Ticket) 1 day
RATE
BIRG 1 ZONE
€ 3.30
BIRG 2 ZONE
€ 6.00
BIRG ZONE 3
€ 8.00
BIRG 4 ZONE
€ 9.30
BIRG ZONE 5
€ 12.00
BIRG 7 ZONE
€ 14.00
BTR (Regional Tourist Ticket)
3 days
RATE
BTR 1 ZONE
      €   8.90
BTR 2 ZONE
€ 16.50
ZONE 3 BTR
€ 22.00
BTR 4 ZONE
€ 26.10
BTR 5 ZONE
€ 33.70
BTR 7 ZONE
€ 39.20
CIRS (Integrated Regional Charter Weekly) 7 days
RATE
CIRS 1 ZONE
€ 13.50
CIRS 2 ZONE
€ 24.00
CIRS ZONE 3
€ 34.50
CIRS 4 ZONE
€ 42.00
CIRS ZONE 5
€ 52.20
ZONE 7 CIRS
€ 61.50
MONTHLY LAZIO
RATE
MONTHLY Lazio 1 ZONE
€ 24.50
MONTHLY LAZIO 2 ZONE
€ 35.00
MONTHLY LAZIO ZONE 3
€ 59.50
MONTHLY LAZIO 4 ZONE
€ 73.50
MONTHLY LAZIO ZONE 5
€ 91.00
MONTHLY LAZIO 7 ZONE
€ 108.50
LAZIO ANNUAL
RATE
LAZIO ORDINARY ANNUAL ZONE 1
€ 172.00
LAZIO ORDINARY ANNUAL ZONE 2
€ 245.30
LAZIO ORDINARY ANNUAL ZONE 3
€ 404.00
LAZIO ORDINARY ANNUAL ZONE 4
€ 488.10
LAZIO ORDINARY ANNUAL ZONE 5
€ 590.80
LAZIO ORDINARY ANNUAL ZONE 7
€ 688.40

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Race for the Cure: Breast Cancer Awareness Race Scheduled to Take Place in Rome this Weekend

This weekend in Rome is sure to be an eventful one!  Not only do we have free museums, music and fun taking place on Saturday night with Night of the Museums, but the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is also taking place this weekend.Race for the Cure, the largest worldwide breast cancer awareness event, will take place in Rome, Italy on May 18th, May 19th and May 20th.  Events are scheduled throughout Friday and Saturday, with the race taking place on Sunday.  The race and events focus to raise funds, promote awareness and early detection,celebrate the women who have survived breast cancer, and honor those who have lost their lives to the disease.  


You can participate in the 5km run, or the 2km walk.  The cost to participate in either is €13.  The deadline to register is 9:00 AM on May 20th.  The race is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 20th at 10:00 AM.  The starting point is on Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, and the race route will take you through the heart of ancient Rome before returning to the Terme di Caracalla Stadium.  
 
To participate in the race, you can register online at www.raceforthecure.it, at www.komen.it, or in person at the Race Village located at the Terme di Caracalla Stadium.

The 
Race Village, located at the Terme di Caracalla Stadium, will be open from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.  There you will find activities and events for the whole family … sponsor booths, music, a children’s play area, and other entertainment.  This is where you will also take your registration receipts and pick up the goody bag, t-shirt and race number you get for participating in the breast cancer awareness race.  

Run, walk or just come out to show your support.  It’s sure to be a fun-filled weekend geared toward a good cause!

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Free Entrance With Night of the Museums


On the night of Saturday, May 19th, many of Rome’s museums, monuments, galleries and 
archaeological sites will be open late and free of charge to the public.  La Notte dei Musei, or Night of the Museums, will actually take place all throughout Europe, with more than 3,000 museums participating in 40 European countries.

This is the fourth consecutive year Rome has participated, and more than 90 spaces throughout the city will be taking part in the program this year.  Some of the venues participating this year are the Capitoline Museums (this would be a great time to check out Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Revealed once in a lifetime exhibit), MACRO, Castel Sant’Angelo, the National Gallery of Modern Art, Trajan’s Markets, Palazzo Barberini, Galleria Borghese, along with many others.  Free admission will be from 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM, with last entrance at 1:00 AM.  

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