Here are some links that may be helpful for planning your trip to Rome and Italy:
General visitor resources:
Slow Travel Italy
An excellent all-around resource for travelers. Trip reports, restaurant reviews, accommodation listings, and a forum of knowledgeable travelers for all your questions about travel to Italy.
Italy for Visitors
Rome Travel from About.com
The Beehive Hotel – Cafè
Owned by American couple Linda and Steve, The Beehive is a highly-rated eco-friendly budget hotel/hostel conveniently located near Termini. Also check out their partner site for apartment stays throughout Europe, Cross Pollinate.
Brigolante Guest Apartments & Farm Holiday
A gorgeous farm-stay property in Umbria, just outside of Assisi and an easy and inexpensive train ride from Rome. Or, super centrally located town apartments in the heart of Assisi. Both owned by Rebecca, an American from Chicago who has lived in Italy for over 20 years.
Traveling and mobility in Rome and Italy:
Rome’s Public Transport website, which has a tool for plugging in your destinations and getting the best route and bus, metro, etc. to take
Train travel, see schedules, timetables, etc.
From SlowTrav, a listing of websites to check for strike informaton
Rome web portals with information and reviews:
Local and national English-language publications available online:
Wanted in Rome
A long-standing “bible” of Rome’s English-speaking community, with classifieds for jobs and housing, articles and listings of current events
The Italian version of an English-language online pub with editions that span Europe; also offers job postings
The American Magazine
Monthly publication with articles on culture, politics and lifestyle in Rome and Italy
Italy’s largest news wire service and a leading world news agency, with real-time news updates in English
Moving to Italy and expat resources:
Expats in Italy
Forum of people who have made the move or are planning to, lots of information, articles, etc.
English Yellow Pages
English-speaking businesses and professionals in Italy
Aventino Medical Group
Health clinic in Rome with English-speaking practitioners
English speaking pediatric dentist, Dr. Dimitris Emmanuoil, DDS, MSc, PhD, Dental Kids Rome, Via Varrone 9 (Prati) 06 68806029 (this clinic also has English-speaking and US/UK-trained dentists for adults as well, call for appointment)
Largo Argentina Roman Cat Shelter
The shelter where we adopted our two Roman cats, supported entirely on volunteer labor and donations. You can “adopt” your own Roman cat long-distance by sending a donation.