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Guthroth22 Sep 2011 9:01 a.m. PST

This is planning ahead a bit, but here goes.

I'm going to be in Rome for a business trip in mid-January. After work is done I have the option to stay over Friday night and come home on Saturday which gives me Friday evening the 20th and most of Saturday the 21st (until about 4PM) free.

Is there a wargames club where maybe I could get a game on either day ?

I play V&B, HoTT, DBO, POW and FOG at my local club, but would be happy to try any system really. If DBA or HoTT is an option, I'll even bring an army.

Failing that, can folk recommend a museum or two that would interest a wargamer/re-enactor ? Especially the pre-Roman period and the 16/17th C …

Thanks in hope,

ashill2 Inactive Member22 Sep 2011 1:52 p.m. PST

Frankly, to spend some free time in Rome wargaming would be a crime!. Visit the Colloseum, Trajan's column and the Forum Romanum and walk in the steps of some of history's greatest (albeit most bloodthirsty) characters. I'd also recommend the Trevi Fountain especially the ice cream shops there. Not sure of opening times but on Sat morning you might be able to visit the Vatican Museum and the Cistine Chappel. I've done all of these and the experience is fantastic.

Guthroth22 Sep 2011 2:35 p.m. PST

Yes, I know.

I've done the main sites twice or three times already, and it's a lovely city. I went with my wife 25 years ago, and we want to go back and do them again, but she can't go this time.

Hence, museums with a particular interest or games …

lutonjames Inactive Member22 Sep 2011 5:42 p.m. PST


read this first :)

mass mosc23 Sep 2011 10:46 a.m. PST

There are two big club in the city:

Miles Gloriosus


For some museums:

For Rome before Rome:

For late age (1400-1800):
(but I found it poor and a little boring, maybe because I prefer ancient history)

Enjoy your visit, ciao :)

Vasiliy Inactive Member17 Dec 2011 4:10 a.m. PST

I want to join to the question:)
I am interested in addresses of shops for the sale of miniatures and shops for the sale of military-historical literature. Preferably in the "old town".

Thank you in advance anyone who can help me advice or links

deephorse17 Dec 2011 7:27 a.m. PST

I hope you end up paying less than 14 euros to use a toilet. And 22 euros for some lasagne. We walked away from the lasagne but needed to go desperately, so 14 euros it was. There was just no other option (well apart from the Friday/Saturday night quaint British custom of just going in the street and not giving a toss about who sees you). It's like the Middle Ages in some of our town centres now.

Vasiliy Inactive Member17 Dec 2011 10:14 a.m. PST

:))))) Excellent advice. In Russia (St. Petersburg), such attractions less expensive – a toilet for just 1 U.S. dollars, and lasagna $ 15 (toilet comes as a free bonus to lasagna.
I would like to hear about the miniatures, which I would like to buy in the gap between using the toilet and eating lasagna :))))

Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2014 9:54 a.m. PST

Do what you need to do before leaving the train station, airport or cruise ship. Then make sure you use the restaurant's facilities later.

Davidp42 Inactive Member15 Jun 2014 11:46 a.m. PST

There were 3 museums catering to a military history interest when I went a few years ago – the Museo Napolonico has a lot of memorabilia about Napoleon and his family and is in the old city. I think it stayed open until about 7 (though I might have caught the one night in the week it does this). The Museum of the Infantry was from memory near the Appine way and had a couple of WW2 tanks outside, etc, and was the nearest to a straight military museum. The Museum of the Grenadiers of Sardinia was more about the reunification, etc.
To be frank though if I only had a day I'd do the Borghese Gallery for the best of the art of the 15 and 1600s and Castel StAngelo for the history and the views, with the Pantheon as a stop off in between.

MarescialloDiCampo Inactive Member27 Jun 2014 9:14 a.m. PST

I agree with the Museo Napoleonico as being well worth the visit
The infantry museum (fanteria), Motorized museum, Guardia di finanza museum, and carabinieri museum are all in Rome. The GDF and Carabinieri museums were great.
The Roman civilization museum (Museo della Civiltà Romana) is great and has much about the Roman military – awesome model of Rome, plaster casts of Trajan's column

Obsidian23 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2016 12:18 p.m. PST

Hi all,

I notice that the post is a bit old but I am heading to Rome today for three weeks. Can anyone update the post on clubs, shops that sell miniatures. I will check out the museums. I have been to Rome a few times over the past 6-12 months and done all the site seeing.

Taking some figures to paint as well…. 15mm Dutch Belgian Cavalry.

Cheers and thanks

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