Now is the time to get a passport if you do not have one. New higher fees will take effect on July 13th.
Here is a link with more information.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I offer a priceless travel tip for anyone traveling to Rome. If you are planning to visit the Colosseum and the Forum, visit the Forum first and buy the combo ticket. Have your cab drop you off outside the Forum ticket office. Just walk down a flight of stairs, past the gift shop and you will see the ticket office. You should encounter a small line, if any, and can avoid having to wait in the very, very long lines at the Colosseum. We spent about 2 hours walking around the Forum before walking across the street to the Colosseum. We passed about a hundred people standing in line for tickets and proceeded straight to the entrance. It was a great feeling!!
Later this summer the Colosseum will open the lower section to tourists. This section that once housed the animals and gladiators should open in late July.