Diplomatic missions in Rome

Villa Borghese and the “Temple of Asclepius”

One of the must visit places in Rome that combines nature, pleasure, history and physical excercise. You can spent a lot of hours walking, drinking coffee etc. You can ride your bike and enjoy! The Villa is a great place to cycle around and the cafe’s are definitely worth stopping at while taking in the scenery. It’d also be a great place for a picnic, however, there’s not a whole lot else to keep you entertained. It’s only a short walk from the Spagna metro station and the Spanish Steps though so it’s definitely worth stopping at if you’re in the area.

The lake is circled by the walking path “Viale del Lago,” but you won’t be able to miss the centerpiece – “Temple of Asclepius.” Asclepius  was the Greek god of medicine and healing – exactly what your legs will need after all this time exploring Rome & Italy!IMG_6694

From Piazza del Popolo ­- The wide open Piazza is very popular with Romans as well as tourists, for its beautiful statuary and Egyptian obelisk. To the east of the Piazza is the massive Borghese Gardens, a quiet green spot among the big city hustle and bustle. This park is great for strolling, jogging, etc, and I believe you can rent a bicycle to ride around on. On the east side of the park is the most excellent Villa Borghese, a prime site to view art, especially, in my opinion, sculpture. There is no lack of magnificent art in Rome, but don’t miss this place.

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German Embassy in Rome

Rome German EmbassyGerman Embassy RomeThe German Embassy in Rome is located in the vicinità of the Termini central station, on Via San Martino della Battaglia, 4. The consular section is open to the public from 8.30 to 11.30. To reach the Embassy is easy, as the Termini area is very central and there is usually a direct connection from every neighbourhood of the town. See on the map how to walk to the embassy from the Termini station. You can also contact the Embassy by phone: the phone servcie of the consular section is open from 14.00 to 16.00 from Monday to Thursday, at the number (+39) 06 49213-1.


The current Ambassador is Michael H. Gerdts who has formerly held different positions for example at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the German Republic and the United Nations, and has been the German Ambassador in Kenya in 1995-1999. The consular section of the Embassy provides services for German citizens living in Italy, for citizens travelling in Italy and in need of help, but also for Italian or other foreign citizens living in Italy who wish to travel or work in Germany, study the German culture and language or simply wish to know more about anything German. For information and a calendar of German cultural events in Italy view this link.


map-german-embassyThe Embassy also publishes a monthly newsletter and currently even another, weekly edition, just for the 6 months period when Germany is going to hold the presidency of the European Union. You can view the Embassy newsletter through this link.

The Embassy is located very near the Termini station, and you can see the location on the map here. In the area there are many hotels for all kinds of budget, for example the popular Hotel Des Artistes, My Hotel and the newly opened Yes Hotel, all three star level, and also the budget hotels Carlito’s Way and Nice Hotel, “cheap and chic”!

The American Embassy in Rome

american-ambassador-ronald-spogli.bmpSo you came to Rome to see the city where your great grandfather was born and to visit a few cousins and the rest of the family. You are enjoying your stay so much that you have decided to stay longer.

Well now you have to find out how to do it and where you have to go. A very useful place of course would be the American embassy. Located on Vittorio Veneto 121, a street made famous by the director Federico Fellini, who used this street in many of his films. For contact information also see here.

The embassy could not be in a more perfect location. The beautiful parks of the Villa Borghese are nearby, as is Piazza Di Spagna (Spanish steps), Piazza Del Popolo and the shopping street Via Del Corso. You could turn your trip to the embassy into a wonderful walk. Exploring all the sites that Rome has to offer.

A couple of pointers before you go off to your embassy for that important appointment. No bags, suitcases or any kind of backpacks are allowed in the embassy under any circumstances. That however won’t be a problem because they can be left at the hotel anyway so you don’t have to worry about that. The best place to stay, should you have any business to take care of at the embassy, would of course be the bed&breakfast De Cappuccini just around the corner!

Take all the necessary paperwork and documents with you because the embassy is only open from 8:30 till 12:30 weekdays for U.S. Citizen Services. You don’t want to have to miss your appointment because of a piece of paper. The services that the embassy offers are also very good they have lists of English speaking professionals in Rome that can offer their services.

The following services offered in English are: doctors and hospitals, lawyers and notaries, tax consultants and official translators.

If you decide, however, that a Roman holiday is enough for your and you don’t necessarily want to live in rome, try booking your accomodation in the sofisticated new Yes Hotel near the Termini station.