Overview

Rome is the cradle of one of the world’s greatest civilizations ever. The "eternal city" is the largest city in Italy and the historic center of the city is a UNESCO heritage site with ancient churches, grand Romanic ruins, magnificent monuments, ornate statues and great fountains. Its immensely rich historical heritage, throbbing nightlife and cosmopolitan culture along with it being perceived as a shopping heaven and one of the fashion capitals of the world, make it one of the world’s most visited, famous and influential and beautiful capitals. With such a diverse list of things to see and do, Rome can truly be called a global city.


Population: 2.9 Million (In 2014)
Size: 497.05 Sq Mi
Language(s): Italian, English, Latin

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Neighborhoods

Rome is divided into several districts. Rome's Historical centre is quite small, covering only about 4% of the city area. However, this is the place where most of Rome's tourist attractions are located.


Modern Centre:

 

Old Rome:

  • This is the Renaissance-era center of the city with exquisite squares, cathedrals and the Pantheon.
  • Old Rome offers plenty of laid-back dining options.

 

Vatican City: 

 

Colosseo:

 

North Centre:

 

Trastevere:

  • Trastevere is acharming district south of the Vatican, on the west bank of the Tiber, full of narrow cobbled streets and lonely squares, that served as the inspiration for artists such as Giorgio de Chirico.
  • It is now arguably the center of Rome’s artistic life.

 

Aventino-Testaccio:

  • Aventino-Testaccio is an off the beaten path district of Rome with plenty of surprises waiting for interested travelers including some truly great food joints.

 

Esquilino-San Giovanni:

 

Nomentano:

  • Nomentano is a district of Rome comprising of Municipio III.
  • It includes the student neighborhood of San Lorenzo known for it vibrant nightlife.

Getting Around

General info

Getting to the city from Leonardo da Vinci airport

  • The Fiumicino or Leonardo da Vinci airport of Rome is approximately 29 km from the city center.
  • You can use the following services to reach Rome:
    • Train:
      • Shuttle Train Leonardo Express leaves from the airport railway station and takes approximately 30 minutes to reach the centrally located Termini Station.
      • Service starts from 6:36 am and runs till 11:36 am and leaves every half hour.
      • Ticket costs EUR 14.00 for two-way and EUR 8.00 for one-way journey.
    • Bus:
      • COTRAL SERVICES:
        • Fiumicino Airport to Termini Station departs from Terminal 2 of Arrivals Gate from 1:15 am to 7:05 pm every hour approximately and takes one hour to reach Termini station.
        • Tickets available at Terminals, Newsagents and tobacconists.
        • Tickets ranges from EUR 4.50 to EUR 7.00.
        • For more information, visit here.
      • ATRAL BUS:
        • Bus leaves from Terminal 3 of Arrivals from 6:30 am till 9:50 pm.
        • Tickets ranges from EUR 4.00 for single ride and EUR 8.00 for two-way journey.
        • For more information, visit here.
      • TERRAVISION
        • Fiumicino Airport to Termini route runs from 4:40 am to 9:50 pm. The service is tailored around flight departures and arrivals and bus are available every 30 minutes in the day and is less frequent at night.
        • The bus leaves from Terminal 3 of the Arrivals gate and takes around 55 minutes to reach the city.
        • One-way tickets cost EUR 4.00 while two-way tickets costs EUR 8.00.
        • For more information, visit here.
    • Taxi:
      • Taxis for Rome are available at the exits of both the domestic and international arrival terminals.
      • Taxis licensed by Rome City Council are white, bearing the word ‘TAXI’ on their roofs.
      • It takes approximately EUR 48.00 to reach the city center from the airport.
      • Rome Airport Taxi offers a door-to-door airport pick-up from Fiuminico airport and will cost approximately EUR 45.00 to reach Termini Station.
    • Car Hire:

 

Getting to the city from G.B. Pastine International Airport (Also Ciampino Airport) 

  • G.B. Pastine International Airport is approximately 26 Km from the city center.
  • You can use the following services to reach Rome:
    • Train:
      • From Ciampino Station, take the train to Termini Station for 20 minutes, costing EUR 1.50. There are around five trains per hour.
      • From Anagnina Metro station, a metro ticket which costs EUR 1.50 (Good for 100 Km within the city) to any Metro Line A stop.
      • For more information, visit here.
    • Bus:
      • Sit Bus Shuttle runs a bus line with tickets costing EUR 6.00 one way, which takes approximately 40 minutes to city centre and there are 25 rides a day.
      • Terravision is a dedicated airport-city transfer service that takes 40 minutes approximately, with service every 30 min and a price of  EUR 4.00 for a one-way ticket. Bookings can be made online, inside the airport or outside near the bus stops.
      • COTRAL buses cost EUR 5.00 one-way and take approximately 40 minutes to reach city centre.
    • Shuttle:
      • Shuttles are available from Ciampino airport to the city and cost approximately EUR 15.00 one-way. However, since the ride is shared, it may take more time to reach the city.
    • Taxi:
      • There is an organized taxi queue at the Ciampino Airport Arrivals Terminal and will cost you approximately EUR 30.00 to reach the city-centre.
      • For airport transfer to Ciampino Airport, visit here.
    • Car Hire: 

 

Getting around the city

  • The ROME TRAVEL PASS provides all-access public transportation for a period of either 1, 3 or 7 days.
    • Travel passes can be purchased from vending machines at stations and many news stands and normal retail shops.  Passes can also be bought online (For a premium) and from the cluster of kiosks in the bus station in front of Termini Station.
    • The Travel passes covers all city buses (Except for the airport-bound buses), the underground metro system and a few trains.
    • The various travel pass options and prices are as follows:
      • Standard Ticket (B.I.T)  EUR 1.50  Valid for one Metro Ride or 75 minutes on all buses.
      • Dailty Ticket (B.I.G)  EUR 6.00 – Valid for unlimited metro, bus and train travel within Rome.
      • 3-Day Tourist Ticket (B.T.I)  EUR 16.50  Valid for everything listed under the B.I.G ticket for 3 days.
      • Weekly Ticket (C.I.S) – EUR 24.00  Valid for everything listed under the B.I.G ticket for 7 days.
      • To purchase the pass, visit here.

Taxi

  • Taxis in Rome picks up customers only from designated taxi stands located at all but the smaller piazzas as well as the main train station or when called by phone.
  • As of February 2015, the minimum taxi fare is EUR 3.50 and increases by EUR 1.10 every Km and has a waiting charge of EUR 28.00 per hour.
  • Taxi agencies with their contact numbers:

Bus

  • There are two companies providing bus service in Rome - COTRAL and ATAC.
  • Use the official journey planner to use ATAC services and for ATAC bus routes. Refer here for fare information.
  • Timetables for COTRAL buses can be found here. Refer here for fare information.

Ferry

  • Grimaldi Lines provides ferry service to/from Barcelona, Tunis, Toulon (France) and Porto-Vecchio.
  • For schedules and fares, visit here.
  • Moby provides ferry service to/from Olbia and Sardinia.
  • For schedules and fares, visit here.
  • Ferries mostly run late as long as 4 hours, causing problems with onward transportations, esp trains.

Car

Others

Scooters / Mopeds

  • This is the Roman’s preferred way of transportation. Rome’s traffic can be chaotic and these two-wheelers provide excellent mobility within the city.
  • Scooter and moped rentals cost between EUR 30.00 to EUR 70.00 per day depending on scooter size and rental company.
  • You can hire a moped/scooter here:
    • HP Motorrad Roma BMW motorcycle rental, via Giuseppe Bonaccorsi 28 – Phone: +39683777859
    • Scoot A Long noleggio scooter, via Cavour 302 – Phone: +3966780206
    • Centro Moto Colosseo, Strada Statale Quattro, 46 – Phone:  +39670451069

Eat and drink

Local

When in Rome, you don’t have to worry about quenching your gastronomical desires. From family-run trattorias and pizzerias, to fancier, hip restaurants, Rome knows how to entice her visitors with her savory specialties. Roman food is popular, unsophisticated and unelaborate. It is generous, rich in flavors and characters and full of delicious recipes. The typical Roman food has its roots in the past and reflects the old traditions in most of its offerings. It is based on fresh vegetables (led by the artichoke, whether deep-fried, simmered in olive oil with garlic or mint or “alla giudia”), cuts of meat, mainly innards, cooked with herbs and hot chili pepper. Roman cuisine also consists of deep fried, tasty appetizers and sharp pecorino cheese – a very important ingredient in many recipes, and not to mention, the pasta, a staple to every Italian, and therefore every Roman.

Popular Roman Dishes include:

  • Filetti di baccala: A well-known appetizer consisting of deep fried salted cod filet.
  • Suppli: Breadcrumbed fried croquettes made in rice in Bolognese sauce, filled with mozzarella cheese.
  • Pasta alla Carbonara: Famous spaghetti served in a sauce whose main ingredients are eggs, bacon, black pepper and pecorino cheese.
  • Coda alla Vaccinara: Oxtail stewed until tender and buttery, in savory tomato sauce.
  • Pizza alla Romana: Thin crusted, crunchy white pizza, served brushed only with olive oil and flavored with rosemary. 

Some notable restaurants serving the local specialties include:

Gourmet

  • La Pergola
    • Cuisine: Italian
    • Awards: Three Michelin Stars

 

 

  • Imago
    • Cuisine: Experimental Italian
    • Awards: Conde Nast Traveler certified No. 1 in Rome

Vegetarian

  • Fa-bio
    • Cuisine: Delicatessan, Vegan, Vegeterian, Continental.
    • Review: HappyCow

 

 

Drink

  • The vineyards of Lazio have been servicing the Romans with its lush beautiful surroundings. The hills surrounding Rome and the whole Lazio county, produce 3 million hectoliters of wine every year. For a tour of vineyards, visit here.
  • Some popular local wine brands in Rome include:
  • Some of the popular bars and pubs in Rome are:
    • Antico Forno Roscioli – A wine bar run with passion and experience by the Roscioli family.
    • Trimani Wine Bar – A wine temple serving gourmet specialties and wine from all over Italy and the world.
    • Bar Del FicoFico in Italian means cool and trendy and that’s exactly what this bar is. An unreconstructed neighborhood bar frequented by chain-smoking chess playing Romans, it’s a fico sort of place to meet for apertivi with friends.

Tipping

Tipping is typically not expected in Italy. You're welcome to tip if you are very happy with the service.

  • Restaurants: A service charge is sometimes added to the bill, ranging from 1 to 3 Euros, or 10% - 15%. This charge must be indicated on the menu. You could round off to the nearest Euro at restaurants.
  • Bars: Tipping is typically not expected, but you could round off to the nearest Euro if you are very happy with the service.
  • Taxis: Tipping cab drivers is unusual but appreciated, especially if they help you with your luggage.
  • Hotel Porters/Concierge: Tipping hotel porters, hotel concierge (if helpful) is appreciated.

Staying Connected

  • Italy uses the GSM 900 and 1800 frequency bands. The phone must be “Unlocked” to be able to accept the Italian SIM card.
  • The SIM card has to be registered, using a passport or a European ID, before activation. This can be done when the SIM card is purchased or on the phone.
  • There are multiple service providers in Italy that offer prepaid SIM/Pay As You Go options. You can buy the SIM card at the airport, online.
  • The prepaid SIM/Pay As You Go top ups can be purchased at tobacco shops, supermarkets, some bars and coffee shops and online.

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