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GETTING THERE AND AWAY




By Air - Rome has 2 main airports


Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino)

Located 20 miles / 32 km from the centre of Rome

To and from Leonardo da Vinci:

Leonardo Express
• Departs every 30 minutes from 06:37-23:37
• Journey time: 30 minutes
• Cost: 9.50€ (children under 12 travel free if accompanied by an adult)

Terravision Bus
• Only valid for passengers flying with certain airlines - Check before you travel
• Departs approximately every 2 hours (08:30-20:30) from arrivals
• Journey time: 70 minutes
• Cost: single 9.00€, return 15.00€ (adult fares)

Cotral Bus
• Departs at 01:15, 02:15, 03:30 and 05:30 from arrivals
• Journey time: 90 minutes
• Cost: 5.00€

Taxi
• Use only authorised taxis (white vehicles with a taxi meter)
• Cost: 40.00€ but supplements may be added for extra luggage, night time and public holiday journeys



Ciampino

Located 9 miles / 15 km from Rome centre


To and from Ciampino:

Terravision Bus
• Only valid for passengers flying with the certain airlines - Check before you travel
• Bus departs 40 minutes after flight arrival time
• Journey time: 40 minutes
• Cost: single 8.00€, return 13.50€

Cotral Bus and Train
• Departs every 20 minutes
• Journey time: 5 minutes to Ciampino train station
• Cost: 1.00€
• Train connects Ciampino with Termini Railway Station

Taxi
• Use only licensed cabs with taxi meters
• Journey time: 30 minutes
• Cost: 40.00€ but supplements may be added for extra luggage, and night time and public holiday journeys or we can provide our private limo service from € 45,00

By Train (Stazione Termini)
• Rome's main train station
• Hub of most of the city's transport system, including the bus network with the main station located outside

GETTING AROUND



Walking is the best option when visiting the historic centre.
Be careful when crossing roads; Rome's drivers are not especially careful of pedestrians.

 

Metro

• Operates from 05:30-23:30 (00:30 on Saturdays)

• 2 lines that inter-connect at Termini and cross the city diagonally:
- Linea A (red line) runs from Battistini to Anagnina and takes in the Vatican,
the Spanish Steps and the Via Cola di Rienzo shopping area
- Linea B (blue line) runs from Rebibbia to Laurentina and takes in the Circus
Maximus and the Colosseum



Bus

• Main provider: ATAC

• Most buses run to/from the station outside the Termini

• Most buses operate from around 06:00 to 00:00

• Night buses are available (indicated by the owl logo on the front) until 05:00 (approx.)

• There are many services so it is useful to obtain a transport map from
the Termini or the bus station

• In the historic centre there are electric buses (Monday to Saturday) which operate
in an effort to reduce pollution (services 116, 117 and 119 incorporate the major sites)



Tickets


Tickets are valid on both the metro and bus systems. Numerous ticket types available:
• B.I.T (Biglietto Integrato a Tempo): costs 1.00€ and is valid for 75 minutes from
time of validation

• B.I.G (Biglietto Integrato Giornaliero): costs 4.00€ and is valid until midnight
on the day of validation

• B.T.I (Biglietto Turistico Integrato): costs 11.00€ and is valid for 3 days from
the date of validation

• C.I.S (Carta Integrata Settimanale): costs 16.00€ and is valid for 7 days from
the date of validation

• Tickets are valid on all ATAC and urban COTRAL buses, Metro lines A and B
(1 ride only for the B.I.T) and Met.Ro (Metro Roma) trains to Lido, Viterbo and
Pantano (second class, 1 way only, but always check before travelling)

• Tickets can be purchased from vending machines at Metro stops, tobacconists
and the SMA supermarket chain

• Tickets must always be validated using one of the designated machines on board
the bus or at the turnstiles in the Metro stations

• Keep hold of your ticket at all times as you may be asked to present it and fines
are steep for those found without a validated ticket

• There are 2 types of ticket in circulation (old and new style). Where possible purchase the new credit card shaped ticket with magnetic strip as these are more commonly accepte

MUST SEES




Colosseum

Piazza del Colosseo 00184 Roma
• One of Rome's most famous ancient landmarks, dating back 2000 years
• Famous for the many cats that live there as well as its gruesome history
• Take in the Forums and Palatine Hill as well as the numerous exhibitions on offer
Opening Times:
End of March to end of August: 09:00-19:30
September: 09:00-19:00
October 09:00-18:30
November to mid February: 09:00-16:30
Mid February to mid March: 09:00-17:00
Mid March to end March: 09:00-17:30
Prices:
8.00€ including entry to Palatine Hill and the Forums
Discounts available for children (under 6s free)
Prices can cost more for featured exhibitions



Pantheon

• Originally a Roman temple but is now a catholic church
• Steeped in history dating back nearly 2000 years
• One of the world's most well preserved original Roman buildings
Opening Times:
Monday to Saturday 08:30-19:30 (13:00 on public holidays)
Sunday 09:00-18:00
Prices: FREE



Vatican and the Sistine Chapel

• The official residence of the Pope and an independent state in its own right
• A chance to see the Vatican Museums and the world famous Sistine Chapel
• Much more to see and do including Saint Peter's Basilica, which was reportedly built on the burial site of Saint Peter and the Vatican Grottos

Opening Times:
March to October 08:45-16:45
November to February 08:45-13:45
Closed on Sundays (except last Sunday in the month)
Prices: Adult 12.00€ / Child 8.00€ Under 6's free
(Saint Peter's Basilica and Grottos are priced individually)



Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (San Paolo fuori le Mura)

Via Ostiense 186, Rome
• Reportedly the burial site of Saint Paul
• Second largest church in Rome
• Reconstruction of the 4th century Basilica which was destroyed by fire
Opening Times: Summer 07:00-19:00 (18:00 in winter)
Prices: FREE



Church of Santa Maria del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo 12, Rome
• Contains original works by Caravaggio and the Chigi Chapel was designed by Raphael
• Contains Rome's first two stained glass windows
Opening Times:
Monday to Saturday 07:00-12:00, 16:00-19:00
Sunday 07:30-13:30, 16:30-19:30
Prices: FREE



Cemetery of the Capuchin Monks

Santa Maria della Concezione, Via Veneto 27, Rome
• A rather macabre collection of vaults where the walls are adorned with whole skeletons and bones of over 4000 Capuchin monks, with some of the bones used to form Christian symbols
Opening Times: 09:00-12:00, 15:00-18:00
Prices: FREE (donation recommended)

 


Catacombs of Saint Callixtus (San Callisto)

Via Appia Antica 126, 00179 Rome
• The Catacombs reflect an important part of Rome's history and contain the bodies
of Christians and Popes from the 3rd century
• The Catacombs cover 4 levels and the corridors wind for 12 miles altogether
• Galleries open to the public include the crypt of Santa Cecilia and the Crypt of the Popes
Opening Times:
Thursday to Tuesday 09:00-12:00, 14:00-17:00
Closed all February
Prices: Adult 5.00€ / Child (under 15) 3.00€ / Under 6's free

 

Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo)

Via del Circo Massimo, Rome
• Located between the Palatine and Aventine hills, the Circus Maximus was once ancient Rome's largest stadium famous for its chariot races and infamously for repeated tragedies where many spectators died from collapsed stands
• Do not visit expecting to see a structure; all that is left now is a grassy area where the central barrier (spina) once was
Prices: FREE



Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps(Piazza di Trevi & Piazza di Spagna)

• Both these famous Roman landmarks can be fairly easily incorporated together
• The Trevi Fountain was built at the terminal point of the Aqua Virgo and is one of Rome's largest fountains
• Legend has it that if you turn your back to the fountain and throw a coin in over your right shoulder your return to Rome will be guaranteed
• The Spanish Steps are renowned as a place to meet and used to be a place where the models of Rome would wait in the hope of being chosen by a rich artist
• The Steps lead to the Trinita dei Monti church and can be reached by a lift for those unable to climb them
Prices: FREE



Museum and Borghese Gallery (Museo e Galleria Borghese)

Villa Borghese, Piazzale Scipione, Borghese 5, Rome
• The museum and gallery contain famous sculptures and paintings from the private collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese including Bernini's 'Apollo and Daphne,' and Raphael's 'The Deposition.'
Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday 09:00-19:00
Prices: Adult 8.50€ / Child (under 18) 2.00€
Advance booking recommended as space in gallery is limited

WHERE TO EAT



Rome is famous for its food and you will not be short of places to go and eat, whether you want a quick coffee and pastry in a pasticceria, ice cream in a gelaterie, or a meal in one of the many trattorias, pizzerias or ristorantes that are dotted all over the city. The main restaurant area is Trastevere, but good, traditional restaurants can also be found in Testaccio and San Lorenzo (student district). It is also worth pointing out that restaurants and places to eat located by the major tourist attractions can often be pricey and you may not necessarily experience the best of what Rome has to offer. Most restaurants close on at least one day of the week (often Monday) and between lunch and dinner. Advance reservations are normally advised in ristorantes, while at pizzerias and café style places you will simply need to queue if it is busy.

 

Romolo

Via Fosse di castello 19, 00193 Rome
• Popular pizzeria with also good roman dishes

 

La Barca

Via Plauto 38-39, 00193 Rome
• Good fish restaurant


Roof

Via Crescenzio, Rome 00100


El Toula

Via della Lupa 29B, Rome 00100
• Romantic setting with vaulted dining rooms
• Exclusive restaurant with prices reflecting this


Il Convivo

Il Convivio, Vicolo dei Soldati 31, 00186 Rome
• High quality restaurant at the top end of the market
• Eat in traditional Roman style
• Closed on Sundays

 

Trattoria da Giggi

Via Belsiana 94A, Rome 00186
• Family run restaurant which has been established for over 50 years
• Famous for its handmade pasta and fresh seasonal produce
• Closed on Tuesday


Brek

Largo di Torre Argentina 1, 00186 Rome
• Cheap option for eating in or food on the go
• Suitable for a quick snack or a full meal
• Numerous outlets

 

Giolitti

Via Uffici del Vicario 40, 00186 Rome
• Famous gelaterie serving a wide range of ice creams
• Light snacks and coffee also available


Il Gelato di San Crispino

Via della Panatteria 42, 00187 Rome
• Renowned for serving some of Rome's best ice cream

NIGHTLIFE



Rome's nightlife is renowned for its stylish and trendy image and recently clubs and bars have sprung up in large numbers all over the city, including the historic centre (Centro Storico). Although the main clubbing nights are Friday and Saturday, you will find something to suit your tastes on most nights of the week. It is worth noting that most clubs tend to charge an entrance fee, however this usually includes one drink (with your ticket). The main clubbing area is located around Testaccio while cheaper nights out can be had in San Lorenzo.


Bar del Fico

Piazza del Fico 2728, 00186 Rome
• Popular bar, especially with the locals
• Expect to queue if you go here, but a good night is to be had

 

Alien

Via Velletri Nuovo Salario, 00198 Rome
• Attracts an exclusive crowd, especially from the fashion and film sector
• Plays house music at weekends, but a wide range of music midweek

 

Anima

Via Santa Maria dell'Anima 57, 00186 Rome
• Trendy pre-club bar.
• Free entrance.

 

Goa

Via Libetta 13, 00154 Rome
• Giancarlino, one of Rome's famous DJs provides the music here
• Ethnically inspired club

 

ExMagazzini

Via dei Magazzini Generali 8, 00154 Rome
• Converted warehouse
• Attracts a trendy crowd
• Glass panelled floors with a live stage area downstairs

 

Il Nolano

Campo de'Fiori 11, 00186 Rome
• Wine bar perfect for relaxing and taking in the busy city

 

Giulio Passami l'Olio

Via Monte Giordano 28, 00186 Rome
• Traditional Roman bar, ideal for relaxing and enjoying a coffee or a glass of wine
• Off the main thoroughfares so you can avoid the crowds

THEATRE & ENTERTAINMENT




Rome has a varied entertainment scene and can cater for a variety of tastes. From classical music concerts, to opera you will be guaranteed to experience true Roman entertainment. The theatre scene in Rome is not as well developed as its operatic and musical counterpart but there is still a good choice. Remember that plays will be performed in Italian, even those by foreign playwrights. Tickets are normally purchased in advance from the box offices themselves. In summer, theatre, opera and musical concerts generally move outside to open air venues, all adding to the atmosphere.


Opera and Classical Music

• Season runs from November to May
• Tickets are generally sold far in advance for the opera and can be in high demand
• Smart dress (and even evening attire for first nights) is the done thing when going to the opera

 

Main Venues:

 

Auditorium Parco della Musica

Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 00196 Rome
• Designed by Renzo Piano and is one of the largest concert venues in Europe. It hosts a range of concerts from classical to opera and much more. Is also home of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

 

Teatro dell'Opera

Piazza Gigli, 00184 Rome
• Venue has its own orchestra and ballet company. Seating is provided in boxes and you should arrive at least half an hour before the performance starts

 

San Paolo fuori le Mura

Via Napoli 58
• This large church is the venue for many concerts.
Aula Magna dell'Universita 'la Sapienza'

 

Pazzale Aldo Moro 5

• Offers a range of high standard classical performances as well as contemporary recitals.
Many of the churches in Rome also put on concerts and recitals, mainly orientated around religious music.



Theatre:

There are numerous venues which offer a variety of theatrical productions between them.

 

Teatro Argentina

Largo Torre Argentina 52, 00186, Rome
• Home of Rome's theatre company
• Tends to show more classical theatre productions

 

Politecnico

Via G.B. Tiepolo 13A 00196 Rome
• Offers a range of cultural activities from art exhibitions to cutting edge theatre and concerts


Teatro Quirino

Via Marco Minghetti 1, 00187 Rome
• Stages productions from other Italian cities, as well as seeing the occasional appearance from some famous Italian actors


The English Theatre of Rome

Via del Castelfiardo 31, 00185 Rome
• Shows plays by English and Italian speaking writers
• Plays range from classical to contemporary and bilingual plays too



Other cultural events which may interest travellers to Rome are:

• Rome International Film Festival (13th-21st October 2006)
• Estate Romana (June to September), nearly all events in summer transfer to the outdoors, including opera, theatre, dance, clubs and concerts.

FOR THE KIDS

 


On the whole children are made to feel at home in Rome, with pizzerias, trattorias and the locals in general being quite welcoming, however the city can be difficult to navigate with children and they may grow bored of the usual historical attractions. If you want some child-friendly suggestions take a look at the following:



Luneur

Via delle Tre Fontane
• Amusement park which has been a longstanding feature in Rome and contains many traditional rides, and modern ones too
Opening Times:
Wednesday to Friday 15:00-19:00
Saturday 15:00-02:00
Sunday 10:00-22:00
Prices: FREE
Rides and entertainment are individually priced.



Explora: The Children's Museum of Rome

Via Flaminina 82, 00196 Rome
• The first Italian children's museum
• Contains lots of interactive exhibits aimed and children, schools and families.
Opening Times:
Set visiting times lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes:
Monday to Friday: 09:30, 11:30, 15:00, 17:00
Saturday and Sunday, public holidays, July and September: 10:00, 12:00, 15:00, 17:00
August: 12:00, 15:00, 17:00.

Prices: Adult 6.00€ / Child (under 12) 7.00€ / Under 3's FREE



Time Elevator

Via dei SS. Apostoli 20, 00187 Rome
• An exciting experience which tells the history of Rome in an interesting way
• Incorporates the latest technology with moving seats and specialist sound equipment
Each visit lasts around 1 hour.
Opening Times: 10:30-19:30
Prices: Adult 11.00€ / Child (5-12) 8.00€

 

 

Bioparco (Rome's Zoo) & Villa Borghese

Piazzale del Giardino Zoologico
• Located in the Villa Borghese, Bioparco contains 198 species, including
many endangered ones
• As well as the zoo, the Villa Borghese is an ideal place (and one of the only green spaces in the city) for the children to run and let off steam
• There are also may other fun activities to keep the children occupied in Villa Borghese
Opening Times:
28th October to 29th March 09:30-17:00
30th March to 26th october 09:30-18:00
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 20th April to 28th September 09:30-19:00.
Prices: Adult 8.50€ / Child 6.50€ / Under 3's FREE

 


Aquapiper

Via Maremmana Inferiore , 00012 Rome
• Open during the summer this is Lazio's largest aqua park and is the perfect place to
take the children (considering that there is a distinct lack of hotels with swimming
pools in Rome)
• It contains a variety of slides and one of the biggest wave pools in Europe.

Opening Times:
Monday to Friday 09:00-18:00
Saturday and Sunday 09:00-19:00
Prices: 10.00€ Monday to Friday / 13.00€ Saturday and Sunday


SHOPPING




Rome is renowned for its vast array of shops ranging from some of the world's most exclusive boutiques to expansive markets ideal for exploring and gift shops to pick up your souvenirs.


Designer

If you are looking for ultra chic and designer then head to the area around the Piazza di Spagna. These shops are attractions in themselves with their unique and extravagant window displays:


Via Condotti Contains the first fashion house of Valentino and the famous Italian jewellery designer Bulgari as well as Cartier and Hermes

Via Borgognona Contains Fendi, the famous handbag and leather specialist

Via Frattina Here you will find the houses of Tiffany, the famous New York jewellery specialist and Versace

 


Markets


Porta Portese (Via Portuense) Weekly Sunday morning flea market which sells a vast array of second hand goods including antiques, clothing, books and furniture. Market is open from sunrise to 13:30

Mercato di Via Sannio Here you will find a wide range of clothing and shoes, both vintage and second hand. Open 08:30-13:30 Monday to Saturday

Mercato della Stampo (Largo della Fontanella di Borghese) A collector's paradise if you know what you are looking for. You will find here a myriad of old prints, magazines and books (ranging from the very old to slightly second hand)

Campo de' Fiori (Piazza Campo de' Fiori) Food market which has been held for centuries. Contains a wide selection of meats, vegetables and other exciting foods. Perfect if you want to sample some local produce or pick up a snack, but a great visual display anyway

 


Other places of interest

Via Santa Dorotea vases and ceramics
Via Margutta, Via dei Coronari antiques
Via del Pellegrino, Via dei Cappellari art and craft shops with a very bohemian feel

 

 
 

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