2 January 2014

Rome Travel Guide

Travel from Airport:

fare restricted to €48 from Fiumicino (or €30 from Ciampino)
make sure you take a white taxi as the “private hire” drivers will encourage you to travel more expensively with them

Shuttle buses and public buses are also available, as is a train service to Termini station


Crowne Plaza St Peter’s
out-of-centre location, hotel has €1 shuttlebus direct to Vatican/centre, or public buses stop outside hotel, or 10 minute walk to Metro station
decent restaurant and bar, and very good breakfast selection
also have a €14 airport shuttle deal (Fiumicino only)

Tourist Card:

Roma Pass
€30 for 3 days
Free entry to the first 2 visited museums and concessionary ticket to all other museums, plus free use of the city’s public transport network
Activated at the time of the first entry to the museums, or at the first journey on public transport, up until midnight of the third day, including the day of the activation

CIS Travel Ticket
€16.50 for 3 days or €24 for a week
Valid on buses, trams, trolleybuses, the metro lines A and B, on regional trains


Mondo Arancina
Via Marcantonio Colonna 38, Via Flaminia 42, Via Trionfale 88
Arancini are delicious rice balls filled with different sauces and fried. Mondo Arancini do a fantastic selection of flavours and just one makes a lunch in itself!

Forno Castel Sant'Angelo
Via del Banco di Santo Spirito, 44
bakery and delicatessen just across the pedestrian river bridge from the Castel Sant’Angelo

Cul de Sac
Piazza Pasquino 73
A long thin wine-bar with traditional food (including lots of pate flavours) and a wine list the size of a telephone directory

Ristorante Tema
Via Panisperna 96
Family-run restaurant with good range of Italian dishes

Della Palma
Via della Maddalena 19
150 flavours of gelato, also lots of gifts and sweet treats

Piazza Dell'Unità indoor market
Via Cola di Rienzo 52/54
Wide range of fruit & vegetable, meat and fish stalls, with some gifts and cafés


via Nazionale 211 and many others
chain of small supermarkets, ideal for getting sandwich ingredients

Franchi & Castroni
Via Cola di Rienzo 196 & 204
quality food and drink souvenirs from this pair of adjoining delicatessens


MAXXI21, modern art gallery and museum
Via Guido Reni 4
very modern art (21st Century), with nice café and museum shop
take Tram 2 from Flaminio Metro to the Palazzetto dello Sport

Palazzo delle Esposizioni and Scuderie del Quirinale
via Nazionale 194 and via XXIV Maggio 16
reduced price joint ticket for this pair of excellent galleries

Museo di Roma
Piazza Navona 2

Castel Sant’Angelo
Lungotevere Castello 50
cylindrical castle with Hadrian’s tomb, an outdoor café at the top, ruins and spiral ramps, lots to see and worth half a day

Musei Vaticani
Viale Vaticano, level with Via Tunisi
Metro Cipro
imperative that you buy on the Internet and print out your tickets in advance, going for the earliest entry that you can manage

Forum/Palatine/Colosseum joint ticket
Via di S. Gregorio 30
€12 best bought at Palatine as queues much shorter than at Colosseum, and valid for 2 days
get Metro to Circo Massimo and walk up to Palatine entrance
shops at Forum and Colosseum with guidebooks and souvenirs

EUR is a residential and business district located south of the city centre. It was chosen as the site for the 1942 world's fair, the letters EUR standing for Esposizione Universale Roma, but was cancelled because of WW2. It has a wide variety of modernist architecture and is well worth an afternoon’s stroll. Catch the Metro to EUR Palasport or Fermi, to start a tour at the lakeside park.
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