The Heart of Ancient Rome

A truly wonderful destination full of history and eye-catching architecture, Rome is as prominent in Italy today as it was in the days of the Roman Empire. Rome does not skimp on the nightlife or commercial attractions, either; this city has something for everyone.

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When to go and what to do

The prime season to visit starts in March and April with a host of festivals and ceremonies around Easter, in particular the Mass at St. Peter's Basilica. The Marathon - Maratona della Città di Roma - is also around this time as well. The middle of the summer is often very warm, but with plenty of events such as the Festa della Republica in June, and music festivals such as Rock in Roma. It's recommended to avoid going in December or January, as the weather that time of year can be quite wild and not always pleasant. Additionally, the beaches tend to get very crowded at the height of summer due to the heat, so it may be best to plan around that fact.

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Important travel notices

Rome is marginally less expensive than the UK in terms of the cost of living, and so is a good destination for getting value for your travel money. That being said, there are some minor quirks; most restaurants charge a "coperto" or "servizio", which is a fee for the use of cutlery and table settings. This also goes for bread or rolls at many establishments as well, though at least tipping is not expected or required. In addition, smoking is banned at essentially all restaurants and bars, as well as on public transportation.

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Getting in, getting around, and getting a place to stay

From the airport, the express to Termini station in the city centre will run about EUR 14, with other lines and stations being slightly less expensive than that. Shuttle service is also available for much less - around EUR 4 - but is also a much longer ride, an hour at least. A taxi, meanwhile, might cost as much as EUR 40 for the same trip. Once in the city, transit options are plentiful, with train, light rail, and bus services all available, operated by ATAC. A day pass for these generally costs EUR6, and long-term passes are available as well, such as a full week for EUR24 - quite a bargain if you plan on using any of the ATAC services regularly, and much less expensive than the city's taxi services. Accommodations are also fairly modestly priced despite the city's grandeur; hostels and guest houses can be found as low as EUR 15, and mid-range hotels are fairly inexpensive starting at around EUR 35 per night.

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