Experience the vibrant pulse of the eternal city
Rome is a sightseers dream, with ancient structures like the Colosseum and the Pantheon. It's also home to the Vatican City, which is listed as being the world's smallest country.
When is the best time to visit?
Rome is lovely to visit between April and October. Bear in mind that it tends to get extremely hot during July and August, when the beaches are very crowded. The weather can be unpredictable in December and January too.
The Rome Marathon (Maratona della Citta di Roma) is held in March, and from Maundy Thursday till Palm Sunday, Easter processions can be enjoyed. St. Peter's Basilica hosts Sunday Easter Mass, and on June 2 the Festa della Republica occurs. Visitors and locals are entertained with impressive military parades and events during this National Holiday. The Feasts of St. Peter and Paul are held on June 29 and there are lots of summer events and festivals, like the Rock in Roma event, which begins in June, and continues into August.
What to note before you go
Prices are cheaper in Rome, compared to London and the UK, and you'll save on shopping and restaurant bills. Restaurants have a "coperto" or charge for the use of items including cutlery, plates and tablecloths and there's usually an extra charge for bread/grissini, although tips are not customary. "Coperto" is often referred to as "servizio" in Rome and surrounding areas. There is a no smoking policy in bars, restaurants and on public transport.
Transport and hotels in Rome
You can travel from the Fiumicino airport via airport transfer with the "Leonardo Express", which goes to Termini station. A single ticket costs around 14 euros and the journey time is approximately 30 minutes. The local express train FL1 provides services to Trastevere, Ostiense, Tuscolana and Tiburtina for around 8 euros, while the "Terravision" bus shuttle takes about 1 hour to travel to Termini Station for around 4 euros. Taxis cost about 40 euros to central Rome.
If arriving at Ciampino airport, transfer is available from Ciampino station by way of the express train FL4 to Termini station for around 1.50 euros. The journey takes about 15 minutes and bus shuttles, like "Terravision", travel to Termini station for around 4 euros, for a 40 minute journey. Taxis to the city cost around 35 euros.
"ATAC" operate local public transportation services, which include metros, trolley buses, trams and city and regional trains. Single tickets are valid for 100 minutes worth of travel costing around 1.50, while day passes cost around 6 euros. You can purchase a 3-day pass for around 16.50 euros, and week passes cost around 24 euros. Taxis charge around 7.30 euros for 3 km, and 1.10 euros are added per km thereafter.
Hostel accommodation will cost around 15 euros a night, while 3 star hotels are available for about 35 euros a night per person.