When in Rome...
Rome is an ancient city full of history and culture. Be sure to travel to Rome at the right time of year to take in the city's local festivals and holidays. Choose to visit in the spring if you want to avoid weather issues.
Best Time to Visit Rome
The best time to visit Rome is between April and October. July and August can be very hot and the beaches also tend to be crowded. The weather can be unpredictable in December and January. Visit during the Rome Marathon on a Sunday in March (Maratona della Città di Roma). In March and April, enjoy the Easter processions from Maundy Thursday until Palm Sunday. Take in Sunday Easter Mass at St. Peter's Basilica. June 2nd is Festa della Republica, a national holiday with military parades and events. Travel to Rome on June 29 for the Feasts of St. Peter and Paul. There are numerous festivals during the Summer months, such as Rock in Roma from June to August.
Know Before You Go
In Rome, there is a no-smoking policy in all restaurants, bars and public transport. Living costs in Rome are cheaper than in London and the UK. Food in supermarkets and restaurants tends to be cheaper. Restaurants charge for the "coperto" (cover) - for the use of cutlery, plates and tablecloth. "Coperto" is often listed as"servizio" in Rome and its surroundings. Bread or Grissini often also comes at an extra cost. It is not customary to leave a tip.
Rome Transport and Hotels
From and to Fiumicino Airport, take an airport transfer with the "Leonardo Express" to Termini station, which costs about EUR 14 each way and takes around 35 minutes. Or take the local express train FL1 to Trastevere, Ostiense, Tuscolana and Tiburtina for roughly EUR 8. The bus shuttle "Terravision" to Termini Station costs around EUR4 and takes about an hour. A taxi to the Rome city centre costs about EUR 40. From CIA, transfer from Ciampino station using the express train FL4 to Termini station for about EUR 1.50. This takes 15 minutes. Bus shuttles, such as "Terravision" to Termini station, cost around EUR 4, taking 40 minutes. A taxi to the city centre runs at about EUR 35.
Stay in a guest house or hostel from about EUR 15 per night. Three-star hotels start around EUR 35 per person per night.
Local public transport is operated by "ATAC," including metro, trolley bus, tram, city and regional trains. A single ticket is valid for 100 minutes for about EUR 1.50. A day pass costs around EUR 6, a 3-day pass is approximately EUR 16.50, and a week-long pass costs about EUR 24. Taxi prices are roughly EUR7.30 for 3 km and then an additional EUR 1.10 per km.