Rome travel tips
The eternal city of Rome
A visit to Rome, once the capital of the known world, takes visitors back in time with its imposing monuments and beautiful landmarks. At every turn visitors will come across palaces, temples, basilicas and military ruins. When these have been explored Rome's delicious food and gelatos await its visitors.
Tips for the best time to travel and catch the attractions
Rome is popular all year round but the best sightseeing weather is from April to October. The peak months of July and August are very hot and the beaches will be very crowded. For one Sunday in March the city is given over to the Rome Marathon (Maratona della Città di Roma). At Easter, in March or April, street processions are held from Maundy Thursday until Palm Sunday. Sunday Easter Mass is held in the Vatican's St Peter's Basilica. June 2nd is Republic Day or Festa della Republica, celebrated with military parades and other events. The Feasts of St Peter and St Paul are marked on June 29th. Many music festivals are held during the Summer months, such as Rock in Roma, from June until August.
Important things to know before you set off
Rome has a strict no-smoking policy in all public areas including restaurants, bars, taxis and public transport. Restaurants have a cover or "coperto" charge for the use of cutlery, plates and table linen, listed on the bill as "coperto" or "servizio". Any bread or Grissini eaten will be charged extra. Tips are not generally expected in Rome's restaurants and visitors will find that living costs, such as restaurant and supermarket food, are cheaper in Rome than in London and the UK.
Information about arrival, accommodation and transport
From Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) transfer to the city is by the "Leonardo Express" train to Termini Station. This costs around 14 EUR and takes approximately 35 minutes, while the local FL1 express train to Trastevere, Ostiense, Tuscolana and Tiburtina is cheaper at around 8 EUR. There is also a bus shuttle, the "Terravision" to Termini Station costing about 4EUR for the hour's journey. Taxis to the city centre charge around 40 EUR.
Transfers from Ciampino Airport (CIA) take about 15 minutes on the FL4 express train to Termini Station at a cost of around 1.50 EUR. The "Terravision" bus shuttle takes about 40 minutes to Termini and costs approximately 4 EUR. Taxis from Ciampino to the city centre cost about 35 EUR.
With a little research good value accommodation can be found in Rome, with guest houses and hostels starting from around 15 EUR per night. The price of a 3-star hotel will be around 35 EUR per person per night.
"ATAC" operates a comprehensive public transport service of metro, trolley buses and trams, as well as city and regional trains. A single ticket, costing around 1.50 EUR, covers the whole system and is valid for 100 minutes. Day passes are around 6 EUR, 3-day passes approximately 16.50 EUR and a week pass costs about 24 EUR. Taxi charges are roughly 7.30EUR for the first 3 km and then about 1.10 EUR per km.