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What you need to know for an independent trip to Rome? Transport, food, security, housing - all the most useful read in this article.

How to get from the airport to Rome on your own?

By train to Rome

The main airport of Rome is called Leonardo da Vinci and is located 30 km from Rome in the suburbs of Fiumicino - often called it that way. There are 5 terminals at the airport, flights from Russia usually arrive at Terminals 1 and 3. For more details, see the flight schedule, description of airport services and the location of the terminals here.

Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy

The fastest way to get from Rome Airport to the city center is the Leonardo Express. He will take you to Termini Station for 14 euros in just half an hour without stops and transfers. The station can be found on the signs for “Railway Station” or simply “Train”. Tickets are sold at ticket offices and vending machines directly at the station. The line is open from 6 AM to 11:30 PM.

Speed ​​Express "Leonardo" (Leonardo Express)

Also from the airport (from the same station) you can reach the remote areas of Rome Trastevere, Ostiense and Tiburtina. To do this, you need to purchase tickets not a regional train Treno Regionale (Treno Regionale) or TrenItalia (TrenItalia), the price is around 8-10 dollars per person. Travel time will be longer than on Leonardo, as regional trains travel more slowly and with intermediate stops.

Train timetable in Rome

Find out more about regional train schedules here.

Regional train TrenItalia

Before boarding the train, the ticket must be validated in a special machine. However, if you did not find the machine or it turned out to be broken (this happens), you can manually verify the ticket with the controller.

Train ticket TrenItalia (TrenItalia)

Important. In Italy, unlike other European countries, you can often find idle machines, closed (for unknown reasons) ticket offices, non-observance of the schedule, errors in issued tickets and the like. Therefore, do not be lazy to double-check your travel cards, always have a credit card with you (if suddenly the machine does not accept cash and the cash desk is closed) and cash (if the cashier does not have a bank card service terminal), and keep in mind that the train may to be late.

TrenItalia train ticket vending machines

By bus to Rome. Bus schedule Rome

The most economical way to get from Fiumicino Airport to Rome is by bus. The ticket price is only 4 euros, travel time on average is about 1.5-2 hours. Buses, like trains, do not work at night. The bus departure station is located at the exit of Terminal No. 3. More information about bus services can be found here.

Bus from Fiumicino Airport to Rome

The main areas of Rome and their features - where to stay for living? Rome map

For accommodation in Rome, it is worth choosing hotels located in the historical center (see map), because everything that is located outside it will take you too much time on the road (given the optional Italian transport and Rome's traffic congestion, this can become significant problem, and ultimately ruin the rest).

Rome, Italy

Termini Station Area

Termini - This is the most economical and noisiest area of ​​Rome (see map). It is ideal for those who stay in Rome for a short time and try to see as much as possible in a few days. Termini is a huge transport hub from where you can reach any point in Rome, as well as to attractions located in the suburbs.

Termini Station, Rome, Italy

There are a lot of inexpensive cafes in the station area, there are shops working until late, information kiosks; all sightseeing buses stop here, two main metro lines intersect. There are many cheap budget hotels in the Termini area, conveniently located. You should not expect any special comfort here (however, most of the hotels in Rome are quite specific). Here those who come to the hotel only spend the night and spend most of their time in the city.

Station Square Termini, Rome

Monti District

Monti - This is the most bohemian and underground district of Rome. Despite the fact that the district is located in the city center, there are not as many tourists here as in other areas. In Monti, a completely unique atmosphere of free artists; the mass of shops where you can buy unique handicrafts from bags and clothes to interior items, a motley hipster audience; unhurried and measured rhythm of contemplation and friendly communication.

Monti - the most bohemian and underground district of Rome

The prices here are moderate, there are sights, fashion boutiques, restaurants and cafes of various sizes and local grocery stores. The best accommodation in Monti is a rented apartment (see options here)

Monti District, Rome, Italy

Trevi District

Trevi - the most expensive, noisy, crowded area, which is full of sights and prestigious institutions - from hotels to shops. Living here is not cheap, the prices are literally everything, from food and accommodation to household trifles, much higher than in other parts of Rome.

Trevi - the most expensive, noisy, crowded area of ​​Rome

But then Trevi - as they say, is “the most tsimes": here is the famous Via Nazionale boutique street, the Trevi Fountain, the Palace of Baberini; in addition, Trevi is the area where the main state institutions of Italy and Rome are located, including the residence of the president.

Trevi Streets, Rome

Having settled here, you are guaranteed to have a luxury service, a view of the most famous sights of Rome, but at the same time you are guaranteed a round-the-clock noise and a crowd of tourists under the windows.

Trevi Streets, Rome

Borgo District

Borgo Although it belongs to the historical center of Rome, Roma Centro, however, it is somewhat remote from other areas. The main attraction here is the Vatican City, with all the attributes attached: St. Peter's Basilica, pilgrims, Swiss guards and the atmosphere of measured pacification inherent in all religious centers of the world.

Borgo is an area adjacent to the Vatican.

If your goal is the Vatican, then it is definitely worth settling here. But if you intend to fulfill the entire "obligatory" tourist program of Rome, it may be better to choose a different area. If you decide to settle in the Borgo area, choose apartments and apartments for living, they are much cheaper here than hotels.

Borgo District, Rome, Italy

Campitelli District

Campitelli (Campitelli) - Perhaps the most ancient historical district of Rome. It is from here that the Eternal City of Rome begins, with the ruins of the Roman Forum, which reached its peak under Emperor Augustus.

Campitelli is the oldest historical district in Rome.

In the Roman forum there was also a “golden milestone” (a reference point for all distances in the Roman Empire) and a “navel of the city”, indicating the center of the universe of the Roman conquest era. Here is Capitoline Hill, very close to the Colosseum.

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

This is not the most expensive area, you can find reasonable prices for accommodation, but you need to know that Campitelli has the oldest buildings in the city. Hotels and apartments in this area are in such an Old Testament state that they can cause household shock. Before you book accommodation, be sure to check all the details: availability of amenities, room size and the like.

Houses in the Campitelli area, Rome, Italy

Celio District

Celio - in all respects a very convenient area: in the very center, near the Coliseum, inexpensive, with well-developed infrastructure, with affordable prices and a friendly audience, very quiet and comfortable, despite the center.

Celio is a great area in the center of Rome

But there is one significant nuance: this area is very popular among representatives of non-traditional orientation. If you are an ardent opponent of same-sex love, you will be very uncomfortable here. And vice versa, if you belong to the so-called "minorities", Celio is exclusively your option. The nightlife here is in full swing, all the bars and institutions are working under the guise of "gay friend".

Celio District, Rome, Italy

Parion District

Parione - Another old district located in the very center of Rome on the site of the ancient city, however, from those times there was nothing left. The area was almost completely built up again in the 18th-19th centuries; some of the buildings date back to the Middle Ages.

Parione is an old district in the very center of Rome

Parion very successfully combines large noisy squares (for example, Navone Square) and quiet cobblestone streets, expensive designer boutiques and affordable brands for young people.

Streets in the Campo de Fiori district, Rome

If desired, here you can find accommodation and food for any wallet. The main charm of Parion is its unique local flavor, especially in the Campo de Fiori market.

Campo de Fiori Market, Rome, Italy

Pigna and Sant Eustacio areas

Pigna - A small area located in the historical core of Rome, near Campitelli. Pigno can be called a rather expensive place. There are many gourmet restaurants, super-fashionable clothing boutiques and accessories. This area is loved by tourists, shopaholics, and local residents.

Pigna (Pigna) - a small area in the historic center of Rome

Sant Eustachio - also a tiny area adjacent to Pigne on one side and to the areas of Trevi and Campitelli on the other. This is not the best area to live in, because firstly, it is expensive, and secondly, there are too many people here: Sant Eustacio is located between the most popular historical areas of Rome, so an incredible number of tourists will ride around it all day and night.

Sant Eustachio, Rome

Colonna and Testaccio districts

Column - This is the most refined and respectable area of ​​Rome. Via del Corso is located in Colonna - the most fashionable and expensive street of the city, here are the most fashionable restaurants and the highest concentration of wealthy people.

Colonna (Colonna) - the most refined and respectable area of ​​Rome

Testaccio (Testaccio) - the most crazy district of Rome. There are not too many attractions, but they are not the main thing here. Nightlife is in full swing in Testaccio, it is the most popular place with local youth, and lately more and more visitors discover local establishments. There are very reasonable prices, a friendly democratic audience and a rather pleasant atmosphere.

Testaccio (Testaccio) - the most crazy district of Rome

A big plus of Testaccio is that, in contrast to the center, there are much more local residents here than tourists, which allows you to maintain local color and authenticity.

Testaccio District, Rome

Regola and Sant'Angelo districts

Regola (Regola) - An area located along the right bank of the Tiber River. This is the most medieval area of ​​Rome. There are many small cobbled streets, old buildings are very organically intertwined with later buildings, and in the alleys lurked the best craft shops in Rome, where you can find absolutely stunning handicrafts.

Regola (Regola) - the most medieval region of Rome

Sant-Angelo - one of the most comfortable and charming areas of the old city. It is here that you can see the famous clothesline stretched across the street, traditional local cafes where everyone knows each other and lunch in the cafe is more like a family feast than a catering establishment.

Sant-Angelo - one of the most comfortable areas of Rome

In Sant'Angelo, you can easily meet the very traditional Italians who actively gesticulate in conversation and try to shout at each other. The area was formed in the Middle Ages as a closed Jewish ghetto, and since then the unique atmosphere of one large and noisy Italian family reigns here.

Sant'Angelo District, Rome, Italy

Trastevere District

Trastevere - The most Italian and authentic of all areas of Rome. If you want to see the local life not from the window of the tourist bus, but from the inside, be sure to find yourself an accommodation option in Trastevere. Most likely, it will be a rented apartment, since there are not too many tourists and hotels. All the more valuable is the beauty of medieval streets, not trampled by crowds of visitors.

Trastevere - the most Italian of all areas of Rome

In the morning, numerous shops and family restaurants open their doors here, in which two days later they will greet you, as with an old friend. Clubs and bars open the doors at night, street artists and musicians fill the area. The prices here are affordable, so Trastevere is a good option for a budget, but impressive vacation.

Trastevere District, Rome, Italy

Food in Rome. Food in rome

The most inexpensive option is local supermarkets, which sell various slices and semi-finished products, as well as ready-made simple dishes such as pasta with meat or fried fish with potatoes. Such a lunch will cost only 3-5 euros, and the quality will be completely edible.

Food in Rome

By the way, it is not customary in Italian stores to touch vegetables and fruits with bare hands (some people like to check for ripeness with their hands). For such manipulations, there are special gloves that you can find next to the counter.

Grocery Stores in Rome

In street shops and markets, it is believed that the seller himself will offer you the best product, so it’s not customary here to touch anything or tell the seller which apple to put on the scales.

Rome food markets

Sitting in a street cafe in the center will cost at least 20-25 euros per person, in the areas of Trastevere, Campo d Fiori, Celio or Testaccio, prices will be slightly lower, from 12-15 euros. The main criterion for choosing an institution is the number of local residents having dinner here (the more the better) and the distance from the most popular tourist places.

Rome Restaurants, Italy

Very popular pizzerias that can be found in every area on every corner. The pizza in them is very high quality and tasty, a huge selection of options, you can buy pizza sliced ​​in separate pieces.

Pizzeria in Rome, Italy

In all cafes and restaurants in Rome, the rule applies: if you are served at the bar, the same dish or a cup of coffee will cost you much less than a full service at a separate table.

Street cafe in Rome

There are a lot of fountains in Rome, most of them have drinking water (see signs), so you can save a lot on water: always carry a couple of plastic bottles with you and replenish your water supply completely free of charge.

Drinking Fountains in Rome

In Rome there are so-called enotecs (vinotheques), which are intended exclusively for wine tasting. It is customary to come here in the evening after work and in a close company to drink a bottle or two for sincere conversations. There is no food at the enoteca as such, but you will be offered light snacks according to the drinks.

Enoteki in Rome

The portions in Rome are simply huge, consider this fact when ordering dishes (with the exception of gourmet restaurants). Most often, our tourists can do just one meal, so if you like set meals (soup, hot, dessert), order one meal for two or even three, because the scale of the plates will be fantastic.

Rome cuisine

In many establishments, there are so-called happy hours, when lunch or dinner is cheaper than at other times. Usually this is a fixed time interval, for example from 13 to 14 and from 19 to 20. You can clarify this issue with the staff.

Rome Restaurants, happy hours

Gratuities in Italy are optional, as they are already included in the institution’s account.But if the service was excellent, and you would like to separately thank the staff, you can leave the reward at your discretion.

Waiters in Rome

Transport in Rome

Rome metro map

In Rome, the metro is not too big, but in addition to the metro, the routes include ground electric trains. You can download the circuit in good quality here. The metro is open from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and on weekends the working hours are extended to 00:30.

Metro in Rome

Travel tickets are sold at tobacco kiosks, vending machines and ticket offices at the entrance to the subway. They are suitable for travel on all modes of transport and come in several forms: for 24, 48, 72 hours and 7 days. The validity period starts from the moment you validate the ticket before your first trip in transport.

Metro in Rome

Buses in Rome

The number of bus routes in Rome is huge. There are day and night routes (there are much fewer night routes). Tickets are sold in tobacco shops, it is more profitable to purchase a single pass for all modes of transport for several days. The driver’s tickets are never sold, unlike other European countries. Details about bus traffic patterns and fares can be found here.

Buses in Rome

Taxi in Rome

Rome taxis are firstly expensive, and secondly in most cases you will be deceived. Officially, only licensed cab drivers can carry passengers, but it’s hard for a foreigner to understand such subtleties, so they often fall victim to private traders who want to tear off three skins from a visitor and don’t care too much about the service.

Taxi in Rome

Official taxis in Rome are painted white, the emblem of the transport company (and there are only two of them in Rome) is necessarily shown on the driver's door. For licensed taxi drivers, the car is equipped with meters, they are not bargained and quickly tell you the fare without offering discounts or additional conditions. The fare is higher at night and weekends.

Taxi in Rome

Important. A trip within the city cannot exceed 70 euros, including the road from Fiumicino Airport to the hotel.

It is not customary to catch a taxi on a street in Rome, in addition there is a risk of running into private traders. The car can be found in the numerous parking lots in the city center (they are equipped with a “TAXI” sign), or call 060609 (remember that you will need to provide the exact address of your location), or send an SMS to 3666000159 with the date, exact time and machine delivery address (be sure to wait for confirmation that your order has been accepted for work).

Taxi in Rome

What to buy in Rome? Shopping

Main shopping streets in the center of Rome

  • Via del Corso and the adjacent streets. Here you can find clothes and accessories of various brands and price categories. You can get to Via del Corso by metro (metro station Flaminio, line A)
  • Via Nazionale Starts from Termini Station and ends at Piazza Venezia. Here, in addition to a wide variety of untwisted brands, you can find special brands of clothes of large sizes and options for people with a non-standard figure
Clothing store on Via del Corso, Rome
  • Via Cola di Rienzo In addition to clothing, it offers a huge selection of leather goods and shoes, as well as jewelry. You can get to this street on line C to st.m. Ottaviano
  • On Campo di Fiori You can find a lot of shops with very interesting youth clothes, including from novice designers, many options are sold in a single copy.
  • All shops in the area square of Spain (Piazza di Spagna) have the status of "premium", "VIP" and are designed for a very wealthy audience. Here are all the famous fashion houses specializing in luxury clothing for luxury customers.
Shops on Via Nazionale, Rome

Sales in Rome

Sales in Rome take place twice a year: from January to February and from July to August. Sales concern only affordable democratic brands, as luxury lines usually have regular customers who, without advertising, purchase goods at a reduced price.

Sales in Rome

Discounts in the sales season start from 15-30% and reach the final up to 70-80%, however, all the best are bought up, of course, in the first weeks. In outlets, goods at a reduced price can be found at any time of the year.

Map of Rome in Russian

Map of Rome in Russian with the most popular shops in the city center here.

Shopping in Rome, Italy

The most popular shopping centers and outlets in Rome

Castel Romano Designer Outlet - A huge outlet 25 km from Rome, where you can buy almost everything: from clothing to electronics at very affordable prices.

Outlet Castel Romano Designer Outlet, Rome

In addition to the actual shopping malls, there are playgrounds, a cafe, a sewing studio where you can tailor your purchased items exactly to your figure, as well as a huge parking lot and bank branch.

Outlet Castel Romano Designer Outlet, Rome

The outlet can be reached by company bus from Termini Station, and you can also order an individual transfer directly from the hotel (order must be made in advance). More detailed work schedule, scheme of retail space and additional services can be found here.

Outlet Castel Romano Designer Outlet, Rome

Fashion District Valmontone Outlet - Another great outlet, which, however, is located a little further from Rome, 40 km. It is the second largest shopping city in the world, so a visit to the Valmnotone outlet will take you all day.

Fashion District Valmontone Outlet

The entire infrastructure is also quite developed here, from playgrounds and meals to bank branches and transport services. Valmontone from Termini Station has a shuttle bus and an electric train. More information about the outlet can be found here.

Fashion District Valmontone Outlet

The main attractions of Rome and its environs. Excursion routes in Rome

The easiest way to see the sights of Rome and not overpay for the services of guides - these are special sightseeing buses. For those who are first in Rome, such a bus will allow you to navigate in a huge number of attractions and choose for yourself the most interesting objects.

Sightseeing buses in Rome

Sightseeing buses run in a circular route from point of interest to point of interest. You can get off at any stop, inspect the facility and catch the next bus on this route. If you wish, for an additional fee, you can take an audio guide, which in Russian will tell you introductory information about each of the attractions on the route.

Self-guided tours in Rome

The most popular bus routes in Rome

  • City Sightseeing: buses run on the route from 09:00 to 19:00, the ticket price is about 20 euros (children are given discounts), the bus movement interval is every 20 minutes, the travel time on the entire route is 1.5 hours. More information can be found on the official website of the company
City Sightseeing sightseeing buses
  • Rome OpenTour: You can ride the route from 09:00 to 16:00, the price of a daily ticket is about 20 euros, you can buy a ticket for several days (discounts are provided for children), the bus travel interval is every 40 minutes, the travel time on the entire route is 2 hours. For more information, see here.
Sightseeing buses Rome OpenTour, Rome

Communication and Internet in Rome

Mobile communications in Rome, as in all of Italy, are quite expensive. There are two tariff options: settlement upon the services provided (in this case, you will require a lot of additional information about yourself: account number, home address, etc.), or mobile communication with an advance payment - this is the most convenient form for tourists. You can buy a SIM card in any mobile phone shop, or in tobacco and newsagents.

Mobile Communications in Rome

It is much more profitable and easier to use free Wi Fi entry points, which are in many cafes and restaurants, shopping centers, near government offices and popular tourist places.

Internet connection in Rome

Safety in rome

  • Be careful of pickpockets in crowded places, do not carry valuables, documents and money in a backpack behind your back or back pocket
  • Notoriety in Rome is enjoyed by motorcyclists who rip off tourists' bags on the go; try not to go too close to a busy road or carry a bag over your shoulder so that it is not possible to grab it from your hands or tear it off your shoulder
Motorcyclists in Rome
  • There were cases when, after paying the bill in a restaurant, tourists demanded to pay the bill again, pretending that there was no payment
  • Sometimes thieves meet tourists at the door of the hotel under the guise of employees and offer to bring luggage. Do not trust your suitcases to outsiders if you are not completely sure of them
Safety Rules in Rome
  • When paying for transport, prepare a trifle in advance so as not to advertise your wallet in crowded places
  • In hotels in Rome sometimes things that are handed over to the laundry are lost. Another important point is that the washing time always takes more than a day, so don’t give your things on the eve of your departure, you won’t be able to get them

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