Ciao and welcome to Rome!
This travel guide is written BY experienced travelers who know Rome
inside out, FOR travelers like you, to assist you in your stay in Rome,
to make sure that you enjoy this historic,
beautiful and dynamic city to its fullest. We have made an
effort to make this guide practical, for the current day
visitor or tourist, who is always wondering- what are the things to do
in Rome, Italy? How can I make the most of my trip to the cultural
capital of the ancient world?
Electricity 220V AC 50Hz.Voltage
converters are not easy to find, we suggest you get one before you
start your trip. Italian sockets are designed to accept European round prongs.
Tipping: 10% in Restaurants and
Taxis. Others discretionary.
Safety Issues Traveling in Rome is in general very safe.
Watch out for
Internet Cafes There are plenty of internet cafes around Rome. If you
are staying in a hotel, you might get an internet connection in your room (internet
connection may or may not be free. Check with your hotel desk).
Because of anti-terrorism laws, you are required to present your passport
for using a public internet cafe.
Airports Leonardo da Vinci, also known as Fiumicino is the main airport
of Rome. It is situated 26 km southwest of the city. You can get into town
by the Leonardo Express, the 30-minute Fiumicino- Stazione Termini direct
train, which runs half-hourly from the airport. This train also goes to
Trastevere, Ostiense and Tiburtina. A night bus runs to Stazione Tiburtina.
Ciampino is another airport which is mainly for domestic flights,
international flights also arrive. It is located about 20km southeast
of the city. From Ciampino you can catch a LiLa/Cotral bus that connects
with a subway to Stazione Termini. You can also drive down the Via Appia
Nuova. Departure tax is prepaid with your air ticket into or out of Italy.
To book a transfer shuttle Online from the
Airport to your Hotel,
click here To book a private transfer (Fiumicino or Ciampino),
Termini is the main railway station of Rome. Trastevere is a secondary
station. Rome is very well connected by train from all Italian and
Languages Italian, but you can get
by pretty well with English in Rome.
Climate Mediterranean. Rome's mild climate makes it popular to visit
during all times of the year. July and August are hot and many businesses close during this
time of the year. From December to February it is briskly cold but it's
rarely grey and gloomy.
Banks and ATMs You can find banks
and Teller Machines easily almost everywhere in Rome. Banks' normal business hours
are 8:45am-1:30pm, 2:45pm-4pm Monday to Friday.
Foreign Exchange Offices Thomas Cook Piazza Barberini, 21. Metro Line A: Barberini. Mon-Sat 9am-8pm
; Sun 9:30am-5pm
Via della Conciliazione, 23 (down the street from St. Peter's). Bus 40
Express, 62, 64. Mon-Sat 8:30am-7:30pm ; Sun 9:30am-5pm
Via del Corso, 23 (close to Piazza del Popolo). Metro Line A: Spagna or
Flaminio. Mon-Sat 9am-8pm ; Sun 9:30am-5pm. American Express Piazza di Spagna, 38. Tel. 06 67641. Close to the Spanish
Steps--Metro Line A: Spagna. 9am-5:30pm Mon-Fri; 9am-12:30pm Sat.
Telephones Country Code Italy- 39, Rome- 06
Calling from Rome- International calling cards are available at many stores
Real Estate Agents
Via Di Torre Argentina, 44, 00186 Phone 06 6893725
-San Giorgio Immobiliare 84 S.P.A
Via Del Gesu', 62, 00186 Phone 06 6794886
-Dmd Di Di Maulo Daniela
Piazza Mattei, 12, 00186 Phone 06 6833962 -
Smoking has been banned in all enclosed public places since Jan. 2005. The
law covers bars, restaurants, offices, public buildings,
public transport and cinemas. Smokers face fines of up to US$300.
And now, the hard
to find fun facts,practical tips, and tourist traps...from personal experiences,
both good and bad...
Almost all the statues and buildings in
Rome have dates written on them - in Roman numerals (the I's, X's and
the C's...remember?). This is fun to translate into real numbers,
especially if you have kids with you...
You are not allowed to enter
churches (including St Peters) in shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless
For Coliseum (also spelled Colosseum)
Tours, when you are waiting in line to get in, ignore the private tour guides
who are telling you every so often that you will be waiting for 40
minutes in the line. The private tour guides end up taking too many people in
the group...your best bet are the official tours, and you will only
pay 5 dollars more than the admission.
Italians and Romans are obsessed with
dressing well, especially for dinners. So unless you really want to
stand out as a tourist, take some nice clothes with you...you just
might blend in. Bring yourself a step closer to 'When in Rome do as the Romans
When you are visiting the Vatican
museums (Sistine Chapel), take your binoculars with you, and also a
hand-held mirror. You will want to see the detail on the ceiling, and you
will need a break from the neck-craning...these tools will come in
A lot of Rome can be covered on foot.
Pack some nice walking
shoes with you...
Ask how much it costs before you get
your picture taken with one of the "Gladiators" outside the Coliseum or any other "Ancient
Roman" you see elsewhere. They might charge you an insane amount of
money if you
get the picture taken before you fix the price...
Piazza is Italian for square and has nothing to do with
Pizza. European towns have these squares every few blocks in the
city, Rome has some really nice ones...and they are most often nice
parks to relax and chill-out.
Rome's streets and squaresare full of plaques and markers
detailing the famous personages who lived in the neighborhood: a poet
who rented an apartment close by, a sculptor or a painter who helped
decorate the square. Pay attention to them---sometimes they are more
interesting than all the big famous tourist spots. History and culture
run everywhere in this city, and these elements will help you feel it....
In Rome, street names are generally posted at the corners of
buildings on the second level above ground.
To orient yourself in Rome (if you don't carry a compass...),
remember that the central causeway, Via del Corso (or just the 'Corso')
runs almost straight north and south from the Piazza del Popolo to the
Piazza Venezia. Most sightseeing in Rome is within a few blocks of this
easy to find thoroughfare. You can also use the Aurelian Wall
surrounding the city as another marker.
A common myth is that if you throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, you
will return to Rome.
You are not allowed to eat on the Spanish Steps.
The letters S.P.Q.R.: Everywhere in Rome you will encounter these
four letters. S.P.Q.R. comes from the Senatus Popolusque Romanus,
with which resolutions were begun in ancient Rome. Today it is still one
of the identifying symbols of Rome, together with the She-wolf (which
fed Romulus and Remus when they were babies, the legend goes).
The Spanish Square (adjoining the Steps) got its name when the
Spanish Embassy was built in Rome in 1646. The Steps were added in 1725.
Rome has hundreds of churches which don't look that spectacular from
the outside, but have amazing interiors! So if you find yourself tired
of visiting the major hot spots, take a stroll and enter any
church...you might be pleasantly surprised...
Palatine, Aventine, Capitoline, Quarinal, Viminal, Esquiline and
Caelian---are the seven hills of Rome.
When visiting the Roman forums, take some water with you, hard to
buy water there. And you can leave your fashion clothes at home, you
will come out all dirty and covered in dust after a visit to this