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WELCOME TO ROME


One of the most beautiful cities in the world. There are so many cultural events, so many hidden alleys and squares to discover, so many monuments and churches to visit ....

This  city is vast and amazing, here you can find quiet, romantic cafés and intimate family-run restaurants, with  great food. 


VISITING THE CITY

The easiest way to get around is on foot.  The city centre is small if compared to London or Paris’, and exploring it on foot is the best way to appreciate Rome.


NIGHT-LIFE
If you think Rome is spectacular in the daytime, you need to do some sightseeing/strolling at night, as well. Rome by night is breathtaking. Go for a stroll around the city once the sun goes down. Roman pubs and restaurants stay open late, offering visitors a wealth of nightlife activities. Romans go out late and fun only really starts after dinner. The wine-bars and cafés lying between Campo de' Fiori, Piazza Navona, and Via della Pace are places to be seen. Most nightclubs are located in the Testaccio and Ostiense districts. 

SHOPPING

The city boasts a wide variety of shopping opportunities: Spanish Square presents high fashion selections while the more modestly priced clothing is to be found on Via del Corso and Via del Tritone. North of Spanish Square are popular areas for their antique shops and art galleries. Porta Portese hosts a huge flea market every Sunday morning, where people sell just about anything you can imagine. Also well worth a visit is the large covered market every morning near the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele.  If you are interested in outlets, there are two near Rome – one in Castel Romano, and one in Valmontone.


  Transportation in Rome


  Getting to & from Rome


  Airports

Rome has two airports - Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci) and Ciampino.


Fiumicino

This is Rome’s main airport and is is well-connected with the centre during the day by an express train.

The express train between Fiumicino Airport and Stazione Termini (Rome's main train station) costs € 9.50 and the journey takes about 30 minutes. The train departs from and arrives at Termini station at track n.27 and runs from 6.30am till 11.30pm. 


Ciampino

Rome's smaller airport, is mostly used by charter flights and budget airlines. 


To get to the centre from this airport, take COTRAL bus, get off at Metro A: Anagnina station, then to Termini Station. Cotral bus runs every 30 minutes, until 11pm. 

Or take private company Terravision (link: http://www.terravision.eu/rome_fiumicino.html) 

The only way how to get to Rome after 11.30 pm this time is to take taxi.

Or

By booking a private limo with driver.... (I can help for this)



  Getting around Rome


The historic centre is not particularly large (only 2,5 km/1,5 miles from the Colosseum to Piazza di Spagna) and so is easy to visit on foot, as most monuments are to be found in the same area. This is why my tours are mainly walking tours.


Public transportation


Rome's bus network is extensive and functions quite well, but the metro (subway) is much simpler for the short-term visitors to master. 

Public transportation Tickets must be purchased in advance from tabacchis, newsstands, bars, or vending machines (exact change only!) at metro and major bus stops. Cost 1.5€ for 75 minutes.



  Metro (Subway)


The Roman metro  (Metropolitana) goes round rather than through the historic city. It has only two lines, A (red) and B (blue), which cross at Termini Central Station. 

Trains run approximately every 7-10 minutes, from 5:30am until 11.30pm every day (until 0:30am on Saturdays).


Buses and Trams


There are hundreds of bus lines, running from 5:30am till midnight. All buses and trams travel in both directions. 

Electric buses

In an effort to minimize pollution in the small backstreets of the historic center, the city has established several electric bus lines to navigate alleyways barely wide enough for a Vespa.


Night buses

Over 20 night bus lines run from 00:30am to 5:30am. The main terminal stations are Termini (Piazza dei Cinquecento) and Piazza Venezia. From these two piazzas buses leave for all directions every 30 minutes. Night bus stops are marked with an owl. You can purchase tickets on board.


For lines tables and public transport maps visit official site of public transportation in Rome - ATAC S.p.A


Taxi


If you need a taxi, remember to look for the official metered white or yellow taxis. There are taxi ranks in many locations throughout the center, but is nearly impossible to hail one driving down the streets, particularly at night. Make sure your taxi is metered; insist on the metered fare, rather than an arranged price.

To call for a taxi within Rome, try 06 3570, 06 4994, 06 6645, 06 551, or 06 8822.


Renting bikes or scooters


Although most of the sights in Rome are within walking distance or accessible by public transportation, two wheels will give you the freedom to see exactly what interests you, and in less time. 

To really "do as the Romans do", you have to drive around on a Vespa. Rental average are €40-€50 for a one day. Anyway Romans are driving a little unruly, so if you are not an adventurous brave one, but you wish to do this experience, I suggest to come with me in a bike/ or scooter tour, so that you are not running the risk to get lost in the maze of the middle age narrow streets.


CRUISES


 Civitavecchia Transfer + Tour


If you are in a cruise ship and you want to Escape the crowded cruise line tours,  a private tour for guest wanting to see as much of Rome as possible in one day. you will enjoy a very personalized experience that differs greatly from the 50 plus person tours offered by the cruise lines. 

I can arrange a car or minivan to pick you up at the Port of Civitavecchia which is at around 60 km/ 35miles from Rome (one hour drive without traffic)

Cost is approximatively 250 Euro for transfer only (130€ the one way trip) and 30 Euro

per hour if they wish to have the car all day long (it is a limo with

driver... this will enable us to see mani more things in less time!!)


for more information e-mail me: micaela@aboutrome.it




BON VOYAGE – HAVE A GOOD TOUR - BUON VIAGGIO -  BUEN VIAJE


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Things to do in Rome (According to Micaela)


 Roman Forum
A walk on the cobbled streets of the Roman Forum.  The ruins are so ruined in most cases that it’s impossible to really see the grandeur of what used to be. Which is why I advise to visit it with a good tour guide. The small area of the Forum was the center of the Republic time (from 509 B.C. to 27 B.C.) 


Circle the Colosseum, Inside & Out
It is the largest remaining Roman amphitheater anywhere, although others are better preserved,  you can avoid the worst of the ticket lines by buying a ticket at the entrance of the Forum (Largo Corrado Ricci) or at the entrance of the Palatine Hill (Via San Gregorio).

 

Vatican City
As the Vatican is an independent city-state, touring the Vatican is one day out of a trip to Rome, I also highly recommend signing on to a good guided tour of the Vatican. This will not only help you navigate the maze of the museum and make sure you don’t miss any of the truly important masterpiece, a guide will also help you understand the context of what you’re seeing as well. And whether or not you’re Catholic, a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica is made infinitely more interesting when you know what it is you’re looking at. 


Step inside the Pantheon
This roman temple, still manages to stand out. Because while the Forum requires a spectacular imagination (or a spectacular guide, or both), the Pantheon looks today like it has for nearly 2000 years. This will be nearly a virtual visit back in the history: you will walk on the floor where Augustus walked once, you will look at the sun beam entering from the oculus: a round window in the ceiling casted in only one piece of cement, and still there, on your head!


 Treastevere quorter
relatively peaceful haven is the Trastevere neighborhood during the day, and I think it’s an area everyone should visit. The cobbled streets are mostly car-free, the restaurants and cafes serve up some of the cheapest eats you’ll find in Rome. Don't miss the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere  After nightfall, the Trastevere becomes the place to be for young locals and travelers alike, so it loses its “retreat” quality after dark, but it then becomes interesting for many other reasons. 


Trevi Fountain
One of the most touristy place in Rome, to be visited in the early morning if you don't like the crowd or late in the evening if on the contrary  you love it. Make you wish come true: throw a coin in the water (right hand over left shoulder, remember!)


Castel Sant'Angelo   A strategic building  that was previously  Emperor Hadrian’s tomb, and was turned into a papal stronghold and a prison. It’s interesting story recalls the history of the city from the Roman age to the Rome Capital (1870)! A double spiral ramp brings the visitors inside the chamber of the Imperial urns, were once was the coffin of the emperor, then stepping near some prison cells of the middle age it is possible to reach the papal apartments and a museum of ancient weapons. The visit is appreciated by both children and adults. On the very top there is also a terrace with an outstanding view over the Vatican and the Bernini’s Bridge (built by Hadiran and embellished with the angels symbolizing the Passion in 17th c.)   The name comes from the colossal angel that stands on the top of the castle  remembering the angel that appeared to Gregory the Great in 590, announcing the end of a terrible plague.   The Passetto is a covered passage that links the castle to the Vatican Palace ….                                                                                                      

Piazza Navona & campo dei Fiori: If you are tired and need a real Italian “gelato” (ice-cream) the best place is sited in one of the luxury Cafés in Piazza Navona. The price will be very high I know, but is a treat … after all you are on holyday!! If you are there the evening in summertime, walk in Campo de’Fiori direction …. And  you will get the place where the young Italians meet for a drink and meet new people.


The Cappuchin Crypt
If you are in the area of via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, a quick visit to the Capuchins Crypt can be done. It is a total uncommon place to see: the decorations are made with the bones of more than 4,000 Capuchins monks! It is something weird in Rome.


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