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Rome became the capital of Italy in 1871 and is both the largest city in the country and the 4th largest in the EU with a population of 2.8 million. The city has an extensive, varied history and has been praised and romanticised by poets, writers, painters and filmmakers the world over. Rome is also one of the most photographed cities in the world, with a number of historical buildings and inspired artwork. It is, therefore, no surprise that Italy has the highest proportion of sites on the UNESCO world heritage list, with 70% of them found in Rome. Rome is a must when you travel in Italy and a great travel hub to get to other incredible italian destinations with highspeed trains in Italy.

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How to Get to Rome

Trains to Rome Termini

With 29 platforms and 150 million passengers per year, Rome Termini is the busiest train station in Italy and the second busiest in Europe. The station has connections to all major cities in Italy, with journeys operated by the major Italian providers Trenitalia and ItaloTreno.

Getting from Rome Termini to the City Centre

The city centre is accessible by metro, tram, bus and taxi. By metro, the A or B lines will take you to the centre and by tram the 5 or 14 line. There are 22 bus lines connecting Termini to the city centre, and these include the C2, C3, H, M, 16, 38, 40, 64, 75, 82, 85, 90, 92, 105, 170, 175, 217, 310, 360, 649, 714 and the 910. Four taxi companies service the areas around the train station, some of which also provide a women's only service.

Trains to Rome Tiburtina

Tiburtina is the second train station of Rome in terms of traffic volumes and size. Tiburtina deals with all the connections that Termini cannot handle, which primarily focuses on the Northern and Southern Axis which accounts for 51 million passengers annually and more than 500 trains a day.

Getting from Rome Tiburtina to the City Centre

Tiburtina is one of the stations on the B line of the metro which opens up the entire city including the centre. Tiburtina is also the last stop on urban and long distance bus lines, which are provided by Atac and Cotral. The station is only 3.4 km east of Termini Station and can be reached by car via the Via Tiburtina, Nomentana Ring Road, Via di Portonaccio or Via Catania.

Buses to Tiburtina Bus Station

Tiburtina bus station is located just in front of the railway station of the same name. It is the terminus of several bus lines and more than 50 carriers operate from here. From the station, there are buses to the north and south of the country as well as several international destinations. Some of the bus companies operating from the station include Eurolines, Sita, and Sulga Baltour.

Getting from Tiburtina to the City Centre

Tirburtina is located just next door to metro line B and like the train station is the last stop of urban, and long distance bus lines of Atac and Cotral public providers.

Flying into Rome Fiumicino

Rome Fiumicino is Italy's largest airport with 36 million people passing through the airport in 2014. The airport is located 35 km south-west of the city and has 4 terminals and 4 runways for domestic, international and intercontinental flights. Rome Fiumicino is a hub for both the flag carrying provider Alitalia in addition to 150 other providers such as Spanish budget airlines Vueling also utilising the airport. The main domestic destinations include Catania, Milan, Palermo, Cagliari and Turin; with the most popular international destinations being Paris, Madrid, London, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Frankfurt.

Getting from Rome Fiumicino to the City Centre

Seeing as the Airport is located quite a distance from the city, it is important that there are sufficient connections to the centre. To achieve this, there are several bus, train and taxi options for those wishing to access the centre. The Leonardo Express and the FL1 train can be caught from the airport - both of which are provided by Trenitalia. There are also several buses available which are powered by ASTRAL and Cotral. Taxi services are also available from outside the terminals that can take you anywhere in the city. For a 4 person taxi each with luggage, it will cost somewhere between €25 - €55 depending on your destination. If you wish to access the city by car, go via the A90 ring and drive south towards the city centre.

Flying into Rome Ciampino

Rome Ciampino is the second largest airport in Rome and is only 12 km from the city centre. Rome Ciampino is one of the oldest airports in Italy and mainly operates flights by budget airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air. As a consequence, the number of passengers greatly increased in 2014 to over 5 million.

Getting from Rome Ciampino to the City Centre

Accessing the city centre can be achieved by a bus service going to Anagnina underground station and from there passengers can catch a direct train to Termini Station in just 15 minutes with Line 1 of the metro. Taxis are available outside the train station or can be ordered via Radio Taxi on 063570. There are fixed rates for journeys with a maximum of 4 people including luggage, and the costs vary between €30 and €50 depending on the destination in the city. Driving is also a possibility via the northern 23 exit.

Driving to Rome

The A1 road linking the north to the south of Italy is the easiest route for travellers from Milan, Turin, Venice, Bologna or Florence. Rome is also accessible via the A12 for travellers from Civitavecchia. The A24 and A25 go-between Rome and the Adriatic coast and the A14 goes along the Adriatic coast from Bologna to Bari.

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How to Get Around in Rome

Public Transport in Rome

The Public transport system in Rome is made up of 3 metro lines, 67 subway stations, 306 bus lines and six tram lines with 7,037 stations. The public transport system of buses, trams and metro lines is the most popular way to get around in the city, but most people still prefer to use their own car - especially if they live in the suburbs that are not well connected by public transport.

  • Public Transport Provider: ATAC
  • Cost of a Ticket: €1.50 for 1,000 minutes of travel
  • Discounted Ticket Types: Discount fares only apply for those who have purchased an annual pass.
  • Availability of Public Transport at Night: The metro is available everyday till 11:30 p.m., and following this a great deal of night buses are available.

Cycling in Rome

Cycling is an increasingly popular way to get around in Rome, especially during the weekends. Despite this, however, there are not many paths available in Rome and most are located in parks, near the Tevere river or the Appian Way. The inner city is cycle friendly and your bike may accompany you on certain trains, which mostly fall on line A and B of the Metro.

  • Official Municipal Bike Provider: Roma bike sharing
  • Rental Costs: €4/h, €12.50 per day, €21 for 2 days.

Taxis in Rome

It is unfortunately not possible to stop a taxi in the middle of the street. To travel by taxi in Rome, you can either go to one of the many designated stands, which are usually located near train stations, theatres, major attractions or hotels, or alternatively you can pre-book one.

  • Base Minimum Fare: €3.20
  • Cost: €1.03 per km

Driving in Rome

Driving in Italy is generally very easy but some highways, such as those between Sardinia and Salerno-Reggio Calabria, are not in the best condition. Additionally, the traffic tends to be very congested around major cities such as Rome, Milan and Florence. In cities the speed limit is 50 km per hour, beyond the city centres it is between 70 and 90 km per hour and on motorways speeds can reach 130 km per hour. Please note when travelling to Rome that traffic can be extreme and roads have a tendency to be narrow in areas where many cars have to pass. Since 2012, there are been several Limited Traffic Zones introduced in an effort to decrease air pollution.

Walking Around Rome

All the main sites and attractions are found within walking distance of one another in Rome's city centre. Additionally, there are a number small, quaint streets that cannot be accessed by public transport or driving; therefore, exploring by foot is often the best option.

Rome Fiumicino is located 35 km south-west of the city. From the airport there are several bus, train and taxi options for those wishing to access the centre. The Leonardo Express and the FL1 train can be caught from the airport - both of which are provided by Trenitalia. There are also several buses available which are powered by ASTRAL and Cotral. Taxi services are also available from outside the terminals that can take you anywhere in the city.

Rome Ciampino is the second largest airport in Rome and is only 12 km from the city centre. Accessing the city centre can be achieved by a bus service going to Anagnina underground station and from there passengers can catch a direct train to Termini Station in just 15 minutes with Line 1 of the metro.

Rome Termini is the busiest train station in Italy and the second busiest in Europe. The station has connections to all major cities in Italy, with journeys operated by the major Italian providers Trenitalia and ItaloTreno. The city centre is accessible by metro, tram, bus and taxi. By metro, the A or B lines will take you to the centre and by tram the 5 or 14 line. There are 22 bus lines connecting Termini to the city centre and a taxi rank outside the station, some taxi companies also provide a women's only service.

Tiburtina is the second train station of Rome in terms of traffic volumes and size. Tiburtina is one of the stations on the B line of the metro which opens up the entire city including the centre. Tiburtina is also the last stop on urban and long distance bus lines, which are provided by Atac and Cotral.

Tiburtina Bus Station

Tiburtina bus station is located just in front of the railway station of the same name. It is the terminus of several bus lines and more than 50 carriers operate from here. From the station, there are buses to the north and south of the country as well as several international destinations. Some of the bus companies operating from the station include Eurolines, Sita, and Sulga Baltour. Tirburtina is located just next door to metro line B and like the train station is the last stop of urban, and long distance bus lines of Atac and Cotral public providers.

Getting Around Rome

  • The public transport system of buses, trams and metro lines is the most popular way to get around in the city, but most people still prefer to use their own car - especially if they live in the suburbs that are not well connected by public transport.
  • Cycling is an increasingly popular way to get around in Rome, especially during the weekends. Despite this, however, there are not many paths available in Rome and most are located in parks, near the Tevere river or the Appian Way. The inner city is cycle friendly and your bike may accompany you on certain trains, which mostly fall on line A and B of the Metro
  • All the main sites and attractions are found within walking distance of one another in Rome's city centre. Additionally, there are a number small, quaint streets that cannot be accessed by public transport or driving; therefore, exploring by foot is often the best option.

Free things to do in Rome

Roman Forum

Though not as preserved as its more famous counter part, the collosium; The Roman Forum has a rustic quality which makes visitors truly appreciate the age the magnitude of the area. The area itself is the ruins of ancient governmental buildings from the Roman Empire, some of which date bakc to the 8th century BC.


Nuovo Mercato di Testaccio

Even if your intention is just peruse, wonder and soak up the atmosphere of this delictabe food market, you wont leave hungry; with samples galore. This market is renowned for having some of the freshest produce in the city and its for this reason you'll find it littered with locals going about their day to day business.


Villa Borghese

Though Rome is full the brim of gorgeous parks, perfect for any spring and summer day; one of the best, and most unique is surely Villa Borghese. Not only does this vast area, the biggest green space in Rome no less, have a lake where people can row and an abumdance of lands for visiters to relax, on selectd evenings in the summer the park even has a free open air cinema!

 

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