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The Colosseum in Rome

Rome, the "Eternal City", is the capital of Italy and of the Lazio (Latium) region. It's the famed city of the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita, Vatican City and Three Coins in the Fountain. Its Historic Center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Districts

Rome is a huge city, so all individual listings should be moved to the appropriate district articles, and this section should contain a brief overview. Please help to move listings if you are familiar with this city.


Understand

Situated on the River Tiber, between the Apennine Mountains and the Tyrrhenian Sea, the "Eternal City" was once the administrative center of the mighty Roman Empire, governing a vast region that stretched all the way from Britain to Mesopotamia. Today it remains the seat of the Italian government and home to numerous ministerial offices.

The metropolitan area is home to around 3.3 million people.

For two weeks in August, many of Rome's inhabitants shut up shop (literally) and go on their own vacations; many stores and other amenities will be closed during this time. The temperature in the city centre at this time of year is not particularly pleasant. If you do travel to Rome at this time, be prepared to see Chiuso per ferie (Closed for holidays) signs on many establishments. Anyhow even in these weeks the city is very beautiful and if you look for a less overcrowded vacation in Rome this is not a bad time.

Get in

By plane

Rome has two main international airports:

  • Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (Rome Fiumicino, code FCO) - well organized and connected to the center of the city by public transportation
  • Ciampino International Airport - (Rome Ciampino, code CIA) located to the south of the capital, confusingly on via Leonardo Da Vinci.

Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport (FCO)

There are several options to go from Leonard da Vinci airport to downtown Rome:

  • Leonardo Express trains leaves every 30 min to the central train station Roma Termini (30 min trip). Trains from Termini depart from the track 24 on the right. Ticket costs €11, available at the counter as well as the Termini news stand. Tickets sold at the departure platform are more expensive. You can't buy a ticket for a specific train (it's just a general ticket for any time), so remember to always get your ticket stamped in a yellow validation machine just before using it. Ticket expires 90 minutes after validation.
  • The Metropolitan train leaves from the track on the left but does not stop at Termini. Get off at Tiburtina Station or at Ostiense Station to connect to the Rome Metro. Tickets: €5,50, plus €1 for a metro ticket. The extra cost of the Leonard Express is for the convenience of a direct ride to Termini. If you are going somewhere else on the Metro, Tiburtina and Ostiense are as convenient. Remember to always get your ticket stamped in a yellow validation machine just before using it.
  • Terravision [1] runs a bus service to Termini station. Tickets: €9 single or €15 return, 70 minutes, 5 stops, 7 services a day.
  • Taxis Taxis in Rome are white. From October 1st 2006 there are fix fares from downtown to airports. City center to Fiumicino and vice-versa cost 40 euros. City center to Ciampino and vice-versa cost 30 Euros. For others destinations fares are not fixed. You don't have to negotiate the price. Regular taxis have a taximeter. Fee for luggage is around 1 euro each. Watch out for unlicensed taxi drivers or limousine drivers (dark cars) that approach you at Termini station or any of the airports.
  • Rental cars are available.
  • Shuttle services must be booked 1 day in advance. Three Companies are listed below:
  • Airport shuttle [2] offers door-to-door service from airport Fiumicino / Ciampino to Rome hotels or private residence. Minibus 8 seats Tel.: +39-06-42013469, 4740451, or 42014507.
  • Airport Connection, +39-06-3383221 (, fax: +39-06-3380748), [3]. Shuttle and limousine service. 30-50€.
  • Terravision [4] offers a shuttle service from/to Fiumicino airport to/from Termini Station (Via Marsala)
  • ZELIT Limousine [5] Best transfer rates from airport to rome hotels & Civitavecchia port
  • Civitavecchia Port Shuttles [6] Transfers from Fiumicino or Ciampino airports Civitavecchia port Call (24 hours) +39-3334191175
  • Bus (Co.tra.l, S.p.A, blue regular-size buses) The bus stop is located outdoors at ground level ~100 meters left from arrivals (teminals B&C). You can buy tickets at all tobacco shops - they have blue signs (Tabacheria), e.g. at Terminal B or at the drugstore Terminal A. Lines are:
    • Aeroporto-Termini-Tiburtina (€3.60)
    • Aeroporto-Roma Cornelia (metro A) (€2.80) (schedule)
    • Aeroporto-Roma Magliana (metro B) (€1.60) (schedule)
    • Aeroporto-Ostia Lido (€1.00) (schedule)
    • Aeroporto-Fregene (€1.00) (schedule)
    • Aeroporto-Fiumicino (città) (€0.77) (schedule)

Don't forget to mark your ticket after getting on the bus; if the machine doesn't work (which is fairly common), you have to write your name, birth date and current date & time on the ticket.

A good choice is to take the bus to EUR Magliana (stops directly at the metro station, which belongs to line B) and then take the metro. It's the cheapest way to get to the centre (€1.60 bus+€1 metro). The sign on this bus reads "Fiumicino-Porto-Magliana".

The schedule for Aeroporto-Termini-Tiburtina (this line is open from 14 September 2006) is:

from Fiumicino: 1:15, 2:15, 3:30, 5:00, 10:55, 12:00, 15:30
from Tiburtina: 0:30, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 9:30, 10:00

Ciampino International Airport (CIA)

Easyjet, Ryanair and Wizzair flights, among others (see Discount airlines in Europe) fly to Ciampino Airport (CIA). This small airport is closer to the city center than Fiumicino but has no direct train connection. Note that at Ciampino cash machines are available only in the departures area.

  • By bus
  • COTRAL/Schiaffini [7] operates buses from outside the terminal building to "Anagnina metro station" (ticket: €1). A metro ticket to central Rome costs another €1. There are also buses at the same price to Ciampino local train station; from there there is a train to Rome Termini station (ticket: €2). The buses operate roughly every hour or 30 minutes during the Italian work day (8-12 and 16-20), and you should count on at least 45 minutes travel time for either route. Italian trains are notoriously late, and the metro can get very crowded. Timetable booklets are available in some information booths.
  • Schiaffini also run direct buses to Termini station for €5 one-way (approx. 40 min), but with far fewer departures than Terravision (see below). These buses are not mentioned on the airport website yet, but you can find them on Schiaffini's own site.
  • Sit bus shuttle [8] runs a direct bus service from/to Termini. The price is €6 one-way or 10€ with return (approx. 40 min, with about 25 services a day).
  • Terravision [9] runs a direct bus service to Termini. The price is €8 one-way or €13.50 return (approx. 40 min, with about 20 services a day). It is advised that passengers on the return trip from Termini to board the bus 2.5 hours before their flight's departure time. Terravision also offers buses from Fiumicino airport to Termini, and a transfer bus between the two airports.
  • By taxi
The price for a taxi ride to Termini is €30, as it is to any destination within the city walls. Be aware of unofficial taxi drivers, a drive with them could reach as high as €80. Do NOT negotiate the price for the city center with anyone and be sure your driver activates the meter when he starts driving to any other destination. Be aware that Ciampino is outside of city limits, this implies that the fare for first 10 minutes is higher (a number 2 appears on the meter). The driver is supposed to change the fare to number 1 once he hits the ring highway (G.R.A.) and enters the city limits. One more proviso: Go direct to the taxi stand, ignoring touts.
  • By shuttle
  • Zelitlimousine.com [10]to see economic transfer rates from airport to Rome hotels and Civitavecchia port.
The shared shuttle can be hired for around €15 per person. However, since the shuttle is shared, it may take longer to reach your destination if other customers are dropped off before you are.
  • Rental cars are available in the airport terminal from all the usual companies.

By train

Rome's main railway station is Termini Station. Like any other train station, it's not very safe at night. It's also locked up between 00:30 and 04:30, when the only people hanging around outside are taxi drivers and the homeless. Most long-distance trains passing through Rome between these times will stop at Tiburtina station instead.

Other main stations include Ostiense, Trastevere, Tuscolana, Tiburtina.

By car

Roman traffic is chaotic, so it is better to use public means, if possible, while in Rome. A valid alternative is to rent a scooter which costs about 40€ per day.

By boat

Cruise ships dock in nearby Civitavecchia. Most cruise lines offer some form of transportation to Rome. Now it is possible to dock in new Porto di Roma, Ostia, located a few kilometers from Rome and linked by train and metro.

Ferries from Barcelona, Tunis, Toulon (France), Porto-Vecchio (Corsica): http://www.grimaldi-ferries.com

Get around

By taxi

Taxi tricksters
Some private citizens dress up their cars to look like cabs. These people strategically locate themselves at airports and railway stations waiting for travelers. Beware of operators who don't display a licensed meter and ID. Use only authorized taxis (white vehicles with a taximeter) that are available in the arrivals areas of the terminals. Also, some airport employees may direct you to a 'Taxi' driver if you ask where you find them when you are inside the airport terminal. The 'Taxi' could end up being a Mercedes limo, costing you double the fare of a real taxi, and a tricky situation to get out of as your luggage is locked away in the limo's trunk.


Taxis are the most expensive way to get around Rome. When you get in the cab there will be a fixed starting charge. Supplements may be requested for luggage, including shopping bags, night-time runs and public holidays. Drivers may not use the shortest route, so try to stay on map and discuss if you feel you're being tricked.

Cab stands are placed all over the city too, so flagging one down is not a problem. Be warned that when you phone for a taxi, the cab's meter starts running when it is summoned, not when it arrives to pick you up, so by the time a cab arrives at your location there may already be a substantial amount on the meter.

The main taxi companies may be called at 063570 and 065551.

Rome also has several taxi cooperatives:

  • La Capitale, Tel 064994
  • Roma Sud, Tel 066645
  • Cosmos, Tel 0688177

By foot

Once you're in the center you're best off on foot. What could be more romantic than strolling through Rome on foot holding hands? Hard to beat!

Crossing a street in Rome can be challenging. There are crosswalks, but these are rarely located at signaled intersections. Traffic can be intimidating, but if you are at a crosswalk the secret to getting across is to just start walking. Cars will not slow down, but they will alter their trajectory to avoid hitting you. Do not try to run across, or anticipate gaps in traffic. Keep a steady pace, look straight ahead, and you'll get to the other side safely.

By bus

Roman buses are not known for running on strict and reliable schedules. But they are a great way to get around to all parts of the city, as long as you're not in a hurry.

The buses basically operate on the honor system, but ATAC [11] does police the bus system for people riding without tickets. ATAC officers may board at every door of the bus just before the bus leaves and check every passenger on the bus. Stamp the ticket before boarding the MetRo, or on board the bus or tram, or face a €100 fine. Though inspectors are rare, if you don't have sufficient money on you to pay the fine, they will actually escort you to an ATM to pay the fee. If you don't have an ATM card to withdraw money, the officers have been known to take you to jail for at most 24 hours.

Maps of the bus system are available for purchase (3.5 euro at Termini). Bus stops list the stops of the bus, but without a map, you will have a hard time using the city buses. Bus drivers try to be helpful, but most are not fluent in English. It is helpful if you know basic Italian.

  • Transport ticket (biglietti per autobus) - one metro ride and as many bus/tram rides as you can do in an hour and a quarter (1 Euro). Tickets can only be purchased at Tabaccheria (big 'T' sign outside), newspaper kiosks or vending machines in some metro stations. You'll have more chances to buy them in "Bars" inside the Metro stations.
  • So called "24 hour" tickets are only valid on the day you buy them, not for 24 hours after buying. Be aware that many tabaccherie close on Sunday, so buy your tickets in advance. You can also get tickets for longer periods. For example, a three-day ticket costs €11. They're dead handy, as you can use them on the bus, tram and metro.
  • One of the most popular and useful lines is the 40, which arches from the Termini station through the historic center and then up to the Castel Sant'Angelo, near the Vatican. It is considered an express route, so its bus stops are spaced about 1/2 mile (2/3 km) apart; but it is also very frequent, very convenient for most places that the Metro does not go to, and very fast moving, especially compared to other routes.
  • Night buses Night buses should be useful due to the closing of the Metro stations at 23:30 and the stop of regular lines of buses and Trams at midnight. During the summer (until 23rd September) and on Fridays and Saturdays, the frequency of the rides is halved, which can vary among 10, 15, 30 and 35 minutes depending on the line, and of course, the particular pace of the city. In any case they are much more punctual than during the day, as traffic is much less jammed. This makes the drivers drive at high speeds, allowing passengers to experience a strange mixture of adrenaline and (the city's) classical views.

By tram

The Tram routes mostly skirt the historic center, but there are stops convenient for the Vatican, the Colosseum, and the Trastevere area. The number 8 does run into the center, not far from the Pantheon. If you want to catch a soccer game at one of the stadiums in the north of the city, catch the tram (2) just north of the Piazza del Popolo.

By Metro

There are two lines, crossing at Termini station. Line A (red line) runs northwest past the Vatican, and south. Line B (Blue Line) runs southwest past the Colosseum and northeast. Through most of 2007 Line A stops running at 9:00 pm. However, it is replaced by two bus routes (MA1 and MA2) that parallel it at 5 minute intervals. Also, through 2007 the Manzoni Metro station is closed for reconstruction. There are nearby tram lines that go right to Termini easily, however. The Metro is the most punctual form of public transportation in Rome, but it can get extremely crowded during rush hour. Watch out for your belongings. Pickpockets are very adept at unzipping pockets of pants and purses on crowded trains.

See

Italians are very fond of their landmark and their ancient culture and in order to make it more accessible every year there is a week during which every publicly managed place is free. This nice happening which typically is in mid-May is "La settimana dei beni culturali", i.e. 7 to 10 days all landmark, archeological places and museums belonging to public management (including Colosseo and all the areas of the ancient Foro) are free. See [12] to know the exact dates, in 2007 it was from May 12th to 20th.

Roman Empire structures

The Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill are all in very close proximity to each other.

Colosseo in the night-time
  • The Colosseum - Entry €11 (€9 if you're under 25). Expect a long queue and an even longer wait. You can skip the queue if you decide to take a tour, but if you don't want a tour, you can STILL skip the queue. If you walk across the street to the Roman Forum, you can buy a day-long pass for €10,or a standard Colosseum + Palatine ticket at €11, better still, a 7-day pass for €22. This pass gets you in to the Colosseum (Colosseo), Palatine Hill (Palatino Hill), the Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla), and the catacombs as well as the Terme di Diocleziano, Palazza Massimo alle Terme, Crypta Balbi, Palazzo Altemps, Villa dei Quintili, Tomba di Cecilia Metella. If you don't want to cram it all into one day, get the pass. Plus, it is nice to buy a slice of pizza and eat in the gardens of Palatine Hill. There are lots of people offering tours in English just outside the entrance to the Colosseum. Inside you can take a tour (English, Spanish, or German) every 30 minutes or so for an additional fee of €3.5 per person. The tours are given by knowledgeable archeologists, but they don't take you to any areas you couldn't visit on your own.
  • The Pantheon - A marvel of ancient architecture, this ancient temple to all the gods is celebrated for its large dome, copied during Greek and Roman revival periods by such designers as Thomas Jefferson, who modeled his Monticello and the Rotunda at the University of Virginia on it. Built during the reign of the emperor Hadrian (AD 125-128), the Pantheon carries a dedication to Marcus Agrippa, who built the original structure on this spot in 27 BC. As it is still a functioning church, silence is requested during your visit. From inside the Pantheon, you'll see traces of the former bronze ceiling, melted down during the reign of Pope Urban VIII to make bombards to for the fortification of the Castel Sant' Angelo. The hole in the center of the ceiling, though, is an original feature designed to admit light. Guides will tell you the spectacular doors are original, but a glance shows that extensive alterations were made to the original doorway in order to accommodate them.

The site surrounding the Pantheon offers a lesson in archaeologial stratigraphy. The building now appears to be built in a recess at the edge of a hill, but this is not the original appearance. The street level at the sides and rear has risen about 10 meters since the original construction due to the accumulation of debris from 2,000 years of settlement. This has necessitated the maintenance of the deep trench that keeps the building from being buried.

Roman Forum
  • Roman Forum - If stones could talk: these hallowed ruins were the most powerful seat of government in the world. The Forum is much less crowded than the Colosseum and, from a historical perspective, much more interesting. Free admission, except for an audio guide, which is highly recommended. To stand in the political, legal and religious centre of the whole Roman Empire brings shivers down one's spine. It is the best way of imagining the splendour and glory of ancient Rome.
  • Tabularium The remains of the ancient Roman archives, where Cicero and Seneca did research. Visible from the Forum and accessible through the Capitoline Museum.
  • Circus Maximus The contours of the ancient stadium are still visible in a city park across the Palatine from the Forum. It was in one of the tunnels here that Caligula met his end.
  • Palatine Hill - right next to the Roman Forum, contains the ruins of several large villas that belonged to wealthy Roman families. You can buy a combined ticket for the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum here, avoiding the long lines at the Colosseum.
  • Fori Imperiali - Entry €7 (cheaper for EU nationals, free for EU history students). The inside of the fort is very similar to a museum, with a lot of rooms containing items in glass cases. It is a bit of a maze and takes time to orient yourself, but it is worth climbing to very top for a view of the city and the Vatican. As of late June 2007, it is closed for restoration, but you can still see a lot of it from the road.

Museums

  • The Capitoline Museums, Piazza del Campidoglio 1 - 00186 Roma, 06 82059127 (every day 9.00-19.30) (, fax: 06 6785488), [13]. Tu-Su 9.00am-8.00pm; Dec 24th, 31st 9.00am-2.00pm (the ticket office closes an hour in advance) Closed on Mondays, 25th Dec, 1st Jan, 1st May. Also contain a good collection of classical art, as well as ancient sculpture, including the famous bronze wolf. The Capitoline piazza, between the two museum buildings - designed by Michelangelo, is beautiful. Explore these museums, then head out the back of the square to the Forum, where you'll find the remains of the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, among many other buildings on the way to the Colosseum. Book tickets online Ordinary €6,50 (+ €1,50 for exhibitions), Concessions €4,50 (+ €1,50 for exhibitions)..
  • Palazzo Massimo, 06 39967700. Mo - Sa 9.00-13.30, 14.30 - 17.00. A magnificent collection of ancient Roman sculptures, mosaics and wall paintings, including the famous paintings from the Imperial-era villa discovered under the Villa Farnesina, as well as the bedroom from the Empress Livia's villa at Prima Porta. Located across the piazza from Termini, opposite the Baths of Diocetian. € 7,00.
  • Galleria Borghese, Piazzale Museo Borghese (Parco di Villa Borghese) 00197 - Roma, +39 06 8555952, booking: +39 06 32810 (, fax: +39 06 32651329.), [14]. Tu - Su 9.00 - 19.00 (note: Mandatory exit at the end of allotted 2 hour slot). A small museum that concentrates on the quality rather than the size of its collection. There are some very notable works by Antonio Canova and Gian Lorenzo Bernini here. The number of people admitted is limited to 200 every 2 hours, so make a reservation on-line well in advance for the time slot you want. No cameras are allowed Full €8.50, Concessions €2.00.
  • Villa Giulia Museum, Piazzale di Villa Giulia, 9, Villa Borghese 00196 - Roma, +39 06 3201951, [15]. Everyday 8.30 - 19.30. Closed Jan 1st, Dec 25th. The most extensive collection of Etruscan art and artifacts anywhere, well worth the admission charge. They do, however, make you lock up your camera. A difficult museum to find, but a lovely display in a beautiful villa setting. Full: €4.00 Concessions: €2.00.
  • Vatican Museums, [16]. Check opening hours from website or signs near the museums. Vatican Museums includes the Sistine Chapel famous for Michelangelo's frescos. Accessing the Sistine Chapel requires walking through many other halls and buildings (including the Raphael's Rooms) and it takes about an hour. Full: €13.00, Concessions: €8.00.

Churches

If you aren't familiar with Roman Catholic churches, take a look inside of any one of these. You'll find the richness and range of decor astonishing, from fine classical art to tacky electric candles. Please note that some churches in Rome deny admission to people who are dressed inappropriately. You will find "fashion police" at Rome's most visited churches - near the front doors of St Peter's, St Paul Outside the Walls, and often Sta Maria Maggiore and San Giovanni in Laterano. Bare shoulders, short skirts, and shorts are officially not allowed, but long shorts and skirts reaching just above the knee should generally be no problem. However, it's always safer to wear longer pants or skirts that go below the knee; St. Peter's in particular is known for rejecting tourists for uncovered knees, shoulders, midriffs, etc. (You also generally won't be told until right before you enter the church, so you will have made the trek to the Vatican and stood in a long security line for nothing.) The stricter churches usually have vendors just outside selling inexpensive scarves and sometimes plastic pants. Few other churches in Rome enforce dress codes. You can wander into lesser known churches like Sant'Ivo and Sta Maria in Trastevere wearing shorts, sleeveless shirts, or pretty much anything without problems. It is, however, good to keep one's dress tasteful, as these are still churches and houses of prayer for many people. (Older Romans might comment on attire and perhaps harass you if it is particularly revealing.)

  • St. Pietro - St Peter's - where the Pope resides. Said to be the finest church on the planet. Long queues for entry, but queuing time is not very long. Strict dress code, entrance is denied if not followed. The basil and tombs of the popes are free. Access to the cupola is €7 using lift, and €4 using stairs. Even with lift, about 350 steps must be climbed.
  • San Carlo alla Quattro Fontane - a very small and beautiful church, the first design commission of Francesco Borromini.
  • Sant' Ivo della Sapienza - This little church is hard to find but well worth the extra effort. It is located only a block from Piazza Navona, but not usually visible from the street, as one must enter the courtyard of an old palazzo to reach the church. Sant'Ivo is a small church shaped like the Star of David, with an amazing star-shaped dome and whimsical steeple.
  • Santa Maria del Popolo - with a couple of paintings by Caravaggio: "The Crucifixion of Saint Peter" and "The Conversion of Saint Paul"
  • San Luigi dei Francesi - This church is roughly halfway between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. It is most notable for a side chapel which contains three Caravaggio masterworks: "The Calling of St. Matthew", "St. Matthew and the Angel" and "Martyrdom of St. Matthew"
  • Sant'Agnese in Agone in Piazza Navona - This lovely basilica church is small with an almost circular interior. It is undergoing rehabilitation and the facade and dome are hidden in scaffolding. It seems to be open only until noon.
  • San Giovanni in Laterano - this is the cathedral church of Rome and first of the major basilicas. It's also the Pope's (as Bishop of Rome) Church. Be sure to check out the fourth century baptistry (still in use) and the medieval cloister.
  • Santa Maria Maggiore - This ancient basilica crowns the top of the Esquiline Hill. Tons of gold decorate the interior.
  • San Paolo fuori le Mura - also known as St Paul's Outside the Walls. This is on the outskirts of Rome in an otherwise drab modern neighborhood. The church is a faithful reconstruction of the ancient basilica which burned down in the early 1800s. Don't miss the medieval cloister, which survived the fire.
  • S. Passera Even though it isn't worth a trip, this church can be a interesting deviation if you live or pass through its neighbourhood. This church is believed to be the grave of the Saints Ciro and Giovanni, killed during the time of the Emperor Diocletian. The church is now know as Saint Passera because of the several changes its name has undergone. The oringal name was Abba Cyrus and through Appaciro and then Appacero finally it got Pacera, that's very close to today's Passera. The building on top is a 3rd century building still visible in the lower floor and in the underground. The main part of the building dates back to the IX century as the frescoes on the higher floor. Some of th frescoes are too spoiled to be enjoyed, but some of them have recently been restored and depict the Saints Paolo, Pietro, Giovanni Battista and Giovanni Evangelista in the vault and Our Lady together with Jesus, Saints Giacomo and Antonio and the Archangel Michele in the apse. Downstairs there is a small quadrangular room and the underground, where the rest of the two Saints should be. Frescoes in these floor date back to XIV century but are almost completely ruined, but in the underground there are still visible III century traces of Roman age frescoes; in front of the stair you can enjoy a small bird, the Justice, and an athlete while in the vault some eight apex stars. Bus 128,780,781,775 (first stop in Via della Magliana)
  • San Clemente - a great little cathedral to visit, with an excavated older church below and a pagan temple below that. The only place in Rome to hear the underground river that flows beneath the city. Very close to the Colosseum.
  • Santa Maria in Trastevere - one of the oldest churches in the city. The nave is lined with a mismatched collection of columns taken from ancient Roman buildings. The apse is covered in gold mosaics from the 13th century, arguably the finest mosaics in the city.
  • Santa Maria degli Angeli - this church was built inside the former baths of Diocletian. Very light and airy inside. Note the unusual art on the outside doors.
  • San Pietro in Vincoli - The chains that held St. Peter are displayed in a case before the altar. Also contains a statue of Moses created by Michelangelo. It's close to the Colosseum, but a little hard to find
  • Santissima Trinità dei Monti - up above the Spanish Steps
  • Santa Maria in Aracoeli - Ballroom-like church which crowns part of the Capitoline Hill. Don't be fooled by the plain stone exterior
  • Santa Maria alla Minerva - This church is literally right behind the Pantheon. It is Rome's only gothic church, and well worth seeing, although its plain square façade makes it look inconspicuous.
  • Il Gesù - not far from Piazza Venezia. The interior is Baroque art on steroids. Simply astounding.
  • Sant'Ignazio - Not far from the Pantheon. A stunning example of Baroque art. The ceiling frescoes are especially fine, including a trompe l'oeuil dome.
  • Capuchin Monastery - On Via Veneto, right by Piazza Barberini. The crypt of the church contains a macabre display - a series of chapels decorated with the bones of thousands of dead monks. The bones are glued to the walls and ceilings in bizarre and striking decorations.

Public squares

The Vittoriano Monument, Piazza Venezia
  • Largo di Torre Argentina - an excavation of four roman temples and Pompeys theater. The largo is also home to a large amount of cats which are tended by the local animal rights organization.
  • Piazza di Trevi - where you can find the famous Fontana di Trevi. It's not a very big piazza and gets very crowded very quickly.
  • Piazza di Spagna - under the "Spanish Steps"
  • Piazza Navona - Used to be an ancient stadium built by the emperor Domitian and still retains the shape. The fountains are by Bernini and are very notable. Piazza Pasquino is just round the corner.
  • Campo de' Fiori - not far from Piazza Navona. Used as a marketplace. In nearby via dei Giubbonari the salumeria Roscioli is worth checking out.
  • Piazza Pasquino - piazza about 20m from Piazza Navona. There is a statue here named "Pasquino", apparently named after a tailor working nearby who had a reputation for complaining. The statue is now used as a place to hang messages, complaints and other opinions which has to be shared with the world. The piazza is also home to Cul de Sac, one of the best enoteca in Rome.
  • Piazza del Popolo - with the twin churches
  • Piazza della Minerva- a small piazza just behind the Pantheon. The centerpiece is a statue of an elephant by Bernini with an ancient obelisk on its back
  • Piazza delle Coppelle
  • Piazza di Sant'Ignazio- small and attractive piazza tucked away in a neighborhood near Pantheon
  • Piazza Montecitorio - where you can find the building of the House or Representatives
  • Piazza Colonna - where there is the building of the Italian Government, Palazzo Chigi. Also there is a marvelous carved column (hence the name) dating back to Imperial Rome
  • Piazza Barberini - with Bernini's famous Triton Fountain. Via Veneto starts here too.
  • Piazza della Rotonda - where you can see the Pantheon
  • Piazza Venezia- more of an enormous traffic circle than a piazza, but a good central location. The centerpiece is the enormous Vittorio Emmanuale Monument (aka the Wedding Cake) with the Capitoline hill next door. Piazza Venezia is also very close to the Forum
  • Piazza del Campidoglio - On top of the Capitol hill. It was designed by Michelangelo. The Capitoline Museum is housed in the palaces flanking the piazza. You can walk behind the palaces and to a wonderful viewpoint which overlooks the entire Forum

Historical Buildings

  • Palazzo Venezia In the very heart of the city center, the building was for centuries ago the seat of the Venice embassy. Today it houses a museum and galleries art.
  • Palazzo della Cancelleria
  • Palazzo Farnese
  • Palazzo della Sapienza - 8, Corso Rinascimento tel 06 686 4987. Bus 70 81, 87, 492. Close to Navona square, this building housed the University of Rome since the middle of the 15th century until 1935. The splendid interior courtyard was created by Giacomo della Porta. The inside church of St Ivo is one of the masterpieces of Architect Borromini.
  • Palazzo Altemps - 8, Sant' Apollinare street tel.06 6897091. Bus 70, 81, 87, 492. Simple and elegant lines make up this building, whose construction began in 1480 for Count Girolamo Riario, nephew of Papa Sisto IV and was taken up by architect Martino Longhi for the new owner, Cardinal Marco Sittico Altemps.
  • Palazzo Taverna - Via di Monte Giordano. The building is located in one of the most set-apart corners of the city center among the Navona square and Castel Sant Angelo. It served as residence for the Orsini Family. Nowatdays it is a private property and one can only glance at the courtyard and the inside amazing fountain erected in 1618 by architect Antonio Casoni. However, the brief moment is worth it.
  • Palazzo Crivelli - Via dei Banchi vecchi, 22 This building also know as the Doll House was built in the 16th century. It is unique for the quantity and quality of the decorations - lions heads, satyrs and disfigured heads that adorn the facade attributed to the sculptor Giulio Mazzoni.
  • Palazzo Spada Piazza Capo di Ferro - This building was erected in the 16th century by Giulio Merisi Caravaggio for Cardinal Capodiferro. One century later it was acquired by another powerful Cardinal, Bernardino Spada and was restored by Borromini.
  • Palazzo Barberini
  • Villa Farnesina This Renaissance house is in Trastevere, very close to the river and not far from the Vatican. You can tour several beautiful rooms covered in frescoes, including some by Raphael.

Others

  • Castel Sant'Angelo - Perhaps the most fascinating building in Rome. The core of the structure began life as the mausoleum of the Emperor Hadrian, built between 135 and 139 AD. Subsequent strongholds built on top of the mausoleum were in turn incorporated into a residence and castle by medieval Popes. The building was used as a prison until 1870, but now houses a museum. Opera buffs will be exhilarated to visit the balcony from which Tosca leaps to her death.
  • Trastevere
  • Il Gianicolo
  • Piramid, at the Piramid metro station.
The Pyramid

Do

Walk and feel the energy of the place, sights are everywhere waiting to be discovered. Explore the Trastevere neighbourhood for some great cafes and trattorie, and a glimpse at a hip Roman neighbourhood.

Partying in Rome is a pretty easy thing to do. Given a heart for exploration, Testaccio is the place to wander. Head down there around 11pm and listen for music. The outsides of the clubs will give you NO idea what the insides are like. There are usually loads of people simply walking through the street or looking for parking. Be brave, walk in, meet some wonderful Romans, but never buy them drinks unless you are looking for sex (in this case, better to be sure you are inviting the right person). This area is best in the summer when the dancing moves outside. In the winter, most clubs close.

Events

  • RomeTravelCafe, [17]. : Searchable database of events taking place in Rome, including concerts, opera/ballet, exhibits and special events.
  • White Night (notte bianca) - Various Events and plus shops and restaurants, museums stay open while the Roman Notte Bianca stages music, dance and theater events;
  • Estate Romana Festival (Roman Summer Festival) - From late June through early September offers various musical events of jazz, rock, and classical music, and film, sport, theater and children’s fun.

Tours

  • Carrani Viaggi, 0039 064742501 (), [18]. Tours and excursions of Rome and Surroundings since 1926 in several languages and Tour arround Italy
  • Visit-Rome.travel, (), [19]. Excursions, tours, sighgtseeings and Attractions in Rome. Best Prices guaranted
  • Dark Rome Tours, 0039 3385006424 (), [20]. offers group and private tours. They are famous for organizing the official Angels and Demons Tour and some other fun tours.
  • Siteseeings.com, [21]. sell sightseeings and walking tours in Rome, and from Rome to Naples and Florence
  • Viator, [22]. - the Latin word for traveler - offers travelers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book Italy vacation with a wide selection of Rome activities and helpful resources like customer reviews, star ratings, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog

Learn

Rome is replete with foreign language and cultural institutions. Of course, learning Italian is a worthwhile activity while in Rome.

Be a good guest if you do not speak Italian. Being extra polite will keep you out of trouble.


Work

If you want to work during the tourist season, ask around at the hostels, hotels and restaurants with that touristy feel. It is quite easy to get a job, and it is a lot of fun even if it does not usually pay well. There are differing views on how easy it is to get a job out here. There is high unemployment and most jobs seem to go on a family - friends - other romans -other Italians - white EU - other foreigners pecking order. Italian helps. And be wary about making any financial commitments before you've actually been paid -- late and non-payment is common here, and you may find as a non-Roman you are more likely to be seen as an easy target for this. You will also need a permesso di soggiorno, whether or not you are an EU resident. Legally, you are required to have a working visa, although it is very easy to work and live without one.

Buy

Main shopping areas include Via del Corso, Via Condotti, and surroundings. The finest designer stores are around Via Condotti, whilst Via del Corso has more affordable clothing. Some brands (like Miss Sixty and Furla) are excellent, some are not as good - be sure to feel garments and try them on. There are great quality shoes and leather bags at prices that compare well to the UK and US, quality for quality. Be aware that clothing bigger than a UK size 16/US 12 isn't always easy to find. Children's clothing can be expensive - basic vests (tank tops) can cost 21 euro in non-designer shops. Summer sales begin around July 15th.

Cheaper stuff can be bought from Via Cola di Rienzo, and from surroundings of Via del Tritone, Campo de'Fiori, and Pantheon. Upim is a good shop for cheap clothing of workable quality.

Lots of fake plastic 'Louis Vuitton' bags on sale from immigrants. Make sure you haggle; unsuspecting tourists pay up to 60euro for them. Be aware, that buying of fake products is criminalized in Italy. Fines up to €1000 have been reported. It is possible that having a receipt helps even if the product is fake - this is, however, quite uncertain.

If you need stamps get them at the post or tobacco shops.

Factory Outlets

  • Castel Romano Near Rome, along the Pontina regional highway, is located a very large Factory Outlet with more than 100 branded shops. Find more on the [23]. A car is needed to reach the place but a 30% in a designer shop surely worths the 20Km trip.
  • Valmontone A little farer than Castel Romano you can find Valomontone outlet on the motorway toward Napoli just 50 Km far from Roma. The [24] offer all the information about the place.

Nice shops

  • Frengo's music One of the few CD shops in the center of Rome still run by a music lover instead of a shop assistant in a franchising chain. You can find a nice selection of CDs, DVDs, Console games and Dolby Surround home stereos. Via della lungaretta, 65 - 00153 Roma (Trastevere) - Tel. 06 58 33 24 02'
  • Archeo Art Not far from the bottom of the Campidoglio steps. This shop sells beautiful reproductions of ancient sculptures; not the tacky kitsch sold by many of the street vendors, but museum quality miniatures that look incredibly close to the real things. Not cheap, but definitely unique and classy souvenirs. Also stocks reproductions of ancient Roman arms and armour, including full centurion outfits! On Via del Teatro di Marcello.

Eat

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The Trastevere neighborhood and the old Jewish quarter have some of the best trattorie and ristoranti in Rome.

In Rome you can ask for:

  • Carciofi alla romana (artichokes, Roman style)
  • Carciofi alla giudia (artichokes, Jewish style)
  • Puntarelle (Chicory Salad)
  • Bucatini alla Amatriciana (a pasta dish)
  • Spaghetti (or Rigatoni) alla "Carbonara", a sauce made with egg and pancetta (bacon)
  • Abbacchio alla "scottadito" (lamb chops)
  • Rigatoni con la "Pajata" (not always available)
  • Scaloppine alla romana (Veal Sautéed with Fresh Baby Artichokes)
  • Coda alla "vaccinara" (beef stew)
  • Cornetti e cappucino (especially cornetti alla nutella--a delicious, sweet pastry filled with nutella!)
  • Pizza. Lots of the better places only serve pizza in the evening, as it takes most of the day to get the wood oven up to the right temperature. Try some of the fried things like baccala (battered salt cod) for a starter, followed by a pizza for a really Roman meal. For one of the most famous places for pizza, try 'Da Baffetto' (Via del Governo Vecchio). Roman pizzas tend to be very thin crusted.

Avoid the tourist areas where you'll often pay double the going rate just to get a badly reheated frozen pizza. Instead, head for a pizzeria like 'Pizzeria Maratoneta' in via dei Volsci / via del Sardi, San Lorenzo area, where you'll find a fine atmosphere of families and groups of students, and you'll get a good meal with a bottle of local plonk at a very reasonable price. You'll get an English menu, too.

  • Pizza al Taglio. Pizza by the slice. A good cheap way to get something to fill you up, and it makes a good lunch. Point to the one you want, indicate if you want more or less than your server is indicating with the knife. It's sold by weight (the listed price is usually per 100 gm) and a good quick lunch or snack.
  • Panini. If you don't speak Italian, the question will always be asked once you've pointed out the sandwich, you want is 'Do you want it toasted?'. If not, you can simply state 'caldo, per favore' (make it hot, please). Please note: singular is panino, and plural is panini. Never say "2 paninis" or "1 panini".
  • Ice cream. Look for a gelateria with a big plastic sign with a big 'G' on it outside. This means it has a guild association and will be good quality. Remember it costs extra to sit inside. You pay for your ice cream first...take your receipt and go fight your way through the throng to choose your flavors. You will be asked Panna? when it's almost made - this is the offer of whipped cream on top. If you've already paid, this is free.


  • Kosher - While there is not much choice, at least Rome's Kosher restaurant is truly excellent. "La Taverne del Ghetto" is in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, steps away from the Colosseum.
  • Trippa - is tripe. Offal is a roman tradition, e.g. osso buco, bone marrow.
  • Vegetarians - should have an easy time. Buffets usually have a good range of delicious vegetarian stuff too - eg gratinated roast peppers/aubergines, etc. Vegans should do OK, too. Pizzas don't always have cheese - a Marinara for example, is just tomato, garlic and oregano. Remember, though, that Parmesan cheese is not permitted to vegetarians.

There are a few vegetarian restaurants in Rome. 'Arancia Blu' on Via Dei Latini (Via Tiburtina) is posh, overpriced and not that good, but the wine list looks impressive.

  • Coffee. Starbucks has a lot to answer for. A latte in Italian is just a glass of milk. If you're expecting coffee in that glass, you should ask for a caffe latte. A latte macchiato (meaning "stained") is steamed milk stained with a smaller shot of espresso. "Espresso" or "normale" is just that, but more commonly just referred to as caffe. Espresso doppio means a double shot of espresso, while espresso macchiato is espresso 'marked' with a dab of steamed milk. Americano — the one to order if you like filter coffee — is espresso diluted with hot water and not drunk much by Italians. Cappuccino is well known outside of Italy, but be warned: it is considered very un-classy, and somewhat childish, to order one after 11am (and certainly after a meal). Decaffeinato is self explanatory, but often referred to by the common brand-name Caffe Hag. It is usually instant coffee and not nearly as good as the real thing.

Restaurants, Pizzerie and Trattorie

  • Il Bacaro You’d never know that you are three minutes walk from Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. Via degli Spagnioli is tiny, leafy and quiet. Il Bacaro seats about 24 inside and even fewer outside under the shade of an ancient vine. Maybe that’s why the cooking gives the impression it’s for you alone. Great selection of wine. In general a great stop for a romantic meal in the Eternal City VIA degli Spagnoli 27 - Tel. +39.06.6872554 - [25]
  • Antico Caffe Very nice restaurant on the main alleyway between Trevi Fontana and Piazza de Spangla. For 9Euro, you get a large choice of pasta with two vegetable sides, bread, and a bottle of mineral water. The house wine is especially good. VIA Sant'Andrea delle Fratte, 25 - Tel. +39.06.69190704 -
  • Mama Che Pizza Worth stopping by if you're close the EUR. - VIA Poggio Ameno, 34/38 - 00147
  • La Pergola. Hotel Cavalieri Hilton, Via A. Cadlolo 101, 00136 Rome. This restaurant is awarded three stars in the Guide Rouge. The chef, Heinz Beck, is German in origin and has set a style which combines Italian fresh produce with exceptional creativity and presentation. The restaurant overlooks Rome, so be sure to get a table by the window. The wine cellar is exceptional. Expect to have to book months in advance, but the trip is well worth it.
  • Taverna Cestia, Via Piramide Cestia, 65 (at METRO Piramide), Tel: +39 065743754. Excellent traditional Roman restaurant. Menu only in Italian, and the waiters do not speak much English. They have a good selection of seafood, and the seafood spaghetti is great.
  • Osteria dell'Aquila, Via Natale del Grande, 52/53, (take the H bus to Trastevere), Tel/Fax: 06.5810924, Great Mediterranean style restaurant. Menu is in Italian and English, and the waiters speak both languages. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed on Tuesday. The meals here are excellent and at very good prices. Make sure to try the seafood appetizers.
  • Sapore&Arte Really good and fresh food, this place is run by young people who make extensive use of fair trade food. The have very good dressed potatoes and salads, bruscetta and sweet cakes. Mid-range at lunch and cheap at dinner. Don't miss it if you visit the very near Basilica di San Paolo fuori le mura Via efeso 24/26 - 00146 Roma - Tel. 06 59 60 03 40 - Metro B San Paolo Basilica
  • Tapa Loca Spanish food near Piazza Navona 'Via di Tor Millina, 5 - 00186 Roma - 06 68 32 266'
  • Taverna Pio Bove Good steak house in the suburbs, but not too far from Basilica di San Paolo fuori le mura. Open at 19:00 everyday. 'Via Alessandro Cruto 9 - Tel. 06 553 011 35 - Bus 128, 775'
  • Trattoria de "Gli Amici" Very interesting place in the heart of Trastevere district. Run by very kind handicapped people, it has nice cuisine. Closed on Sunday. Open from 19.30 to 23.30. 'Piazza Sant'Egidio, 8 - 00153 Roma - Tel. 06 580 60 33'
  • Le Bistrot Creative French and vegetarian cusine with a very kind staff and a homey environment. Better to reserve. 'Garbatella - Via delle sette chiese, 160 - 06 512 89 91'
  • Al peperoncino Very close to the Basilica di San Paolo fuori le mura and the Metro B San Paolo Basilica station, this pizzeria has a good Roman style pizza (the thin one) and also a good choice of fried vegetables and appetizers. Price is low to mid-range, food quality and service are medium. Via Ostiense, 369 - Tel. 06 54 10 192 - 00146 Roma (San Paolo)
  • Planet Kebab Good Turkish food, from Kebab to Falafel. This place is very clean, and the guys working there are very friendly. They claim to be open every day of the year. Via Natale del grande, 17 - 00153 Roma (Trastevere) - Tel. 06 581 98 63
  • Casetta di Campagna In the natural park Valle dei Casali they have very good meat. They also offer a fixed price menu for pizza (only for more than 4 peopole) which is good for a large gathering dinner. You need a car to reach the place. Closed on Monday. Sunday, Saturday and holidays also open at noon. Via Affogalasino, 40 - 00148 Roma (Casetta Mattei-Trullo) - Tel. 06 6574 32 30 - [26]
  • Est! Est!! Est !!! Established in 1900 this pizzeria is something you cannot miss in Rome. Situated in the area of Piazza della Republica, it is very easy to reach by the Metro B line. They make a relatively small but amazingly good pizza, on top of an expertly cooked base you'll find extremely high quality food. Every pizza here is outstanding, and the calzone, one of their specialities, is excellent too. Staff speak English (one of the few places plenty of tourists with very good food). Reservation is advisable. Closed on Monday. Via Genova, 32 - 00184 Roma (Via Nazionale/Piazza della Repubblica) - Tel. 06 48 81 107 [27] - Metro B Republica In the same neighbourhood, there's another EST,EST,EST pizzeria, beware the difference!
  • Il conte tacchia Roman cuisine at dinner. Vicolo del Bologna 87 - 00153 Roma (Trastevere) - Tel. 06 58 13 189
  • Supperclub Don't come to supperclub if you're in search of a traditional restaurant, have lazy taste buds or are scared of new experiences. However, if you're looking for an unusual dinner experience in an unexpected place and are not afraid to discover the creative corners of your personality, then knock on supperclub's door. Have fun, eat, listen, dance and enjoy your evening. Nothing is obligatory. Everything's possible. Be yourself and anything can happen to you, at supperclub. Via de'Nari, 14 (Pantheon) - 00186 Roma - Tel. 06 6880 7207
  • Cul de Sac Piazza Pasquino 73. One of the best enoteca in Rome, serving a wide range of small dishes. The pate selection is a must-try.

Kosher dining

  • La Taverne Del Ghetto Meat restaurant. Via Portico d'Ottavia, 8 - tel. 06.688.09.771 www.latavernedelghetto.com

Tea rooms and ice cream

  • It should say: Produzione Propria (homemade - our own production), Nostra Produzione (our production), Produzione Artigianale (production by craftsmen). These are just a few signs to keep in mind. If the colors seem dull and almost ugly it is probably natural, the bright colors being just a mix. Keep in mind, Italians usually won't queue, but if they are in line for gelato, get in line yourself, you may have hit the jackpot.
  • Gelateria Giolitti Originally opened in 1800, very popular amongst locals, tourists, and the late Pope John Paul II was known to be a regular customer. Arguably the best ice cream in Rome. Via degli Uffici del Vicario 40
  • Gelateria Salus Very good ice cream (only at the table) in a particularly nice enviroment, prices are mid-range, but the ice cream and service are worth the price. Lungomare Paolo Toscanelli, 117 - 00121 Roma (Ostia) - Tel. 06 976 13 117
  • Il gelato Nice place to have some weird flavor of ice cream. You'll choose among maybe 50 different and sometime unusual flavors (such as Gorgonzola or Mortadella). Great variety of chocolates and fruits. Closes around at 23:00. Via dell'Aeronautica, 105 - Bus 764 - Metro B Laurentina
  • Fior di luna Very good ice cream in the heart of Trasterevere. If you are walking in the area, don't miss tasting their wonderful ice cream. Everything is made from Fair Trade products, and all ice cream flavors really taste as you expect! Great sensations here, ice cream artist with passion for taste!. Via della lungaretta 96 - Tel. 0664561314 - Visit [28] to know more about this place.
  • Bibelot Arthè Cozy tea room in Via Appia nuova. They offer free table games and serve excellent milk and fruit shakes as well as tea and coffee blends. Prices are mid-range to expensive, but the place is very nice and well furnished. It's possible you'll find a queue, perfect for couples. 'Piazza dell'Alberone 13/bis - 347 33 18 178' around at 23:00. Via dell'Aeronautica, 105 - Bus 764 - Metro B Laurentina
  • Cafè Cafè Cozy and quite cheap, this tea room is very close to the Colosseo, and it's ideal to have nice meeting with friends or a more intimate date. Very good sweets and tea, the choise is also good. Open all day and after dinner. Via dei Santi Quattro,44 - 00184 - Tel. 06 7008743 - cafecaferoma@libero.it
  • Caffè Novecento Located in the very center of the city this place offers a very good variety of cakes, sweets, coffee and tea. The furnishing are nice, with couches as seats at some tables. Prices are mid-high range but worth every single cent. Closes at 20:00 Via del governo vecchio,12 - Tel. 066865242

Drink

Regional wines are cheaper and very good. House wines are almost always drinkable and inexpensive (unlike, say in the UK). Most trattorie wouldn't be caught dead serving poor wine. You may often find a bottle of wine on the table for you. Believe it or not, this bottle will be less expensive than a glass would be in the US or UK, possibly only €4 or €5. This doesn't always apply to those places that look really tourist-trap-like! (And why would you want to eat there?)

Water is free at most designated water fountains. Some of these date to ancient times, and the water is still very good. It's fresh spring water and safe to drink. If you carry an empty bottle, fill it up for the rest of the day. Look for the drinking fountain with constant running water, plug the bottom hole, and cool water will shoot up from a smaller hole on top of the tap.

Sleep

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If you're arriving in Rome during high season, be sure to book your accommodation at least a couple of days in advance. The area east of Stazione Termini (the side where you find track 1) is full of cheap accommodation for backpackers. If you are staying for a week or more, haggle for a better price or book vacation rentals ahead of arrival, that will save you up to 70% on hotels on a scale of space and location.

Camping; outskirts

There are at least two campsites near Rome, they are:

  • Camping Tiber on the bank of the river from which it draws it's name is to the north of the city proper. It's at Via Tiberina Km. 1400, Prima Porta, Roma. Tel. 06 33610733, Fax 06 33612314. On Rome's ringroad, take exit No 6 Via Flaminia, if arriving by public transport, take the ground-level Roma-nord Subway leaving from Piazza Flaminia towards Prima Porta. From there, there's a free shuttle service to the Camp site. There's a minimarket, a pool, a restaurant and a bar.
  • Happy Valley In the Hills north of the city at Via Prato della Corte 1915, Prima Porta-Cassia Bis, Roma Tel. 06.33626401, Fax 06.33613800. Take exit no 5 from Rome's ring road and head towards Cassia-Veientana. If you get there by public transport, take the ground-level Roma-nord Subway leaving from Piazza Flaminia towards Prima Porta and wait for the free shuttle bus service. It has a pool, a bar, a restaurant and a minimarket.

Accommodations by the sea

  • Litus Roma Hostel [29].

The first hostel by the sea in Rome is located just in front of the beach in Ostia, the XIII area of Rome. All rooms have private bathrooms and sea views. This great hostel has over 130 beds and is easily reached from the center of the city by public transports. It offers the best services among the hostels in Rome: Internet free, daily maid service, laundry, cinema room and parking.

  • Hotel Sirenetta situated in Ostia is an enchanting hotel near Rome with a lovely, unforgettable see sight. Hotel Sirenetta has more than 200 rooms and the most of them with see sight. All rooms are well furnished and fitted with air conditioning and tv. The rooms are cleaned daily to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable.
  • Hotel Ping Pong [30]. Its excellent position makes it much more than just a modern three-star hotel, and with all comforts needed to make your stay pleasant.

Budget downtown

  • Casa Campanella accomodation, Vicolo della Campanella 6, Tel +3933332226916 Casacampanella. Apartment situated in vicolo della campanella, 200 m from Piazza Navona.
  • Alice in Wonderland b&b, Via Appia Nuova 138, Tel ++393487994231, ++393483393199 [31]. A contemporary boutique bed and breakfast, A/C, Free Wi-Fi access, mini-bar, Cell phone use, travel booking office.
  • Alessandro Hostels,Alessandro Palace - Via Vicenza 42, +39.06.446.1958 fax +39.06.493.80.534, Alessandro Downtown - Via C. Cattaneo 23, +39.06.443.40.147, Alessandro Indipendzia - Via Curtatone 13, +39.06.44.61.958, [32]. All locations are 5 minutes on foot from Termini, include free breakfast, no curfew, cheap internet, video security, free pizza parties at the Palace pub, and free linens.
  • Apartment Filippus Spanish Square, Via Casini, [#] This is a 110 square meters apartment, with a terrace, includes two big double bedrooms.
  • B&B Dormire Altrove, Via del Torraccio 223, 00133 Rome (+39) 062031311 [33]. The B&B is located on south/east of Rome, near the Castelli Romani.
  • B&B Evergreen Italy, Via Milazzo 23, 00185 Roma (+39) 0644363186 [34]. Run by the same people who own the Chaplin Bed and Breakfast, the Evergreen is a new B&B, located between Termini . A hearty breakfast is included. No curfew, no lock-out. Towels and bed linen are included. Daily room cleaning. English, italian spoken.
  • B&B Little Italy, Via Ferruccio 30, Apt. 27, 00185 Roma (+39) 348 8037941 [35]. Located between Termini and the Colosseum and Roman Forum area.
  • Bed and Breakfast Chaplin Hostel, Via del Castro Pretorio 28, Apt. 12a, 00185 Roma (+39) 348 8037941. [36]. 2 minutes from the main railway station Termini.
  • Colors Hostel [37]. On the west side of the city, a few blocks north of the Vatican (take the metro from Termini train station).
  • Crazy Holidays B&B, Via Magna Grecia, 103, [38]. Surely one of the lowest priced accommodations in Rome, the Crazy Holidays B&B offers value for money alongside comfort and a welcoming atmosphere in the prestigious zone of San Giovanni, walking distance from the Colosseum and the rest of the historical centre.
  • Domus Betti B&B, Via Germanico, 85, [39]. Great budget B&B just a stone’s throw away from the Vatican City and St Peter’s. Comfortable, spacious and stylish, the Domus Betti offer excellent value for money.
  • Freedom Traveller Hostel, Via Gaeta 25, (+39) 06 47823862. [40]. A four-minute walk from the central train station, this hostel has adequate dorms from €23 per night, including free breakfast, internet and dinner. Some dorms also have nice balconies, kitchens and communal areas. No curfew, but lockout is from 11.00 - 15.00.
  • Gullivers House, Via Palermo 36, (+39)-064817680. [41]. Small co-ed youth hostel. 10 minutes from Termini. Owned by a nice couple who speak fluent English. They'll help you plan your stay in Rome better then any travel agent would. Free breakfast is what you would expect, so not much. Show English-language movies in the evening. Clean. Cute dogs.
  • Happy Holiday B&B, Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano, 26, [42]. Cheap and cheerful B&B accommodation in the San Giovanni district of Rome, near the basilica of the same name and well connected to all parts of the city.
  • Hotel Caracciolo, Via Cairoli, 86/88, 00185 Tel +39 06.4462983, Fax +39 06.4440102. [43]. A newly renovated hotel a brief walk from train station towards the coliseum. Away from the bustle and a bargain.
  • Hostel Colosseo. Located close Termini Stationand Colosseo, Esrooms is a Hostel, Bed&Breakfast for low-budget. Rooms Start from 40 eur,internet adsl connection.
  • Hotel Continentale, Via Palestro, 49, Tel: 064450382[44]. Low cost 2 star hotel just on the edge of town near the spectacular Villa Borghese, offering a warm and friendly atmosphere, a wealth of facilities all at affordable prices for the budget traveller.
  • Hotel Golden, Via Marche, 84, 00187 tel +39 06.4821659, fax +39 06.4821660. [45]. A hotel with a family atmosphere between Via Veneto and Villa Borghese, just a few steps away from Piazza di Spagna.
  • Hotel Felice, Via Tiburtina 30, 00185, Tel: +39 06.4453347 Fax: +39 06.4460290, [46]. Just a short walk from Termini Station.
  • Hotel Mari 2 , Via Calatafimi, 40. 00185 Rome - Ph. +39 06.97603505 Fax +39 06.4828313 [47]. The Hotel Mari 2: near Termini Station and the shuttle terminal with connections to the Fiumicino and Ciampino airports. Twin from €35 doubles from €50.
  • Hotel Milazzo, Via Milazzo 3, 00185, Tel: +39 06.4452283 Fax: +39 06.4455102, [48]. Hotel Milazzo is located in the heart of Rome with all the fantastic sights and sounds of the city are within easy reach of this hotel, not to mention the wealth of Top fashion designers, Clubs, Pubs and Restaurants all located within walking distance from this hotel.
  • Hotel Piave, Via Piave 14, 00187, Ph: +39 06.4743447/+39 06.42013741 Fax: +39 06.4873360. [49]. In the historical center of the city, just steps from the Villa Borghese.
  • Hotel Porta Pia, Via Messina 25, 00198 Roma - Tel/Fax: +39-06.44.24.99.11/24 [50]. Located in the centre of Rome, near to Termini Station, Via Veneto, Villa Borghese and only a few minutes away from the major cultural places. All rooms are provided with bathrooms, showers and hair dryer, fan, telephones, TV.
  • Hotel Primus Roma, Via Giovanni da Empoli 11-13, 00154, Ph./Fax +39.06.57250515, Ph./Fax +39.06.57250515. [51]. Hotel Primus Roma: in the Testaccio district, which is famous for its embassies and nightspots, near the Roma Ostiense train station and the subway.
  • Hotel Sonya Suite, via Firenze, 11, 00184, Tel. +39 06 4819911 Fax +39 064885678, [52]. Small hotel located near the Termini train station.
  • Hotel Viennese, Via Marsala 64, 00185 Roma (+39) 064456357 [53]. Small Hotel in the centre of Rome, from the main railway station Termini. All comforts.
  • M&J Place Hostel Roma, Via Solferino , 9, (+39) 064462802 (info @ mejplacehostel.com) [54] is within spitting distance of the train station. Friendly staff and reasonable dorms, this popular hostel has a paltry free breakfast but no lockout or curfew.
  • Pop Inn Hostel Via Marsala 80, 00185, Tel. +39 06 4959887 - Fax +39 06 49383697, [55]
  • Plus Roma [56] To keep your finger on the pulse check out Plus Camping Roma, in the heart of Rome, party at famous Sunset Hill bar, the fastest shuttle bus on four wheels to the Vatican and the best theme parties around. Via Aurelia, 831 (km 8,2)00165 Roma. Ph 0039 0662 3018 -->
  • RomeBed Via Emanuele Filiberto, 109 Tel (+39) 3391580615
  • Yellow Hostel, 44 via Palestro, 00185, telephone: +39 06 49 382 682 ( info @ yellowhostel.com ), [57], dorms from €23 per night.
  • YWCA Foyer di Roma Youth Hostel is four blocks from Termini on the Via C. Balbo. Rooms are spotless, bathrooms are extremely clean, and towels and linens are changed once a day. Internet for €1 per hour. Fridge on every floor. Continental breakfast included in room rate. €26 per person per night for a bed in a 4-person room. €31 for a double, €47 for a private room. You have to be female to reserve a room; however, men can stay if accompanied by a woman. Via C. Balbo 4, 00184, telephone: +39 06 4880460 (foyer.roma@ywca-ucdg.it).

Mid-range

  • BEST B&B, [58], Tel: +39 335.871.4840. 3 lovely new B&B's, in the centre of Rome: Vatican and Pantheon area's, 100 m from direct public transport lines. Also triple and quadruple rooms.
  • Hotel degli Imperatori, Via G. Gonella 15, 06.41227623 (, fax: 06.41227763), [59]. Rome Hotel degli Imperatori, three star Hotel near Rome’s main highway, great for business meetings and those coming by car. Offers characteristic and welcoming rooms, each one elegantly furnished to include all modern comforts.
  • Hotel Astrid, Largo Antonio Sarti, 4, 06.32.36.371 (, fax: 06.32.20.806), [60]. Hotel Astrid in Rome is situated at the doors of the historical center of Rome, very near the Auditorium (Music Park) the Olympic Stadium, Flaminio area and Italian Forum.
  • Suite Oriani, Via Barnaba Oriani, 92, 06.32.18.353 (, fax: 06.32.18.353), [61]. Elegance, charm, relax, are just some of the attributes which describe the Suite Oriani, situated in Parioli - Villa Borghese, one of the most exclusive areas in the heart of Rome.
  • Globus Hotel, Viale Ippocrate, 119, +39 06.44.57.001 (, fax: +39 06.49.41.062), [62]. For adventure lovers who are out to discover the mysteries of ancient Rome, for those who desire a peaceful rest after a hard day of work, for those who are in the company of their children.
  • Blu Hotel Roma, Largo Domenico de Dominicis, 4, +39 06 4382000 (, fax: +39 06 4396496), [63]. For those searching the mysteries of antique Rome, for those who want to discover places both old and new, for those looking for something special.
  • Albergo Del Sole, Via del Biscione, 76, Tel: +39 06 68806873 [64] Steps away from historic Plaza Navona and the busy Campo de' Fiori market. Best rooms are on fifth floor overlooking the courtyard gardens.


  • Arthouse Rome (WRH Suites), Via Daniele Manin 69, 00185, tel. +39 06 4742 850 fax. +39 06 4747 890 [65]. High quality and modern guesthouse in between Termini train station and the Colosseum.
  • The Beehive, Via Marghera 8, 00185 Rome, Italy tel.: +39 0644704553 [66] Hip, stylish eco-friendly hotel two blocks from Termini station.
  • Hotel Cambridge Roma, Via Palestro 87, 00185, Rome, Italy, Tel: 0039 06 4456821 Fax: 0039 06 49384917, [67], [68]. Cheap city centre hotel near the main railway station with internet room, private bathrooms in Rooms, tv and air Conditioning.
  • Hotel Caracciolo, Via Cairoli, 86, 00185 tel +39 06.4462983, fax +39 06.4440102. [69].
  • Hotel Clarin, Via Palermo 36, Roman Forum - Coliseum area, The Clarin Hotel comprises of 21 guest rooms.
  • Hotel Columbus Rome, Via della Conciliazione, 33, 00193, Rome, Italy, Tel: +39.06.6865435 Fax: +39.06.6864874, [70], [71]. 4 star hotel in central Rome near the Basilica of St. Peter's and the Vatican City.
  • Hotel Condotti, Via Mario de' Fiori, 37 - Ph. +39.06.6794661 - Fax +39.06.6790457 [72]. Between Via Condotti and Piazza di Spagna. Rates: single rooms from €136, double rooms from €175, triple rooms from €209, quadruple rooms from €223.
  • Hotel delle Nazioni Rome, Via Poli, 7, 00187, Rome, Italy, Tel: 0039066792441 Fax: 0039066782400, [73], [74]. 4 star city centre hotel situated near the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and Via del Corso.
  • Hotel Dorica , Piazza Viminale, 14 - Ph. +39.06.483615 - 4818952, Fax +39.06.4815406 [75]. Classical recently renovated rooms blend with modern comforts for a pleasant stay in the heart of the Eternal City. Single rooms from €65 doubles from €75, triples from €90.
  • Hotel Embassy Rome, Via Antonio Salandra, 6 - 00187 - Rome, Tel +39064881402 - Fax +39064827205, [76], Hotel. 3 Star Hotel in Via Veneto area. Double room with continental breakfast from 80 to 170 euro per room per night.
  • Hotel Emona Aquaeductus, Via Statilia, 23, 00185, Tel +39 06.7027827 Fax +39 06.7028787. [77]. A charming neighborhood in the center of Rome, offers discrete, attentive service for both business travel and tourism.
  • Hotel Euro House Inn, Via della Scafa, 422 | 00054 Isola Sacra, Ph. +39.06.6584114 | Fax +39.06.65024387. [78]. Euro House Inn is the ideal hotel for tourism and business travel between Rome and Fiumicino, at only 2 km from Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport.
  • Hotel Europa Rome, Via Varese 26, 00184, Rome, Italy, Tel: 0039064462096 Fax: 0039064467406, [79], [80]. Three star value for money hotel located close to Romes main attractions, metro stop and Termini station.
  • Hotel Forte Via Margutta 61, 00187, Tel. +39 06.3207625 - Fax. +39-063202707. [81]. Only a few steps from Piazza di Spagna, on Via Margutta, one of the most elegant streets in Rome and the unforgettable setting for the movie Roman Holiday.
  • Hotel Forum, Via Tor di Conti 25, 00184, Roma, Italy, Tel: 0039066792446 Fax: 0039066786479, [82], [83]. 4 Star hotel located across from the ruins of the Roman Forum and a short walk away from the Colosseum.
  • Hotel Giglio dell'Opera, Via Principe Amedeo 14 Termini Station area, The hotel Giglio dell'Opera is a 3 star hotel situated in the historical and commercial center of Rome ( Via Nazionale, Via del Corso). A few meters from Opera House. Within walking distance you can reach: Colosseum, Roman Forums, Spanish Steps, etc. Just beside the hotel there are underground and bus main lines stops. Well connected with Vatican City. The rooms are equipped with bath or shower, hairdryer and are furnished with color satellite TV, minibar, direct dial telephone and air conditioning. The hotel has an American Bar, breakfast room, TV and sitting room.
  • Hotel Giolli, Via Nazionale, 69, Tel: 064882393 [84]. Good quality 3 star hotel in the commercial centre of Rome, on Via Nazionale. Ideal for shopping and for the historical centre.
  • Hotel Hiberia Rome, Via XXIV Maggio 8, 00187, Rome, Italy, Tel: 0039 06 6787560 Fax: 0039 06 6794600, [85], [86]. 3 star hotel perfectly located for sightseeing and shopping located between the Quirinale Palace and the Trevi Fountain.
  • Hotel Genova Rome, Via Cavour, 33, 00184, Rome, Italy, Tel: 003906476951 Fax: 0039064827580, [87], [88]. Modern 4 star hotel close to the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Roman Forum, Colosseum and a short walk away from Romes main Railway Station.
  • Hotel Griffe Rome, Via Nazionale 13, 00184, Rome, Italy, Tel: +39 06 47829885 Fax: +39 06 47825714, [89], [90]. Four star hotel located in the heart of Rome very close to the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum.
  • Hotel King, Via Sistina 131, 00187, Rome, Italy, Tel: 0039064880878 Fax: 00390642011388, [91], [92]. Three star value for money hotel located in the Spanish Steps area of Rome.


  • Hotel Laurence, Via Pietro Baragiola, 18/24, 00133, Roma, Italy, Tel: 0039 0620427871 Fax: 0039 06 20427472, [93], [94]. Three star hotel located in the Tor Vergata university area of Rome, 20 minutes from the city centre via the subway.
  • Hotel Mariano, Piazza Manfredo Fanti 19, Tel: +39 06 4466 147, [95], [96]. Three-star hotel located in the historical center of Rome. The Hotel is situated on the Esquilino, one of the seven famous hills. EUR 68 to 170 for a double room.
  • Hotel Mascagni, Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 90, 00185, Rome, Italy, Tel: 00390648904040 Fax: 0039064817637, [97], [98]. Four star city centre hotel located just off Piazza Repubblica.
  • Hotel Memphis Rome, Via degli Avignonesi 36, 00187, Rome, Italy, Tel: 003906485849 Fax: 0039064828629, [99], [100]. 4 star city centre hotel situated close to the Piazza di Spagna and the Trevi fountain.
  • Hotel Montreal Rome, via Carlo Alberto, 4, 00185, Rome, Italy, Tel: +39 06 4460514 Fax: +39 06 4465522, [101], [102]. Three star hotel located in the centre of Rome. The hotel is close to the main attractions including the Church of St Mary Major and the Colosseum.
  • Hotel Navona, Via dei Sediari, 8, 00186, Rome, Italy, Tel: +39 06 6864203 [103] Near the Pantheon with 31 spacious rooms.
  • Hotel Nizza Rome, Via Massimo D'Azeglio 16, 00184, Rome, Italy, Tel: +39 06 4881061 Fax: +39 06 4882057, [104], [105]. Good budget 3 star hotel located within easy walking distance of all the major tourist attractions and close to the main rail and bus station in Rome.
  • Hotel Nova Domus, Via G. Savonarola 38, 00195, Rome, Italy, Tel: (39)06399511 Fax: (39)0639731470, [106], [107]. Four star hotel situated near to the Vatican and St Peter's Dome.
  • Hotel Pavia Roma, Via Gaeta, 83 | 00185, Tel. +39.06.483801/4880379 | Fax +39.06.4819090, [108]. Hotel Pavia is in a historic building on a quiet street in Rome, 5 minutes from the Termini train station and bus and subway stops.
  • Hotel Pincio, Via Capo le Case, 50, 00187, Rome, Italy, Tel: +39 06 6790758 Fax: +39 06 6791233, [109], [110]. Three star family run hotel located near to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps.
  • Hotel Palladium Palace Via Gioberti, 36 - 00185 - Tel. +39 06.4466918 Fax +39 06.4466937 [111]. Hotel Palladium Palace Rome, stands out for its elegance, amenities and services. Near Termini Station and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Real time prices on the official web site.
  • Hotel Priscilla, Via Calabria, 17 - 00187 , Rome, Italy, Tel: 00390642817331 Fax: 0039064817307, [112], [113]. family run 3 star hotel located only a few minutes walk from the Spanish Steps and Via Veneto.
  • Hotel Quirinale Rome, Via Nazionale, 7, 00184, Roma, Italy, Tel: 0039 06 4707 Fax: 0039 06 4820099, [114], [115]. Four star city centre hotel located beside the Rome Opera House in one of the best shopping districts in Italy.
  • Hotel Quisisana, Via F. Turati 37, 00185, Tel. +39.06.4460954 - Fax +39.06.4467571, [116]. The Rome Hotel Quisisana near the Termini train station and city center is one of the centrally located 3-star Roman hotels.
  • Hotel Raffaello, Via Urbana, 3/5, Tel: 064884342 [117]. Said to be on of the finest three star hotels in the historical centre of Rome, the Hotel Raffaello is just a few minutes from the Colosseum and the heart of the city.
  • Hotel Raphael Rome, Largo Febo 2, 00186, (Piazza Navona), Rome, Italy, Tel: +39 06 682831 Fax: +39 06 6878993, [118], [119]. City centre hotel in the heart of Rome very close to the Piazza Navona.
  • Hotel Rex Rome, Via Torino 149, 00184, Roma, Italy, Tel: 0039064824828 Fax: 0039064882743, [120], [121]. Rome city centre hotel close to all the major attractions.
  • Hotel Rimini, Via Marghera, 17, 00185, Tel +39 06 4461991 Fax +39 06 491289, [122]. In the center of Rome in a building full of history and attraction.
  • Hotel San Remo, Via Massimo D'Azeglio, 36, 00184, Rome, Italy, Tel: 0039064881741 Fax: 00390647822218, [123], [124]. Four star city centre hotel within easy reach of Romes main attractions.
  • Hotel San Giusto, Piazza Bologna 58, 39 (06) 44-24-45-98, across from the busy Bologna traffic circle/subway stop. Cost:Eur:88/$145 Popular complimentary breakfast buffet. Internet connection is available for a fee but the computer is slow if being used at the time by hotel clerk.
  • Hotel Sole al Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda 63, 00186, Rome, Italy, Tel: 0039 06 678 0441 Fax: 39 06 699 40689, [125], [126]. Four star hotel located in the ancient historical centre of Rome in the same square as the Pantheon. The hotels is ideally placed for visiting Romes attractions.
  • Hotel Sonya Via del Viminale, 58 - 00184 Rome, Italia - Tel. +39.06.4819911 / +39.06.4825110 Fax +39.06.4885678 [127]. The Hotel Sonya is a pretty three star hotel in the centre of Rome, situated a few minutes away from Rome Termini Station and in front of the Opera House. Single room from 70€, doubles from 90€
  • Hotel Stendhal Rome, Via del Tritone 113, 00187, Rome, Italy, Tel: +39 06 422921 Fax: 00390642292555, [128], [129]. 4 star hotel located very near to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Via dei Condotti shopping area.
  • Hotel Terminal, Via Principe Amedeo, 103, Tel: 064466867 [130]. 3 star hotel 250 metres from Termini Train Station in the city centre with 35 tastefully decorated and air conditioned guest rooms.
  • Hotel Tiziano Rome, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 110, 00186, Rome, Italy, Tel: +39 06.6865019 [131], [132]. 4 star hotel in the city centre allowing easy access to the popular tourist attractions and shopping areas of Rome.
  • Hotel Valadier, Via Della Fontanella 15, Via del Corso, via del Babuino, piazza del Popolo receives them both in the splendid archtectual plan designed by the Valadier. Valadier: a name that recurs often in Rome, and always reflects style, taste, tradition. Hotel Valadier to these values add that which is universal Hospitality. Hospitality that the Hotel Valadier in the proportion of a welcome, with the manners, the style , and the atmospheres, that only an impeccable Knows how to create and offer.
  • Hotel Valle Rome, - Via Cavour, 134 Roma 00184 Italy - Tel. +39.06.4815736 Fax +39.06.4885837 , [133], Website [134]. 3 Star Hotel near the Colosseum. Double room with continental breakfast from 70 to 190 euro per room per night.
  • Hotel Villa Florence, Via Nomentana, 28, 00161, Rome, Italy, Tel: +39064403036 Fax: +39064402709, [135], [136]. Privately owned three star city center hotel located at start of via Nomentana close to the Termini Train Station and the British Embassy.
  • Hotel Villa delle Rose Via Vicenza, 5 - 00185 Rome - Tel. +39 06.4451788 Fax +39 06.4451639. [137]. Close to Rome Opera Theater and to Stazione Termini, Hotel Villa delle Rose is the ideal solution from which to discover the marvels of Rome. Doubles from 104€
  • Hotel Zara, Via Quattro Fontane 37 (metro: Repubblica), tel +39 06 4814847, fax +39 06 483620, [138], [139]. At the center of Rome, on Via Nazionale (National Street), there is a place where ancient and modern cultures come together. Hotel Zara, a family owned, completely renovated antique palace, is noted for its convenient location near the Termini station, Colosseum,Metro (subway) A&B lines, Spanish steps, Trevi fountain, Via Veneto, Piazza Venezia, President's Palace (Quirinale), various Opera theatres, Via del Corso, Piazza del Popolo and more beautiful spots in the eternal city.
  • Le Petit Hotel, Via Torino 122 / A, Le Petit hotel location is in historic center of Rome, The Hotel is situated in a splendid building of the 'Umbertin ' style, in which the first mayor of Rome, 'Ernesto Nathan' lived.Thanks to it's central location, the 'Roman Forum', the 'Colosseum', the 'Spanish Steps' and the 'Trevi Fountain', are a few steps away. The Hotel is also close to the Subway system,(in the corner, the Stop is Republica),and is situated in front of the 'Teatro Dell' Opera. The staff will glad to offer you a beautiful and charming stay in Rome. Hotel Le Petit has been recently remodeled historic center of Rome, close to the most important monuments (the Roman Forum,the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain) that are at few steps away.Each room is equipped with every comfort: private bath (shower),free wireless internet access,hair-dryer,air conditioning -heating,minibar,tv sat lcd,direct phone.
  • Le Terrazze Di Strindberg B&B, Largo Strindberg 43, gr 8, tel:+39 0627801135. A bit outside center. Take Bus 766/769 from Metro Paolo. €50-100.
  • Navona Suites Rome, Via del Governo Vecchio, 73, 00186, Roma, Italy, Tel: +39 335-7066779 Fax: +39 06-6864455, [140], [141].Guest house located just 20 metres away from the Piazza Navona. Within walking distance to the Vatican, Castel Saint'Angelo and Pantheon.
  • Nicolas Inn, Via Cavour 295, Tel: +39 06.976.18483, [mail to: info@nicolasinn.com], [142]. Elegant B&B located just steps for the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Modern rooms with free wi-fi. Owned by an Italian-American couple. EUR 100 to 180 for a double room.
  • Pantheon hotels, [143]. This site has a useful map of the pantheon area and a listing of hotels in this location there are also pictures, descriptions and hotel reviews.
  • Park Hotel dei Massimi, Largo Vincenzo Ambrosio, 9, 00136, Rome, Italy, Tel: 0039 06 35347200 Fax: 0039 06 35452855, [144], [145]. Superior 4 star hotel near the Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel.
  • Residenza Belli Rome, Via goffredo Mameli, 47, 00153, Rome, Italy, Tel: +39 06 58333611 Fax: +39 06 58333611, [146], [147]. Guest House in the Rome City Center Trastevere district within 20 minutes walk of the Piazza Navona.
  • Residenza Monti, Via dei Serpenti, 15, 00184, Rome, Italy, Tel: 0039 06 4815736 Fax: 0039 06 4885837, [148], [149]. Accommodation located in the Rione Monti neighbourhood just 100 metres from the Colosseum and Roman Forum.


  • Residenza Villa Maria, Via delle P. Ginestre 16, Residenza Villa Maria offers guests the opportunity to spend a pleasant holiday in the country side far from the city stress but at the same time just 5 km. from rome . our rooms (single, double and small apartments) all with private bathroom,tv telephone, air conditioned and mini fridge to satisfy every need and request. as a guest of villa maria you will have the following also some advantages: taxi service sightseeing tours of Rome along classica and archeological itineraries and also archeological tivoli swimming-pool,Fitness center ,horse riding in the country side ,hot springs in Tivoli Bath,play golf in Marco Simone golf club. Shuttle service from/to subway (from 1 may to 31 october) Taxi service Sightseeing tours of Rome along classica and archeological itineraries and also archeological Tivoli city Horse riding in the country side Hot springs in Tivoli bath Play golf at the Marco Simone golf club Wellness Center in Hotel.
  • Rome Bed and Breakfast cassia [150]. Cheap Rooms rental in Rome close to center only 10 minutes. Double room start from 50 euro at night. Perfect solution to live Rome holiday.


  • Villa Eur, Marcellino Champagnat, 2-00144 Roma (metro: Laurentina), tel +39.06.54220627, [151]. Very quiet and stylish in midst of a park. You can reach it from the subway by a 5 min walk. The hotel has a small bar, excellent breakfast and a restaurant. Double room is 150 Euros including breakfast. In the vicinity of the hotel you can find an excellent restaurant La Taverna de Porto if you want to go out eating. There is also a tennis court, a gymnasium and even an Aikido Dojo.

Splurge

  • Hotel Villa Morgagni, Via G.B. Morgagni, 25, +39 06.44202190 (, fax: +39 06.44202190), [152]. The Hotel Villa Morgagni is an elegant Liberty Villa built at the beginning of the 19th century and recently refurbished to unite warm hospitality with a tasteful ambience.
  • Angel Hotel Via M. Dionigi, 45 00193, Ph. +39.06.32.04.737 Fax +39.06.32.04.737. [153]. Hotel placed between Spanish Steps and and the Vatican City and a few minutes walking distance from the Rome main interest sites as the Ara Pacis.
  • Condotti Palace Via della Croce 15, 00187, tel. +39 06 6794661 fax. +39 06 6790457 [154]. Near Spanish Steps and Via Condotti.
  • Grand Hotel Palatino, Via Cavour, 213/M, Tel: 064814927 [155]. Luxury 4 star in the historical centre, about halfway between Termini Station and the Colosseum.
  • Hosianum Palace Via dei Polacchi, 23 00186, Ph. +39.06.697191 Fax +39.06.69719604. [156]. Situated near Piazza Venezia and Via dei Fori Imperiali. Doubles from €120 depending on the time of year.
  • Hotel Aldobrandeschi Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 295 00163, Ph. +39 06.66415964 Fax +39 06.66411683. [157] Doubles from €130 depending on the time of year.
  • Hotel Artemide Via Nazionale, 22 - 00184, Tel. +39 06.489911 Fax +39 06.48991700. [158] located in Via Nazionale, conveniently connected to the nearby Termini train station and two subway lines.
  • Hotel Britannia, Via Napoli,64, 00184, Tel. +39 06 4883153 Fax +39 06 48986316, [159].
  • Hotel Cicerone, Via Cicerone, 55/C, Tel: 06 3576 [160]. Comfortable and spacious, this luxurious 4 star hotel is located in the exclusive district of Prati, to the north west of the city centre.
  • Hotel Forum Via Tor de' Conti, 25-30 - 00184, Ph. +39 06 6792446 Fax +39 06 6786479. [161]. 4 star hotel in Rome.
  • Hotel Gambrinus Via Piave 35, 00187, Ph. +39.06.4871250 Fax. +39.06.4742488. [162]. In the historic center of Rome.
  • Hotel Imperiale, Via Veneto, 24, Tel: 06 4826351 [163]. One of Rome’s ‘Elite’ hotels. Situated on the famous and exclusive street of Via Veneto.
  • Hotel I Triangoli in Rome Via Wolf Ferrari, 285 - 00124 Rome Italy - Tel.: 06.500871 - Fax: 06.50087600 [164].
  • Hotel Isa Via Cicerone, 39 - 00193, Ph. +39 06.321.26.10 [165]. Between Vatican City and Spanish Steps.
  • Hotel Pantheon Via dei Pastini 131, 00186, tel. +39 06.6787746 fax. +39 06.6787755. [166]. In a quiet, characteristic pedestrian street in the heart of the old city center, just 20 meters from the Pantheon and near to Piazza Montecitorio.
  • Villa Spalletti Trivelli Via Piacenza 4, 00184, Ph. +39.06.4818418 Fax. +39.06.47824428. [167]. Prices depending on the season and on the kind of accommodation that you choose.
  • Villaggio i Triangoli in Rome Reception Via Ermanno Wolf Ferrari, 285 - 00124 Roma Italy Tel.: 06.500871 - Fax: 06.50087600 [168]. Vacation Rental resort located south-west of the historical center of Rome.

Cope

  • Police At pl Lorenzo is where to report theft.
  • Left Luggage Termini. You can leave luggage at Termini but they have a lot of security and only one X-ray machine so there can be a +100 people queue.
  • Splasnet laundry, internet, left luggage, Via Varesi 33, 100 m west of Termini. €2 per luggage left (and 15 min of internet included).

Embassies and consulates

  • Australian Embassy, Via Antonio Bosio 5, +39 06 85 2721 (fax: +39 06 85 272 300), [169]. M-F 8:30AM-4PM.
  • Austrian Embassy, Via Pergolesi 3, 068440141 (fax: +39 06 85 43286), [170]. M-F 9AM-noon.
  • British Embassy, Via XX Settembre 80, +39 06 4220 0001, +39 06 4220 2603 after hours (fax: +39 06 4220 2347), [171]. M-F 9AM-5PM.
  • Canadian Embassy, Via Zara 30, +39 06 44598 1 (fax: +39 06 44598 2905), [172].
  • Finnish Embassy, Ambasciata di Finlandia, Via Lisbona 3, +39 06 852 231 (, fax: +39 06 854 0362), [174].
  • Maltese Embassy, Lungotevere Marzio 12, +39 06 6879990.
  • Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro, Via dei Monti Parioli 20, +39 06 320 07 96, +39 06 320 08 90, +39 06 320 09 59, +39 06 320 08 05 (all night) (, fax: +39 06 320-08-68), [176]. telex 616-303
  • Consulate General of the Republic of Singapore, Via Nazionale, 200,00184 Rome, +39 06 4875 9510 (, fax: +39 06 4875 9511).
  • South African Embassy, Via Tanaro 14, +39 06 85 25 41, [177]. M-F 8AM-4:30PM.
  • Spanish Embassy, Palazzo Borghese, Largo Fontanella di Borghese 19, +39 06 684 04 011.
  • US Embassy, Via Vittorio Veneto 119/A, +39 06 4674 1 (fax: +39 06 4882 672, +39 06 4674 2356), [178]. 8:30AM-5:30PM.
  • Turkish Embassy, 16, Avenue de Lamballe 75016, +39 (1) 4524 5224.

Public conveniences

Clean, well-stocked, public facilities are sometimes hard to find. Those on the way into the Forum from the main road into Rome going to the Colosseum are worth knowing about. Carry tissue paper and soap with you - chances are that there won't be any. At Termini, under platform 24, near the left luggage office, 70c, well provisioned.

Stay safe

Rome is generally a safe place, even for women travelling alone. As in any big city, it is better if you don't look like a tourist: don't exhibit your camera or camcorder to all and sundry, and keep your money in a safe place. Termini (the main railway station), Esquilino and bus line 64 (Termini to San Pietro) are not so safe, so take extra care in these areas. Read up on the legends concerning tourist scams. Most of them occur regularly in Rome and you will want to see them coming. Watch out especially for bands of gipsy kids who will crowd you and reach for your pockets under the cover of newspapers or cardboard sheets. One of the best ways to avoid pickpocketing is to wear a money belt (different from a fanny pack, worn under clothes). Remember, if you are pickpocketed or another scam, don't be afraid to shout Aiuto, Ladro! (Help, Thief!). Romans will not be nice to the thief.

Rome is also home to two rival Serie A football clubs, A.S. Roma and S.S. Lazio, and there is a history of conflict, and even rioting, between the two. If you dare to wear anything that supports either of them, especially during the Rome Derby (when the two clubs play each other), make sure you don't wander into supporters of the other club, or you may be subject to heckling or even confrontation. Play it safe and refrain from openly supporting either club unless you are very familiar with the rivalry.

A great deal of pickpocketing and bag- or purse-snatching takes place in crowded locations, but there is very little violent crime. Members of the Italian public are likely to be sympathetic if you are a crime victim. Police are also generally friendly if not always helpful. Carabinieri (black uniform) are military police, and Polizia (blue and grey uniform) are civilians, but they both do essentially the same thing and are equally good, or bad. A particular scam is when some plainclothes police will approach you, asking to look for "drug money," or ask to see your passport. This is a scam to take your money. You can scare them by asking for their ID. Guardia di Finanza (the grey uniformed ones) do customs work. If you are robbed, try to find a police station and report it. This is essential to establishing a secure travel insurance claim.

Be careful of con-men who may approach you at tourist sights such as the Colosseum or Circus Maximus. Eg. a car may pull up next to you, and the driver ask you for directions to the Vatican. He will strike up a conversation with you while he sits in his car, and tell you he is a sales representative for a large French fashion house. He will then tell you he likes you and he would like to give you a gift of a coat worth several thousand euros. As you reach inside his car to take the bag the coat is in, he will ask you for €200 for gas, as his car is nearly empty. When you refuse, he could turn angry and now demand money from you, any money, of any currency. Don't fall for such confidence-tricks - if something sounds too good to be true, it is.

Another popular trick that occurs at night, when people are leaving the bars/clubs is someone will approach you asking for a cigarette. They will then proceed to walk up towards you and do a funny dance of somesort. As you stare at them trying to figure out whats going on, a second person wil come up from behind and snatch your purse, or wallet.

Currently there are two middle-aged men working near the Spanish Steps. They approach you, asking where you are from and begin to tie bracelets around your wrists. When they are done they will charge you upwards of €20 for each bracelet.

Emergencies

In an emergency, call 113 (police) or 118 (medical first aid). Carry the address of your embassy or consulate.

Get out

  • Especially if you have a rail pass, making Pompeii a day trip, while it is a very full day, is very doable. You can amuse people on the train by your complete lack of luggage.
  • Head to Frascati, one of the historic hill towns to the South East of Rome known as the Castelli Romani. This town has been a popular destination for centuries away from the hustle and bustle of the capital, and this is still true today. Famous worldwide for its white wine, Frascati is a relaxed hill town with a slower pace of life. Just 21km from Rome, Frascati is accessible by bus [179] or train. Trains run from Roma Termini approximately every hour, take about 30 minutes, and cost around € 2 [180].
  • Head to Ostia Antica, the ancient harbor and military colonie of Rome. It is accessible by train every 30 minutes from Stazione Ostiense (near the Piramid). It is an monumental area a bit like the Roman Forum. But in Ostia Antica you can get an impression how a roman city looked like.
  • Go to the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, with its famous and glorious fountains.
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