There are plenty of travel tips on the internet about what to see and how to navigate Rome, but we have obtained fantastic suggestions from locals through Relactions. We will be sharing these travel tips with you here:
Arriving in the city
From Fiumicino Leonardo Da Vinci Airport:
- By Taxi: The quickest and most comfortable option. Take an official city taxi with a fixed rate to any city centre destination.
- By Train: Catch the non-stop Leonardo Express train from the airport station to Roma Termini. Alternatively, opt for a regional train if you're heading to areas like Trastevere or Roma Ostiense.
- By Bus: Convenient buses await just outside the terminal, ready to transport you to the Roma Termini train station.
- By Car: If you prefer a shared car service like Car2Go, you'll find designated parking spots just outside the terminal.
From Ciampino Airport:
- By Taxi: Similar to Fiumicino, official city taxis offer fixed rates to the city center.
- By Bus: Numerous bus companies operate services connecting the airport to the main rail station.
- By Train: The train departs from Ciampino town and heads to Roma Termini station. Begin with a quick bus ride from the airport to reach the station.
Discover Hidden Gems of Rome
Once you've checked off the Rome essentials, such as the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Colosseum, and the Vatican, it's time to explore Rome's lesser-known treasures.
- Coppedè Neighborhood: Situated near Via Nomentana, this micro-neighbourhood boasts fantastical architecture by Gino Coppedè, featuring Art Nouveau buildings and whimsical fountains that defy Rome's typical aesthetics.
- Ostiense Exploration: Wander around the trendy Ostiense neighborhood and visit the Centrale Montemartini Museum. This unique museum juxtaposes marble sculptures of ancient gods with remnants of early 20th-century machinery, creating an intriguing contrast. Don't forget to explore the vibrant street art scene and dine in one of the trendy restaurants in the area.
- Parco degli Acquedotti: Located along the ancient Appia Antica road, this expansive green park is a local favourite. Picnicking, dog-walking, and children's playtime abound. The ancient aqueduct, dating back to 52 C.E., is a fascinating centrepiece, surrounded by Roman villas, tombs, and Medieval towers. The park's cinematic history includes appearances in iconic films like "La Dolce Vita" and "La Grande Bellezza."
Rome's Culinary Delights
No trip to Rome is complete without indulging in its culinary wonders. Beyond the classics, here are some foodie treats to relish:
- Artisanal Gelato: Rome's gelato is a delight year-round. Enjoy it outdoors, even in October, without the worry of melting. Our top choice places are Come il Latte, Guttilla, La Romana, and Fassi.
- Pizza al Taglio: This is a true Roman classic, especially if you want an on-the-go treat. Sample iconic varieties like margherita, crostino with prosciutto and mozzarella, or potato-topped pizza at Antico Forno Roscioli.
- Baccalà Fritto: Deep-fried, battered salt cod, or baccalà, is a Roman staple. Enjoy it at restaurants or grab "da asporto" (for takeaway) from Dar Filettaro.
- Supplì: A beloved Roman appetizer, these crispy treats are filled with rice and stringy mozzarella. Try them with various fillings like minced meat, prosciutto cotto with ham, or mozzarella and tomato sauce at La Casa del Supplì in Re di Roma.
- Coffee: Immerse yourself in Italian coffee culture with a morning cappuccino in bustling squares. Sant' Eustachio cafe is our recommended spot for people-watching and great coffee that you can bring home as a souvenir.