St Peter’s Square // Vatican City // The Colosseum // The Trevi Fountain // Spanish Steps // Catacombs // 2.8 million people...
Rome or Roma as it is known locally, is the capital of Italy and is probably the most famous open-air museum frequented by visitors from all over the world.
Airport and Public Transportation Fiumicino, Leonardo da Vinci (FCO) is Rome’s main international airport whilst Ciampino (CIA) is used predominantly for charter flights and the budget airlines. There is an efficient airport express train service that runs between Fiumicino and Stazione Termini in the city centre that takes approximately half an hour and cost €9.50 one way. It operates from 6:30am to 11:30pm normally from platform 27. If you are flying in to Ciampino you can take the Cotral Bus that runs every half hour and runs until 11pm. Get off at Metro A at Agagnina Station and then take the train in to Termini Station.
Rome has a good bus network but it is perhaps more efficient to use the Metro and easier for visitors who are not familiar with getting around the city. Note that it is important to buy your ticket before you start your journey. You can get tickets from local newsstands, tobacconists and machines at Metro stations and bus stops (you will need the exact change).
The Metro (Metropolitana) has just two lines A which is red and B which is blue and trains run from 5:30am to 11:30pm (12:30am on Saturday night). There are a number of different ticket options. A single ticket costs €1 and is valid for 75 minutes.
Public Transport Ticket Options A one day ticket costs €4 and is valid for a full 24 hours (or until midnight). You can also purchase 3 day tourist tickets, which cost €11 and 7 day passes for €16. All these ticket types are valid on all types of public transport including buses and the metro.
Taxis As in all cities if you take a taxi, make sure it is an official metered one and in the Rome they are either white or yellow. You will find Taxi ranks dotted around the city as it is not that easy to hail them in the street.In the event of an emergency call 112. The Police can be dialled locally on 112, ambulances 113 and for a fire call 115.
Museums and Visitor Attractions There are no shortages of Museums to see in Rome. It is certainly worth visiting the Vatican Museum for its masterpieces and the Capitoline Museums for its Roman and Greek sculptures. Rome even has its own Wax Museum and National Museum of Pasta! Rome is also famous for its Piazze or Squares and almost 20 Basilicas. But perhaps the most famous sights are St Peter’s Square, the Trevi Fountain, The Spanish Steps, The Collosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon.
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