Information about Rome
Fun Facts about Rome
to and from the airport- From the airport there is a direct train that goes to the
Termini (main station) in central Rome. It
is a 30 minute journey.
Trains depart from the airport to Rome every 30 minutes.
From the Termini you can catch the subway, walk or take a taxi to your
A taxi from the airport to central Rome is about $50.00, but will
increase for extra people and luggage.
Walking- Although Rome is quite large, walking can be very enjoyable. Each corner you turn may be a new adventure or photo opportunity. You should be warned that distances on maps are much farther than they appear, so it’s best to use public transportation or a taxi to get across town, and wear comfortable shoes.
some people walking in Rome is difficult because auto fumes are intense and
pedestrians don’t really have the right of way.
Don’t expect any cars to stop for you, even at a cross walk or red
light. You cross the street at your
own risk. In heavy traffic,
sometimes the only way to get across is to step into the traffic. Watch the locals, and you’ll see how it works.
It is said that the best way to cross the street is with a nun, or mother
with a stroller, since no self respecting Roman wants to risk eternal damnation.
or Metro- is the name of the subway system in Rome. There are only two lines (A & B) but they are good for
getting you across town. The two
lines connect with one another at Termini (main train station), so if you
need to get from line A to line B, you will change trains at Termini.
In general, many stops are named after a nearby major attraction.
You purchase tickets first, and then as you enter the gated area punch
your ticket in the small stamp box. Tickets
are available at the Metro stops or in Tobacco shops.
These are the same tickets that are used for busses.
There are stiff fines if you do not have a ticket, or if you failed to
punch on entering.
Like many big city’s subways, the metro trains are often filled with graffiti and are not air conditioned. Be on the lookout for pickpockets who work the line. There are a lot of steps to go up and down and many stations do not have elevators, so it can be a real trek with luggage.
The bus system in Rome is quite extensive and routes are posted at the stops.
Purchase a ticket in advance at the
metro stop or in a tobacco shop. When
you board, get your ticket punched in the box.
There are stiff fines if you do not have a ticket, or failed to punch the
ticket. Once your ticket is punched, it is good for any bus ride
during the next 75 minutes.
Taxis- Taxis in Rome can be expensive, and are not advised unless you are short on time and traveling with more than one person. Most taxis only pick up fares at taxi stands or when you call to arrange for a pick up (don’t hail them on the street). Be warned that unmarked or un-metered taxis are a rip-off. There are additional fees for weekends, evenings or trips to the airport.
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