Rome Budget Travel Tips
Travelling around Rome is a relatively simple feat – the metro system is easy to use, the city is relatively small so even walking from one attraction to the other isn’t that far, and any visit will promise days’ worth of fun and fascination visiting all the top sites and historic landmarks. The OMNIA Vatican & Rome Card also includes a free travelcard, valid for three days, so your travel is covered for the duration of your pass. To give you some more help, here are some Rome travel tips to bear in mind during your time in the city; from how to use the public transport system, to staying savvy on the streets…
During the summer months Rome can get especially hot, and although most attractions, shops and metro cars are air-conditioned we always advise you to carry a water bottle with you at all times to stay hydrated – you can also refill these at various natural springs in the city. Make sure you apply sun-cream all year round and carry an umbrella during the winter months to escape the showers. Most locals wouldn’t recommend getting taxi’s either, as the metro system is so good it’s actually a lot cheaper and faster to walk or hop on the A or B metro lines.
Transport from Rome Airport
Rome has two airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino. Getting to and from the centre of Rome once you have arrived couldn’t be easier. Catch the Eurovision coach from Ciampino to Termini Station, running every 20-30 mins, or catch the train from Fiumicino into Termini Station, taking just over half an hour. The airports aren’t far out so if you would rather drive, then it should take you no longer than 1.5 hours to arrive in the city centre – traffic depending! Make sure you have spare change for the bus and train tickets, and to pay the taxi driver if you’d rather get a car into the city.
We always advise our customers to check ahead before visiting attractions and museums in Rome to avoid disappointment – this is because often religious holidays and last minute closures might affect opening hours. The OMNIA Vatican & Rome Card is the most all-inclusive sightseeing card available to tourists in Rome, including free entry to 2 out of the top historic attractions such as the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Castel Sant’angelo and Borghese Gallery – as well as free entry to the attractions in the Vatican City from the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and a free audio guide at St Peter’s Basilica. You can also enjoy a three day ticket for a hop on hop off Rome Bus Tour – a great way to see the sights.
Food & Drink
Rome is a foodie haven and it’s no surprise that you’ll be well fed and well-watered during your time in Rome. From stone baked pizzas, to fresh pastas, antipasti with your wine and sour limoncello to wash it all down, there are so many great places to eat and drink in the Eternal City. It’s best to stay away from the tourist traps and go to the local haunts for a true taste of Rome. And don’t forget to indulge in a gelato or two, especially during the summer months!
Rome after dark
Rome after dark is a magical place when the city and ruins are all lit up. Take a stroll down the Via dei Foro Imperiali, starting at the Coliseum, past the Roman Forum, to see the city illuminated. If you carry on walking into the centre you’ll pass the Vittorio Emmanuele building which appears bright white under the lights and why not visit the Trevi Fountain when it’s quieter and throw a coin into the clear waters. If you like the walk, over in the Trastevere District you can climb up the Janiculum Hill for spectacular views over Rome at night – well worth it for that romantic moment.