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Rome travel tips, quick guide, etc.


Getting There

International Airport: Leonardo da Vinci aka Fiumicino (FCO)
Smaller Airport: Ciampino, mostly domestic and EU flights
Highway: Autostrade del Sole (North/South)
By Bus: from many cities throughout Italy into Termini
By Train: RailEurope.com

From Airport to Town
From FCO: Hourly trains to Termini throughout the day (approx 9 Euros)          
Other trains FCO: to Trastevere and Triburtina
Taxis: Will run about 60 Euros for a 45 minute ride
By Car: Via EUR
From Ciampino: Take Cortal Bus to Termini
By Car - Ciampino: Take Via Appia Nuova

Rome Hotels
Peak season: book ahead for Easter to September, Christmas
Most economical hotels: By Termini Station
Other good hotels: By the Vatican
Getting Around
Do not drive! Try "a piedi", or by foot
Subway: Metropolitana, indicated by a red "M"
2 lines (A and B) that cross at Termini
Taxis (yellow or white): Can be expensive
City bus system: www.ATAC.roma.it

Food - Mangia Mangia!
Cheap restaurants: Around Termini station
Trastevere: Good selection of restaurants
Testaccio District: Good restaurants as well
Regional Specialties: saltimbocca, stracciatella (soup),
  alla carbonara - with egg and bacon
Shopping Districts
Via del Corso Take Metro "A" Line to Piazza Spagna
Via Nazionale Take Metro "A" Line to Piazza Repubblica
Cola di Rienzo Take Metro "A" Line to Vatican (Ottaviano)
Porta Portese Sunday flea market

Spanish Steps Take Metro "A" Line to Piazza Spagna
Trastevere Great nightlife, restaurants, art exhibitors
  Con: Limited buses at night when departing
Roma Estate Summer fest at old Olympic Stadium
Another summer fest www.fiesta.it (in italiano)
Nightclubs and Discos Can be expensive
  Cover charge usually includes 1 drink


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