- Discover Rome
There is much to see in this hugely historical city, and it's highly recommended. It's best to walk around yourself to experience the city. You can get a free street map from any tourist office.
In the summer, theatres and concerts are performed outdoors, i.e. Baths of Caracalla.
Marvel at Michelangelo's dome as well as his Pieta. Also there is the 13th century statue of St Peter and the breathtaking view from the roof. Visit the Vatican museums behind the Basilica. Then of course there is the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo's work is truly amazing and has to be seen.
The Colosseum was built in the 1st century AD when up to 55,000 spectators witnessed gladiators and ferocious animals fight each other to the death. The underground passages where the contestants were kept can still be seen today. Above the Colosseum and the Forum is the Palatine hill, where you will see the ruins of imperial palaces and huts from the 7th century BC.
The Catacombs of Rome are ancient burial places in tunnels under the city. It was practice for poorer Christians and Jews to bury their dead in tunnels as they could not afford plots of land. It also became practice to bury Martyrs and Popes in the Catacombs. You can visit the catacombs of St Callixtus for around €8; the tour lasts around 30 minutes.
Campsites are outside the city. Many are within a 45 minute bus ride, but you'd be better off in a hotel or hostel.
There are two airports in Rome. Leonardo da Vinci/Fuimicino International Airport is the main airport and Ciampino is where budget airlines fly into.
Flight times to Rome
Dublin 2.5 hours | London 2 hours | Hong Kong 11.5 hours | New York 8.5 hours | San Diego 12.5 hours | Sydney 20 hours
Take the Leonardo Express into Rome Termini, Rome’s main train station. It leaves every half an hour and takes around 30 minutes. It costs around €15 so is quite pricey.
Taxis cost nearly €50. Make sure to get a white taxi.
From Ciampino get a bus from outside arrivals to Ciampino train station and a train from there to Roma Termini.
The best way to get around Rome is just to get out and walk. It’s a beautiful city and there’s lots to see. Be careful crossing the road, however, as it can be dangerous. Buses, trams and metros are all run by the same company and you can buy tickets at tobacconists and newsagents. It’s around €1.50 for a single trip and €6 for a daily ticket. The metro has only two lines(A and B), so you might be better off using the impressive bus service.
Pickpocketing and bag snatching are the biggest problems here. A money belt is highly recommended. Leave your valuables and most of your cash back in your hotel safe when you are out sightseeing. Be aware of people getting too close to you or trying to distract you. Don’t take anything off street vendors who are trying to give you something for free as they will demand payment once you take it of them.
112 is the emergency number.
The European Health Insurance Card is valid here for citizens of E.U. member states. This will cover you in the case of an emergency but remember that you should still have health insurance as the EHIC will not cover everything.
The emergency number is 112.