How to get to Rome and how to move around the city?
Rome is a vibrant city, a center of culture, art and business. Walking through Rome is like stepping into the past, and experiencing the story of a city and a culture that has influenced almost every part of the world.
Rome ranks high among the top cities to live in. It is a paradise for tourists because it offers everything they could ever ask for and even more. That is the reason to perceive it as one of the world’s most important cultural/tourism destinations. Rome has the largest international airport in Italy, that is Fiumicino. Moreover, there are extensive infrastructure improvements (new trade fair complex, new congress and conference centre). The city is famous for its Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita, the Vatican City and Three Coins in the Fountain. The significance of Rome lies primarily in the fact that it is the city of the Pope. The Bishop of Rome, as the successor of St. Peter, is the Vicar of Christ on earth and the visible head of the Catholic Church. Countless pilgrims from all the nations flock to Rome every year.
“All roads lead to Rome,” said the ancient Romans, and all roads did lead to Rome. It was at one time the administrative center of the Roman Empire, governing a vast area that stretched from Britain to Mesopotamia. Today, Rome is a modern capital, but also contains many ancient and renaissance buildings (the city escaped relatively undamaged from World War II). Although it is a capital of Italy, the city also contains as an enclave the State of the Vatican City, the smallest internationally recognized sovereign nation in the world.
Rome is located in the middle of the Italian peninsula and is easily available from most important places both in Italy and abroad. The main airport is at the village called Fiumicino, situated 26 km south-west of Rome, and its official name is Leonardo da Vinci. It is the airport that serves both international and domestic passengers. The quickest way to reach central Rome is the shuttle train, the Leonardo Express, which leaves every 30 minutes for the main station, Stazione Termini. The journey lasts about half an hour. From there, it is possible to reach any point in the city thanks to the extensive public transport network. The second airport – Ciampino – is about 20 km from the city, it is a subsidiary airport that is used mostly for domestic and international charter flights.
It is important to mention, that access to the city centre is forbidden to unauthorized cars. One should park outside the limited traffic area known as ZTL (Zona a Traffico Limitato) and move around by bus, underground or on foot. The city is well served by two underground railway systems besides the fairly efficient bus and tram services. Roman buses are reliable but crowded. The tram routes circle mostly the historic center, but there are convenient stops for the Vatican, the Colosseum, and the Trastevere area. There are two lines, crossing at Termini station. Line A (Red Line) runs northwest, through the Vatican, and south. Line B (Blue Line) runs southwest, through the Colosseum, and northeast. The Metro is the most punctual form of public transportation in Rome. However, it can get very crowded during rush hours.
If you have comfortable shoes, muscled legs and are in good shape and conditions, we recommend you to move around the city on your own feet or rent a bike. However, be aware, that during hot summer days, the temperature might not allow you to use these “means of transport”.
We strongly recommend you to stay at one of the following beautiful boutique hotels, which are located in the center of Rome:
Luxury modern hotel with a contemporary minimalist style in the middle of a classical city. Located in the Trastevere district, Ripa Hotel proposes and provides an atmosphere of functional luxury with breathtaking simplicity.
The new Hotel Pulitzer Roma is located in the heart of EUR district, the business area of the Italian capital. This new contemporary hotel has sober and elegant interiors and similar elements to its brother in Barcelona. This hotel provides Free Wifi
Luxury boutique hotel, located in the center of Rome at a walking distance of Spanish Steps, the fountains of Tritone and Mosè, the baroque churches and stylish shops. Rose Garden Palace combines the classical with the modern, with safety and comfort.