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Rome Information

Some helpful information about Rome gathered from various sources

Arrival in Rome Lodging Things to Do Gelato Breakfast Dining Eat Like a Local Other Restaurants

These recommendations are from third parties. I do not have any personal information about these places. Take the recommendations but make allowance for the fact that tastes vary and you may find a different experience than what you read here.

This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

Using Your Cell Phone

Check out this information from Walks of Italy about using your cell phone while you are in Italy: How to Use Your Cell Phone in Italy (Yes, You Can!)

The main thing is, if you are using your American cell phone in Italy, there are two things to remember:

  1. Call your provider and add on the option for International calling. It is usually inexpensive and you can cancel it as soon as you come home. (Probably have to pay for at least one month.) But it should allow you to make calls cheaper.
  2. To call an Italian number from your US phone, just dial +39 (while you are in Italy or while in the US) in front of the number. 39 is the country code for Italy, and I have added it on all of the phone numbers on this page as a reminder.

But Walks of Italy has some other options you can check out.

Arrival in Rome

Arriving by Air

These recommendations are from third parties. I do not have any firsthand information about these places. Take the recommendations but make allowance for the fact that tastes vary and you may find a different experience than what you read here.

Check out this information from Walks of Italy about flying to Italy: How to Save on Flights to Italy

You will probably be arriving at the Fiumicino International Airport which serves most airlines that fly to Rome. (Fiumicino is also known as the Leonardo DiVinci Airport). The airport is about 30 miles or so east of Rome.

If you are flying on Ryan Air you will probably arrive at Ciampino Airport which is about 15 miles south of Rome.

Getting into Rome from Fiumicino International Airport

Train
The train you would want is the Leonardo Express to Stazione Centrale Roma Termini (Central Rome train station, called Termini for short). This is the fastest way from Fiumicino to Rome. Be sure not to get on one of the non-express trains that stop at other places. The express takes about 30 minutes to fet to Termini and is probably the least expensive option..
Once at Termini, you may need a taxi depending on where your hotel is. (There are always plenty of taxis there.) There would be a surcharge for luggage. When you take a taxi, make sure it is one of the official white or yellow taxi's with the "Taxi" sign on top, otherwise you are in for a major rip-off.

Airport Shuttle Bus
Terravision Bus from Fiumicino International Airport to Rome Termini Station.
AirportShuttle Low cost door-to-door service from either airport to Rome hotels or private residences.

Limo
If there are three or more of you and you can split the cost, you might be better off arranging for a limo to take you from the airport to the hotel. Here is one that is reported to be very good and very reliable:
RomeLimousines

Taxi
This will probably be your most expensive optin, with the cost being dependent on luggage surcharges, time of day, traffic, hotel location, etc. Do not take any taxi that is not official.

Hotel Shuttle
You can also check to see if your hotel has a shuttle to/from the airport.

Auto Rental
You will find most major auto rental companies at the airport. If you are spending your entire holiday in Rome, you really do not need a rental car. If you are going to do one or two day trips from Rome, it might be better to rent a car for that time from an auto rental company in the city.

Getting ito Rome from Ciampino Airport

Check out the Revealed Rome website for information about How to Get from Ciampino Airport to Rome.

Train
There is no direct train service from Ciampino Airport to Termini. You have to take a bus to the train station and then get the train. Refer to the information from Revealed Rome above.

Airport Shuttle Bus
Terravision Bus from Ciampino Airport to Rome Termini Station. The bus stop and the ticket vending machine are located in the international departure area.
AirportShuttle Low cost door-to-door service from either airport to Rome hotels or private residences.

Limo
If there are three or more of you and you can split the cost, you might be better off arranging for a limo to take you from the airport to the hotel. Here is one that is reported to be very good and very reliable:
RomeLimousines

Taxi
This will probably be your most expensive optin, with the cost being dependent on luggage surcharges, time of day, traffic, hotel location, etc. Again, do not take any taxi that is not official.

Hotel Shuttle
You can also check to see if your hotel has a shuttle to/from the airport.

Auto Rental
You will find most major auto rental companies at the airport. If you are spending your entire holiday in Rome, you really do not need a rental car. If you are going to do one or two day trips from Rome, it might be better to rent a car for that time from an auto rental company in the city.

Arriving by Train

If you are arriving by Trenitalia you will arrive at Termini Station.
If you are using Italio there are two options: Ostiense and Tiburtina. Both are accessible by the Metro.

Arriving by Coach (Bus)

If you are arriving by Eurolines you will probably arrive at Autostazione Tiburtina, a little to the east of Termini. This bus station is well served by the Metro system.
Autostazione Tiburtina:
Largo Guido Mazzoni, 00162 - Roma (RM) Italia
Telephone: +39 (06) 4542.7851

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Lodging

These recommendations are from third parties. I do not have any firsthand information about these places. Take the recommendations but make allowance for the fact that tastes vary and you may find a different experience than what you read here.

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Things to do

These recommendations are from third parties. I do not have any firsthand information about these places. Take the recommendations but make allowance for the fact that tastes vary and you may find a different experience than what you read here.

Some tips:

Some things to do:

Trastevere

Trastevere is the southwestern portion of Rome, on the other side of the river.

Day Trips from Rome

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Gelato

These recommendations are from third parties. I do not have any firsthand information about these places. Take the recommendations but make allowance for the fact that tastes vary and you may find a different experience than what you read here.

The Best Gelato in Rome

The Best Gelato in Rome: 6 Top Stops as recommended by the Revealed Rome blog
Revealed Rome recommends the top 6 gelaterias in Rome, and gives some tips on recogizing a good (or bad) gelateria when you see one.


Gelateria dei Gracchi

Gelateria dei Gracchi website
In the Prati district of Rome.
Address: Via dei Gracchi, 272, 00192 Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 06 321-6668


Gelateria Della Palma

A block or so north of the Pantheon. Big brash place with over 100 flavors of ice cream. Fabulous!
Address: via della Maddalena, 20


Giolitti

Tearoom and gelateria. Has 70 wonderful flavors of gelato.
Address: via Uffici del Vicario, 40


Gelateria Cremeria Monteforte


Address: via della Rotonda, 22
Telephone: +39 06 6867720


Il Gelato di San Crispino


Address: via della Panetteria, 42
Telephone: +39 06 6793924


La Gelateria Frigidarium

La Gelateria Frigidarium website
Address: Via del Governo Vecchio, 112 00186 Roma
Telephone: +39 338 180 0220


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Breakfast

Coffee

Coffee the Italian way: Calling the shots
Italy was the first European country to enjoy coffee in the early 17th century. Even today, with its vibrant cafes and top-quality espresso machines, Italian coffee culture still leads the way.

Cornetti

Where To Get Great Cornetti in Rome
Have breakfast like a true Roman, with a capuccino and a cornetto (an Italian version of a croissant.) But don't settle for microwaved frozen pastries dusted with powdered sugar to make them look homemade. Head for a bakery or cafe that makes their pastries fresh every morning.

I Dolci di Nonna Vincenza

I Dolci di Nonna Vincenza website
A Catania-based bakery with two locations in Rome, producing extra large cornetti — try the cornetto con marmellata (cornetto with jam.)
Montecitorio
Piazza Montecitorio, 116, 00186 Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 06 69 94 21 85
Email: montecitorio@dolcinonnavincenza.it
Arco del Monte
Via Arco del Monte ,98a/98b, 00186 Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 06 92 59 43 22
Email: arcodelmonte@dolcinonnavincenza.it


Antico Forno Roscioli

Antico Forno Roscioli website
This bakery has everything from pizza to pastries. The exquisite cornetti are traditionally Roman.
Via dei Giubbonari, 21, 00186 Roma, Italia
Telephone: +39 06 6864045
Email: info@anticofornoroscioli.com


Cafe Barberini

An old-school cafe, located in the heart of working-class neighborhood Testaccio that has the best and most authentic cornetti in Rome
Via Marmorata, 41/43, 00153 Roma, Italia


Antico Forno ai Serpenti

Close to the forum in the Monti neighborhood, you can find some of Rome's best pastries here, including the cornetti.
Via dei Serpenti, 122/123, 00184 Roma, Italia


Cristalli di Zucchero

Cristalli di Zucchero website
The cornetti at this bakery, located near the Circus Maximus, are more like croissants and are available filled with fresh berries.
Via di San Teodoro, 88, 00186 Roma, Italia
Telephone: +39 06 58 23 03 23


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Dining

These recommendations are from third parties. I do not have any firsthand information about these places. Take the recommendations but make allowance for the fact that tastes vary and you may find a different experience than what you read here.

Some tips:

Pizza in Rome

Pizza in many parts of Italy, is available in two different styles:

  1. Take-away shops sell pizza rustica or pizza al taglio, cooked in rectangular baking pans and relatively thick, usually cooked in an electric oven. It is usually cut with scissors or a knife and sold by weight. This is OK for lunch or for an afternoon snack.
  2. In pizza restaurants (pizzerias), pizza is served in a dish in its traditional round shape. It has a thin, crisp base quite different from the thicker and softer Neapolitan style base. It is usually cooked in a wood-fired oven, giving the pizza its unique flavor and texture. The law in Rome says they cannot start the wood ovens before 7:00pm, so if you want a good wood-fired pizza, wait until then.

In Rome, a pizza napoletana is topped with tomato, mozzarella, anchovies and oil (thus, what in Naples is called pizza romana, in Rome is called pizza napoletana).



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Eat Like a Local in Rome

From the pages of Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine and Conde Nast Traveler.

Armando al Pantheon

Address: Salita dei Crescenzi 31
Telephone: +39 06-6880-3034

Trattoria Armando al Pantheon
Romantic yet classic atmosphere, with mood lighting and ironed tablecloths, make for a special place for dinner. The tagliolini al tartufo, pasta with truffles and olive oil, is not to be missed. (Closed Saturday nights and Sundays)

Capo Boi

Address: via Arno 80, 00198 Roma
Telephone: +39 06.84.15.535

Capo Boi Ristorante
This is a first class fish-centric, Sardinian-kitchen restaurant in the Coppide neighborhood, between Parioli and Trieste.

Da Enzo

Address: via dei Vascellari 29, Roma - Trastevere
Telephone: +39 06.58.12.260

Da Enzo al 29
Roman cooking is a simple, healthy, nourishing and tasty cooking […]. Simple and genuine things. Everything that is international and complicated is inexorably banished.
This is a place that is loved by the locals, and all of their produce is local and organic.

Da Lucia

Address: Vicolo del Mattonato 2B (Trastevere)
Telephone: +39 06-580-3601

Trattoria da Lucia
Da Lucia is in the guidebooks, but still has great food. Starters like the pecorino e miele (cheese and honey) or alici al limone (anchovies with lemon juice) along with a bottle of vino rosso della casa (house wine) will prepare you for the Spaghetti alla gricia, with panchetta and pecorino cheese. Be sure to have cash with you. (Closed Mondays)

Da Tonino

Address: Via del Governo Vecchio 18-19 (Piazza Navona)
Telephone: +39 333-587-0779

da Tonino
This restaurant has several names, including Da Tonino and Trattoria di Antonio Bassetti, and is very small, so be prepared to wait. Be sure to have the Rigatoni all'Amatriciana, al dente rigatoni with panchetta and a mildly spicy tomato sauce. You'll need cash. (Closed Sundays)

Dar Poeta

Address: Vicolo del bologna 45 - P.I. 01642890568 - 00153 Roma
Telephone: +39 06.58.80.516

Dar Poeta, Pizzeria, Forno a Legna
From the pages of Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine:
Romans drive across town for great pizza from this neighborhood institution on a small street in Trastevere.

Farinè

Address: Via degli Aurunci, 6/8
Telephone: +39 06.445.1162

Farinè
This is a husband and wife run pizza house — the wife cooks and the husband serves; both were trained at the National School of Pizza. There are five strict selections of Roman-style pizza per night, with no substitutions, no exceptions, with beer and wine.

La Carbonara

Address: via Panisperna, 214, 00184 ROMA
Telephone: +39 064825176

la Carbonara, osteria con cucina dal 1906
Run by the owner, chef Donna Teresa and her son who is the manager. Dine on generous portions of traditional homemade pastas and you will find that the food is consistently magnifico.

Osteria Bonelli

Address: Viale dell'Acquedotto Alessandrino, 172
Telephone: +39 329.863.3077

Osteria Bonelli
No menus, superb food on cheap paper tablecloths, waitresses in thick black eyeliner, wonderful house red wine. What more could you ask for?

Osteria Qui Se Magna

Address: Via del Pigneto 307A
Telephone: +39 06-274-803

Osteria Qui Se Magna
Osteria Qui Se Magna translates as "Here you eat well" in Roman dialect, and if you get the Pasta alla mafiosa (rigatoni corti tossed with tomato sauce, eggplant, and ricotta) you will eat well. (Closed Sundays)

Taverna Romana

Address: Via della Madonna dei Monti 79
Telephone: +39 06-474-5325

Taverna Romana
A small but inviting space, once you get past Lucia and Tonino, you can take your time with your meal without being concerned with the amount of time you spend here. Have the Rigatoni cacio e pepe, the best dish in the house, but be sure to have cash with you. (Closed Sundays)

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