How to get from airport to downtown Rome  

Once your flight has landed at Roma Fiumicino Airport and you are ready to head to town center, the decision to make is how do I get to your final destination?

To reach your accommodation in Rome from the airport you have the following options: taxi, bus, train, private transfer.

Taxi

This is the most obvious option for travelers who want to get quickly to their hotel. And it is a costly option since it is a one hour drive to the historic town center.

To take a taxi just wait in line at the taxi rank outside the arrival terminal. Here is where all officially licensed taxis wait for their customers. Anyone who enters the terminal and offers you a cheap taxi ride into Rome is not an official taxi driver and will overcharge for the service. So please avoid these offers for your own safety.

If your final destination is into the historic town center there is a fixed taxi fare of 48 Euro plus a 1 Euro rate per piece of luggage.

We suggest to check with the driver that he applies the fixed rate as he should. If you are going somewhere not in town center, ask the driver for an estimate of the cost.

Please be aware that only few taxis accept credit cards for payment. Those who do display a sticker with the credit cards logo.

Radio taxi Samarcanda accepts credit cards on each taxi car http://www.samarcanda.it/en.

Private Transfer

This is a very good option (and our favorite) to get to the front-door of your final destination in Rome. Private transfer services are provided in good cars or mini-vans and are comparable to taxi in terms of price. Service is better since the driver picks you up in the airport terminal where he waits for you at arrival outside baggage collection area.

Private transfer is also a very convenient option to move across Rome when visiting tourist sites and monuments.

To book your private transfer service click here.

Bus

The bus option is cheaper than the taxi or private transfer but a bit more complicated.

Three different services are available:

Cotral – this service takes you to Termini Railway Station or Cornelia Station (where you can change for the Metro A line), and to Tiburtina Railway Station (where you can change to the Metro B line). Cotral buses depart from the parking outside the arrival area of Terminal T1 and T2 and tickets cost 5 Euro. website

Terravision – this bus service takes you directely into Rome to Termini Railway Station. You can buy the ticket on-line in advance (recommended) or once at the airport. Bus departs from the parking outside Terminal 3 and tickets cost 4 Euro. website

SIT – this service takes you to either Termini Railway Station or Piazza Cavour (this is good if your destination is close to the Vatican) Bus departs from the parking outside Terminal 3 and tickets cost 5 Euro. website

Train

The train is a good option to reach Rome Termini Railway Station and then reach your final destination. The Leonardo Express Train service departs from the “Fiumicino Aeroporto” station every 30 minutes and reaches Roma Termini station in a 30 minutes non-stop trip. Tickets cost 14 Euro and can be purchased at the station in the airport.

If you need to reach a different train station in Roma such as Trastevere, Ostiense, Tiburtina, etc. then take the regular train service from the airport. Tickets are cheaper in this case and can be purchase at the train station. Remember to stamp the ticket before boarding. Trenitalia website

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Gelaterie (ice creams parlours) you should try in Rome

If you love eating a gelato a day when in in Rome, you should look for the small artisan gelateris, not the big ones displaying large cardboard cones with multi-colored scoops.

Rome offers plenty of choice. Here is a list of ice cream parlours that make good gelato where you can get fully satisfied.

Fata Morgana in Piazza degli Zingari 5, and six more locations across town, makes one of the best fresh organic ice creams,

Mela e Cannella in Via Oderisi da Gubbio, Marconi area, makes fresh organic ice cream to die for,

Gelateria dei Gracchi in Via dei Gracchi in Prati area makes simple and tasty flavors,

Fior di Luna in Trastevere is another must to put on your list,

San Crispino near the Trevi fountain is also one of the most famous in Rome,

Gelateria del Teatro in Via dei Coronari in town center makes the list for its quality and original flavors,

Frigidarium near Piazza Navona has a choice of high quality traditional ice cream,

Carapina near Campo dei Fiori makes fresh ice cream according to the season,

Don Nino Gelateria & Pasticceria in Via Borgognona, 11 has also a selection of freshly made Sicilian pastries,

La Romana is a good one with three shops in Via Cola di Rienzo, in Via XX Settembre and in Via Ostiense,

Grom from Turin is located near the Pantheon. Grom claims that they “buy the absolute highest-quality raw materials”, and their ice cream is good.

Now you only have to take walks in Rome and enjoy ice creams around town. And let us know which is your favorite.

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Luxury Hotels in Rome

Are you planning a romantic escape to Rome? We suggest to make your stay a memorable one by checking-in a luxury hotel in the Eternal City.

Depending on your visit plans, you have many choices to enjoy a luxurious stay in Rome. We have selected the following areas of town where most of the five star hotels are concentrated: Via Veneto, the heart of the Dolce Vita and close to beautiful Villa Borghese gardens; the historic town center; and the hills just around town center where hotels often have gardens with an outdoor pool to enjoy in the warm season.

Here is a non exaustive list of the best luxury hotels to look at for a great stay in Rome:

Via Veneto area

Hotel Eden – just off Via Veneto, a Dorchester Group property, this is a true deluxe hotel with great views over the city and a renowed Michelin starred restaurant.

Regina Hotel Baglioni – in the middle of Via Veneto offers beautiful rooms, a spa, and a spectacular Penthouse suite with private terrace and superb comfort.

Hotel Majestic Roma – a perfect choice to indulge in luxury in the Eternal city, great rooms and gourmet restaurant with an elegant terrace.

Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto – in the heart of Rome, right on Via Veneto, the hotels is housed in a historic building. It offers modern rooms and a great rooftop terrace with stunning views Villa Borghese.

Hotel Splendide Royal – next to Porta Pinciana, a truly luxurious property with a gourmet rooftop restaurant offering stunning views over the city and Villa Borghese.

The St. Regis Rome – the former Grand Hotel of Rome is an outstanding luxury hotel part of the Luxury Collection by Starwood. The hotel offers out standing service and all the comforts.

Hotel Bernini Bristol – located in piazza Barberini, facing the beautiful fountain made by Bernini, offers luxury rooms and suites and a Michelin starred restaurant on the panoramic rooftop.

Grand Hotel Palace – housed in an authentic Art Deco building on Via Veneto just across from the American Embassy. The hotel offers luxury rooms with a touch of design and a great location.

The Westin Excelsior – an institution in Rome since the Dolce Vita period, offers luxurious accommodation and a superb suite with private terrace and unique views over the city.

Boscolo Exedra Roma – located in between the railway station and via Veneto, this luxury hotel has an Italian character with views over Piazza della Repubblica, it offers a beautiful rooftop pool overlooking Rome.

Town center

Hassler Roma – considered an icon of luxury hotels in Rome, it enjoys a very unique position over the Spanish Steps with spectacular views. It offers a Michelin starred restaurant and all the key luxury facilities.

Intercontinental De La Ville – an international luxury hotel with a rooftop terrace that offers a breathtaking view over Rome from the Spanish Steps.

Hotel De Russie – a favorite by many celebrities, is a modern luxury hotel with a gourmet restaurant and one of the best spas in town. The garden is perfect for al fresco eating and enjoying cocktails at the bar.

J.K. Place Roma – a boutique luxury hotel with all comforts and top notch details to make your stay unique and memorable.

The First Luxury Art Hotel – the only luxury hotel in Rome with a strong presence of contemporary art pieces, it offers modern rooms a gourmet Micelin starred restaurant and an excellent rooftop terrace.

G-Rough Suite Hotel – a design luxury concept for a boutique hotel with suites furnished with original pieces designed by famous Italian architects. Located near Piazza Navona is ideal for browsing the city center.

Grand Hotel Plaza – a historic luxury hotel in Rome located in the central Via del Corso perfect for shopping and sightseeing. It offers beautiful deluxe rooms and suites with private terraces overlooking the town.

Hotel Raphael – a perfect location in the Piazza Navona area, offers luxury rooms and a beautiful rooftop terrace restaurant and bar.

On the hills

Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria – located on the Monte Mario hill, out of town center, it enjoys the benefits of a large property. The hotel houses La Pergola, the only three Michelin star restaurant in town, highly luxurious rooms and suites, a large park with an outdoor swimming pool, a grand spa and all the facilities you might want during your stay.

Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina – located on the Gianicolo hill is very close to the Vatican and castel Sant Angelo, it offers modern design rooms, a large garden with an outdoor swimming pool ideal in the hot summer months.

Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa – located on the edge of Villa Borghese this luxury hotel has rooms ans suites with park views and offers a great outdoor pool and a grand spa.

Aldrovandi Villa Borghese – located close to Villa Borghese park, this luxury hotel is family owned and offers outstanding rooms and suites, an outdoor swimming pool and a superb two Michelin star restaurant.

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48 hours in Rome

Where to stay
Choose the kind of accommodation that fits your traveling style and requirements. Rome offers bed and breakfasts, apartments, and hotels of all grades.

What to do

Make a list of what you would like to see and book in advance the tours in order to jump the queue for the tickets. In Rome sightseeing is a must and you will need good planning in order to make the most of your time and energies. See our tours page to book your visits. We strongly recommend to see the museums with a guided tour in order to skip the line and the crowds inside.

Day one

Monuments: skip the line tours to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon and classical Rome.

Lunch near the Vatican in Prati area: Settembrini in via Luigi Settembrini, 27; Isola della Pizza in via degli Scipioni 45; Piero e Francesco fish restaurant in via Fabio Massimo 75.

Shopping and sightseeing in town center: Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, via del Corso and neighbouring streets.

Dinner: top restaurants La Terrazza at Hotel Eden, Imago at Hotel Hassler, All’oro at The First Art Hotel. Good Roman cuisine Vino e Camino in piazza dell’Oro, 6: Al 34 in via Mario de’ Fiori, 34; Gusto and Gusto Osteria in Piazza Augusto Imperatore. Italian cuisine Le Colline Emiliane in via degli Avignonesi, 22; Tullio in via San Nicola da Tolentino, 26. Pizza at Pizza Ciro in via della Mercede, 43 or Pizza Re in via di Ripetta, 14.

Book a gourmet wine tasting establishment in central Rome and enjoy local delicacies and fine Lazio wines during a 2.5-hour tasting session

Day two

Skip the line tour to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, stroll the Capitoline Hill and air-conditioned coach tour afternoon of Imperial Rome sightseeing with a walk around to soak up the sights. Walk to the Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli to see the magnificent Moses statue sculpted by Michelangelo.

Lunch near Colosseum: Osteria Angelino dal 1899 in via Capo d’Africa 6; Cafè Cafè in via dei S. Quattro 44; Cavour 313 in via Cavour 313; Barrique Ristorante in via Cavour 300.

Shopping and sightseeing in town center: Trastevere area, Campo dei Fiori, Jewish Ghetto, piazza Navona.

Enjoy a Luxury Wine and Dinner Experience in a Private Cellar by the Pantheon in Rome

Dinner: top restaurant Aroma at Hotel Palazzo Manfredi facing the Colosseum; rooftop restaurant at Hotel Forum. Caffè Propaganda in via Claudia, 15. Roman cuisine La Taverna dei Quaranta in via Claudia, 24. Pizza at Pizzeria Li Rioni ai santi quattro, via dei Santiquattro 24.

Rome Must See
St. Peter’s Basilica with its spectacular world’s largest dome designed and built by Michelangelo; Vatican Museums; Sistine Chapel; Colosseum; Palatine Hill; Capitol Hill; Terme di Caracalla; Domus Aurea; Borghese Gallery (advance reservation); the Catecombs; Pantheon; Bocca della Verità; Circo Massimo; Tiber River and Tiberina island; Trevi Fountain; S. Maria in Trastevere; Basilica S. Maria Maggiore; Campo de Fiori; Piazza Farnese; Via Giulia; Piazza Navona; Piazza del Popolo; the Spanish Steps.

Shopping in via del Corso; via Condotti; via del Babuino; via Vittoria;via Mario de’ Fiori; via Borgognona; Piazza S. Lorenzo in Lucina; via dei Coronari; via del Governo Vecchio; via dei Giubbonari; Corso Vittorio Emanuele; via di Campo Marzio; Trastevere.

Al fresco dinner and ice creams in Campo de Fiori; Piazza Navona; Trastevere; Colosseum area; Testaccio.

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