Airports in Rome: all that you need to know

Your dream has just come true. You have finally planned your holiday in Rome! Now it’s time to book your flight: here you find all the information you need before you fly here.

AIRPORTS

Rome has two airports: Fiumicino and Ciampino.

Leonardo Da Vinci airport, also known as “Fiumicino”, because it is located in the town of Fiumicino on the coast, is the major port of call for intercontinental as well as european and national flights. It is about 40 kilometers from the city.

G. B. Pastine airport, also known as “Ciampino” from the town name where it is located, is about 25 kilometers from the city center. Flights on smaller, budget or charter carriers land here.

 

HOW TO GET INTO ROME FROM FIUMICINO AIRPORT

TRAIN

You can take the Leonardo Express, the direct train service for Rome’s main station Termini. The trains run every 15 or 30 minutes, depending on the hours, from 6.23 am to 11.23 pm (5.35 am-10.35 pm from Roma Termini) They take about 30 minutes and the cost is €14. There are also local trains from Fiumicino which stops in Rome Trastevere, Ostiense, Tuscolana, Tiburtina.

BUS

There are many bus lines to Rome Termini station, which are quite cheap (€4-6 one way) For example, Tambus, Sit Bus Shuttle or Terravision.

TAXI/CAR SERVICE

You can take a white metered taxi: the official fare is €48 baggage included. You can also use “MyTaxi” app, which gives you the opportunity to book and pay online (and you get a €20 voucher for free). Otherwise you can hire a private car service (like NCC). Our guests who book one of our holiday apartments directly has the airport transfer on arrival free of charge.

HOW TO GET INTO ROME FROM CIAMPINO AIRPORT

METRO

This is the cheapest way (even the less comfortable one) to get into Rome. With a single €1,50 ticket you can take the local bus to the Anagnina  metro station and then the line A of the metro to arrive to Termini station.

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You can take one of the bus lines to Termini station, like Tearravision, Sit Bus Shuttle or Schiaffini. The cost of the ticket is between €4-6 one way.

TAXI

The easiest way to get into Rome is the white metered taxi. The official fare is €35 one way. You can also use “MyTaxi” app, which gives you the opportunity to book and pay online (and you get a €20 voucher for free). Otherwise you can hire a private car service (like NCC). Our guests who book one of our holiday apartments directly has the airport transfer on arrival free of charge.


Now you only have to enjoy Rome, that will welcome you with beauty, history and a lot of things to do!

 

5 cose da fare a Roma in primavera

Il peggio è passato e il freddo è ormai un ricordo. Roma comincia a rifiorire, un sole caldo riempie le giornate e piacevoli profumi inebriano l’aria.

Sì, forse la primavera è la stagione migliore per visitare la Città Eterna: nonostante non sia per niente facile stilare una classifica di tutto ciò che si può fare in città in primavera, ecco le 5 appuntamenti che noi non perdiamo mai!

I Natali di Roma

Quando nasce una dea tutti le devono rendere omaggio, è una legge non scritta tra le sfere celesti. E così deve essere: il 21 Aprile si celebrano i Natali di Roma e tanti cittadini, romani e non,  rendono il doveroso saluto alla città madre dell’occidente.

Ogni anno tra le vie del centro storico sfilano volontari del gruppo  storico romano che con rappresentazioni suggestive rievocano i fasti dell’antica Roma.  Se avete deciso di passare per Roma, ricordatevi che questo è il suo 2770 compleanno.

Hanami di Roma

Un angolo  di Giappone all’Eur. Se siete amanti dell’oriente, non potete assolutamente esimervi da una visita al famoso laghetto dell’Eur, dove si trovano 2500 Ciliegi che il Giappone donò all’Italia il 20 luglio 1959.

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Un bellissimo posto dove fare una passaggiata, ammirare i ciliegi in fiore e magari, praticare un pò di canotaggio in una delle numerose associazioni presenti sulle sponde del lago.

Lancio di Rose al Pantheon

Ogni tradizione che si rispetti si ripete ogni anno, e così il prossimo 4 giugno una pioggia di rose scenderà all’interno del PantheonQuesta ricorrenza segna la fine delle Pentecoste e risale all’insediamento dei primi cristiani a Roma. La Rosa rappresentava infatti  rappresentava lo Spirito Santo ed era il simbolo del sangue versato dal Crocefisso per la redenzione dell’umanità.

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In origine petali di rose venivano fatti cadere sui fedeli dal lucernaio della cupola dell’antico Pantheon a simboleggiare le lingue di fuoco della sapienza. Uno spettacolo davvero unico, che ogni anno richiama moltissimi turisti e romani.

Roseto Comunale

Il 21 aprile per i romani è una data importante: non solo per il natale della propria città, ma anche perchè segna l’apertura del Roseto comunale. Situato nei pressi del Circo Massimo ad ingresso gratuito, il Roseto ospita 1.100 le varietà di rose botaniche, antiche e moderne, provenienti da tutto il mondo. Da non perdere le rose botaniche, risalenti a più di 40 milioni di anni fa.

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Con un panorama invidiabile il Roseto non vi deluderà.

Pic-nic a Villa Ada

Felici, ma stanchi, perché reduci da una settimana di code ai musei, tour dei monumenti e visite di tanti angoli paticolari di Roma? Concedetevi una giornata di riposo e approfittate di uno dei numerosi parchi che Roma offre e organizzate un pic nic! Villa Ada è un parco situato nel quadrante nord di Roma, con una storia millenaria: è il punto in cui si uniscono i due fiumi di Roma, Aniene e Tevere: ai romani piace passeggiare tra i sentieri di questo parco, trovare ristoro all’ombra e mangiare in compagnia qualcosa preparato a casa, o semplicemente una pizza con la mortadella.

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Bambini, giovani, aspiranti giocolieri, atleti, padroni con i cani a passaggio e anziani sulle panchine: una fenomenologia degli abitanti della Città Eterna!

Visiting Rome in the moonlight

Rome is a city of multiple faces. It can be funny, cozy, chaotic; you can see it from different points of view. But when the night falls, the Eternal City becomes absolutely fantastic.

These are three places you can’t miss under the moonlight!

PONTE SANT’ANGELO (Bridge of Angels)

There’s no doubt that Castel Sant’Angelo is one of the most suggestive places in Rome. And Ponte Sant’Angelo Bridge, or “Bridge of Angels”, is amazing during the night. It’s full of lights and you can enjoy a breath-taking view from every angle. Take a walk there and give yourself the opportunity to have a private moment of relax and delight.

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Photo credit: @n_brgr- Instagram

VIA DI MONTE TESTACCIO (Monte Testaccio street)

Testaccio (Mountain of crock) is one of Rome’s most famous neighborhood. It is situated in an area which used to be the harbour of Ancient Rome and it takes its name from the huge numbers of broken amphorae that were left there. Now Via di Monte Testaccio is the beating heart of the Roman movida!

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THE JEWISH GHETTO

The Roman Jewish Ghetto is one of the most ancient in the world and it is stunning after the sunset. Its atmosphere is really unique, almost magical. The Synagogue and the Portico d’Ottavia, from Ancient Rome, seem to embrace  all the people who look at them. Walking onto its streets is really a beautiful experience. But you can also choose to have a dinner there, in one of the Jewish restaurants that locals love.

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Three different places with one feature in common: they represent the spirit of the Eternal City.

 

The best tours to visit Rome (and skip the lines)

It’s love at first sight. Yes, we know how it happens: Rome is one of the most courted cities in the world. It’s easy to understand why: it’s beautiful, bright and offers a lot of things to do. But sometimes it’s not easy to choose where to start and what to see, because it can be crowded. And time never seems to be enough.

Here you find the three city tours we highly recommend for an exclusive visit of the Eternal City. The tours are organized by The Roman Guy, booking in advance is a must and can be done on their website.

  • Vatican Privileged Entrance Express Tour

Skip the line and get the opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums and st. Peter’s Basilica with an expert tour guide. This tour will cover the main highlights of these two symbolic attractions, from a privileged point of view, which will leave you speechless. Would you say yes to the Sistine Chapel and other priceless masterpieces without the confusing crowd? Are you willing to see “La Pietà” by Michelangelo and the Papal Tombs Crypts? Wear  a pair of comfortable shoes and get ready for this adventure.

  • Arena Floor Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum

It’s the symbol of Rome and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern world. You can see the Colosseum from the outside, but it is definitely worth a visit on the inside. This “Gladiator’s Experience” tour will take you on a journey  into history: you skip the line and enter a restricted area as well, the reconstructed Arena Floor, which has special access requirements to the public. If you want to live a unique experience in a unique place, this is the right tour for you. Open your eyes and your heart!

  • Trastevere “Local” Food Tour

Monuments, museums, fountains are great, but food is another absolute must to add to your bucket list when in Rome. In order to avoid “tourist traps” and enjoy the real Roman cuisine, a guide will choose for you the best places in one of the most authentic neighbourhoods in Rome: Trastevere. You must be in shape and arrive with an empty stomach, because this tour will begin with an “Italian aperitivo” and finish with an artisanal ice-cream. 6 stops and 8 tastings are planned. Can you think about a better way to connect with locals?

If you don’t have enough time to try them all, there’s only one solution: visit Rome again soon!

5 unusual things to see in Rome

Not only famous monuments and piazzas, but also curious and secret places. Here you find 5 unusual things to see in the Eternal city, which even some  locals don’t know about!

  • The magic door of Piazza Vittorio

This door used to be a part of a famous villa, called Villa Palombara, and now it is located into the garden of piazza Vittorio, close to Termini station. Two  statues of the ancient Egyptian deity Bes are its “supervisors” and someone says that it may shield the secret of the philosopher’s stone.

The Magic Door (Photo credit: Restorefood-Instagram)

  • The Tureen of via Vittorio

It is not so far from Piazza Navona: this is a really peculiar fountain because…it has a lid! It used to be located in campo De’ Fiiori, but the Pope Gregorio XV decided to relocated it, because it was used to wash fruits and vegetables. Its nickname was chosen by Romans to make fun of it.

  •  The optical illusion of via Piccolomini

Via Niccolò Piccolomini is a small street in Rome where you have the feeling of being in front of the St. Peter’s Dome. Something strange happens here: the closer you get, the smaller the Dome becomes. If you step back, the Dome will appear bigger and closer. Go and have a look!

Via Piccolomini (Photo credit: @mariannaalvarenz-Instagram)

  •  The “motorized” painting of Rubens

Rubens painted a work entitled Angels Adoring the Madonna Vallicelliana, which is displayed in the church of Santa Maria Valicella. It incorporates a special feature, a panel that could be removed to reveal behind it the holy image it was designed to protect. The priest usually moves it with a remote control after the Saturday Mass.

  • The Zuccari Palace

Close to Spanich Steps, this palace seems to be like others. But it’s not true. It is also known as “a monster house” because its door and windows are monsters’ faces with their mounths wide open.

Palazzetto Zuccari (Photo credit: @lubi1982-Instagram)

Rome is a city to discover…Don’t you think?

10 cose (insolite) da fare a Roma

“Tutte le strade portano a Roma” recita un famosissimo proverbio. E anche il proprio cammino personale, prima o poi, incrocia la Città Eterna: una delle più amate, fotografate e visitate del mondo. Che sia una volta, o magari anche più di una: spesso anche i romani ammettono di avere ancora qualcosa da scoprire nella città in cui sono nati e continuano ad abitare. Se restate a Roma per più di tre giorni, o non l’avete vissuta a fondo la prima volta in ci siete stati, queste sono 10 cose da fare al di fuori dei soliti “giri turistici”, per poter davvero dire di “esserci stati“.

  • Andare alla scoperta di Passetto di Borgo, il tratto che collega il Vaticano e Castel sant’Angelo: zona pedonale con molti bar e ristorantini.

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  • Passeggiare immersi nel verde sull’Appia Antica, a piedi o in bici, per respirare aria di storia e autenticità.

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  • Girare in lungo e largo Trastevere, perdendosi tra i suoi vicoli, per poi concedersi un caffè al Bar san Calisto, uno dei più conosciuti del quartiere.
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Credits: @martinrueg-Instagram

  • Prendere un aperitivo in uno dei locali tra via della Pace e via Anima, a due passi dalla suggestiva piazza Navona.

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  • Visitare i Musei Capitolini, per comprendere meglio la storia e il mito della Città Eterna.

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  • Assaggiare i piatti della cucina tradizionale romana, dalla cacio e pepe alla coda alla vaccinara, in una delle osterie del quartiere Testaccio.
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Credits:@paulinevergara-Instagram

  • Provare la grattachecca, tipica di Roma, in estate: per esempio quella della famosa Sora Maria in via Trionfale.
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Credits: @avalabrega-Instagram

  • Visitare il parco archeologico di Ostia Antica e fare poi un salto al lungomare di Ostia.

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  • Attraversare il Ponte della Musica, dopo una passeggiata sul Lungotevere.

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Emozioni e ricordi: ecco ciò che vi lascerà Roma una volta a casa.

Exploring the Castelli Romani: three awesome towns you should visit

There are a lot of things to do and see in Rome, as we already know. But if you stay more than three or four days, you can consider visiting the area of the Castelli Romani (Roman Castles in English). They are beautiful towns located in the south-east of Rome’s countryside: not so frequented by tourists, they are definitely worth a visit. There you can discover the essence of Roman traditions and gastronomic culture. In particular, we suggest these three little gems.

Castelgandolfo

It’s a relaxing place, overlooking Lake Albano. It’s well known because it used to be the holiday residence of Popes and cardinals. The lakefront is stunning and there are also some nice restaurants and pubs. The Church of San Tommaso da Villanova, the main church of the town, was created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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Ariccia

It’s famous among Romans for its “fraschette”, the typical local restaurants where you can taste the “porchetta”, ham, salami or homemade pasta with local red wine. But Ariccia is also known as an artistic town, thanks to its “Piazza di Corte” (which was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Carlo Fontana) and its bridge, which is massive (and sadly used for suicides).

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Frascati

It’s maybe the most beautiful town of the Castelli Romani. It’s full of bars and restaurants and has a lot to offer for the nightlife. Morover, you can have a stroll trough its amazing small streets and a coffee in the central square: you will discover a really fascinating place.

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If you like discovering new places, you just can’t miss the Castelli Romani!

Be my Valentine: three romantic spots in Rome

St.Valentine’s Day is almost here and Rome is a very romantic place to declare Eternal love. You have plenty of things to do. But if you are looking for something very special, you just can’t miss these three tips from who knows Rome very well (and fell in love in and with the Eternal City!)

Monte Mario

Monte Mario is the highest hill in Rome north of the Vatican. It’s famous among Romans because at the night you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city. There you can also find “il Vialetto degli Innamorati”, that is “The street of the lovers” and Lo Zodiaco restaurant, where you can have meals or  some drinks while reciting love poems.

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Photo credit: @michela_carusone-Instagram

Castel Sant’Angelo

Walking hand in hand has never been so exciting: Ponte Sant’Angelo becomes magic during the night. It’s bright, uncrowded and mysterious: Castel Sant’Angelo, with its majesty and amazing beauty is just in front of you. If you want to propose, it’s the right place. Trust us.

Photo credit: @giova_gallu-Instagram

Photo credit: @giova_gallu-Instagram

Ponte Milvio

It’s probably the most romantic bridge in the city: Ponte Milvio used to be full of padlocks with love promises written on them. Kiss each other while looking at the fantastic view on the river Tiber: it will be unforgettable. You can spend the rest of the night at one of the bars and restaurants all around the area, which are really nice.

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Photo credit: @turistiperhobby-Instagram

 

“To get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.” 

Mark Twain

Roma e i luoghi del cinema

Non solo un museo a cielo aperto, come la definiva Alberto Sordi, ma anche un enorme set cinematografico. Ripercorrere i luoghi che hanno reso Roma protagonista sul piccolo e grande schermo è un modo per viverla e apprezzarne sempre di più il fascino. Dai film ormai parte della storia del cinema, fino alle produzioni televisive più recenti, la Città Eterna non smette mai di stupire e far sognare. Queste sono solo alcune delle pellicole che la città ha ospitato nel corso degli anni, e che l’hanno resa sempre più famosa (e desiderata) nel mondo.

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Gregory Peck e Audrey Hepburn a spasso in Piazza di Spagna, sulla vespa con alle spalle il Vittoriano e il Colosseo, seduti a un bar al Pantheon o allegri di fronte alla Bocca della Verità: immagini che non possono non emozionare chi Roma la conosce bene, ma ancora di più chi non ha ancora avuto il piacere di vistarla con l’attenzione che merita.

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La dolce Vita 

Capolavoro indiscusso del maestro Federico Fellini, con Marcello Mastroianni, ambientato in una Roma alla ricerca di grandi emozioni. Come dimenticare il bagno nella Fontana di Trevi di una bellissima Anita Eckberg? E poi ancora via Veneto, piazza del Popolo, via Appia Antica.

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Mangia, prega, ama

Nella pellicola di Ryan Murphy, ispirata a una storia vera, Julia Roberts mangia il gelato a piazza Navona, abita in via della Scrofa, passeggia in via del Corso, vive le bellezze delle città e gode dei suoi piatti. Roma è un po’stereotipata, ma sempre stupenda.

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La grande bellezza

Una Roma decadente e malinconica per il film di Paolo Sorrentino vincitore dell’Oscar. La pellicola si apre con un’immagine del Fontanone, al Gianicolo. Il suo protagonista, Toni Servillo nei panni di Jep Gambardella, la vive fino in fondo. Passeggia al Parco degli Acquedotti e al Giardino di Villa Medici, abita in una splendida casa con vista sul Colosseo: non si può non ritenere la città una grandissima protagonista del film.

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The Young Pope

Una serie televisiva di grande successo, sempre del regista Paolo Sorrentino: ambientata all’interno dello Stato del Vaticano, offre anche alcuni scorci di Roma. Una città che qui è semplice spettatrice, in favore degli eventi umani (e divini).

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Unica, grandiosa, luminosa: Roma è sicuramente tra le location più belle in cui ambientare piccole e grandi storie.

 

 

Five little secrets of Rome’s most famous sites you probably don’t know

Rome is one of the most famous and beautiful city in the world. It can surprise everyone, thanks to its history, art and unique places. But are you sure you know every little secret of its most visited monuments? Here you find five fun facts about the Eternal City.

  • Colosseum

It’s the symbol of the city, the breathtaking proof of the greatness of Ancient Rome. Once upon a time it was covered by marble, which was used to build the Saint Peter’s Basilica and other important buildings. The missing part, which gives it its  asymmetric profile, was destroyed by an eartquake in 851 a.c.

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  • Piazza Navona

In Ancient Rome this amazing place was a oval-shaped stadium, built by the Emperor Domitian. It’s still possible to visit the ruins of the old structure. Sometimes ancient Romans would even flood the stadium and hold naval battles there: maybe that’s why now it’s called “Navona”, which means “big ship”.

  • Pantheon

The most captivating part of the Pantheon- it used to be a pagan temple, then transformed into a church- is its dome, with the hole, called oculus, in the top. Roman engineers built the dome lightening it as much as possible; its special structure doesn’t allow the rain to fall inside frequently. If it happens, the floor is slanted and drains the water.

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  • Campo De’Fiori

Now it’s a delicious square, with reasturants and shops. But during the XVII century, executions used to be held publicly here. The famous philosophy Giordano Bruno was burnt alive in this place: that’s why now we find a monument dedicated to him.

  • Trevi Fountain

According to the legend, you have to throw  a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder to return to Rome. Almost every tourist who visits the fountain does it. But what happens to all the coins into the fountain? They are collected by Caritas, a Roman Catholic charity, to fund projects for poor people.

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