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About Rome

Rome is beautiful, so beautiful that, I swear, nothing else seems to me to compare with it. In short, to tell you my thinking on Rome, it is not only the most beautiful city in the world, but it also is without a possibility of comparison with any other.

Charles de Brosses



The Roman Subway has only 2 lines that cross the city intersecting at Termini Station Stop. The A line runs from Anagnina to Battistini, with 27 stations, ranging from southeast to northwest. The B line goes from Rebibbia to Laurentina with 22 stations from south-west to north-east. Both are open from 05.30 AM until 11.30 PM.
The system called Metrebus Rome offers a wide variety of tickets and passes:
BIT which costs (€ 1.00) is valid for only one trip in the metro and all public busses or tramway for a period of 75 minutes.
BIG costs € 4.00 and can be use for the all day for all kind of transport in the city for unlimited trips.
BTI costs € 11.00 and is a real tourist ticket valid for 3 days from the validation for an unlimited number of trips.
The Weekly Card costs € 16.00 and is valid for seven days from the validation for an unlimited number of trips.
All tickets can be purchased at newsstands, vending machines present in all subway stations and at the subway stations of Anagnina, Battistini, Laurentina, Rebibbia and Ottaviano-San Pietro.

Rome has two airports for passengers, the main one where all airlines in the world use to land is called Leonardo da Vinci, but commonly known as Fiumicino (FCO).
This airport is connected to the city by a direct train called Leonardo Express (the name is also written on the side of the wagons). The ticket costs € 14 and leaves from platform 25 of Stazione Termini central rail station every 30 minutes, at 22 to 52 minutes of any hours and takes you to destination in 33 minutes. At Fiumicino Airport, the railway station is located in front of Terminal 3 and the train uses to stop and leave at platform 2. However you can check the platform at the screens in the station.
Ciampino airport is the one where low cost flights land such as Rayan Air, Wizzair and Easyjet. To get there you can easily take a bus leaving from Termini Station (Via Marsala) or from the Metro A station called Anagnina which is not far from the airport.

If you want to use the taxis in Rome, it is much better for you to know the rates applied in the city. Maybe they can be more expensive than in other cities of Europe so it is better to control them on the Municipality of Rome website before leaving.
To take a taxi in Rome you have to go to the parking place for taxis on the major squares of the city and not to call them on the street as they are not going to stop! If you are in the urgency to get one, you can enter in a hotel or restaurant and ask them to call one. This service has to be free of charge. You can also call one directly with your mobile. The some numbers of different companies: 06 3570, 06 5551, 06 6645.
To reach the Fiumicino or Ciampino airports or viceversa, fixed rates are established by the municipality: 30 € from or to Ciampino and 42 € from or to Fiumicino.

It 'a little' risky considering the Tiber as an alternative way of transportation, but surely the discovery of the city by the Tiber, in a unique natural environment, is an opportunity not to be missed. There is a new service, sponsored by the City of Rome, which offers different types of cruises during the day and the night.
The navigation is developed to cross the city showing the most beautiful and richest monument in history along the river Tiber leaving from the Risorgimento Bridge to the Harbour of Ostia by the see.
After Paris, London and Prague, Rome now rediscovers the charm of its river surfing along the Eternal City from another point of view, the one from the Tiber. For reservations you can call +39 06 97745498, or go directly to the Point of Sale at Castel Sant'Angelo or to the boarding point at the Tiber Island.

In the center of Rome exists today a Limited Traffic Zone ZTL where you can not circulate from 7:00 to 18:30. Only authorized car can pass the gates endowed with cameras without risking to have a fine of 68 euros. An excellent way of moving around in Rome easily and without any fear of losing your way in the city’s streets is to hire a choffeur-driver car. There is a vast choice but I particularly recommend one company. It’s called LIMOSERVICE and has nice cars and chauffeurs who know itineraries well both in Rome and throughout Italy. They are always excellent, courteous and above all willing. The cars rented with driver NCC can use the taxi lane, avoiding the traffic of the city, but common cars can not use those lanes. This is really a very practice way to get around Rome easily and without fear of losing the way through the streets of the city although it could be expensive.
If you have your own car, however, it is advisable to park outside the restricted traffic area and then you can go around the city by bus, metro, scooters, Segways, or even better walking.
In the central area of the city, there are authorized parking areas marked by a blue line on the ground. The rate varies from 1.00 to 1.20 euros per hour depending on the area for the whole day. For 8 hours you pay € 4. After 8 pm (in some cases 11 pm) until 8 am, parking is free. The ticket have to be displayed on the dashboard and can be purchased from vending machines with a grey P on the top that are located on all sidewalks. There are then public and private parking in any area of the city.
ParkSA Villa Borghese Blvd Galoppatoio H24 33 opened with a daily rate of 14.45 €.
Terminal Park: 30/32 Via Marsala (Termini Station) open all days from 6.00 to 1.00 with a fee of € 28.40 per day.
Piazzale dei Partigiani: from 6.00 am to 11.00 pm with a daily fee of 10 €.
Terminal Gianicolo: Via Urbano VIII, 16 / C (Vatican City) open every day from 7.00 to 1.30 with three pedestrian exits to St. Peter's Basilica. The daily rate is € 27.60. The rates may change on weekends and holidays.

This too is a very entertaining system, and also economical. The only drawback is that you mustn’t be afraid of the city’s chaotic and disorderly vehicle traffic and must know the roads well. Even for us Romans it is very easy to get lost due to unexpected changes in the direction of traffic circulation!!!!

It’s easy and fun to travel around Rome on a bike! Most of the historical part of the city is in fact a pedestrian area and therefore can be reached only on foot … or by bike. The Rome municipal transport company makes bicycles available – usable with simple cards - in the more central piazzas of the city. Riding around in Rome on a bike thus becomes very economical. Thanks to the possibility of hiring earphones, you can listen to the explanations of your guide who will come with you on your bicycle ride. If you want to find out more, consult the site of Atac, the Rome municipal transport company.

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