After living in Italy for a while, I try to blend all my articles about Italy with some good knowledge, but when starting the Roman writing, I feel like I never wrote a blog post. Rome fascinates me every time, but I start without knowing how the sentences will be sufficient in how I will describe it in writing language.
In this article, I have included all the details as much as possible when you go to Rome, what to eat, how to get there, where to stay, what tips to make your travel easier.
For sightseeing, for sightseeing “Places to Visit in Rome” You can look at the article, I detailed it in a separate title.
Rome is the capital of Italy. It is also the capital of the Lazio region and the city of Rome. As a city of 2800 years, Rome is the most populous city in Italy and its population is approximately 4 million. In their conversations, Italians generally consider the part they qualify as true Italy as Rome and above. Rome is so rich in history that it is not possible to ignore it, but it is interesting that they always describe the North as true Italians.
Let them think so, the city is like an open-air museum, but also the Vatican, an independent country in which the spiritual leader of the Catholics lived, the Pope. Despite all the wars in its time, Rome, with its structures still living for hundreds of years; It is one of the cities that millions of tourists visit every year and shows that this popularity is not wasted at all.
Location: Rome is located in the middle of Italy, between the Tiber and Aniane rivers, close to the Mediterranean.
Native language:The main language in Italy is Italian. You can easily understand English in touristic areas, even though they sometimes have difficulty in understanding their English, as they are usually read as written.
Currency unit:Since Italy is a country in the Schengen region, Euros are used everywhere.
Ideal Days:I believe that you should devote at least 3 full days to Rome. I am sure that if you increase the days, you can still find places to see.
Which Season to Go:Although it is always a beautiful city, it is very hot and crowded in summer, if possible, do not plan your trip to summer. It won’t be bad, but if you are going to go, I recommend you to be in your hotel with air conditioning in your room at noon to avoid hot weather. Apart from that, the best times are spring months. Spring and Autumn are very beautiful and warm in this city. The winter months are not too cold, but the chance of rain is high. Whenever you go, the city will definitely be alive and crowded! By the way, I should add that August is a month when almost all of Italy and Italians go on holiday, so even some restaurants can be closed for a long time.
Telephone line:If you are going to get a telephone line for internet or calls during your travel in Italy, I have 2 suggestions; First Vodafone Turkey calls and 40 minutes including internet + 25GB sim card fee for the first month with Italy next months € 10 € 25 minutes inside. The other is the economic option Iliad, which I have not tried, although the quality of the shot is said to be poor in some places. 50gb internet, I do not know the minutes, but the first month is 17 € for the sim card fee, 7 € for the following months. When buying a phone line, you have to say “PrePaid “that is, it is from the prepaid lines in us. At the same time, even if I don’t know the details, you can look at Wind and TİM brands. (Your passport is enough for Vodafone, I don’t know the others)
Official Holidays:If you are going to be in Rome on one of the dates written here, some places like museums or churches that you want to visit may be closed or be free, I suggest you check before you go.
January 1-New Year
January 6 – The Birth of Jesus
Easter Monday – first Monday after Easter (happening in April)
April 25 – Independence Day
May 1st – Labor Day
June 2 – Republic Day
August 15 – Ferragosto
November 1 – Saints’ Day
December 8 – A Feast for a Sinless Birth
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – St. Stephen’s Day
Transportation from Rome Fiumicino Airport to the City Center
Train: with Leonardo Express direct as from Rome airport – to Roma Termini train station In 32 minutes You can reach. Of this train one way fee 14 € uro and every 15 minutes. The first time from Roma Termini is at 05.35 and the last time is at 22.35. The first train time from Rome airport is 06.08 and the last train time is 23.23.
If you do not go directly with Leonardo Express, you can go directly to Termini station by paying 8 € uro in 51 minutes. If you have time, the transfer will not be difficult because you are changing trains only at the same stop.
All train services from here You can look at. Just search for “Fiumicino Aeroporto” at the departure stop and “Roma Termini” at the arrival stop.
Bus:If you are going to take a bus, which is more affordable but will take longer, you can buy a ticket from one of these companies; Flixbus, Sitbus Shuttle, TerraVision. To reach the city center, Roma Termini station by bus is also possible for each company. average 6 € and travel times 45 – 70 minutes ranging from. It is also possible to purchase tickets from the bus companies’ websites.
Taxi & Transfer: If you are going to take a taxi or private transfer, their prices are around 45 € -50 €. You can also get a quote for the transfer price from the hotel you will stay.
Rome City Transportation
Since walking is the best way to discover cities, Rome is one of the cities that fits this definition the most. As you walk, you can see a hundred-year-old column in this city, which is not on the account, and you can find sweet Vespas parked in the streets and Fiat 500s with black plates.
If you see a car with a black license plate, know that it is still the first owner and original.
Still valid for all public transport (bus, metro, tram…) vehicles when you need public transport one way ticket 1.5 € and you need to have it confirmed before the first boarding. After validating (validating), the ticket is valid for 100 minutes and you can transfer.
The 24-hour public transport ticket in the city is 7 € uro, the 48-hour ticket is 12.5 € uro and the 72-hour ticket is 18 € uro. You have to validate these tickets and your hours start from the moment you validate. You can buy tickets from metro stations, automatic ticket machines, ATAC stations and authorized (usually Tabacchi writers on the signs) sales points. For detailed examination and more here You can look at.
* Please note that these tickets are not valid for airport transportation.
In Rome, both for public transportation and for walking Google Maps you can use it, it is one of the applications that works just fine. The part that Google Maps lists public transports is very useful, especially when you are wondering how to go anywhere you want to go by public transport! I should remind you that you can not use without internet, but if you will need public transport frequently, you can travel very very easily if you buy daily tickets and make sure you have internet.
Rome City Map, Rome Metro Map and illustration maps that you can download and use on your phone on my Pinterest page I gathered together.
Perhaps one of the most mind-blowing points when planning a trip to Rome will be accommodation but not. No way, because there are so many options in the central parts that if you found a place in one of the regions I shared, it is enough to make your reservation.
I have suggestions for central places considering that you will walk Rome on foot. I guess it would not be wrong to say that if I say the central part of the places to see and see within the rectangle surrounded by Termini train station, Spanish Steps, Navona Square and Colosseum. So staying somewhere near Piazza Navona, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain will help you discover this city on foot. (Look at the locations I said on the map and pay attention to the proximity of the places you choose to stay in by walking to this area)
If you want to find an affordable but centrally located accommodation, you can look at Termini and its surroundings. As it is a more immigrant region, it is generally known as a region where you should pay more attention to security, but if you find a place with good comments and you can choose it. Here, too, you have a lot of options for transportation, but it is not a walkable distance.
Most hotels in Rome are not famous for their money, remember this.
Other regions that are central are; Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square), Piazza Barberini and Via Del Corso.
On our first trip to Rome, we stayed at Via Del Corso in August, making a point-by-point selection. Our hotel, which was very convenient at the time, has now reached Roman standards, but since it still has good reviews, here I’m leaving.
Next time, I stayed in a very central Airbnb house. It is possible to find very beautiful Airbnb houses, some of which have exquisite views, near the places I have already written. One time here and once here I left your links for you to browse for our stay.
If you are considering using Airbnb to stay on the trip or buy experience from this link As a member, you can get a discount loan of 223 TL.
I think Italy is neither too expensive nor too cheap among European cities. Of course, it is always possible to find much more affordable prices in the local areas of Southern Italy and most cities, but in cities as popular as Rome, everything can be expensive if you don’t study well. So don’t forget to mark the restaurants that fit your budget before you go.
Accommodation: We can say the average of hostel per person is 20 € uro. It is possible to find a nice hotel or Airbnb in the average of 100 € uro.
Coffee -1 € uro at the bar but if you sit down you can drink 3 €
Beer – ranging from € 2 to € 5
Sandwich – possible to find between 3 € and 5 €
Slice pizza – between 1 € – 4 €
Eating at the restaurant – You can think of the average per person as 15 € -20 €
Dessert – 3 € – 5 €
You don’t have to pay for water in Rome because you can drink water from all fountains, it’s free and clean.
If you are planning an economical, low-budget trip, you can already mark the following markets in almost every part of the city on your map; Coop, Pam Local, Carrefour / Carrefour Express. If you find Lidl, it will be the most economical. And the bigger the market, the more likely it is to find affordable products. At the same time, some of these markets have sections where you can take your ready meal and heat it in the microwave.
It is frequently found in markets, especially in Carrefour, and packed 2 € Focaccia are both savior and delicious.
There are 2 markets in Roma Termini train station; Coop and Mercato Centrale Roma. These can also work for you.
If Italy means pizza, pasta and seafood; It is certain that you can find very nice options in Rome. There is one thing you need to be careful about while eating in Italy. coperto! Coperto means couverture fee and usually 2 € -3 €, I have seen up to 4 € in many touristic places. Whether you sit and drink coffee or eat, the coperto fee determined by the restaurant / cafe will be added to your account per person. Look at the menus knowing this so that you don’t say why this account came like this.
Another issue is coffee! Italians have very different ties to coffee, so you can easily find coffee everywhere. If you drink coffee in the bar section of the cafe, you should probably pay the coperto price if you sit down and drink it. Some small shops do not buy coperto, but if this is important to you, be sure to ask the coperto status before sitting down.
The most important item is siesta hours! By typing the name of the restaurant you will go to Google, it shows what times it is open, do not go without looking. Some are open for both noon and evening service, while others only open in the evening, 19:00 or later. The same goes for cafes and markets. Siesta time is usually between 12:00 and 15:00 and cafes, patisseries, markets, sandwich shops, shops… many places that you can think of may be closed during this time period. Even being in a very touristic city does not change this fact. (I will repeat that you are going to this city or even Italy in August, it is possible that most of the small shops are closed because it is the month of August holiday for Italians as a country)
If you are buying alcohol from supermarkets, remember that there is no alcohol sale after 22 o’clock in the evening. Of course you can find different places that are open, but they will not be at supermarket prices.
Let me continue by explaining what you can try in Italy in general;
Carpaccio: Thinly sliced raw meat or fish, with olive oil and lemon
Insalata caprese: Tomato mozzarella cheese
Frutti di mare: seafood
Bresaola: Dry meat
Prosciutto: Italian ham, pork
Risotto: Rice cooked in broth
Gnocchi : Food in the form of tiny meatballs made of potato
tiramisu : Mascarpone, egg, sugar and coffee flavored cocoa dessert
zabaione : Dessert or drink made with egg yolk, sugar and sweet wine
Panna cotta : Dessert made of gelatin, sugar cream and fresh fruit
Father : A cake moistened with rum from Naples, also known as Rum Babà
Limoncello: A very common liquor in the south of Italy, obtained by immersing lemon in alcohol
Grappa: Alcoholic beverage, a grape-based pomace brandy
Campari: Alcoholic lycra made from plants and fruits
Aperol: A red liquor from Rhubarb and bitter orange extract
Venchi for ice cream, Pompi for tiramisu (4 €), Pastificio Guerra for pasta (4 €) and Antico Caffe Greco for cafe will be the most mentioned places in the suggestions. Even though I didn’t say wow for dessert or pasta, it is a very fresh and delicious option. Moreover, it is very pleasant to chat with people in every shop!
What I know and try are:
For gelato (ice cream)Gelateria La Romana (my favorite) or Fatamorgana. It is possible to find more than one of these two shops in Rome and the price per ball is 2.5 € on average.Pizza for Pizzeria Ai Marmi in Trastevere, the pizza average was 6 € -10 €. Coffee For La Casa Del Caffe Tazza D’oro or Sant Eustachio Il Cafe right near the Pantheon. Here you pay an average of 1 € for an espresso and 2.5 € for cappuccino at the bar. Sandwich for La Baguetteria.
To Google Maps “Pizza Al Taglio” If you type and search, you can find slice pizzerias closest to your location. Generally a good tip for finding affordable snacks.
I will also share a website where you can find dozens of choices about food. The best terrace bars, panoramic restaurants, pastas, pizzas, bakeries… Now, whatever you want, add them to your map by paying attention to their location and opening times. For many venue suggestionshere Just click.
If I have a last tip about eating and drinking, if you want to see the average prices for the restaurant you will go to, Google Maps is the place to look again. It is possible to see prices especially in the photos and comments section.
One of the most popular products to buy from Italy is pasta. You can find many places. Apart from that, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, limoncello and cheese are among the most purchased things. There are special shops that sell each of these as well as supermarkets where you can find the most suitable ones. I especially recommend you buy parmesan or gran padona cheese. They are sold as molds and you can find them in almost any market. You can also buy grated parmesan package or mozzarella. Since there will be water in Mozzarella, you should pay attention to its packaging. Probably one of the most convenient and delicious things that can be bought will be mozzarella because it usually starts from 50 cents.
Although not as much as Milan, you can easily find design boutiques in Rome. Apart from that, many daily brands will be observed in the streets. Via del corso and on the streets surrounding Piazza Spagna, you can find many familiar shops.
Prada, Gucci, Armani, Bvlgari If you want to find shops like street Via dei Condetti and from there you can continue walking to Via Veneto.
Of course, there are street markets in Rome where you can find everything. Close to Trastevere, which opens only on Sundays and closes at 14. Porta portese The market is like our markets, everything is there, and you can find some of them at more affordable prices than stores. Mercato dei fioriVegetable, fruit and flower market open every morning. Piazza Fontanella Borghese The market is open every day except Sundays and there are often stalls on stamps, books and antiques.
As I said, Places to Visit in Rome as a separate article here replaced it.
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A continuation of this article for Rome Rome Attractions
Milano Travel Notes
Portofino Travel Notes
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