Rome Travel Diary

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Rome is the capital of Italy. The architect of the city is one the best in the world. Its culturally rich and historically important city. You can witness the influential art of the city everywhere. Its one of the most visited city in the world.

 How to Reach     Where to stay       Things to do      Food Options      Saving tips

How to Reach Rome

Rome is well connected to all major cities in the world by air. If you are visiting from nearby European countries Rome has an efficient Rail Network. One can always find great deals and discounts with all major airlines as Rome is an important tourist Destination. We traveled from Bangkok to Rome and chose Emirates Airlines.                         

Flight Cost from Bangkok/Delhi to Rome : Roundtrip

Rome Flight cost

* Lowest price we have seen among top airlines is around 1000 Euro for couple during promotion period by various airline from Bangkok and New Delhi

From Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Rome City

Once you reach Rome Airport, there are 3 easy option to reach city from FCO airport:

1) The fastest way is to use Leonardo express train. Its a Non Stop train Service which takes around 30 minutes to reach Roma Termini Station. Train station is connected from inside of Airport. Cost is 14 Euro per person.

2)Taxi starts at 48 Euro. Just look for ‘SPQR’ painted on doors. This specify taxi is licensed under city of Rome and takes fixed fare.

3) Cheapest option is Bus which you can get just outside of the Airport at 6 Euro per person.Just look for the booth of T.A.M, Terravision or SIT, which are located on the right hand side when you come out of airport. There are buses leaving every half an hour. We choose the bus option. It was cheap and easy to buy tickets at the counter. It took around 50 minutes to reach Roma Termini Station.

Bus Cost from Airport to City : Approx 12 Euro/per couple

 Where to Stay in Rome

Choice of stay depends on the budget and proximity to nearby attractions. Rome has various neighborhoods where one can stay according to his choices.

We chose to stay around Roma Termini Station as it is easy to commute within city from here and also to get train to other cities in Italy. After the bus from Airport dropped us at Roma Termini station we just walked around with our luggage to our accommodation. We stayed in two amazing Bed and Breakfast in Rome.

1) At home townhouse/ Le M – Castelfidardo
LeM at home townhouse
This B&B is located around 800 meters from Termini Station in the street ‘via Castelfidardo’. One can reach within 10 minutes by walking. Its a small B&B which is very clean and comfortable. The owners of the property are very friendly, they will tell you each and everything about Rome, provides you with map and places to visit and eat. If this is your first visit to Rome we recommend this B&B as they will make your stay in Rome very easy. This property also has a small lift to take you to the rooms. Rooms are very clean and beds are comfortable. Breakfast is basic but enough to start your day. Rooms are also equipped with a computer, digital safe and a coffee machine. Fridge contains all necessary things.

2) B&B Smart
Bed and_Breakfast Smart Rome
We stayed at this B&B on the last day of our trip. This B&B is located around 450 meters from Termini Station in the street ‘via Farini’. One can reach within 5 minutes by walking. Its a very nicely managed B&B and they also provide you with all the necessary information about Rome. Rooms are clean and spacious. Care Taker is a very friendly lady. Rooms are big and bed is comfortable. Breakfast is basic.

Cost of Accommodation per night

Hotel cost rome
*Cost of accommodation depends on season.

Top Things to do in Rome

Rome has very efficient public transport system but ‘Rome is best covered by foot. Architectural beauty of the Rome can be seen in many buildings and monuments. We choose subway for farther attractions and prefer to walk for the nearby ones. We visited many major attractions :

The Colosseum, Roman Forums and Palatine Hills, Arch of Constantine
These all are situated next to each other. We utilized our Roma Pass here as it allowed us free entry to the combination of these 3 places and the lines were small for the pass holders. Arch of Constantine is free to see.
Nearest Subway Station : Colosseo

Colosseo

roman forum

 

Piazza del Popolo
Nearest Subway Station : Flaminio


Piazza del poppolo

 

Piazza di Spagna and Spanish Steps
The Spanish steps unique design and elegance has made it a popular place for artists, painters and poets. At the foot of the stairs, there is Barcaccia Fountain, which add on its beauty and liveliness. This is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy a meal from nearby restaurant.
Nearest Subway Station : Spagna

Spanish_Steps

 

Trevi Fountain and Piazza Barberini
Unfortunately Trevi Fountain was closed for renovation at that time, but now its open.
Nearest Subway Station : Barberini

piazza barberini

 

Piazza Navona
Its one of the lively square of Rome full of people and artists. You can see lots of painters in this area. Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi is situated in this piazza. Its an expensive place to dine in.
Nearest Subway Station : Barberini

Piazza Navona

 

The Pantheon
Nearest Subway Station : Barberini

Pantheon

 

Castel Sant’Angelo
Nearest Subway Station : Ottaviano

Castel Saint Angelo

 

Vatican City
The Vatican City State is surrounded by Rome and is the home of Pope. Its famous architectures includes St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and Vatican museums.
Nearest Subway Station : Ottaviano
vatican city

Food Options

When you are in Rome last thing you should be worried about is Food. No matter you are vegan or meat lovers, Rome has it all. And off course Roman Gelato is mouthwatering. Some of the restaurants we visited are worth mentioning.

Pastificio
Via della Croce, 8 (Piazza di Spagna – Spanish steps)
Monday – Saturday: lunch only 13:00-15:00pm
This is a fresh pasta shop that sells various types of pasta. For the cost of Euro 4 you will get pasta dish of the day and a plastic glass that you can fill up freely with water/wine.

Mamma Angela’s
Via Palestro, 53 (Piazza Indipendenza) Monday – Saturday: lunch and dinner
Cozy Trattoria with homemade dishes and good selection of wines and also tables outsides.

Gelateria La Romana Roma
(via Venti Settembre 60)
Best place to have Gelato in Rome.

 

Cost of food per day 

food cost rome

Savings and Important Tips

  • Buy Roma Pass if you are planning to stay in Rome for more than 2 days. It covers your transportation cost within Rome which includes buses, trams & metro and also provide 2 times free entries to attractions. Cost of 3 day Roma Pass is 36 € and 28 € for 48 hours pass. If you plan to use lot of public transport than we definitely recommend this pass.
  • There are plenty of good restaurants in Rome which are value for money. Trastevre is popular among students and has good options for food
  • If your stay is of longer duration than stay outside the main touristy area like city center to save more on accommodation.
  • For your daily needs item its better to buy them from supermarkets like Pam and Conad, it will help you save money.
  • Make sure to be vigilant in crowded areas like subway stations, we heard many stories about pick pocketers in Rome but nothing happened with us personally.
  • Stay away from touts when booking train tickets at the Termini Station. Just go to the information center or book at trenitalia website.
  • Early you book the tickets cheaper you will get the price.

Total Cost Per day for couple

Cost without flight : Approx 100 Euro 

 

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