Rome, the Eternal City; many Romans will tell you that you need more than a weekend break to truly appreciate all that Rome has to offer, and if I’m honest I would agree with them. However, the following two articles will hopefully assist those, who like many of us, only have the weekend to soak up the sights, sounds, smells, gelato and limoncello that Rome has to offer.
Transport and Accommodation in Rome
Rome’s Fimucino airport is approximately one hour’s drive outside of Rome; the easiest way to reach the city is by the airport bus or train and these will only set you back a handful of euros. The bus normally stops at Termini Station in the centre of Rome. It will be a waste of your precious gelato money to take a taxi and completely unnecessary when there are direct public transport links from the airport to the heart of Rome.
‘Un biglietto per Roma per favore’ – One ticket for Rome, please.
For Bus information click here
For Train information click here
When departing Rome, take a taxi or the tram to Trastvere station and take the train to the airport from here. This will cost 8 euros and is approximately a third of the normal price.
Excellent maps are available all over the city, for free, from the Tourist Information huts. These are situated at many of the popular sites and look like green sun houses. There is one located at the top of the Piazza Navona, on the Via di Pasquino.
Where to stay
I have found that ‘Relais’ (B & B’s) in Rome are very popular although the city has beautiful hotels in every district. ‘Relais’ normally provide breakfast but are really an earlier and more professional version of the airbnb phonemenon; they are extremely well located large apartments and a lot of the time, completely hidden gems.
I have been lucky enough to travel to Rome many times and the area that I would recommend in Rome to really feel that eternal heart beating, is Piazza Navona. The roads leading off Piazza Navona, like a giant bicycle wheel, open up the main sights of Rome such as the Pantheon, Spanish Steps and the Vatican. Both approximately 10 minutes’ walk away; in opposite directions. The Colosseum is a little longer (approximately 20 minutes’ walk), but buses run from the main roads surrounding the Piazza.
The Piazza Navona is a beautiful open air art gallery during the day, where you can sit in one of the restaurants outlining the Piazza and watch as the incredible works of art develop on the easels covering the cobbles in front of you. This has to be done whilst sipping on a glass of delicate red wine (vino rosso – we’ll revisit the ordering in the next post!) and occasionally nibbling on an olive oil soaked crunchy olive. The fountains in the Piazza provide an exquisite backdrop, as well as some cool relief in the hotter months. At night, lit up, they are a reminder of the romantic classicism and breath taking moments that exist in Rome. Already you will feel the Romans were right; you will need more than a weekend to truly appreciate this kind of beauty.
On my last trip to Rome, I had the pleasure of staying in the Relais al Senato which is a completely hidden gem. The entrance is located under an archway on one of the building’s lining the piazza. The host is very helpful and provides an excellent breakfast and coffee (of course!). The rooms are light, clean and modern, yet still opulently furnished. This place is all about location. Nestled right on the Piazza Navona you are giving yourself the optimum chance to cover as much as Rome as possible, from such a central and well connected location.
For Part Two of ‘A Weekend in Rome’ Click Here
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The guest posts ‘A Weekend In Rome’, were written by Kristina Goodwin