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Modern Rome is a mesmerising mix of contemporary Italy and historical sights. Millions of tourists visit every year, but make no mistake, Rome is not a city dependent on tourism in the same way as one such as Venice.... we loved it here!

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I’m Abi from Holiday Extras travel guides and this time we’re in Rome.
We’ll be giving you all the essential information you’ll need to travel better, covering money, language, transport, and even tips on what to do when you’re here But first, here’s a little bit about the eternal city.

Modern Rome is a mesmerising mix of contemporary Italy and ancient history. Millions of tourists visit every year, but make no mistake, Rome is not a city overrun by tourism, step away from the siteseeing bus route, and discover a modern capital, with some of the best food, shopping, and nightlife we’ve found yet.

Rome is served by two international airports, and of course this is where out guide starts.

Fiumicino airport sits to the west of the City, and Ciampino to the south east. Transfers from each are relatively easy, first up Fiumicino.

From Fiumicino you have the Leonardo Express to Rome Termini, and the regional FL1 train to other stations across Rome.
We don’t recommend the bus as it’s much slower than the train, and can be severely delayed in Rome’s notoriously bad traffic.

Our tip here is to make sure you get your ticket validated before you get on the train, otherwise you could find yourself facing a hefty fine!

When catching a taxi look out for those registered in the airport region, as they will take you anywhere within the city walls for a fixed fee.You can spot them by the crest on the doors.

If you’re flying into Ciampino airport we recommend using the bus to get into Rome. There is a train station nearby but it’s a bit of a pain and requires lots of different connections. Taxis should offer a flat fare of €30 to take you anywhere inside the city walls. But do be careful, we’ve heard of tourists being ripped off.

Public transport in Rome isn’t as prrevelend as in other major European capitals. The tram doesn’t run through the major tourist areas and the metro doesn’t cover nearly as much of the city as its London and Paris counterparts. That said, the Metro can get you into town quickly from your hotel so it’s worth understanding.

The metro has just three lines; A and B intersect at Rome Termini station and C is the newest line that runs from the centre to the east of the city.

The metro isn’t the cleanest in the world, but it does the job just fine in our experience. Of course good old Google Maps, and Citymapper were all we needed for navigation with both apps finding the quickest and most efficient routes with ease.

As for tickets, there are two main types of tickets to use on public transport in Rome. The Metrebus ticket or the Roma Pass.

Metrebus tickets can be used on all public trains, buses and trams and can be purchased at bars, tobacconists, train stations, some bus stops and even hotels. Tickets aren’t validated until you travel, so you can easily stock up on all the tickets you’ll need for your time in Rome in one go.

Metre’s tickets come in several different variations, and here’s the lowdown:
The BIT is the single ticket for one complete Metro journey, one commuter-train ride, or 100 minutes on the bus.
Roma 24H is valid for 24 hours after the first use and costs €7 for unlimited travel. The 48H is €12.50And the 72H is €18And the CIS is a 7-day ticket and will set you back €24.
Coming in 48-hour and 72-hour variations, The Roma Pass gives unlimited travel on public transport but includes discounts on some tourist attractions. We’ll put links in the description below.