Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Rome

Well done to you, my dear traveller. You are finally planning to visit Rome and you are going to love it. I have been to Rome a couple of times so I kind of know it pretty well.


This is why, you will find so many tips, hacks and information on what to do in Rome and what to see in Rome, that planning your trip to Rome is going to be super easy.


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In this article, you are going to find all the essential tips to visit Rome.


From how to get to Rome from the airport, how to use public transport, how to move around Rome, practical travel tips to visit Rome, and city tax fee to pay (yes there is a Rome tax fee to pay but it's quite cheap), Rome tipping guide and much more.


Let's start to plan your holiday in Rome.


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What is the best month to visit Rome?


The best months to visit Rome are any month from October to March. In this way, you will skip all the crowds of tourists, the prices of flights and hotel rates are lower and you can skip the hottest month of the year (Rome can be as hot as 40° degrees/100 F).


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How many days do I need to visit Rome?


You could have the perfect city break in Rome, but keep in mind that 3 or 4 days are absolutely not enough to properly visit this fantastic city. If you can, try to stay in Rome for at least one whole week.


There are so many things to do in Rome, so many places to see, local food to taste, and much more, that you will wish to stay for one month.


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What is the Time Zone in Rome?

Italy is in the Central European Time Zone, which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1).

During summer, Italy observes daylight-saving, where the time is moved forward by 1 hour, so it becomes 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +2). In winter the time in Italy is moved back by 1 hour to Central European Time.

These changes always happen on the last Saturday of March and the last Saturday of October.


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What is the Currency in Rome?

The official currency of Italy is the euro, even though the country is still somewhat a cash-based economy.


You won't be paying cash all of the time, as there are shops and merchants in Italy that are well equipped to accept card payments – Visa and Mastercard are more common than American Express. Check here the actual currency change


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Do I need any Vaccinations to visit Rome?

You should ask your family doctor before travelling to Italy and ensure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations.


Just make sure you’re up to date on recommended vaccinations for your home country and have a look at The Travel Vaccines and Advice here.


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What are the Voltage and Adaptors in Rome?

The standard voltage is 220-240 volts. Most of the sockets are European plugs of the two round-pin varieties. I recommend you buy a universal travel adaptor.


You will need a voltage converter and plug adaptor in order to use other appliances.

Check the Plug adaptor that I use.


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How can I get to Rome?


To visit Rome, you can check out flights that land at Fiumicino Airport Leonardo Da Vinci (FCO) and Ciampino Airport (CIA).


Rome is located in central Italy, so if you plan to visit other cities in this beautiful country before reaching Rome, you have four options to get there:


By Bus: Have a look at Omio to see prices, time schedule and availabilities.


By Train: The most used website to book train tickets in Italy is Rail Europe, where you will find all the routes available.


By Car: if you fancy stopping and exploring more about this fantastic country, renting a car can be a great option to move freely. Have a look at DiscoverCars and Rentalcars to find the best deals online.


By Bike: f you are dreaming about exploring Italy while driving a beautiful Vespa or any other motorbike, the best website is BikeBookings.



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How can I go to Rome from the airports?

I think it is always wise to check how to go from the airport to your accommodation. There are always many ways to choose from.


There are shuttle buses that go to the city centre, there are train lines, or you can book a private taxi in advance that will take you to your accommodation.


To visit Rome, you can check out flights that land at Fiumicino Airport Leonardo Da Vinci (FCO) and Ciampino Airport (CIA).


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How to go to Rome from Fiumicino Airport Leonardo da Vinci (FCO)?

It is the biggest airport in Rome and also one of the busiest in Europe with primarily intercontinental flights.

By Train

The fastest way to reach the centre of Rome is with the Leonardo Express, the train that connects the airport to Roma Termini station. This train takes 32 minutes from Leonardo da Vinci airport to Roma Termini station and does not make any stops.


It leaves every 15 minutes except in some less busy times when the frequency is every 30 minutes. To check prices and time schedule for the Leonardo Train click here.


Otherwise, there are other regional trains that connect the airport to Rome city centre that cost less, but they take a bit longer to get to Rome and also do some stops on the way.

To check the prices and time schedule of the other cheaper trains click here.

By Bus

There are different companies that run from the airport to the city centre (to different locations). The journey takes around 1 hour to get to Rome.

To check buses prices and time schedule click here and book your ticket.

By Taxi

In case you want to get straight to your hotel without having to get to Rome centre and take other public transport to reach your accommodation, this is a good way to travel. It is more expensive, but if you share it with your travel mate you are going to save a lot of time to start your holiday in the best and most relaxed way.


​I always think is better to book a private transfer from the airport to the hotel. So, you can start your holiday right upon arrival and save your time and energy.


HolidayTaxis: it provides airport transfers by airport taxi, group minibus, shuttle, coach or limousine to over 21,000 destinations and resorts in over 150 countries worldwide.

Kiwitaxi: is a site where one can book a transfer to get from or to the airport in 98 countries, between two tourist destinations or other locations popular with tourists.


I Way: This is a chauffeur website where you can book a private driver to go wherever you want not only from the airport to your accommodation.

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How to go to Rome from Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA)?

This is the second airport in Rome that has mostly low cost, national and international flights and it is closer to the city but not so well connected as the Fiumicino one.


But don't worry, I got you covered and here are all the ways to reach Rome from Rome Ciampino Airport.

Shuttle Bus

Shuttle buses are always a great solution to reach the city centre and save money.


There is one shuttle bus every 30 mins that run from the airport to Rome Termini Station and from there you can catch the Metro or a Bus to reach your accommodation.

Check here prices and availability for a shuttle bus from Rome Ciampino Airport.


By Train

There is not a direct train that connects this airport to the city centre.

If you want to get to Rome by train, you have to catch a bus first at the airport (costs only 1 euro and the ride lasts 5 minutes. You can pay for the bus ticket when you get on board) to get to the Ciampino train station.


From the train station, there are regional trains to Rome.

Check the Time and prices of the Train here to get to Rome and book it in advance.

By Taxi

I think this is the best way to avoid changing many types of transport before getting to your accommodation in a city where you have never been and also probably don't speak the language to ask for indications.

Too many times I arrived at a new destination quite tired. After waking up in the middle of the night to go to the airport because my flight were leaving very early (it is usually much cheaper).


So sharing a taxi with my travel mates saved me all the stress to catch multiple kinds of transport to reach our accommodation. It obviously depends on how many travel mates I have and the price of the private transport. Something by splitting the cost between 4 people the final price is not so high.


​I always think is better to book a private transfer from the airport to the hotel. So, you can start your holiday right upon arrival and save your time and energy.


HolidayTaxis: it provides airport transfers by airport taxi, group minibus, shuttle, coach or limousine to over 21,000 destinations and resorts in over 150 countries worldwide.

Kiwitaxi: is a site where one can book a transfer to get from or to the airport in 98 countries, between two tourist destinations or other locations popular with tourists.

I Way: This is a chauffeur website where you can book a private driver to go wherever you want not only from the airport to your accommodation.

Rent a Car

If you like driving like me, you can always rent a car and in this case, I always have a look at my favourite rental car websites and I see where I find the best deals. Have a look at them here:

DiscoverCars: Discover is basically a Skyscanner, but for rental cars. And since you're comparing lots of different companies, you also get to choose from lots of different cars.

Rentalcars:

Rentalcars.com is an international car rental booking service that is present all over the world.


Tip: I don't recommend you to drive in Rome city centre because the traffic is crazy but if you plan to visit the area around the capital, renting a car can be a great option to move freely.