WHAT YOU’LL FIND HERE:
- Travel Tips
- How Much to Budget Daily
- Things To Do
- Places to Eat or Drink
- Culture (Fashion, Tips to Navigate the Culture, etc.)
Main Airport: Rome Ciampino- G.B. Pastine International Airport (CIA)
Airport to Rome (city center): You can take a taxi (myTaxi, Uber); taxis will run you around 40-56 euros from airport to center and take around 30 mins. Or you can take my preferred method which will save a good 80 euros roundtrip! You can take a bus directly there as well– roundtrip will only cost you less than 10 euros! Right when you exit baggage claim from the airport, you will see a lot of signs for “Rome Termini” where you can use credit card or cash to purchase a ticket. The bus leaves directly from outside baggage claim.
Weather: I was in Rome in December and it was pouring rain! I would say the best time to go, so you can enjoy the sites that are mainly outdoors, is May to September where there are less than 5 days of rain in each month and highs are 89°F and lows are only 56°F (light jacket and maybe pants weather).
Currency: Euros – I suggest carrying cash (maybe 20 euros), but most major credit cards are accepted everywhere!
Nearest U.S. Embassy: Via Vittorio Veneto, 121, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Transportation and eating in Rome can be very economical. Even restaurants by major tourist sites like the Pantheon can be very affordable and run you only 10-12 euros per person or less. You’ll find that you can easily find snacks and warm meals for under 6 euros. Pizzerias are on every corner; you can always grab a slice of fresh pizza! Transportation is economical as well-the metro system is very efficient and roundtrip tickets are less than 6 euros.
I recommend 25-30 euros per person, but you can easily travel on less or more–depends on your comfort!
Free Things To Do: Visit the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Roman Pantheon, take selfies by the Colosseum..there are a lot of free things to do! Check out my blog with a nice list to entertain you for free!
MUST-SEE: You have to see the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and take a trip to the Vatican City to see the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Cheap Eats: You HAVE to try a cappuccino, even if you’re not a coffee drinker. You are in the birth place of cappuccinos and once you try one in Rome, you will probably never look at coffee the same again. The taste is completely different and it is divine! Of course, you have to try a pizza and any and all Italian pastas that you can! Limoncello is a pretty popular drink that people will take it a shot form. It’s a lemon liqueur both sour and sweet. Little pizzerias are very cheap, just most do not accept card–so bring cash with you! You HAVE to also try native Roman food. A lot of restaurants will clearly display their menus on the outside of their restaurant and you will see them also display that they make Roman food.
Foods you HAVE to try: Supplí (like an upgraded mozzarella stick–always served piping hot with mozzarella and rice inside!), Pizza, Carbonara, Spaghetti, Lasagna…all the pastas basically, and gelato!
Pizza: The pizza in Italy is phenomenal. It tastes completely different than most pizza in the U.S.! You must try pizza while you’re there–even if you don’t like pizza. I suggest the standard Margherita and then get adventurous from there. The pizza is typically very thin! I ate a whole pizza by myself!
Tipping: I was told you don’t need to tip here! And I didn’t….! Painfully…
Language: Italian–but most people in restaurants and tourist attractions could speak English or Spanish!
Legal Drinking Age 18 years old; but I was never asked for my ID once and I drank there and bought liquor several times.
Tips for POC: I had a lovely time in Rome. No tension, no perceived discrimination. In fact, I saw a lot of interracial couples here, and so many people from around the globe come to visit Rome.
Restaurants & Shopping stores in America that you’ll find in Rome H&M, IKEA, Victoria’s Secret, Nike, Adidas, McDonald’s, Burger King, Starbucks (everywhere), Louis Vuitton, Gucci, LongChamp, Coach (all the high-end brands, basically!)
Fashion Smart, casual–you won’t see people in sweatpants or pajamas or their hair in messy unkempt buns on the weekends or after work. Everyone dresses smart casual or nicer. You also may or may not get stared at if you’re wearing gym clothes and not holding a gym bag or look like you’re on the way to the gym. Lounge style is not socially acceptable…