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The venue is just a short stroll from Via Veneto, the Renaissance and Baroque center of Rome, Caput mundi, the Eternal City, with its unique and fascinating history, its thousand churches, palaces and fountains; Rome, where behind every corner and building lies a secret to be discovered, a legend to be told, history to be revealed; Rome, the city that inspired poets and writers, philosophers and politicians, kings, travelers and students, is ready to embrace you and to charm you with its warmth, its friendly smile, its great food and its magic.
Just a short stroll away Parco dei Principi is the Villa Borghese Park (Rome’s green heart, with its lawns and copses, fountains and lakes, follies and magnificent buildings, such as the one housing the Galleria Borghese picture gallery, which holds one of Italy’s greatest collections of sculptures and paintings) and the Via Veneto, probably the most famous of all Roman avenues, immortalized by Federico Fellini in the film 'La Dolce Vita' (which depicted its wild, 1950's-style nightlife), a wide tree-lined avenue with its many elegant shops and cafes, which leads you to P.zza di Spagna. The stately pines of Villa Borghese, the Spanish Steps, the elegant shops on Via Condotti, the fashionable bars on Via Veneto, the Trevi Fountain and Tritone Fountain, baroque churches and the masterpieces of the Borghese Gallery are at doorstep.
Easy Italia for tourists info: call 039 039 039
Rome’s main airport, Leonardo da Vinci, is located in Fiumicino, 30 kilometres (18.5 miles) from the city. The most convenient way to reach Rome from the Fiumicino Airport is by train Leonardo Express direct to the Termini railway station (30 minutes, without intermediate stops, ticket costs € 14,00). Times available on Trenitalita website at http://www.ferroviedellostato.it/homepage_en.html.
Taxicabs (with sign S.P.Q.R.) out of the International arrival, takes 45/50 minutes at flat rate of about 40,00€. More information on the Fiumicino Airport is available at http://www.adr.it/static/en/portal/portal/adr/Fiumicino/Leonardo_da_vinci.html
The city’s second airport Ciampino is mainly served by low-cost airlines and package tours. Some of the low-cost airlines have their own buses. Tickets are normally € 7 one-way. A taxi ride from Ciampino airport to central Rome takes 20 minutes and cost about € 30,00. Bus shuttle to "Termini" station 40/45 minutes.
Taxi stands can be found throughout the city centre. It is recommended that tourists only use the licensed yellow and white taxis. An extra fee is payable per suitcase to and from the airport. There is also a surcharge at night, on public holidays and on Sundays. It is cheaper to hail a taxi in the street than at a taxi stand or to book via telephone. Tipping at 5-10% is encouraged.
Taxi Phone numbers: + 39 06 3570, +39 06 4994, +39 06 6696.
In correspondence of the Terminals 1,2, 3 and 5 of Fiumicino airport it is available a taxi service to Rome. The cost of the service is about 40 euro, baggage included, for a maximum of four passengers, for all the destinations inside the Mura Aureliane which delimitate the central area of the city. The cost for the service is the same also for the contrary way, from Rome to Fiumicino.
For further information contact P.I.T, the Tourist Information Point of Rome, inside the airport, which supplies information on the service, by checking if the destination requested is the destination subject to the fix rate. For different destinations the cost will be indicated by the taximeter on each taxi, to which the baggage fee shall be added. The cars for the taxi service of the City of Rome are white and can be recognized by the sign "TAXI" on the top and by the identifying licence number on the doors, on the back and inside the car.
Rent a car with driver:
the area in front of the airport exit, there is a rent a car service, countersigned by the sign NCC (rent a car with a driver), carried out by cars, generally blue or grey, which apply changeable fees on the basis of the destination.
This service can be required, on departure or on arrival to the authorised structures inside the airport, in the arrival halls of the terminals.
The companies are the following:
Airport: + 39 800017387 (Terminal 1)
C.T.P. (Consortium for transport of people) : + 39 0665011122, + 39 0665953644 (terminal 3);
Con. Co.R.A: + 39 06 65012069 (terminal 3).
The NCC service therefore is non alternative to the taxi service, which remains the only one accessible directly from the parking area.
ATTENTION: any other vehicle at the airport exit could be driven by people without a regular authorization of the taxi or of the rent service and the fee required could be superior or however different from the fee foreseen and subjects to the controls of the City of Rome. We advice you to be suspicious of people, inside the airport, who propose transport services towards the city without the authorization.
RENT A CAR
Several car hire companies can be found inside the terminal building. Their offices are located in the pedestrian tunnels linking the air terminal to levels B and C of the Multi-storey car park. They are easy to reach from the domestic arrivals area, which is very well signposted:
Auto Europa : +39 06 65017450
Avis : +39 06 65957885
Budget: +39 06 65954074
Easycar: +39 393 9644487
Europcar: +39 06 65761211
Hertz : +39 06 65955842
Italy by car: +39 0665010261
Locauto Rent: +39 06 65048215
Maggiore : +39 06 65047568
Sixt : +39 06 65953547
Targa Rent: +39 06 65017512
The Termini station is the hub for Rome’s transportation network. The name of the local bus and streetcar company is ATAC. All tickets must be purchased from ATAC ticket machines, newsagents, or ticket outlets on the underground. Tickets cost from € 1.50 and are valid for 75 minutes. The underground runs until midnight. Night buses stop at stations marked “N”.
Part of the holiday pleasure in Rome is discovering your very own favourite trattoria. It's hard to eat badly in Rome, but for those who'd like some guidance, here are some suggestions.
For smarter restaurants, it's advisable to book, especially at the weekend. At the simpler but popular trattorie and pizzerie, there's often an informal queue or waiting list.
Many restaurants - especially in tourist areas - start serving dinner at 7pm, although nearer 9pm is a more normal time to eat. Restaurants in Rome shouldn't request a cover charge but generally they'll bring some bread and charge you for that, anyway.
Don't be too surprised if you end up sitting inches away from other diners, or even sharing a long table with strangers; this is fairly normal in small, informal eating places.
Good tourist choices
Around Rome's tourist hubs you'll find many restaurants aimed at tourists. Some are overpriced and uninspiring, but there are also plenty of reasonable restaurants. Have a look at the menu, the prices, and at the meals being served and you'll get a good idea of whether the place will suit you. Naturally you pay more in a tourist location like Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, and a Roman may not be impressed with the establishment, but it's your holiday and you may well feel the view is worth it. You only have to go a few yards from the main piazza to find cheaper fare. There are far too many decent places to list, but one of the best areas to start looking in the Centro Storico is around the narrow Via di Tor Millina (which leads off Piazza Navona) and along Via del Governo Vecchio, where you'll find plenty of pleasant restaurants with outdoor seating. Campo dei' Fiori and Trastevere are also places where you'll be spoilt for choice.
Cul de Sac: in Piazza Pasquino. This is an enoteca - wine bar - which serves good wines by the glass and also does great food - ideal if you want one or two dishes, rather than a long formal meal. It's a narrow place like a corridor, so there's not much space and single diners may end up sharing a table.
Osteria del Gallo: in Vicolo di Montevecchio, 27 (near Piazza Navona, off Via di Tor Millina). A haven just off the busy lanes west of Piazza Navona, the Osteria serves classy meals at a touch more than average tourist prices.
Pastarito - Pizzarito: There are several branches of this chain around the centre of Rome (see links panel on the right for their website), and although they have little atmosphere the service is swift and efficient (everything is computerised and when you've finished there's no need to wait for the bill - simply go to the cash till with your table number). You can choose your own combinations of pasta and sauce, or pizza and toppings, from the long list in the menu. Portions are generous and good value for money.
Zio Ciro: Another chain, this time serving Neapolitan pizzas and rich desserts. There's a branch with a very handy location near Piazza Navona, on Via della Pace. It has tables inside and outside.
Navona Notte: in Via del Teatro Pace, 44. There's nothing flash or fancy about this pizzeria, which makes it ideal for tourists on a budget. There is a wide range of good, cheap pizzas, no extras are added to the bill, and the tables inside and out are usually full.
Romans are fine judges of food, so where crowds of locals go, you can be sure to eat the best. But note that they can be chaotic places with long queues.
Dar Poeta: in Vicolo del Bologna (Trastevere). So busy that they ran out of cutlery sometimes, they serves legendary pizzas and generous, filling bruschette.
Da Tonino: in Via del Governo Vecchio, 18. An old-fashioned Roman eating place, with a few, sought-after tables, no pretensions at all, and good, cheap pasta.
Da Francesco: in Piazza del Fico (close to Piazza Navona). Another simple and crowded shrine to good Roman grub.
For something a little different or a little smarter here are some less touristy eateries with a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Enoteca Antica: in Via della Croce (near the Spanish Steps). A small wine-bar-restaurant with a cosy atmosphere. The pizzas are good and reasonably-priced, and for dessert they serve gorgeous chocolate cake.
Di Fronte A: in Via della Croce, 38 (near the Spanish Steps). A popular restaurant with a youthful, international atmosphere and art hanging on the walls. The menu is extensive and varied - a favourite one is the Pizza della Casa with cheese and truffle.
Le Pain Quotidien: in Via Tomacelli 24/25 (near Via del Corso). This Euro-chain specialises in filling breakfasts and large salads. There's nothing local about it, but the atmosphere is friendly (with large shared wooden tables) and their breakfasts fill the gap left by typical hotel fare.
Hip eating spots
If you want to hang out with Rome's super-tanned, jewellery-clanking celeb trash, you'll need to get up to date with the current 'in' places - fashionable society in Rome moves en masse from one place to another.
Target: in Via Torino, 33 (near Metro Repubblica). A smart restaurant with a restrained atmosphere on weekdays, Target is handily located for the Teatro dell'Opera, and opens late. Good house wine. Highlights include cold dessert crepes, and the orecchiette ('little ears' pasta).
Gusto: in Piazza Augusta Imperatore,9 (near Via del Corso and the Spanish Steps). A restaurant, pizzeria, wine bar and bookshop. It's been around a few years now, but Gusto is still a modish spot for Sunday brunch as well as serving good dinners and pizzas. Outdoor tables are atmospherically located, opposite the Mausoleum of Augustus.
Prado: in Via Mameli, 5 (Trastevere). Prado has a PA system which is used to request diners to move their double-parked sports cars. It's busy and buzzing, but prices are surprisingly normal (pizzas under ten euros) and the food is extremely good. A favourite with footballers.
If you only want one big meal a day, or your time is limited and you want to eat on the move, you can find good slices of takeaway pizza at many tavola calda (literally: hot table) outlets around Rome. There's a good place on Largo Argentina which makes a handy pitstop. Along Via del Governo Vecchio are some nice bars where you can eat quickly, as a good sandwich shop (at number 88) serving a wide range of snacks, filled rolls, heated sandwiches and so on.
If you love the night life, Rome is the Italian city for you.
We quote a few words from Dean Martin’s song On An Evening In Roma
“The beginning has just begun when the sun goes down ...So please meet me in the plaza near your casa. I am only one and one is much too few... On an evening in Roma. Don't know what the country's coming to - but in Rome do as the Romans do Will you? On an evening in Roma ...”
You might envision Rome as ancient-historic city of marble walls and roman ruins, but the Italian Capital really turns Romantic, Outlandish, Marvelous, Enamoring, after dark. Rome may not offer you the craziest twilight funs, yet the city has enough to entertain you after dark. Rome certainly has bars, pubs, and clubs, but they come into action late night. The Romans love the late hours, whether it just be out in the open for a walk or in one of the numerous bars, pubs, clubs with live music, marketplaces, open air film events and other nightly festivities. The best and traditional twilight recreations are evening strolls or sightseeing jaunts. Rome is awesome, and its beauty is tempting during dusky hours. The sites, just to name a few, such as Colosseum (Colosseo), Roman Forum (Foro Romano), Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi), Castel Sant' Angelo, and the Vittorio Emanuel II Monument in Piazza Venezia are awe-inspiring and worth seeing in the city lights. However, if you are looking to explore something new other than the prime attractions of Rome after dark, you may find lots of unexplored treasures.
The city's piazzas become extremely lively in the twilights. Spend the evening on one of the many piazzas or take a leisurely stroll down one of the characteristic streets to experience a splendid Rome by night, a city not only rich with history but full of life. Now, where to go…. You may start your twilight treasure hunt with a visit to Piazza Campo Dei Fiori, a rectangular piazza (square) near Piazza Navona; across the street from Piazza Navona, actually between Piazza Navona and Piazza Farnese.
Campo Dei Fiori is easily the liveliest piazza in Rome. Its name derives from the field of flowers that it was in medieval times, rather than from the market, which only began in the 19th century. Campo de' Fiori is also a popular meeting spot for locals, particularly in the evening. At night the square is filled with sightseers and street performers. The square is lined by restaurants and bars with outdoor seeting. Set down right in the middle of the city, the square is a blaze of colour and fresh and fruity smells all morning and a popular place to hang out on the cafes and bars that ring the square in the afternoons and evenings after the market has packed up; surrounded by great bars, restaurants, eateries, ice cream stands, boutiques and shops, is a popular destination at night for locals and foreigners, and gets overfilled during evenings.
The piazza is a good place to watch new people, Romans, Roman culture, and to have a glass of wine, if you are lucky enough to get a seat in any of bars, or else do as Romans do; get your drink and enjoy it outside. Find numerous pubs, many of them American style, where you can have fun and make new friends with both tourists and locals alike. Just to mention one of the many…check out Druids Irish Pub in business for almost 30 years now. Owned and managed by genuine Irish, it’s a great place to have a beer, and have fun while making new friends from around the world. Another mainly English speaking pub is the Drunken Ship, only a short walk away. Looking for something a little more Italian in the area? Step into the Vineria where you might even steal a glimpse of a famous Italian actor or soccer player.
Piazza Navona, a city square in Rome becomes a magical place after dark. It's really a nice place to hang out in the evenings. The piazza is pride of Rome with the sculptural and architectural master creations, such as Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) in the center of the piazza by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone by Francesco Borromini and Girolamo Rainaldi. Additionally, the fountains - the Fontana di Nettuno, located at the northern area of the Piazza, and the Fontana del Moro, located at the southern end of the piazza. The Piazza Navona is a wonderful place to spend an evening out. The bars and cafés between Campo de' Fiori and Piazza Navona are the worth visiting points during nights.
The crowded and very popular neighbourhood is Testaccio, along via dei Monte Testaccio, is almost a sure bet for nightlife in Rome. The area offers Italian discotheques, restaurants and clubs with music from house music to live jamming. Zoobar is a good place to check out. Testaccio is one of the oldest and most characteristic areas of Rome and is located near the most important tourist sites. It takes its name from Monte Testaccio, a man-made artificial hill, created by Romans where they used to discard their empty amphorae, between the 2nd and 3rd century BC. Testaccio is little far-out tourist point, but developing popular with young "evening outers". The 20th rione of Rome, Testaccio has been a center of activity for butchers. There used to be a large slaughterhouse here, now turned into an organic supermarket, and there’s still Testaccio market, selling fresh fruit and vegetables. It’s been associated with food and drink in Rome ever since.
Among the many trattorias in Testaccio, dining options include the upmarket, classy, and utterly wonderful Checchino Dal 1887. The historical Checchino dated back to 1887 is one of the landmarks of traditional Roman cuisine. The food here has not only taste but also history, and is a true testimony to the humble traditions of Roman cuisine. The specialty is the quinto quarto, or fifth quarter, a Roman term to offal. Among favourite dishes are the Rigatoni alla Pajata, the coda alla vaccinara served with a sprinkling of chocolate, the involtini and the insalata di zampi (salad of pig’s trotter). The wine selection at Checchino since 1887 is also excellent. Another dining option is the increasingly rare chance to try a classic Roman pizza at Da Remo. It is a must-visit pizzeria for any connoisseur of Roman pizza.
For a picturesque medieval area to visit, go to Trastevere on the west bank of the Tiber. The area escaped the grand developments which changed the face of central Rome, and is a charming place to wander, eat or relax. Separated from the heart of central Rome by the river, the area retained its narrow lanes and working-class population when the rest of Rome began its nineteenth-century expansion.
Tourists are charmed by Trastevere, although they descend in numbers which slightly obscure the area’s personality. From being the last surviving pocket of earthy medieval Rome, the neighbourhood has also become unique in Rome in attracting a crowd of young crusty-locked foreign beggars, buskers and alcoholics. Internet cafes are side-by-side with gloomy ancient premises of uncertain function, and you can choose from trendy bars and traditional chocolate shops. Still, despite the influx of foreign money, Trastevere still maintains a strong local identity.
The steps surrounding the pretty central fountain are a popular hang-out spot for a non-typical crowd, plants scramble down walls from garden terraces and washing hangs out to dry.
The streets close to the river and south of Viale Trastevere are much quieter and there are several unpretentious restaurants where you can enjoy a peaceful meal at an outdoors table. There are lovely lanes to explore, and it's not too difficult to step off the main routes and escape the masses. As well as the occasional touch of authentic local colour, there are plenty of businesses aimed at the large foreign population (strongly American and French). Rome's principal foreign-language cinema is located here, as well as countless restaurants, popular with both Romans and tourists. There are also lots of stylish bars - most are fairly new, but still atmospheric. It's a lovely area to wander in the soft dark of a Roman evening, with a more intimate feel than the palazzi-filled Centro Storico.
Trastevere highlights: walk to Trastevere from Campo dei Fiori over the elegant pedestrian bridge, Ponte Sisto, roam the tourist streets north of Viale Trastevere and the quieter lanes to the south. Enjoy a slice of pizza from the excellent tavola calda at Piazza Trilussa, a popular meeting point, or at Dar Poeta on Vicolo del Bologna for a Roman favourite pizzeria. Otherwise, at Restaurant - bar - pizzeria: ristorante Alla Scala (Piazza della Scala) they have a wide-ranging menu in a prime people-watching location. To try a Trattoria: why not the pasta ai fiori di zucca at the Antica Trattoria Da Carlone, Via della Luce, 5. Follow your meal with an ice cream from the Gelateria alla Scala (try the cinammon flavour: canella).
The Spanish Steps are the nice to end up your after dark jaunt. Climbing between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, the Spanish Steps serve as rendezvous point for late-nighters, particularly romanticists and lovers. You can often find the steps full of activity; people sitting, eating gelatos, drinking, chattering, and laughing, and passionate lovers snuggling. If you’re looking for something elegant visit the elegant Via Veneto district in Rome where you’ll find Harry's Bar (www.harrysbar.it) for a relaxing and romantic atmosphere and only a short walk away, directly opposite the US Embassy, find Rome’s Hard Rock Café for food, drink, or just a t-shirt to add to your collection. For more fun, but a little less crowded is Nolano just down the block. Last but not least, check out Gilda, near the Spanish Steps, where disco dancing dominates the scene.
Whatever you decide to do in Rome by night, there is something for everyone…all you have to do is choose and enjoy it.
Andreina - PRS Ltd
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