A First Timer’s Guide to Romemarymartinarmstrong
Must Visit Sites, Where to Stay, Best Neighborhoods to visit, Where to Eat, Nightlife, Airport Transfers, and Getting Around in Rome
If you’re visiting Rome for the first time soon, you’ve probably spent lots of time on the internet and on guide books searching for the must-visit sites, the best restaurants and must-do tours. You’re in luck, we’ve got you covered with our beginner’s guide to Rome! Come for its history, its churches, and its ruins. Stay for its cobblestone streets, its photogenic alleyways and its lively piazzas.
Where to stay in Rome
The best neighbourhoods to visit in Rome
Where to eat in Rome
Roman cuisine is top notch, but it’s easy to fall victim to tourist traps which can drastically hinder your experience. When you’re in the Centro Storico, be sure to check out Da Alfredo, the very place where Alfredo sauce originated. Maccheroni and Armando al Pantheon are also great options which offer mouthwatering traditional Roman cuisine. Of course, if you’re in the mood for pizza you should try Piccolo Buco, and if you’re looking for vegan or vegetarian options, stop by Ginger Sapori e Salute. For a classy dining experience, try Hotel Forum’s Roof Garden restaurant in Monti. For a more intimate dining experience, visit Fafiuche for cheese, chocolate, and more than 600 wine labels. You can find seafood and fresh seasonal dishes at Broccoletti and the handmade pasta of our dreams at Centro Restaurant and Pasta Lab. In Trastevere, try Eggs with its ten variations of Carbonara and unique side dishes often served in eggs. Osteria da Zio Umberto, Da Teo, and Da Enzo al 29 are also authentically delicious Trastevere favorites. Of course, you cannot leave the neighborhood behind without trying Pizzeria ai Marmi’s thin, crispy masterpieces(the lines are totally worth it). For a full-on Italian gourmet experience, venture off to Testaccio’s Volpetti and sample the red wine-infused salami or the impressive cheese collection. If street food is more your thing, try Trapizzino’s specialty stuffed pizza crusts and supplí.
The best nightlife in Rome
It’s easy to get lost in your anticipation of the Eternal City and forget that after you fly into the Roman sunset, you are still a distance from the city center. However, there are many options for airport transfers which will appeal to a wide-range of travel preferences.
There are two airports in Rome: Fiumicino & Ciampino. For early flights and general convenience, opt for a private airport transfer. To get to and from the airport by train, take a thirty-minute ride on The Leonardo Express from Termini Station to Fiumicino airport. You can reach Termini by bus or the A and B metro lines, which have stops at Piramide, San Pietro, Colosseo, and Circo Massimo. Depending on the time of day and type of train, the journey is around fifteen minutes. Once you arrive at Ciampino station you are very close to the airport and can take the SIT bus to the airport, a fifteen minute ride, or an AirportBus which leaves Ciampino station for the airport and takes approximately ten minutes.
Getting around Rome
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A lifetime isn’t enough to explore Rome. But if you plan ahead, a short period of time can give you a grand picture of the Eternal City. Just remember one thing: Rome isn’t just about the monuments, the museums and the views… it’s a lifestyle. And if you want to immerse yourself in this thousands-year-old city, this insider guide will become your best friend!