Hello and welcome back to my blog!
Today I have something a little different for you: travel help. Rome is my favorite city in the whole goddamn world, been there a few times, so I figured I could give you some tips.
If I have learned only one thing from traveling it’s this: it’s expensive. So I like to do some research and find some ways to save money – not when it comes to food but when it comes to finding beautiful places.
Fiumincino Aeroporto –> Rome itself
Yes you heard that right. The airport is quite a few miles aways from the city. Well you can either take a taxi / cab OR to the tricks we did and save around 50 €!
- as soon as you arrive try to find the “Leonardo da Vinci Express” which is a train that will transport you for only 8 bucks! (NOTE: that train basically drives 24/7 but depending on the time you arrive it can be full as hell. Unfortunately we had to sit on our suitcase and / or stand and there is literally no air conditioning)
- take the train to “Termini” which is – as the name states – the absolute last station so you can’t miss it!
- after that you take the metro and exit whenever you have to (maybe write it down so you won’t forget it!)
Rome –> Ostia Lido
One of the things I never thought would happen: being in Rome AND laying on the beach. I can’t blame you if this isn’t the first thing you think about when you hear “Rome”! (The following description was friendly given to us by the receptionist at our hotel 🙂 )
- take the metro back to “Termini”. This is really nice since you can arrive there no matter how far your hotel is. Just hop on the metro and you’ll arrive.
- when you arrive you need to change to “Line B”
- the station you need to get out is called “Piramide”
- there will be a train waiting for you which is called “Lido Train” and you can get it every 30 minutes
- next you need to go down to “Cristoforo Colombo” and take the bus shuttle for the beach which is number 07 or 70
Just a quick tip from me: ALWAYS use sunscreen. I fell asleep on the beach – which wasn’t intended – and was as red as a crab. If it’s possible try to find a bit of shade!
Tickets, Tours etc:
I’ve been to various tours in my life – in Rome I’ve visited the Colosseum and Vatican – and one thing I hate is: waiting. I hate standing in line to get in a museum. So if you can, order your tickets online. You can pay pretty much everywhere with your paypal account or VISA. It will safe you the waiting in line. Also, sometimes you get discounts when you order / make a reservation online. Depending on where it is, you can even select the time you arrive and can get in without waiting.
If you’re up for it: do a tour. It’s a nice way to meet new people and learn something. Especially if the tour guides are born and raised in Rome. Also, discounts again if you travel in a group, which you technically are.
Etiquette / Manners:
In order to visit the Vatican you need to cover yourself. Yes, it might be around 40°C outside, but you still need to cover your shoulders and knees.
While you can eat while walking (if you can actually to it … I can’t. I’m too clumsy) you should not just sit down anywhere you want and have your dinner. Especially not when it comes to famous places like the Spanish Stairs or inside the Colosseum.
I think the most important part is that you don’t stress yourself. Yes, there might be a lot of people but that’s just how it is. If you get angry or annoyed at it … it won’t change a single thing. If you’re standing in front of the Trevi Fountain and find it hard to take pictures … just breathe and wait a little until you can. After all, this is a holiday you should enjoy! Have fun!