Via di San Telesforo 15, Rome, Rome, Italy
More about Rome
Top choice! Giolitti a Testaccio
papal altar and tomb of st. peter
Need a transfer/guided tour of Rome for 10 people - 5/19/2010
Hi, I am looking for a safe and dependable transfer or guided tour for 10 people on a cruiseline from Cittivechia into Rome in 2 days. We'd like to find something reasonably priced, but also with a dependable tour guide. Can anyone suggest any for us? Our preferred price range is about US$150 - US$200 pp.
Our alternatives at this point are a 6 person minivan tour for US$2300 (about US$383pp), a taxi for 3 at US$700 (about US$233pp - transfer only), or the train which is very affordable, but only allows us 3 hours to explore Rome. We dock in Cittivechia at 8am, and need to be back by 4pm. We'd like to find something that will maximize our alloted time - about 6 hours in Rome.
Re: Need a transfer/guided tour of Rome for 10 people - 5/19/2010
Never done this nor can advise on private tour. Just wanted to say that VT member "mcalpin" has put together a neat HOW TO for the train in case you change your minds.
It's on this page:
I just looked up the TRENITALIA site and found that if you take the train at 08.41 you can be at St Peters station by 9.24 ....or maybe the later train at 08.59 that gets you to St Peters by 09.53 ? Then one later at 09.41 that gets you at St Peters station by 10.24
Here's a picture of the San Pietro station : http://www.panoramio.com/photo/6100282
and St Peters : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Peter%27s_Basilica
So in theory and hopefully in practice you could be walking to find St Peters and be there by 11am at the very latest.
After your exploration of St Peters you then have the choice of touring the Vatican Museum (which will doubtless leave you with no time for anything else) or to take one of the Hop On Hop Off tour buses that can give you a great idea of the city.
Look at : http://www.rometoolkit.com/whattodo/rome_hop_on_tour_bus.htm
for some ideas and ask about the best tours? You will find one nearby. And then relax aboard one of the tour buses for your visit to Rome. For example the 110 Open Route details and map of the route plus write up is on here:
You can even have your pre booked tickets in your hand ready to take the trip if booking online.
If you feel that you have some time you could always Hop off at say Piazza Navona before taking the next bus back to the start point.
Travel Tips for Rome
the last winter in Viale Albania
Trees along a road near Testaccio.Testaccio is a very nice zone of Rome,it's not that acient,but being not far from the centre has got one of the most active night life of the city...there you can find club culture together with old hosterie and even nice concerts to the Villaggio Globale...well,I thing it's the wrong chapter to talk of this.
Dove fare la pipi'? (Toilets of Rome!)
Ah, the most important question for every traveler!
Things are so much easier in Amsterdam (for men, anyway) where there are public outdoor urinals everywhere.
But in Rome, the first rule of touring is: never leave a museum without using the bathrooms just before you leave!
1. Just like the US, you can always use the bathroom at any of the McDonalds. There are a couple dozen spread around the city...train station Spanish Steps, Pantheon, etc.
2. There are public bathrooms at the department store La Rinascente (the floor with women's clothing), on the Via del Corso (not far from the Trevi. I have a tip about it on my Rome page under shopping) and also across the street in the Galleria Alberto Sordi (used to be the Galleria Colonna) an indoor shopping mall.
3. Every bar and restaurant is required to allow anyone to use their bathroom, not just patrons. Still, if I use their facilities, I almost always get an espresso or something. That said, I have seen some restrooms that I would rather not have seen! A few nearly required gymnastics to enter (because the buildings are so old, and toilets came only in the last century, they were often put in small, cramped spots.)
4. Most of the 4 star or 5 star hotels will have a lobby bathroom that they will let you use (most of the three stars I know, don't have a lobby bathroom.)
Most of these bathrooms don't have hot water and many won't have soap. TP might not always be available either, so it wouldn’t hurt to bring along some tissues and hand sanitizer.
Feel better now?
Shopping near the train station
Shopping near the train station has reasonably cheaply priced items i.e. hand made leather belts and purses. There is also many clothing shops. Don't go at night and walk around. I got very nervous when I did it. lots of seedy characters. You can definetly hagle over prices
Leonardo da Vinci express
From Fiumicino airport there is a train service to Rome Termini. Trains departures every 30 minutes and it takes about 30 minutes. Tickets cost 9.50 euros per trip. This train does not stop on the way.
Desde el aeropuerto de fiumicino hay servicio de trenes hasta Roma Termini. Los trenes salen cada 30 minutos y el viaje tarda unos 30 minutos también. El billete cuesta 9.50 euros por viaje. El tren es directo no hace paradas en el camino.
Good food in a lovely area
This restaurant is always busy, especially in the summer months, full of tourists and locals alike. Despite its location 300 m from the Spanish steps, it's hard to spot and therefore you have a chance of a table without booking. The food is really good, with some gems like swordfish carpaccio. Prices are really reasonable considering the quality and location, expect some 25-40 euros without drinks. Swordfish carpaccio (carpaccio di pesce spada). Unusual combination (usually carpaccio is made of beef meet) and perfect taste.
Popular Hotels in Rome
Piazza Barberini 9, Entrance: Via della Purificazione, 4, Rome
View all Rome hotels
View all Rome hotels
Latest Rome hotel reviews
- Hotel Royal Santina
- 119 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Dec 7, 2013
- Parco Tirreno
- 130 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Nov 18, 2013
- Villa Torlonia Hotel Rome
- 90 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Nov 17, 2013
- 597 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Dec 6, 2013
- UNA Hotel Roma
- 712 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Dec 4, 2013
- Suore Pie Operaie
- 1 Review & Opinion
Latest: Sep 7, 2011
- Migdal Palace
- 37 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Sep 27, 2013
- Hotel Eden
- 550 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Dec 3, 2013
- Nazionale A Montecitorio Htl
- 334 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Dec 9, 2013
- Albergo Abruzzi
- 316 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Dec 2, 2013
- Pensione Barrett
- 170 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Dec 10, 2013
- Hotel Piemonte
- 202 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Oct 11, 2013
- La Maison Royale
- 38 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Nov 21, 2013
- Artistico BB suite
- 14 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Nov 8, 2013
- 81 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Oct 2, 2013