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How To Reach Rome
All roads lead to Rome. So why worry when you want to reach Rome? Well, actually you should, just a little bit. Especially in the peak vacation season, when flights are overbooked and trains and buses don’t have enough seats, and you really, really want to go to Rome. This Italian capital has been one of the oldest lap of European civilisations and is a dream vacation for most. What with its ancient monuments and easy street culture, the scrumptious Italian meals and tons of gelato ice creams… Rome is the place to be. Here’s how you can carve your own way to Rome.
Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport, located in Fiumicino, is around 30 km away from the city centre and serves as the country’s prime international airport for flights coming from all over the world. For domestic arrivals, there is the Ciampino Airport, only 15 km away. From India, you have Air France and Air India as the two most prominent aircraft carriers, followed by Lufthansa, British Airways and Etihad. The Leonardo Express train outside the airport will take you to Rome’s city centre. Or you can hire a car for yourself too.
As was highlighted above, all roads lead to Rome. Quite not literally. If you want to drive to Rome from northern or southern Italy then take the Autostrada del Sole road that culminates at the Ring Road that goes around the city. You are welcome to drive a rented car as long as you have your intentional driving licence. Plenty Italian and European buses also come to Rome, from all over - Paris, Milan, Belgium, Amsterdam, Florence, Venice etc.
Rome is a major hub for incoming trains from Italy and all over Europe. Roma Termini station sees traffic of visitors coming in from neighbouring countries by the Eurail trains. You can also avail the Eurail pass to get cheaper travel options. To travel anywhere from Roma Termini, you must make your reservations at least a day in advance and trains are usually quite full.
In Rome, you’d think walking is sufficient to get around. And sometimes it is, for sightseeing and shorter distances and some streets. But you also need the public transport to travel between far flung areas. Rome has a beautiful metro system with two main lines - Metropolitana Linea A and Metropolitana Linea B. There are city buses here, as well as 7 tram lines running on Roman roads that make for a wonderful experience. These trams are very tourist friendly and stop at most landmarks like the Vatican, Colosseum, and the Pantheon. You can also hail a taxi from the road but it is not a common local practise. Instead, you may have to find the taxi stands by the main squares, piazzas etc from where you can get one.