Information on Roma
How to Reach Roma |
Transportation within the City |
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Much has been written about Roma,
its monuments and museums, its fountains and villas, its history and people.
Many volumes would be needed to tell even a small part of its history, art and architecture, or to hint at what can be seen here,
including Michelangelo's Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican
Museums, St. Peters's, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Pincio, the
Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon...
Everything to be said about this city has probably been said before.
However, Roma cannot be described completely; it needs to be experienced in person.
It is impossible to be bored in Roma. Besides its churches, monuments,and
museums, Roma has more to offer: classical music, theater and ballet, jazz, sport, pubs,
and all kinds of shops and elegant boutiques. Roma is easily reachable from every
part of the world, having two international airports and an international train
station. Moreover, all infrastructure and public transportation networks
were greatly improved for the Jubilee year 2000. The Jubilee is celebrated by the Catholic Church every twenty-five years, and is a very important event
for its believers. The Jubilee year 2000 was even more important, given
its co-incidence with the beginning of the new millennium. Tens of millions
of pilgrims visited Roma during the Jubilee year, which ended on
January 6th, 2001. In order to deal with this multitude of people,
Roma had renovated its monuments and expanded its accommodation facilities.
How to Reach Roma
"Leonardo da Vinci" intercontinental airport, located in Fiumicino, is Europe's
fourth largest in terms of number of passengers and provides travellers
with the most modern services and facilities. The centre of Roma can be easily reached from the airport by bus, train or taxi.
Trains from the airport:
Taxis and limousines are available at the international arrivals area.
- Leonardo da Vinci - Roma Termini (Central) Railway Station
Duration: 40 minutes.
Non-stop trains leave every 60 minutes and during rush hours
every 30 minutes.
Ticket cost: Itl 18,000 / Euro 9.30
- Leonardo da Vinci - Roma Tiburtina Railway Station
Duration: 40 minutes.
Trains leave every 20 minutes during the weekdays and Saturdays
and every 60 minutes on Sundays, making stops in different areas
of the city.
Ticket cost: Itl 9,000 / Euro 4.65
Approximate price: Itl 75,000 / Euro38.74.
Rome is at the heart of the Italian railway network. Excellent Intercity service
from Termini Railway Station links Rome to every major city in Europe.
Italy has 6,400 km of modern motorways, which reach all regions of
the country. Rome can easily be reached by car from the "Autostrada del
Sole - A1", the longest Italian motorway running along the peninsula from
north to south.
Transportation within the City
Numerous bus lines connect all areas of the city, including the
area of the Conference. The underground ("Metro")
has two lines, Linea "A" (red) and Linea "B" (blue). These intersect at
Termini so you have to pass through Termini when you need to
switch line. Tickets are valid for 75 minutes of travel and
can be used for one underground journey and unlimited bus
travel. They can be purchased at tobacco shops ("Tabacchi"),
bars, news stands and machines in stations. The driver does not
sell tickets. Daily and weekly tickets are also available.
Ticket valid for 75 minutes: 1,500 ITL/ 0.75 EUR
Ticket valid for one day: 6,000 ITL/ 3.10 EUR
Ticket valid for one week: 24,000 ITL /12.40 EUR/
September is generally warm and sunny in Roma.
Temperatures may reach 25°C (77°F) during the day
but are cooler in the evening.
The streets of the historic centre of Roma - the famous Spanish Steps,
Via Condotti, Via Frattina, Via della Croce, Via Borgognona
and, of course, Via Veneto - boast the workshops of Italy's
foremost and world renowned fashion creators along with glamorous shops,
all bearing the unmistakable mark "Made in Italy". Via Margutta and Via
del Babbuino abound with privately owned artists' studios and
restoration workshops. Galleries can be found almost everywhere along
the side streets, such as Via dei Coronari, one of the
most picturesque streets in Roma, which also hosts numerous
antique dealers. Shops are usually open from Monday
to Saturday, from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:30.
However, several shops in the center are open from 10:00 to 19:00.
Most shops are closed on Sunday and Monday morning.
Emergency public assistance: 113
Carabinieri (military police): 112
First aid: 118
Fire brigade: 115
Breakdown assistance (Automobile Club of Italy): 116
Airport and Airlines
Fiumicino airport (FCO): 06 65951
Ciampino airport (CIA): 06 794 941
Air France: 06 47181
Alitalia: 06 65643
Austrian Airlines: 06 85354610
British Airways: 06 485480
Canadian: 06 6591300
Delta Airlines: 06 85354925
Iberia: 1478 31055
Japan Airlines: 06 65953840
KLM: 06 6529286
Lufthansa: 06 65954156
Olympic Airways: 06 48903089
Qantas: 06 486561
Sabena: 06 421231
SAS: 06 65010771
Swissair: 06 8470518
TWA: 06 47211
VARIG: 06 4677210
Trenitalia information: 8488 88088
Public transportation in Roma (ATAC - TRAMBUS - MET.RO - COTRAL): 800 431784
La Capitale 06 49 94
Pronto Taxi 06 66 45
Samarcanda 06 55 51