When it comes to cultural wonders and artistic marvels, all roads lead to Rome! Roma (or Rome) is the beautiful Italian capital, famous for its countless attractions and historical heritage, making it an absolute must for anyone looking to indulge in a cultural getaway in one of Italy's most enchanting destinations. What's more, this city is also a cosmopolitan centre, ensuring visitors from all over the globe have always something to enjoy when they visit. And, getting there is very simple, thanks to a good rail network and low-cost train tickets.
Popular train routes to Rome
Visiting Rome by Train
Rome is well connected to the major Italian cities by regional and high-speed trains. Roma Termini is the main station of the capital, providing regional, national and international connections. Trains to Rome from Naples take approximately 1 hour, from Florence 1h30 mins, while the journey from Venice takes less than 4 hours.
Direct services are provided by Trenitalia, through the famous Frecciarossa and Frecciargento, and by Italo, thanks to their new high-speed trains, allowing people to travel in the city and in the city in a fast, easy and comfortable way.
Besides Termini, Rome's other main stations are Roma Tiburtina and Roma Ostiense. From all three stations it's possible to reach the two main airports (Fiumicino and Ciampino) as well as the Civitavecchia harbour.
Home to more than 3 million people and attracting in excess of 30 million tourists a year, the beautiful capital of Italy is an incredibly popular destination, to say the least! There are countless things to see and do once travellers have hopped off their train to Rome. In fact, some of the most iconic landmarks in the world located here. Metro, bus and tram services are available across the whole city but, to fully experience the magic of the Eternal City, we suggest to simply walk and wander.
Just a 20-minute walk from the Rome Termini station, the Colosseum is the heart of the city, while the Forum is just an 8-minute stroll further. Tourists should head there to see an amazing complex of monumental squares, which were once the centre of political activity in ancient Rome. No visit to Rome is complete without at least one trip to the Pantheon — another symbol of the Eternal City. Built as a temple tribute to the gods and famous for its perfect proportions, this monument is a must when heading westwards after a stop at the Colosseum, involving a 30-minute walk. Just a short distance (and 6-minute stroll) from the Pantheon is the Piazza Navona. Standing in the centre of this square is the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, which is a splendid sculpted work representing four of the greatest rivers in the world. Wandering through the streets of Rome is a pleasure in and of itself. Along the way, travellers should stop and admire the breath-taking beauty of the Trevi Fountain. In this vicinity, visitors will also find the Castel Sant’Angelo, an imposing mausoleum built by Hadrian and now home to an extensive collection of artwork.
And, a little further still, about 9 minutes away, is Basilica Sancti Petri, renowned for its famous dome and as the entrance-way to Vatican City. The closest station to St. Peter's Basilica is Roma San Pietro.
Finally, if there's still some time — and energy — left, Tivoli, Civitavecchia and Latina are ideal day trips, being all located at approximately one hour by train from central Rome.
Rome: the perfect city break destination
The saying goes that “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and neither should you try to cram in all your sightseeing within the same timeframe. With over two thousand years of history to discover, a long weekend would be enough to scratch the surface, but you might be tempted to stay longer to explore the city’s beautiful surrounding countryside or take to the coast.
Think of the must-see sights as being divided into three main groups. First, there’s ancient Rome. Take the metro to the impressive Colosseum and book a guide to learn about the activities that used to take place here. Walk past the Forum and you’ll see the ruined remains of what was once the bustling heart of the city.
Next, head into the part of the city where elegant piazzas have spawned a thousand cafes. Wander through the backstreets on foot to discover the Trevi Fountain, whose legend has it that if you throw in a coin you’ll be back, or the Spanish Steps leading to Trinita dei Monti church. Also within this central area, you’ll be able to see the Pantheon, a 2nd-century temple now completely swallowed up by the city.
Cross the Tiber at Castel Sant’ Angelo to walk up to St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. This city-state within Rome is home to the Pope, of course, who has his own guard. The Swiss Guards, in their mediaeval costumes, are a little camera shy, but there are plenty of opportunities for people watching as you queue to visit the Sistine Chapel and its beautiful 16th-century Michelangelo-painted ceiling.
There will come a point where you tire of the souvenir stands and crowds, and that’s the time to head for one of Rome’s most charming neighbourhoods, Trastevere. Stop off on Isola de Tiberina where the city used to quarantine infectious cases in its hospitals. Then take a foodie tour around Trastevere’s many trattorias, delis and ice cream parlours to learn about Italy’s food culture whilst sampling some of the best dishes the city has to offer. Hang around, for this is also one of the best places to experience Rome’s vibrant nightlife.
Need to know
Rome is well connected by high-speed train from other Italian cities such as Florence, Milan and Naples. If you choose to fly, the Leonardo Express is the fastest option from Fiumicino Airport into the centre of the city, arriving at Rome’s Termini station; note that the local stopping train takes you to Tiburtina station which is less central. The metro is the easiest way of getting around and very quick; it’s handy for the Colosseum and for Piazza de Spagna. To reach Trastevere, take the H bus from Termini station. A day pass for all buses and metro rides costs just 7 Euros.