Rome travel guide: transport options and top visitor attractions
Rome is a well connected city, with one of the busiest airports in Europe, and fast and modern railway links to the rest of Italy and beyond. Once you’re there, you can take advantage of an extensive public transport network. However, although the city has so many world-famous attractions, it’s fairly easy to walk between them.
Rome transport: Rome has two main international airports: Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino), which handles flights from around the world, and Ciampino, which has flights to a number of destinations in Europe. A direct train service runs from Fiumicino to Rome’s Termini station, while buses link Ciampino with the centre of Rome. Termini station handles rail services to Italy’s main cities, including high speed services, plus other destinations in Europe. Tiburtina station, the city’s second railway station, has been redeveloped to handle an increasing number of high speed trains. The main ways of getting around Rome include the underground Metropolitana system, buses, trams, trolleybuses and an urban train network.
Visitor attractions in Rome: Many of Rome’s most famous and popular sights are ancient Roman. These include the Colosseum, the spectacular amphitheatre which was used for many kinds of entertainment, including gladiatorial contests, battle re-enactments and executions. The Pantheon, with its distinctive portico and dome, is another well-known ancient Roman landmark. It was built as a temple to all the gods of ancient Rome. The Circus Maximus, the spectacular Roman chariot racing arena, is another must-see. The Vatican City, the world’s smallest state, just 110 acres in size, is the administrative and religious centre of the Roman Catholic Church. Highlights include St Peter’s Square, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica. No visit to Rome is complete without visiting the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, two more world-famous attractions in the city.