Visiting Rome

Let our knowledgeable on-site staff help you plan your trip to Rome, Italy. Below we provide information on accommodations and hotels, eating and restaurants, and tourism, compiled by our on-site staff living in Rome. If you would like any more specific information, please reach out to us!

Getting to Rome

Most major airlines fly into Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Italy’s largest airport officially named Leonardo da Vinci Airport, while budget airlines fly in and out of Ciampino Airport (CIA). Visitors have various options for getting into the city from either airport:

Taxi: taxi rides from Fiumicino Airport to the city center cost a fixed rate of €48 plus €1 for large luggage, and take about 30-40 minutes. Taxis from Ciampino Airport to the city center is a fixed rate of €30 and take about 30 minutes. To return to the airport, you can reserve a taxi a day before by calling the taxi company Samarcanda at 065551.

Bus: Terravision runs buses to and from Fiumicino and Ciampino airports for a rate of approximately €4 each way. Buses drop off and pick up at Roma Termini Train Station in the center of the city and take between 45 and 55 minutes to either airport. Riders can buy tickets online ahead of time and print them prior to boarding the bus.

Train: the Leonardo Express train connects Fiumicino airport and Trastevere Train Station as well as Termini Train Station. Tickets are €8 – €16 and the ride take 30 – 45 minutes on a comfortable train.

Five Stars

Hotel Hassler: Piazza Trinità dei Monti, 6. + 39 06 69934755. A luxurious hotel overlooking Piazza di Spagna.

Lord Byron Hotel: Via Giuseppe De Notaris, 5. +39 06 3220404. A lovely hotel in the Villa Borghese neighborhood.

Four Stars

Portrait Suites: Via Bocca di Leone, 23. +39 05 527264000. A beautiful boutique hotel located near the Spanish steps.

Hotel Donna Camilla Savella: Via Garibaldi, 27. +39 06 588861. A stunning hotel located in the Trastevere Neighborhood, just a few minutes walk from both SAI and JCU.

Three Stars

B&B Hotel Roma Trastevere: Viale di Trastevere, 249d. +39 06 58332683. A simple and modern hotel located near the Trastevere train station.
SAI discount: SAI rates depend on season and length of stay; normal prices vary from €25 to €45 per person per day.

Relais Le Clarisse: Via Cardinale Merry Del Val, 20. A conveniently located hotel located in the Trastevere neighborhood.
SAI discount: While booking online use “codice promo”: JOHNCABOT and “id corporate”: CLARISSE

Two Stars

Adriatic Hotel: Via Giovanni Vitelleschi, 25. +39 06 68808080. Clean, no-frills hotel with a lovely roofdeck in a great location.

Hotel Golden: Via Marche, 84. +39 06 4821659. This boutique family-run hotel is located by the lovely Villa Borghese Park.

Near SAI office & JCU

La Scala: Via della Scala, 58/59. High quality traditional Italian cuisine.

Taverna Trilussa: Taverna Trilussa Via Del Politeama 23/25. +39 06 5818918. High quality traditional Italian cuisine – great Pasta alla Carbonara.

Zi’mberto: Piazza di San Giovanni della Malva, 14. +39 06 5816646. Enjoy a very traditional Roman meal

Alle Fratte di Trastevere: Via delle Fratte di Trastevere, 49. +39 06 5835775. Cuisine is inspired by typical Naples and Roman dishes.

Roma Sparita: Piazza di Santa Cecilia, 24. +39 06 5800757. High quality, known for their Cacio e Pepe served in a parmesan dish.

Checco er Carettiere: Via Benedetta, 10. +39 06 5800985. Historical restaurant in Trastevere run by the Porcelli family for 3 generations and serves traditional Roman cooking.

Near Italiaidea & Campo de Fiori

Roscioli: Via dei Giubbonari, 21/22. +39 06 687 5287. Located just a few steps from Campo de Fiori, this famous spot has a great selection of cold cuts, chesses and wines, as well as traditional pasta dishes.

Grappolo d’Oro: Piazza della Cancelleria, 80. +39 06 689 7080. High quality traditional Roman cuisine located around the corner from Campo de Fiori.

Resources:

Romeing: A guide to all things Roman: events, best restaurants, lifestyle, and more.

Wanted in Rome: A great resource for what’s going on and news, geared toward expats in Rome.

Time Out Rome: Check this site for what’s happening in the eternal city.

Katie Parla: A Food Diary of an American Expat living in Rome.

Tours:

Not for Tourist Rome: Great custom tour company that takes participants off the beaten path, including themed tours, cooking courses, shopping tours, and more.

Roman Guy Food Tours: Well-loved and unique tours for small and large groups.

Ancient Appian Way Bike Tour: This bike tour is an SAI favorite, as participants ride by stunning Roman countryside.

Tickets & Passes:

The first Sunday of the every month Rome Museums are free (expect longer lines). The Roma Pass offers package deals that include museums and transportation around the city.

Transportation:

Single use ATAC tickets are €1.50 and are valid for either 100 minutes or 1 entrance into the metro. Tickets can be purchased at Tabacchi stores, metro stations, and newspaper stands. For those staying longer, a monthly ATAC pass is available at the beginning of each month for €35 + €3 euro card activation fee. Taxis in Rome are also a very easy way to get around. They can be found at taxi stands or called at 063570.

About SAI

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