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The Eternal City - Rome

We arrived in Rome and decided not to take a cab which is normally around £50 to our hotel but to use the airport shuttle bus. When you exit arrivals turn left, follow signs to bus station and before you exit the airport there are a couple of desks that will sell you a bus ticket into central Rome. We took TAM 5euro single around 50mins journey, depending on traffic. The bus takes you to Termini station and you can you either walk or take the subway to your hotel.

We stayed in the Rafaello hotel which is around 7/8 mins walk from the station towards the Colosseum. It’s a small 3 star hotel, all staff we encountered are friendly, there is a good breakfast, and the room was adequate for us. The area surrounding the hotel and in this part of Rome have some great places to eat, good value for money away from the main tourist areas, and average evening meal with wine was in the region of 65euros and the smaller streets have small shops and boutiques and is away from the main bustle of Rome.

From Termini it’s a short walk to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain but Rome is so exciting you don’t realise how far you are actually walking. Beware there are a lot of street sellers mostly near the main sights and they can be a bit of a pain. There are plenty of cafes to stop and enjoy the sights and sounds of Rome whilst enjoying a coffee. We bought the 2 day hop on/off bus ticket but only used it twice so a bit of a waste for us. We found that it was great to walk around and you get to see so much more. We took the metro from Termini to Vatican, e1.50 single took around 10mins, approx same to walk to museum. There are gypsies at metro helping you get your ticket for some spare change so be careful. We went to the Vatican on Wednesday, not such a good idea as this is when the Papal Audience takes place, and the Basilica is closed until 1.30pm and by this time the queue to get inside is huge. After being told around 2 hours wait to get in we gave up and went for lunch. The Colosseum is amazing you can easily spend a whole day visiting here, the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. A visit to the Pantheon is also well worth it, when you look at these structures it’s hard to take in they were built so long ago. We decided to try the Da Vinci express train from Termini to the airport, it was 14euros and had it not stopped for 20 mins would have been quicker than the coach but to be honest I preferred the coach and it was cheaper. If you want any more information about any of the destinations or hotels, please feel free to call me. Thanks, Julie.