Open top sightseeing Rome – Hop on hop off bus Rome
Tour buses in Rome
In Rome we have 7 open roof – hop on hop off – tour bus companies. Which one to choose is not always easy to say, it depends mostly on your interests and how much time you have available. For example the Roma Christina bus tour is more specialized with pilgrims; Roma Cristiana is part of the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi which is overseen by the Vatican. They also offer deals which include public transportation tickets.
Generally, buses can’t get into small roads, especially in the old city center. This is why you always have to consider that you will walk a lot even though you’re talking the hop on hop off bus! Every bus tour will tell you how often it runs but it is always subject to the traffic in Rome.
During the summer months it gets very hot and the double decker buses do not have sun protection on the roof, neither do the bus stops where you have to wait, so it is always a good idea to have sun screen with you. Having a water bottle isn’t a bad idea either but near most stops you’ll be able to find food and snacks stands!
If you are traveling with children then it’s worth having a closer look at the kid’s prices and up to what age you get discounts. The Roma Cristiana Open bus tour gives you the best deal considering that kids under 10 go for free. Take some time before you start to hop-on and off, write down your needs on a piece of paper and start comparing one by one.
Check each website separately because many open hop on-hop off bus tours offer special deals and discounts, especially during summer! When you’re around Termini train station, many ticket vendors will stop you so it is good if you know what you are looking for in advance so you know if you are getting the bus tour you want!
Please ask before: if the tickets you are getting are valid for calendar days or from the first validation!
Lets go through the options one by one:
City Sightseeing Rome Bus tours
A bus company I really like is the City Sightseeing Rome bus tours. Rome is a very special city and has many attractions. Line A from City Sightseeing Rome has 8 stops, which covers a lot of the city and the whole tour lasts about 1, 5 hours depending on traffic.
This special bus 110 Open bus tour of Rome for tourists departs every 10 minutes starting from 8.00AM – 8.00PM from Piazza del Cinquecento which is the square in front of Termini train Station. It’s special because you can combine it with the Archeobus which takes you to the most important archaeological sites of Rome. A hostess on the bus offers tour guides in several languages! It takes you around the most famous sights in Rome. Check out the special private party tour they offer, breakfast or Happy Hour included!
Archeobus Bus Tours in Rome
This special bus for tourists departs every 30 minutes starting from 9.00AM – 4.00PM from Piazza del Cinquecento which is the square in front of Termini train Station. It’s special because you can combine it with the 110Open Bus Tour which will take you through the city center! A hostess on the bus offers tour guides in several languages! The Archeobus will take you to the most famous Roman archaeological sites along Via Appia and more!
Roma Christiana Open Bus Tours
Rome is the heart of Christianity. For visitors which are targeting religious attractions, this tour is perfect then this tour goes strong on the Vatican. It also takes you out to San Giovanni in Laterano, the Baths of Caracalla and the Appian way. Roma Christiana Open Bus Tours is organized by the Vatican and has 2 routes; one called the St. Peter’s route with 12 stops which covers most of down town and the other one is called Saint Paul’s route with 8 stops and covers mainly religious sites.
The Ciao Roma Tour bus offers a tour of 14 stops. Like all other buses this bus is a double decker with an open top, so the view for their visitors is perfect! The tour comes with a pre-recorded audio commentary so you should always know where you are. Disposable ear phones come along with it!
Open Tour Bus Rome
The Open tour bus offers the hop-on hop-off service for their guests all year around! You are free get on and off as many times as you wish. This bus tour offers special deals when booking on line; you’ll save up to 10%! The ticket includes a smart guide, discount carnet and a shopping guide for the city.
The Green Line Tour Bus Rome
The Green line tour is actually a tour operator which offers more services like excursions and doesn’t limit itself to the bus service of a hop-on hop-off bus which they call the Panoramic Open Tour. The tours last about 2 hours, depending on traffic and tourists have the chance to cruise around the eternal city on an open double decker! Save 10% when booking on line!
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Peope standing near the Bus stop Peope standing near the Bus stop
Buses stopping in front of the Vatican Bus stop
Snack stand near the Vatican Bus stop for all Hop on - hop off Buses Snack stand near the Vatican Bus stop for all Hop on - hop off Buses
Piazza Del Popolo is one of the most famous Piazza’s in Rome. The origin of the name is uncertain and no one knows for sure why it’s called like this. “Popolo” means people, so the literal translation would be “people’s square. Historically though, “popolo” derives from the poplars (Latin:populus) after which the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, in the northeast corner of the piazza, takes its name.
For many years Piazza del Popolo were traveler’s first view of Rome upon arrival. Traveler’s had to walk through the “Porta Flaminia” (Flaminia gate) of ancient Rome, and now called the “Porta del Popolo”. This was the starting point of the “Via Flaminia”, a famous road and the most important route if you wanted to travel to the north of Italy those days. Also, for centuries, Piazza del Popolo was a place for public executions, fairs, carnivals, games and competitions!
Three main important streets go off Piazza del Popolo (called Trident); Via del Corso, Via del Babuino and Via di Ripetta.
On Via del Corso you’ll mostly find the main non expensive shopping stores. If you follow Via di Ripetta you’ll bump right into the “Mausoleo di Augustino” and “l’Ara Pacis”. Via del Babuino offers some more of the exclusive shops like Channel, Moschino and some famous Italian designer stores!
The two twin Churches, Santa Maria in Montesanto (1675) and Santa Maria dei Miracoli (1678), where built by Alessandro VII. Sadly they had finished with construction only after the Pope had died. Another church off of Piazza del Popolo is Santa Maria del Popolo.
An Egyptian obelisk of Ramesses II from Heliopolis stands in the center of the Piazza. The obelisk, known as the “obelisco Flaminio” or the “Popolo Obelisk”, is the second oldest and one of the tallest obelisks in Rome.
Many beautiful and elaborated fountains are found in Piazza del Popolo, like the Fontana di Nettuno and Fontana dell’Obelisco.
An artistic treasure house, built on the burial site of Emperor Nero, holds several major art collections, including two magnificent paintings done by Caravaggio!
Today’s layout of Piazza del Popolo was designed in neoclassical style by the architect Giuseppe Valadier. He demolished the Piazza to form two semicircles, replacing the original trapezoidal square centered on the Via Flaminia. He also built a road which leads up to the balustraded overlook from the Pincio (the Pincian Hill of ancient Rome). From the Pincio you have access to the Villa Borghese gardens and you have the best overlook on Piazza del Popolo!
Fontana di Nettuno - Piazza del Popolo
An Egyptian obelisk of Ramesses II
Santa Maria in Montesanto (1675) and Santa Maria dei Miracoli (1678),
Santa Maria in Montesanto (1675) and Santa Maria dei Miracoli (1678),
“Porta del Popolo” - Piazza del Popolo
Fontana with the Pincio in the back up on the top.
View on the Pincio
Picture taken from Via Flaminia - Porta del Popolo
Have a look at the Pincio when you climb up from Piazza del Popolo
Pincio Hill near Piazza del Popolo
Looking down from Pincio Hill to Piazza del Popolo
Snack bar on top of Pincio hill
Souvenir stand on Pincio hill - Piazza del Popolo
Rental stand - on Pincio hill - Piazza del Popolo
Once you arrived at the Pincio you could easily hop over to Villa Borghese Park and also visit the Borghese Gallery – Piazzale Museo Borghese, 5 – 00197 Rome. You’ll be able to admire the Cardinal Scipione’s 17th-century collection!
What You can expect to see when visiting Piazza del Popolo in Rome:
In thesedays Piazza del Popolo is a place where many exhibitions are held. Behind the walls of Piazza del Popolo, to your right when you’re standing in front of the twin churches, you can find a scooter (starting at euro 50,00) and bike rental (3.00 euro/hour). In front of the twin churches to your left when facing them, you’ll find a taxi stand. In the afternoon, you can find a Michael Jackson imitator, political encounters or speeches. I took a picture of two fascinating artists when I passed that day! Maybe you can figure it out…I sure couldn’t!
Rent a scooter/bike place at Piazza del Popolo
Artists from Piazza del Popolo
Taxi stand next to the twin churches
Piazza del Popolo is always open to the public. You can go by foot whenever you like.It’s closed for traffic during the day but you can drive around it (there is a street that surrounds it) after 6.00PM. Cars with a special permit and taxis can pass all the time.
How to get there: Withthe Metro A (the entrance is right behind the “Porta del Pololo” to your left facing Via Flaminia) and you get off “Flaminio” Piazza del Popolo or if you’d like to walk a bit you can also get off “Spagna” but it’s a little further.
Buses Nr. 88, 95, 117, 119, 490 and 495.
Souvenirs and Shopping at Piazza del Popolo
Around Piazza del Popolo there are many nice shops…especially for men! Guy’s this is your Piazza. If you’re looking for a handmade shirt (Italians usually put their initials on the bottom) then this is the Piazza for you! “Boggi” from Milan has a store here and I guess you’ve have already heard about “Borsalino” the famous hat maker?! Well, they’re right next to Piazza del Popolo! Also, we have one of the best shoe stores “Re Mishelle” right across the corner! We will also feature a “collector of odd antiques” and “Alfieri” a genuine Italian leather store.
My recommended places to eat when visiting Piazza del Popolo
The most exclusive and expensive restaurants are found near Piazza del Popolo. If you’re up for famous Italian actors, go to the “Bolognese”. If you’d like to forget that you’re right in the middle of a city, have your dinner in a luxurious garden at the “Le Jardin De Russie” Restaurant. If you’re looking for a vegan place, go to Il Margutta vegetarian restaurant…to find out more just visit our page dedicated to eating when visiting Piazza del Popolo!
I’d like to start with the Bed & Breakfast first and then going up with the star ratings so we have a little bit of everything and so everyone gets their pick!
The Colosseum B&B – Via Capo D’Africa 59 – 00184 Rome is situated in the historical heart of Rome, near the “Basilica dei Santi Quattro Coronati” and the Arch of Constantine, just steps away from the Colosseum and the Imperial Forums. It’s a family run business and for being a B&B it has some great amenities like A/C in public areas, complimentary wireless Internet access, luggage storage and tours/ticket assistance. Moreover, complimentary street parking is available nearby and limo or town car service is provided upon request! Sound like a 4 star hotel to me!
Colosseum B&B in Rome
Should you be looking for an apartment around the Colosseum area I would recommend you look at a place called Eats and Sheets Colosseo -Via Capo d’Africa / Via S. Giovanni in Laterano / Via Santi Quattro.
Eats & Sheets Colosseo has several locations all in the immediate Colosseum area. The charm of this small and cozy neighborhood offers many perks including having all restaurants, wine bars, shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, and cafes within a few steps reach. All of their apartments provide every comfort such as an outdoor terrace with tables and plants, private full bathrooms and A/C to name just a few of them!
Eats and Sheets apartment near the Colosseum
Even if you’re hardly in your room during a sight-seeing vacation it’s great to have your Hotel near a main location, maybe also having a room with a romantic view or delightfully furnished. When you have a look at this 3 star rated Hotel Romance Rome - Via Marco Aurelio, 37a – 00184 Rome – Italy makes you feel like a King or Queen thanks to the room’s atmosphere!
Hotel Romace is one of the newest hotels in the Eternal City, combining elegant accommodation with great value for money and a fantastic central location just a few minutes’ walk from the city’s most famous landmark, the Colosseum.
A small tip; if you book a room on their official site you’ll get a Complimentary Welcome drink!
Reception of the Hotel Romance near the Colosseum
An outstanding 4 star Hotel is Capo d’Africa Hotel - Via Capo d’Africa 54 – 00184 Rome which is near the metro an so the location is great for exploring the Coliseum and other surrounding sites. You have a good choice of bars & restaurants that are along the streets so you don’t have to walk to far if you’d like to grab a bite after your sightseeing! The highlight of the Hotel Capo d’Africa Hotel is the breathtaking rooftop patio! It makes you forget all the hustle and bustle of the tourists, cars and noise beneath you on the busy streets of Rome!
CAPO D AFRICA Hotel in Rome
If your looking for a rare gem of elegance and hospitality in a unique historical setting, with windows and a large terrace overlooking the Coliseum, the Imperial Forum and the Domus Aurea then go to the 5 Star Luxury Hotel PalazzoManfredi.
Hotel Palazzo Manfredi – Relais & Chateaux – Via Labicana 125, Rome – Italy is a beautiful small boutique hotel which also has a fantastic restaurant on the rooftop, in a great part of the city with amazing views of the Colosseum. Have a look for yourself!
The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheater
at Piazza del Colosseo Roma
The Colosseum in Rome Italy
The Coliseum Rome Italy is an elliptical amphitheater in Rome, begun by the Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian Dynasty, who started construction of the Colosseum in 72 AD. It was finished by his son Titus in 80 AD, the year after Vespasian’s death. It is the largest amphitheatre in the world and it is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture. It is also one of the seven wonders of the world. The name “Colosseum” has long been believed to be derived from a giant statue of Nero not far away. It was built on the site of an artificial lake, part of Nero’s huge park in the center of Rome which also included the Golden House – Domus Aurea – and the nearby Colossus statue. The Colosseum could accommodate around 55,000 spectators, which could come and go very quickly because of the 80 entrances. Emperors used the Colosseum to entertain the public with free games. What was the Colosseum used for?: Violent gladiator games, reconstructions of famous Roman battle victories (including sea battles), wild animal hunts; it was a showcase for exotic wild animals taken from all corners of the Roman Empire. The scenarios was that gladiators, criminals, animals, etc. fought each other to the death.
What You can expect to see when visiting the Colosseum in Rome:
The Colosseum is awe inspiring and its size imposing. You will get goose bumps as soon as you enter it and realize how big a part of history this monument is. The monumental structure has fallen into ruin. The southern side of the Colosseum was felled by an earthquake in 847 and quarrying of the structure for its stone occurred over many centuries, a great fire destroyed some parts too.
The Colosseum opens its gates at 8.30 AM – 4.00 PM (last entrance). Visiting hours can vary a little during the summer months (longer opening hours).
The Colosseum is Closed: 1st of January, 1st of May and 25th of December
SPECIAL! From the 2nd May to the 2nd November 2013 – every Thursday and Saturday you can participate in special night tours from 8.20 PM until midnight. For info on tours in English you can phone +39/0685301755.
Info for disabled people:There is an elevator inside. Please ask for assistance at the front ticket center directly at the Colosseum.
Where to buy tickets: You can buyyour tickets in front of the Colosseum at the ticket stand or in Largo Salara Vecchia, 5/6 (Foro Romano) or at the Palatino ticket stand in Via di San Gregorio, 30 (Palatino). NOTE: The tickets you buy to enter the Colosseum are also valid to enter the Foro Romano and the Palatino.
How much do the tickets cost?
For citizens of the European Communion (EC) under 18 and over 65 the ticket is free of charge. For everyone else the admission cost is euro 12. Citizens of the EC aged between 18 – 24 pay euro 7,50. Have your ID card ready.
If you have bought an ‘”Archeologia Card”, Roma Pass” or a “Roma&Più Pass card” the entrance for the Colosseum will be included. For more information on these cards and where to get them, have a look under our section “Special Discount Cards for attractions”.
I will give you a little trick to avoid lines when getting tickets to enter the Colosseum. There are 2 lines to buy tickets for the Colosseum, 1 for buying individual tickets and one for tours. The line for tours is often empty while the line for individuals can seem to be very long. The tour group line for tickets into the Colosseum is for both guided tours and for people who want to rent an audio tour. Buying the audio tour will make your wait shorter and also give you a audio guided tour which is all you really need. The advantage also to buying your tour ticket is it is also good for the Palatine Hill in the Roman Forum eliminating the need to stand in line a second time to buy tickets. If you do choose to stay in line you will have more than enough going on around you to keep you entertained. There are actors dressed up in gladiator outfits and plenty of other tourists to talk to.
How to get there: Opening hours: The simplest way to get to the Colosseum is with the Metro, considering that you don’t want to walk over or take a taxi from wherever you are. The Colosseum is not out of reach from the other attractions, so you could consider walking. If you decide to take the Metro, you’ll be taking the B line (Laurentina direction) and getting off at the Colosseo Metro Station.
All these buses go to the Colosseum as well: 60 – 75 – 85 – 87 – 117 – 271 – 571 – 175 – 186 – 810 – 850 – C3 as well as the Tram 3.
My favorite possibility would be the “Hop on – Hop off” bus that takes you around to the main attractions for euro 20/day or euro 25 for 2 days. By the way, for a couple of euro’s more you can get a deal for the Tiber River Cruise.
There are some great gift shops inside the Colosseum and several shops outside also.
Hot tip for all photographers: you’ll get the best pictures from standing on a bridge in Via degli Annibaldi. It’s the street where the hop on-hop off buses stop, only a little further down walking away from the Colosseum. You’ll get fantastic pictures without any tourist heads! Have a look at our picture where it is!
Food places around the Colosseum and Eating when you visit the Colosseum
Eating when you visit the Colosseum Colosseum will be easy since there are a bevy of restaurants to choose from. Next to the Colosseum you can find “food and drink stands” that offer a quick to go sandwich or a refreshing cold water bottle. A snack bar next to the “Colosseo” Metro station also offers some chair and tables to rest your feet. There are many restaurants near colosseum rome.
To the side of the Colosseum you have a couple of seated eating places with a view on the Colosseum. Please remember: these are tourist places and what counts is the view. Also, I would like to mention that the tram stop is right next to those restaurants and you’ll have the tram passing right beside you if your eating outside.
That day, I tried a new place to eat and I wanted to try one of the restaurants on the other side of the street from the Colosseum. A place from where I could have my lunch and have the view to the historical Colosseum. It’s called:
There’s a couple of more place to eat I’d like to mention that I saw walking up the steps when you walk towards the hop on-hop off buses. It’s to your right as soon as you are on the top of of the stairs and pass the souvenir stand. It has the view to the Colosseum plus: no tram stop!
The first one is called “La Biga” - Via Nicola Salvi, 65 – Colosseo Roma. You’ll get everything from Pasta to Panini and all kind of different sandwiches. Some tables have a better view and you”ll have less trees covering the Colosseum.
The second one is called “Oppio Caffe’” – Via delle terme di Tito, 72 – Colosseo Roma
It’s a modern place that serves sandwiches, pasta and small snacks. I think they have a really great offer for parents with kids because every day from 12.00PM-3.00PM Oppio Caffe’ offers a kid’s meal for FREE. The menu changes day by day. Also, Oppio Caffe’ has an ALL YOU CAN EAT Buffet from 5.00PM-9.00PM for euro 10.00 served with a drink. The view on the Colosseum is a bit covered with trees but can look quite romantic when the wind blows through the leaves.
For REAL authentic Italian food, I strongly advise you to go further into the Monti area – the neighbourhood next the Colosseum is called like this. Just go further beyond the streets of the first row of restaurants facing the Colosseum. You’ll find many wine bars and restaurants. A very good authentic Italian restaurant is:
Only a stone throw away from the Colosseum starts via Claudia. Just follow that road and you’ll find the place after 300 meters. Caffe’ Propaganda is a trendy restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Eating in Italy with the “French touch”! The food is very tasty and the Cocktails are prepared with only fresh ingredients. In the afternoon you can enjoy a cup of tea and some fantastic sweats.
If your craving for something super delicious, let’s say an ice-creme or crepe in between, go to the street Via S. Giovanni in Laterano right off the Colosseum to the ice-creme parlor
I always leave the best for the end so here it goes: if you want the best view, the best service and the best cuisine in the most romantic restaurant that makes your heart beat higher and faces the Colsseum, I would strongly recommend to make reservations in the
Termini railway station is the main railway station of Rome. The address is Piazza dei Cinquecento – Rome – Italy.
Something important for you to know is that Termini train station has 3 exits. When you come out of the section of where the trains stop and keep going straight on, you’ll come out on Piazza dei Cinquecento, which is the main entrance. If you turn right, with your back to the trains, you’ll take the exit Via Marsala. If you turn left you’ll come out in Via Giolitti. The building Termini train station, also called “the dinosaur” by the Romans because of its shape, lies in between those two streets.
Termini station main entrance - Piazza dei Cinquecento Termini main entrance - Piazza dei Cinquecento
Termini station - exit Via Giolitti Termini station - exit Via Giolitti
Termini station-Via Marsala exit Termini station-Via Marsala exit
Termini station - main exit Piazza dei Cinquecento Termini station - main exit Piazza dei Cinquecento
Where to buy train tickets
You have more than one choice on that issue! If you want, you can use the self-service machines which are right next to the main entrance, to issue your tickets, if not you can do it the old-fashioned way and buy your tickets at the counter. There are many self-service machines so you don’t have to stand in line. You can select the English, French, German, Italian and Spanish language for the automatic self-service ticket machine! You can pay with your credit card. For those of you who want to do their ticket in the traditional way, you have a Ticket Office right after the self-service ticket machines when you walk straight on towards the trains. It says Ticket Office in English and the offices are outlines with a red coloring!
Please note: some tickets must be validated/stamped before you get on the train! Ask your sales person! These machines are usually at the beginning of every track.
Very important: Very similar to a Deli department, where you grab a ticket to insure your turn, you have to do the same thing to be able to speak with the staff of the ticket office. The ticket dispenser is in front of the office to your left! You have to wait your turn until you read your number on the panel.
Next to the ticket office to your left when facing it, you also have a travel agency called Frecciaviaggi. It is possible to buy your tickets their also. Line-ups are normal so put that time in your schedule.
If you’re in Rome and haven’t bought your train ticket yet, choose an agency in the city and just walk in. But remember: the earlier you but a train ticket the better price you get! A good agency can get you good deals for trains because Italy has many offers! Insider tip: check-out the travel agency 365 near Platform number 44 near the Via Giolitti entrance. There aren’t so many people inside and so the lines are shorter!
Termini station ticket stand Termini station ticket stand
Termini station ticket counter Termini station ticket counter - please take a number and wait your turn!
Termini station self-service ticket machine Termini station self-service ticket machine
Termini station travel agency Termini station travel agency
Termini station-with these machines you can validate your train ticket before getting on Termini station-with these machines you can validate your train ticket before getting on
Travel agency named 365 right next to Platform number 44 - near Via Giolitti Travel agency named 365 right next to Platform number 44
Ticket dispenser in front of Customer care and Ticket office Ticket dispenser in front of Customer care and Ticket office
After all exits you’ll find taxis but the most comfortable exit is the main one because you have more space and it’s less crowded.
Termini station – Taxi stand is right to your left when you exit Piazza dei Cinquecento
Arriving with the fast train Leonardo Express from Fiumicino Airport
There is a fast train called Leonardo Express that gets you from the Fiumicino airport to Termini station in about 30 minutes. The train stops and departs on track Nr. 24 which is to your right when facing all the trains. The Leonardo Express train isn’t in the first row when standing in front of the lines of trains but you have to walk behind on the right side until you hit the wall.
Termini station - a sign on a wall for the fast train which will yake you to Fiumicino airport Termini station - a sign on a wall for the fast train which will yake you to Fiumicino airport
Termini station - Leonardo express train to Fiumicino airport departs at train tracks number 24 Termini station - Leonardo express train to Fiumicino airport departs at train tracks number 24
Leonardo Express train to Fiumicino Leonardo Express train to Fiumicino
Leonardo Express train Leonardo Express train
Luggage Deposit at Termini train station
If you would like to store your luggage for a period of time while you are sightseeing or shopping in Rome, then you can leave your luggage pieces at the luggage deposit inside Termini station.
Termini station-Luggage deposit sign
The luggage deposit is right next to train track number 24 but on the lower floor. There is a sign saying “Deposito Baggagli” which means baggage deposit. The sign next to the tracks is only written in Italian. Sometimes you’ll find a writing “Left luggage” which means luggage deposit. Enter the building next to the tracks Nr. 24, take the elevator and go downstairs. When you get out, you’ll already be in the Luggage deposit room.
If you come in from Via Giolitti or you’re somewhere else in the building, then look for the exit Via Giolitti. Next to the COIN store you’ll find the elevator which will take you straight inside the luggage deposit.
Beware: it is most probable that you will find long lines to deposit your luggage! If you go early in the morning until 10.00AM the lines are still ok. The worst time to be there is from 4.00PM to 7.00PM, especially during high season (May, June, September, and October). Before you give up your luggage it will go through a metal detector. You give up your luggage, you’ll get a receipt and when you come back and get it you’ll pay.
Opening hours are from 6.00AM to 11.00PM
The cost for every luggage piece is:
- Up to 5 hours 5.00 Euro
- From 6 to 12 hours they charge 0,70 cents/hour
- After 13 hours they charge 0,30 cents/hour
Some important rules you must follow when depositing your luggage:
- The luggage piece can only weigh up to 20 KG
- The staff of the luggage deposit is not responsible for valuable objects left inside
- You are not allowed to deposit dangerous or hazardous goods
- You may not deposit your luggage for more than 5 days.
Termini station-line-up for baggage deposit Termini station-line-up for baggage deposit
Termini station-luggage deposit Termini station-luggage deposit
Termini station - rules for baggage deposit Termini station - rules for baggage deposit
Termini station - elevator that will take you up to Platform 24 and to the upper floor of Termini station from the luggage deposit Termini station - elevator that will take you up to Platform 24 and to the upper floor of Termini station from the luggage deposit
Termini station - This is the elevator that takes you down to the luggage deposit from the Via Gioitti entrance side Termini station - This is the elevator that takes you down to the luggage deposit from the Via Gioitti entrance side
A sign with the writing "Left luggage" which means luggage deposit A sign with the writing "Left luggage" which means luggage deposit
Exchange booths for foreign currency inside Termini station
One booth is next to Frecciarossa travel agency right when you come in through the main entrance which is Piazza dei Cinquecento and keep slightly left. It is positioned in the middle of the complex. They also have SIM phone cards starting at 15.00 Euro. The other Exchange booth is located in front of the train tracks, just in front of the Police office.
Termini station exchange booth
Taking the Metro from Termini train station
You’ll find the entrance to the Metro right in the middle of the train stain but you’ll have to take an escalator or steps to get down. Just follow the sign with the red M (M for Metro) and you can’t be wrong because it’s pretty much marked everywhere around Termini station. There is a self-service ticket machine before you walk through the gate to get to the Metro and you can choose from 5 different languages for using it which are Italian, English, German, French and Spanish. The machine is very easy to use and understand. The options are not that many so basically you can’t do much wrong! If not, just go further on because after 10 meters, just in front of the Metro’s entrance gate, you’ll find a ticket booth with a line-up!
In Italy, you may also buy bus and metro tickets in all Tabacchi stores. Tabacchi stores are indicated with a blue T. Tabacchi stores are originally for smokers but meanwhile they sell a little bit of everything!
Termini station - M is for metro Termini station - M is for metro
Termini station - Metro entrance Termini station - Metro entrance to line A and B. Rome only has 2 lines.
Termini station - Metro station stop signs before you take the Metro
Termini station - Metro automatic ticket machine
Termini station-Tabacchi store-the T marks tabacchi stores. Even here you can buy bus or metro tickets. Tabacchi stores are all around Rome.
Metro ticket office in Metro area Metro ticket office in Metro area
Metro access from Piazza dei Cinquecento at the main entrance Metro access from Piazza dei Cinquecento at the main entrance
Main Bus station in Termini
When you take the main exit which is Piazza dei Cinquecento, you’ll find the main bus station right in front of you, slightly to your left.
As soon as you come out, to your right, you’ll see a little kiosk with the writing “Public transport in Rome – Information Center” Here they’ll give you information regarding transportation in Rome. You wouldn’t get any tickets or maps!
You’ll cross the square and see the hop on – hop off bus stop in the middle, further down to your left are all the buses. If you look to your right, you’ll see a tiny little house with a friendly old man sitting inside! You can buy your ticket here!
On the right hand side of Piazza dei Cinquecento you’ll see a long line of small shops offering tours and excursions! You can buy your bus tickets there too!
Piazza dei Cinquecento -bus ticket stand
Termini station-info stands for tours, tickets, buses and excursions right in front of Termini's main entrance Termini station-info stands for tours, tickets, buses and excursions right in front of Termini's main entrance
Termini station-hop on hop off bus station in front of Termini Termini station-hop on hop off bus station in front of Termini
Termini station-here you can get all sorts of tickets and deals to your right when you come out of the main exit Termini station-here you can get all sorts of tickets and deals to your right when you come out of the main exit
Termini station-here you can get all sorts of tickets and deals to your right when you come out of the main exit Termini station-here you can get all sorts of tickets and deals to your right when you come out of the main exit
Termini station-when you come out on P. dei Cinquecento to your right, you have an info booth about Transportation in Rome-they don't sell tickets or give maps!! Termini station-when you come out on P. dei Cinquecento to your right, you have an info booth about Transportation in Rome-they don't sell tickets or give maps!!
Facts and History about Termini station
Termini railway station is the main railway station of Rome. The name Termini comes from the district of the same name. It comes from the ancient Baths of Diocletian which are across the street from the main entrance! Termini is the biggest railway station in Italy and one of the largest railway stations in Europe with its thirty two platforms! It has approximately 850 trains going to all over Europe and throughout Italy daily. Termini station isn’t only important for national and international travel but it’s also the main focal point for public transport inside Rome. The Termini Metro Station, which has 2 lines; A and B, cross each other at Termini and one of the major bus stations is located in Piazza dei Cinquecento. In the year 2006, Termini train station was dedicated to Pope John Paul II with an official ceremony.
In 1863 Pope Pius IX opened the first Termini station. Only a few trains went out of the city up to the Roman hills and up north to the sea side. The lines which had different stations were located in different places downtown. Later in history, when the third line was under construction, the city decided it was better to build one central station which was then named Central Station of Roman Railways. The present building which you see today was established in 1950. Termini station is 225.000 square meters big, around 480.000 people pass here daily, which means over 150 million visitors a year.
In the interest of the Great Jubilee of 2000, which was a very important event of the Catholic Church; namely a celebration of the mercy of God and the forgiveness of sins, 119 millions of Euro were spent to renew the Termini station. A lot of people were expected to visit the Eternal city and transportation was a main issue.
The Galleria Centrale – Central Gallery which is a 220 meter pedestrian promenade between Via Marsala and Via Giolitti, offers tourists as well as locals a wide choice of restaurants, fast food choices and shops!
Underneath Termini train station, which before was falling apart and wasn’t at all pleasant to walk through, the new Forum Termini was built! 14 thousand square meters of shops with sparkling windows and other commercial services of all kind are now to be found! The city thought that it might be the right way to give the necessary up boast to make the area safer. In fact, it was a winning strategy to give a great and safe environment to travelers and locals. Installed video cameras work 24 hours a day, Italian police, together with a security group, try their best to provide a peaceful surrounding.
Right across the street from the Vatican Museum lies this little boutique Hotel Alimandi Vaticano - Viale Vaticano 99 – 00165 Rome – Italy. The Almandi Hotel Group actually has other two hotels in the area; one is 200 meters down the stairs on Via Tunisi opposite to the Vatican Museums and then they also have a B&B located in an apartment building in back of the Hotel Alimandi Vaticano with its own entrance. They offer an excellent service and care about their guests!
Hotel Alimandi next to the Vatican Museum
One of my favorite Hotels for the creativity of the room design and the outlay is the 3 star rating HotelRelais Dei Papi – Via Dei Gracchi, 161 – 00192 Rome. The hotel issituated in the elegant Prati area of the city, only a 5 minute walk from St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican Museums. This gem of a hotel is 500 meters away from the Metro station Lepanto.
Hotel Relais dei Papi – near Vatican City
Just around the corner of the Vatican Museums is Residence Candia – Via Candia, 135B – 00192 Rome. They offer studios and different sizes of apartments with a little kitchen for those of you who want to try to imitate the best Italian chefs! Residence Candia is more towards the city center and very close -just a 5 minute walk – to the Metro stop Cipro.
Residence Candia – near Vatican City
The name of this Bed and Breakfast says it all! B&B Difronte ai Musei Vaticani– Viale Vaticano, 84 – Rome – Italy is right in front of the Vatican Museums, you just have to cross the street. This B&B has four rooms and each room is identified with a color. Of course the color reflects the interior of the room!
B&B Difronte ai Musei Vaticani
The Il Gattopardo Relais - Viale Giulio Cesare, 94 – 00192 Rome – Italy is a place for everyone. If you’re here for a business trip or on vacation, you’ll find the cozy atmosphere in this stylish Bed and Breakfast just perfect for you! The street Viale Guilio Cesare is more a local area and therefore you’ll find typical local restaurants and cafeterias!
B&B Il Gattopardo Relais
The Hotel Columbus – Via della Conciliazione 33, – 00193 Rome – Italy used to be a 15th century former convent and therefore it claims gorgeous rooms with high ceilings and magnificent frescoes which you can hardly find in other hotels, especially so closer to the center and the Vatican. When you walk out the hotel’s door and turn your head to the left, you’ll see Saint Peter’s Basilica!
Residence Candia offers 3 star apartments near the Vatican
Residence Candia is located 350 meters away from the Vatican Museums in the Prati area which is one of the best locations in Rome. It’s not a tourist area but residential and commercial. By crossing the Tiber you will be in the historical center part of Rome. Staying in self-catering apartments can be a great deal for a large family or even a group of friends traveling. Apartments generally can be a good alternative to hotels, not only for the price but also for the space!
The apartments are furnished with luminous colored furniture which makes the rooms bright and friendly. Some of their apartments come with a terrace that faces the St. Peter’s Basilica. The whole structure is a non-smoking environment. Free Wi-Fi is offered in all areas.
Every apartment has a kitchenette that is well equipped; this solution comes very handy when you have smaller kids then you can make breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to go when needed! Residence Candia does not offer breakfast but that shouldn’t be a problem because right in front of the door you’ll find many Cafeteria’s which are happy to serve you the typical Cornetto and Cappuccino. They will serve breakfast for large groups and if you ask them well in advance. The rooms are clean even if some are not that big. The apartments come in different sizes and layouts. The staff seems to be very friendly and helpful. Even if these structures are apartments, Residence Candia offers a luggage storage service. A short walking distance from the residence you’ll be able to find a supermarket and there’s also a launderette nearby, which comes handy, especially if you’ve been traveling for a longer time or you have small kids! If you want to enjoy the fresh evenings, Residence Candia has a rooftop terrace where you can relax!
For guests with cars, free parking places are available but unfortunately you can’t book these in advance. Rates are reasonable; don’t forget you’re in the middle of Rome!
Hotel Relais dei Papi – many extra services for a great price near the Vatican
Hotel Relais dei Papi offer an outstanding service to their international guests that come from all over the world. The hotel is situated on the top floors of a historical roman building with high ceilings which was built many years ago. You can actually appreciate the experience of riding a typical Italian wood carved elevator – of course, they were built in after the construction of the building – it might get tight with your luggage but even though it’s worth two rides if you have to!
Relais dei Papi lies in a neighborhood which is full of stores; the street Cola di Rienzo offers great shopping and good restaurants! The Metro station Lepanto is only two stations away from Piazza di Spagna.
You will get a warm welcome from their multi-speaking staff members who are more than happy to answer all your questions or book a good restaurant nearby!
The hotel has a relaxation area with massage chairs and a free internet station. The rooms are divided in two styles; one is the super modern style with innovative colors and ideas; like the shower inside the room – the other is the romantic and classic style!
Hotel Relais dei Papi has 29 rooms in all and each room has a private bathroom
complete with hairdryer and toiletry set. Most of the rooms have shortly been
renovated and the owners Bellia Group take great care about small details and aspects to satisfy their guests. The family comes from a generation of experienced Hoteliers in Rome.
The Continental breakfast buffet, included in the price, consists of croissants, juice, cappuccino, coffee and more! If you like, breakfast will be served in your room at no extra charge. Kids get special surprises upon arrival. The staff can even prepare better if you write an email to let them know!
If you wish, the concierge or the front desk can arrange pick-up from the airport directly to the hotel for a fee that you would also pay a taxi, only that you get a fancier car! Just call or write an email. Excellent value for money!
The best part of Hotel Alimandi Vaticano is the location. It is only a few meters away from the taxi stand, a few minutes’ walk to the Metro and it has the bus station right next to it! Of course you do want to consider that you’re not in the center and therefore always have to come back to the Vatican area….
Hotel Alimandi offers their guests free Wi-Fi in all of their 24 available rooms. The hotels, together with the rooms are a non-smoking environment. The structure can welcome disabled guests as well. Their reception is open 24 hours a day to provide service to their guests. Should you have a car, you’ll have the possibility to park it right there against a fee of euro 20.00/day. Kids; kids under 3 years old stay for free when sleeping with their parents. Children less than 2 years old can stay for free sleeping in a crib.
Hotel Alimandi offers a fantastic super tasting breakfast buffet in the morning. You’ll find hot and cold items. The buffet is extremely rich for European standards and they offer more than the usual Italian breakfast! The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. They make sure your vacation is a special one by going out of their way and doing little things like keeping the luggage even though you checked out of the room so you can walk around without the extra weight. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and clean. Most of them offer a view to the old Vatican walls. The bathrooms are modern and stylish. The windows have a sound-proof glass which prevents the typical Italian noises of screaming people, loud police sirens, honking of cars and loud motorcycle motors to wake you up during your hours of sleep! They also arrange a pick-up service to and from the airport against a fee which is convenient compared to a normal taxi that almost charges the same amount for a less comfortable ride. The average price for a night at this hotel is 180.00 USD.
Most places to eat at around the Vatican are are so called snack places. Even so, there are only a couple of really good places I’d recommend. Before entering any of these places, I would like you to know that even cafe’s have different prices for the exact same thing you order. It depends on if you sit down at a table or eating your food standing near the counter or taking it out. The price difference can be up to 10 – 12 euro’s even. Most places like this are near the main tourist attractions and I would say that the Vatican area is the number one spot. Restaurants and Cafe’s around that area do not typically have a storical history of a great Italian or Roman cuisine but just opened up to feed tourists. Better having just a snack to go while you’re there! If you can’t read the price anywhere, please ask before you order!
One of them is called S. Anna Cafeteria–Via di Porta Angelica, 73/75 – Rome. The place is very clean and the food looks fresh! The waiters are friendly and cheerful. You have a wide choice on sandwiches, panini’s and desserts. The tables are decorated with the typical italian tablecloth colors and everything looks proper. S. Anna Cafeteria shop also has a souvenir shop attached to it and right in the middle of the two shops they sell articles for smokers!
Around the Vatican Museum there are a couple of more places that you can check – out even though most of them are based on the motive; here come the tourists!
A place which left me with a positive impression regarding food, friendliness and a positive attitude is a Cafe right across the street from the Vatican Museum entrance. The name is Caffe Vaticano – Viale Vaticano, 100 – Rome – Italy. The place is clean, air-conditioned and it seems that they have a quick service. The food looks fresh and you can get everything from an Italian Panini to an ice-cream. I’d like to underline that the prices do change according to if you sit or stand…they will probably want to make you sit.
They have no prices on their menu and so I would highly recommend you to ask before ordering!
It is not cheap to eat here and the prices are higher than elsewhere – a cappuccino costs euro 8,00 but the location is super because all you have to do is cross the street. They offer a buffet of vegetables, meat and fish. It is not a self-service but you can choose your food by selecting the items which you see behind a glass counter . Caffe Vaticano has seating in and outside!
If you cross the street from the Vatican Museum and walk down some steps you will find some streets with more restaurants and pizzeria’s on it. I really recommend you to choose well here in this area and be careful where you will be eating. Usually around Rome it is not like this but this area makes an exception!
I found an interesting restaurant that has actually nothing to do with Italy then they are specialized in German Food and Beers. The name of the place is called Birreria Martini – Via Tunisi, 12 – 00192 Rome – Italy. You walk down the stairs to get inside.
Birreria Martini – Rome
Even though Forno Feliziani – Via Candia, 61 – 00100 Rome – Italy isn’t exactly a restaurant, for me it would be the best choice if you want to grab a bite to eat, have breakfast, a quick lunch or treat yourself to a couple of pastries near the Vatican Museum!
When walking down the steps which are right across the street from the Vatican Museums you’ll reach Via Santamaura. Here you’ll find an authentic Italian restaurant that serves traditional Italian food. It’s called Osteria delle Commari – Via Santamaura, 43-45-47 – 00194 Rome - Italy.
Osteria delle Commari – Rome
An interesting version of Italian fast food is a place called Duecentogradi- Piazza Risorgimento, 3 – 00192 Rome – Italia. They’re fast but with high quality food and an outstanding rating! Piazza Risorgimento is on the way to the Vatican Museums when you walk from St. Peter’s Square. It’s the Piazza right after Via di Porta Angelica.
Duecentogradi – Rome
Another great place to have lunch or dinner would be Arlu – Borgo Pio, 135 – Rome – Italy. When walking fromSt. Peter’s square to the Vatican museums, you’ll walk on Via die Porta Angelica. On the second street to your right, you’ll cross Borgo Pio. For both fish and meat lovers! Pizza is available as well!
If you’re looking for a one man’s Roman show, or in this case a two men’s Roman show because Tony and Dino are brothers, come over to the restaurant Dino and Tony – Via Leone IV, 60 – 00195 Roma – Italia. When coming from Piazza San Pietro, walking down Via di Porta Angelica, instead of turning right for Viale Vaticano just walk straight and you’ll arrive in Via Leone IV.
Hosteria Dino e Tony by the Vatican
One of the best places to have Pizza near the Vatican is called Alice – Via delle Grazie, 7/9 – 00193 Rome – Italy. The owner Domenico Giovannini of Alice Pizza opened his first place in 1990 in Via delle Grazie near the Vatican. His aim is to open as many as possible and to spread the Roman pizza throughout Italy. When walking from Saint Peter’s square to the Vatican Museums, it will be the forth road on the right when you’re on Via di Porta Angelica.
Aice Pizza Rome
One of a few places where you can find gluten free pizza, pasta and desserts in Rome is near the Vatican City. It’s called La Soffitta Renovatio – Piazza Risorgimento 46° – 00192 Rome –Italy. For peoplewho are Celiac this place is a really good option because they offer gluten free and non-gluten free meals as well!
Erica and Guiseppe are the owners of this sweet little B&B Difronte ai Musei Vaticani right next to the Vatican walls. The location is perfect for those who would like to make their vacation a cultural one. The owners are both very kind and service minded people, always willing to answer questions and give directions. If you wish, they will arrange pick-up and drop off from the airport. Not only do they offer the pick-up service but they will help you to arrange a guided tour by giving you tips and tricks!
The rooms are nothing fancy but essential. The colors they chose are warm, relaxing and bright. The colors orange, green and yellow will remind you of Italy’s countryside and the typical colors nature provides. The blue recalls the color shades of the sea! The clientele that values this kind of structure is looking for a place to sleep close to a fantastic attraction. B&B Difronte ai Musei Vaticani has clean, spacious rooms, comfortable beds and the area is extremely quiet. Tourist should remember that they are in the middle of a big city and therefore not comparable to other places, which some tourist forget and unfortunately do!
The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, satellite television and all bathrooms have towels and a hairdryer! Free Wi-Fi is offered in this structure.
The breakfast is included and Erica and Guiseppe serve pastries, coffee, tea and cappuccino in the morning. Extras are available on request! If you would like to have your breakfast in the room, there will be no problems!
The Metro stop Lepanto is just a few minutes away! The bus stop is a 2 minute walk. The prices for this B&B vary from euro 80.00 for a double room in the low season and euro 130.00 for a double room in the high season!
This charming little relais style bed and breakfast has very romantically decorated rooms. The rooms are sound-proof which means no noise from the streets or from other guests. Not only does every room have their own bathroom equipped with a shower and blow-dryer but each room has a phone and internet connection. The bad news is that this hotel charges their clients for the internet connection. Air-conditioning will keep you cool during the roman summer! When it gets to hot you can just take out a drink from the mini-bar. No smoking is allowed in all areas. Should you come to town with your car; Il Gattopardo Relais will find you an arrangement with a garage nearby against a fee.
The Il Gattopardo Relais is only 40 meters away from the Metro station Ottaviano and 300 meters from Saint Peters Basilica. It really couldn’t get much better… ! The neighborhood again is Prati and it is kind of a shopping district for locals. The good part is that you’ll hardly find any tourist traps!
In the morning Il Gattopardo Relais offers their clients a buffet style breakfast which includes hot drinks, croissants, many different cakes and pies, along with cold cuts and cheese. Breakfast in the room is not a problem. The breakfast room is a little small but please consider that we are in Italy and space does matter.
The staff is very friendly and they’re eager to help their guests with any issues they may have such as wanting to rent a car or helping to organize a car with a private driver. They even offer a laundry and ironing service. If you still want to do some sight-seeing before you leave, you can store your luggage in the luggage room. The desk is open 24 hours a day. A quick summary; the position is just perfect but the internet could be included in the price!
What to wear in Rome – travellers guide to Rome, Italy
I’d like to write about what to pack inside your suitcase for your Roman vacation; most of our readers would like to know how to adjust what they wear to best fit in and be comfortable when visiting Rome. I believe in the slogan “you’re free to wear what you want” but if you don’t want to “stick out” immediately and you don’t want to have people saying “I am a tourist” all over, please do not do the following:
-wear socks with slippers or open shoes;
-wear white socks up to your knees;
-walk around with baseball caps;
- wear multi-color shorts that don’t go to your knees
-sticking t-shirts in your pants
Always keep in mind one word and you’ll never fail “elegance”. I do recommend you visit the stores and buy Italian clothing. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it has to be quality.
Living here I have noticed one thing; when it comes to dressing up, foreigners have another body temperature feeling when it comes to putting on winter or summer clothes. Italians put on heavy clothing from October through May. It doesn’t matter if it’s hot outside…they go with the months. Tourists go with the outside temperature. You’ll find tourists bathing in the sea in April, something an Italian would never do.
What Shoes to wear when visiting Rome
Iwould prefer to start with the shoes,simply because I think it’s the most important aspect of your clothing and this will be one of the very few times where it’s not going to be about esthetic! Rome’s roads are made out of cobblestones. Men wouldn’t have any problems because they wear flat shoes anyway. Regarding the women, you have two choices. Either you wear flat shoes or if you simply can’t resist, only wear high heels with a flat sole.
I wouldn’t recommend wearing high heels if you’re in for sight-seeing. Italian women usually dress quite well, but of course it also depends on where they are going. During the summer you can put on slippers, walk to your destination, change shoes and wrap up the slippers in another bag to put inside your purse.
In the evenings you’ll want to be more elegant if you go to a restaurant, so choose a shoe which is more elegant for example a flat shoe with some Swarovski stones or a simple elegant high heal shoe. If you have to walk a short distance on the cobble stones, balance your weight to the front tip. If not your heels will get caught between the stones and the shoes ruined. A taxi is preferable. For men I would say to wear a closed, elegant shoe in a darker color for the evening.
Romans eat around 9.00PM or latter. Restaurants open around 7.00PM or 7.30PM but you’ll only find tourists at the table…
During the day a medium sized bag will do for women and/or a back pack or pouches are quite common for men. I usually want to fit in my camera, sunscreen in the summer, wallet and a small water bottle. Passports should stay in the hotel room. In the evenings a smaller purse is required for the ladies. The best thing would be to have your purse match your shoes.
During the day line can be long pretty long, especially if you’re visiting the Coliseum or the Vatican. The lines are not protected with shade proving structures anywhere in Rome. If you want the latest fashion and one of the best quality hats ever, then go and buy from the store Borsalino near Piazza del Popolo. You’ll find something for the summer as well as for the winter season. The style and the cut is a little like the Panama hats. I wouldn’t wear an ordinary baseball cap or those hat visors for women which I don’t even think they sell here in Italy…
Pants and Shorts in Rome
Shorts, like really short shorts are not worn here in Italy. Sometimes you’ll see a teenager running around like that but it is unusual. If you do wear short shorts, you should make sure you keep something that you can use as a coverup just incase you are turned away from a church or other establishment. In the summer, wear light colors and clothes which are made out of linen or cotton. In the evening long pants are preferred because they are more elegant. Trousers are fine. Choose a belt which has a smaller rim and buckle to sweat less and feel more comfortable.
Swim wear in Rome
Most pools require that you wear a bathing cap. Often you can buy one directly there for around 5.00 euro. On the beaches it is allowed to go top-less even if it’s out of style now and no one does it anymore. European men generally do not wear shorts style bathing suits for swimming but speedo style bathing suits. Both are fine and no one will notice.
Eyeglasses in Rome
I would say that Italy is the capital of the world regarding eyeglasses! All the big fashion names make them and it doesn’t matter if it’s summer, winter, sunny or raining. Italians will have them on. Some women put them in their hair as an accessory. I would recommend you buy them here!
Shirts in Rome
Even if it’s hot, please do not wear tank tops when visiting Rome because you will need to cover your shoulders when entering churches. For men cotton polo shirts or linen shirts will do fine. Remember to always keep the colors cream or sandy colored. Do not wear dark colors during the summer.
Dresses in Rome
Cotton and linen dresses will be perfect to wear in Rome. Always make sure it goes below your knees and you have something like a scarf to cover your shoulders with when visiting the churches or Vatican area.
Winter time Clothes in Rome
If you decide to come to Rome during the winter from December to March, I would suggest you put on your clothes in layers so you can take some of if it gets to hot and leave it on when it gets colder. Gloves, hats and scarves are recommended! Also take an umbrella with you. A water resistant jacket and shoes are fine. Jeans are perfect for both men and women!