Rome became the capital of Italy in 1871 and is both the largest city in the country and the 4th largest in the EU with a population of 2.8 million. The city has an extensive, varied history and has been praised and romanticised by poets, writers, painters and filmmakers the world over. Rome is also one of the most photographed cities in the world, with a number of historical buildings and inspired artwork. It is, therefore, no surprise that Italy has the highest proportion of sites on the UNESCO world heritage list, with 70% of them found in Rome.
An average meal in a restaurant in Rome costs 5.5% more than in the rest of the country.
Prices in Rome are on average 0.5% higher than in the other cities in Italy.
Public transport in Rome costs around 0% more than national average.
A night in a hotel in Rome is about 42.3% less expensive on average than in the rest of Italy.
Rome Fiumicino is located 35 km south-west of the city. From the airport there are several bus, train and taxi options for those wishing to access the centre. The Leonardo Express and the FL1 train can be caught from the airport - both of which are provided by Trenitalia. There are also several buses available which are powered by ASTRAL and Cotral. Taxi services are also available from outside the terminals that can take you anywhere in the city.
Rome Ciampino is the second largest airport in Rome and is only 12 km from the city centre. Accessing the city centre can be achieved by a bus service going to Anagnina underground station and from there passengers can catch a direct train to Termini Station in just 15 minutes with Line 1 of the metro.
Rome Termini is the busiest train station in Italy and the second busiest in Europe. The station has connections to all major cities in Italy, with journeys operated by the major Italian providers Trenitalia and ItaloTreno. The city centre is accessible by metro, tram, bus and taxi. By metro, the A or B lines will take you to the centre and by tram the 5 or 14 line. There are 22 bus lines connecting Termini to the city centre and a taxi rank outside the station, some taxi companies also provide a women's only service.
Tiburtina is the second train station of Rome in terms of traffic volumes and size. Tiburtina is one of the stations on the B line of the metro which opens up the entire city including the centre. Tiburtina is also the last stop on urban and long distance bus lines, which are provided by Atac and Cotral.
Tiburtina bus station is located just in front of the railway station of the same name. It is the terminus of several bus lines and more than 50 carriers operate from here. From the station, there are buses to the north and south of the country as well as several international destinations. Some of the bus companies operating from the station include Eurolines, Sita, and Sulga Baltour. Tirburtina is located just next door to metro line B and like the train station is the last stop of urban, and long distance bus lines of Atac and Cotral public providers.
The public transport system of buses, trams and metro lines is the most popular way to get around in the city, but most people still prefer to use their own car - especially if they live in the suburbs that are not well connected by public transport.
Cycling is an increasingly popular way to get around in Rome, especially during the weekends. Despite this, however, there are not many paths available in Rome and most are located in parks, near the Tevere river or the Appian Way. The inner city is cycle friendly and your bike may accompany you on certain trains, which mostly fall on line A and B of the Metro.
All the main sites and attractions are found within walking distance of one another in Rome's city centre. Additionally, there are a number small, quaint streets that cannot be accessed by public transport or driving; therefore, exploring by foot is often the best option.
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