Practical info and useful numbers
Sports and Leisure Activities
Rome Subway Network
The Rome subway or Metro system runs on two main lines (Metropolitana A and B) that both intersect at the Termini station. The Metro takes anywhere from 1 to 10 minutes to arrive and is slower on Sundays. Subway trains should run until 11:30 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and to 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Rome city bus company is called ATAC. It is the most inexpensive option for getting around the city. Tickets cost €1.50 for 90 minutes; weekly and monthly passes are also available. Tickets must be purchased before getting on the bus at ticket machines (inside the Metro stations), tobacconist shops or ticket-lotto kiosks. Monthly or annual bus passes may also be purchased for additional savings and unlimited transport through their period of validity; single use tickets must be validated by punching them immediately upon entering the bus or metro line. Fines are very expensive for those caught without a valid ticket.
Most buses run from the early morning (about 5:45 a.m.) to midnight; some late-night buses run until the early morning hours. At each bus stop, students will find the bus numbers that pass through that stop, as well as a list of all the stops on their respective routes, and the times of operation.
Student Advisors may be contacted for more details.
Provincial and Regional Buses
The COTRAL bus company has routes that travel outside of Rome’s city limits. Bus terminals are located near the following Metro stations: Anagnina (bus to Castelli Romani: Frascati, Grottaferrata, Castelgandolfo, Lake Albano), Laurentina (bus to Via Laurentina, via Pontina), Cornelia (bus to via Aurelia), Magliana (bus to Highway A12), Saxa Rubra (bus to Viterbo, via Cassia, via Flaminia, via Tiberina), Ponte Mammolo (bus to via Prenestina, via Tiburtina), Tiburtina (bus to via Nomentana, via Salaria). For bus routes, schedules and other information, see www.cotralspa.it.
Taking a taxi in Rome may be expensive, but taxis can be shared. It is strongly advised that students take taxis when returning home late at night. In Italy, taxis can be hailed or found at taxi stands in main city squares (Barberini, Termini, Piazza di Spagna), at train and Metro stations, and at the airport. They can also be booked via telephone for immediate pick-up or pick-up at a later time and date: call Radio Taxi in Rome at 06.3570, 06.8822 or 06.6645. When getting into a cab, the meter already shows an initial amount depending on the distance the taxi covered to arrive at the pick-up point. Rates vary widely, depending on the part of the city, the time of the day, and how many pieces of luggage the passenger may have. Cash is recommended: no checks or credit card are accepted for payment. Unlike in other countries, in Italy tips are not required.
Italy’s high-speed rail service makes all major Italian cities and major European destinations easily accessible. The Trenitalia website (national railway service) is well-organized and also available in English. Bookings and payments can be done easily online with a credit card. A free mobile app is even available (ProntoTreno) that makes scheduling and booking a snap. For information on real-time train arrival and departure see www.trenitalia.com or call 892.021 (without any code). Private speed trains are also available at competitive prices see www.italotreno.it.
The main train station in Rome is called Roma Termini. The fastest and cheapest way to get to Roma Termini from the LdM campus is by subway; LdM is located between the Repubblica and Barberini stops on the Metro Line A (Orange), which goes to Termini. Students can also take one of the many city buses to Termini.
Like all the main train stations in Italy, Roma Termini has departure and arrival boards showing departure/arrival times, main stops, delays, and track numbers. High-speed trains like the Freccia Rossa travel to every major city in the country in minimal time, however tickets are expensive; the Intercity trains travel to the same destinations but are slower and less expensive. The Diretto, Regionale and Interregionale operate within Lazio and the outlying regions; tickets can be purchased at the ticket area or at the automatic machines (both located inside the Roma Termini train station).
Rome Fiumicino International Airport, “Leonardo da Vinci” (www.adr.it) is the primary airport serving LdM Rome campus. Low cost flights to main European destination are also available at Rome Ciampino International Airport (www.adr.it/ciampino).
Getting to the Rome Fiumicino International Airport,“Leonardo da Vinci”
The train shuttle “Leonardo Express” is the best way to get to the Rome Fiumicino International Airport. It is directly connected with Termini railway station, the ride takes about 30 minutes and costs €14.
Getting to the Rome Ciampino International Airport
Rome Ciampino airport can be reached by means of different bus lines. Daily connections between the airport and Termini railway station are guaranteed by the bus services operated by ATRAL, COTRAL, SIT, Terravision and Schiaffini. At the airport, buses are parked in dedicated bus bays opposite International Departures. More information on bus time table, routes and fares are available on the airport website (www.adr.it/ciampino).
Rome Airport – Fiumicino Flight information Tel. 06.65951
Rome Airport – Fiumicino Baggage Assistance Tel. 06.65954252
Rome Airport – Ciampino Information Tel. 06.65951
Rome Airport – Ciampino Baggage Assistance Tel. 06.65959225
Rome Airport – Ciampino Flight Information Tel. 06.65959515
Trenitalia (National Railway Information) Tel. 892.021
Main Tourist Office (www.turismoroma.it) Tel. 06.0608
Carabinieri (local police) Tel. 112
Police Emergency Tel. 113
Fire Station Tel. 115
Ambulance – First Aid Tel. 118
Embassies in Rome
Brazil – Piazza Navona 14 Tel. 06.683981
Canada – Via Zara, 4 Tel. 06.854441
China – Via Bruxelles, 56 Tel. 06.8413458
France – Piazza Farnese, 67 Tel. 06.686011
Germany – Via San Martino della Battaglia, 4 Tel. 06.492131
India – Via XX Settembre, 5 Tel. 06.4884642
Mexico – Via Spallanzani, 16 Tel. 06.441151
Netherlands – Via della Camilluccia,701 Tel. 06.367671
Russia – Via Gaeta, 5 Tel. 06.4941680
Spain – Largo Fontanella di Borghese 19 Tel. 06.6840401
Sweden – Piazza Rio de Janeiro, 3 Tel. 06.441941
Turkey – Via Palerstro, 28 Tel. 06.44594200
United Kingdom – Via XX Settembre 80/A Tel. 06.42200001
USA – Via Vittorio Veneto 121 Tel. 06.46741
If the embassy of your country is not listed above, please contact the Student Advisor Office. Students from the USA must remember to register their stay in Italy with the US Embassy at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/home.asp.
www.inromenow.com (English) – guide to Rome with weekly events listing
www.00100roma.com (Italian) – to find a shop or place in Rome
www.wantedinrome.com (English) – upcoming events and news in Rome
www.turismoroma.it (Italian and English) – official website of the Rome Tourist Information Office. Check events, museum opening hours, restaurants, useful information, and so forth
www.atac.roma.it (Italian and English) – official website of Rome’s public bus company. Check routes, schedules and updates
www.cotralspa.it (Italian) – to travel by bus outside of Rome in the Lazio region
www.portaportese.it (Italian and English) – classified ads online
www.bibliotechediroma.it (Italian) – libraries in Rome
www.helloticket.it – to buy/book tickets for concerts in Rome and Italy
http://www.boxol.it/ – to check about events, concerts, operas, and more in Rome and Italy. It is possible to buy tickets online.
www.classictic.com (English) – to buy/book tickets for classical music concerts
www.hostels.com (English) – to find/book hostels in Italy and the rest of the world
www.hostelworld.com (English) – to find/book hostels in Italy and the rest of the world
www.cts.it (Italian only) – website of the Student Travel Agency. Good fares for students under 26!
www.raileurope.com (English) – information on Eurail Passes
www.paginegialle.it (Italian only) – Italian Yellow Pages
www.paginebianche.it (Italian only) – phone book of any city in Italy
www.ldmnews.it (English) – for news and events in Florence and at LdM
www.ansa.it (English and Italian) – for breaking news in Italy
www.lega-calcio.it/ita/atim.shtml (official website of Italian soccer) – to check Italian teams’ games, results, dates, and more
www.eurometeo.com (Italian and English) – for weather forecasts in Italy and the rest of Europe
maps.google.com – customized directions, including walking paths and bus stops, are often included in beta version.