Finding action in Rome is easy, because it's been in the same place for millennia: Centro Storico (historic center). Kids drag parents past performance art protests outside the ancient Pantheon to backstreet artisan gelato boutiques. Politicians plot overthrows over killer espresso at Caff Sant'Eustachio. Caravaggio scandalizes crowds with censored paintings of Roman hustlers posing as saints inside San Luigi dei Francesi church. Tourists who crowd the touristy cafs and caricaturists of Piazza Navona are missing out on the vibrant local scene at nearby Campo de' Fiori, where the central farmers' market is ringed by well-priced osterie and raucous bars. Retreat from the hubbub under the starry ceilings of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, the seat of the Inquisition built atop a pagan temple. Explore the frescoed salons of Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, the private palace of Rome's most influential family. Except for daredevil scooter drivers, the Centro Storico is mostly off-limits to traffic.
Getting Around Roma
The best way to get around Rome is by using the Metropolitana and by walking. The metro runs approximately every 7-10 minutes, from 5:30 a.m.-11.30 p.m. Sunday-Friday and until 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. Fare is €1 for a single ride or €4 for a 24-hour pass. 3-day passes are available for €11 and 7-day passes for €16. Driving in Rome is possible, but not for the faint-hearted. Walking is an excellent alternative to the metro in the city's historic center.
- Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport-FCO
- €48 (Check for SPQR, which will tell you it's a licensed Roman taxi.)
Things to Do and See Near Centro Storico
- St. Peter's Basilica
- Pontifical Academy of Sciences
- Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
- Stadio Olimpico
- Sapienza University of Rome
- Roma Tre University
- Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
- St. Peter's baldachin
- Vatican Museums