Romans are conflicted about Termini station and its surrounding working-class neighborhood, which is home to Rome's most diverse community. The area immediately around the hulking, Fascist-era station is gray with pollution and notorious for prostitution. But venture farther west of the station, and you'll discover a vibrant cosmopolitan neighborhood with affordable boutique hotels, friendly neighborhood bars and authentic Bengali, Somali, and Szechuan restaurants. East of the station lies San Lorenzo, a laid-back, tree-lined neighborhood that wakes up around noon—just in time to welcome Rome's university students and starving artists into excellent pizzerias, cafes, and mom-and-pop pasta joints. For a taste of the local life at a bargain price, San Lorenzo is a draw for international hipsters, but keep your city smarts sharp around Termini, day or night.
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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.
Nearby Airports
  • Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport-FCO
Airport Taxis
  • €48 (Check for SPQR, which will tell you it's a licensed Roman taxi.)
Things to Do and See Near San Lorenzo