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Transport in Rome: getting around the Eternal city

Getting around using public transport in Rome

Combining a nice walk and the use of public transport in Rome makes absolute sense even if you are short in time.

The Eternal City is an open-air museum and since many of the best attractions in Rome are clustered together in traffic-free zones, visiting Rome on your foot will be a great experience even though it could be tough on your feet. So, make sure to bring good walking shoes and also consider orthopedic foot inserts for added walking support.

If your first thought could be getting a taxi or jump on a Hop on Hop off bus, Although they can be considered comfortable solutions, they often turn out to be unnecessarily expensive and often not very instructive.

Combining a nice walk with the use of public transport in Rome is often the best way to discover the beauty of the Eternal city; the most important thing is to know what is worth seeing in Rome and how to reach the best sites of Rome without wasting time and money.

At Olive Tree Hill we make sure to learn about your interests in advance and create personalized itineraries that allow you to reach easily the most beautiful sites of interest in Rome, optimize your journey and save time to discover more beautiful off-the-beaten paths in and outside Rome.

How effective are public transport in Rome?

The public transport in Rome effectively covers the entire metropolitan area.

Very cheap tickets or transport cards allow you to use the public system to comfortably reach the best sites in Rome and the surrounding towns which are part of the metropolitan city.

The metropolitan city of Rome is divided into travel zones. Once defined your travel zone, you can hop on hop off bus, trams, metro, and regional trains using the same ticket or transport card.

The public transport in Rome is managed by a partnership between ATAC, COTRAL, and TRENITALIA under the brand name: METREBUS

  • The urban network of Rome consists of:
  • 3 metro lines that cross the city diagonally (ATAC)
  • 6 tram lines (ATAC)
  • 350+ buses (ATAC)
  • 3 urban trains (TRENITALIA)

The suburban network of Rome consists of:


  • 12 suburban trains (TRENITALIA)
  • 300+ suburban buses (COTRAL)
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As in the case of Zagarolo, where Olive Tree Hill is located, sometimes connection with the center of Rome is faster from the surrounding towns than several districts of Rome.As in the case of Zagarolo, where Olive Tree Hill is located, sometimes connection with the center of Rome is faster from the surrounding towns than several districts of Rome.

How much is public transport in rome?

The metropolitan city of Rome is divided into travel zones.

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The tickets listed below under “Metropolitan city of Rome” allow you to travel within both in the city of Rome and some of the best cities near to Rome such as Zagarolo, Palestrina, Tivoli, Frascati, Bracciano, and many other beautiful sites to visit outside Rome.

Tickets listed below under “City of Rome” allow you to travel only within zone 1 and 2.
Olive Tree Hill is in zone 3 and is only 30 min. train ride distance from the center of Rome.

 You can find your best tickets ready on-site if ordered in advance.

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(N1) – Must be validated at the beginnig of the journey and is valid until midnight of the last day of validity, for unlimited journeys.

(N2) – Is valid for 100 minutes from validation. It allow you for a single journey on metro/train urban route, even using different lines, but without passing through the turnstiles.

(N3) – Is valid for a limited amount of hours from the first validation.

Where can buy public transport tickets in Rome?

If you need to buy only a train ticket to reach a destination in the Metropolitan City of Rome or even in Italy, you can book online at Trenitalia.it

Otherwise, here is where you can buy Metrebus tickets:


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(*) Authorized Points of sale are usually Tobacco shops and newspaper kiosk  close to the stations and stops of public transport in Rome

Where can I validate my transport ticket in Rome?

Rome public transport tickets must be purchased in advance and validated before boarding.

  • On bus or tram in Rome, you can stamp your ticket on board;
  • On Metro in Rome, you can stamp your ticket at the turnstile. Be careful to retrieve it from the top of the machine before going through the gate.
  • On a train in the Metropolitan City of Rome, you can stamp your ticket in the special validation machine before boarding. According to the station size, stamping machines are available at the train station or the beginning of the platforms.

Public transport in Rome vs. Hop on Hop off bus.

When visiting a new city, the option of using a hop on hop off bus is very common. It allows you to have a general view of the city and to begin to orient yourself more easily. If this is generally true, in our opinion, it is less so when visiting Rome the sites of interest are often blocked by traffic.

Getting around by public transport in Rome is cheap, perhaps the cheapest in Europe and the public transport network is widespread throughout the metropolitan city of Rome. Choosing among the available Metrebus offers you certainly have many more advantages. These include getting on and off on all means of the transport network of the metropolitan city of Rome, which has a greater number of stops distributed throughout the territory and has a much higher frequency of passage.

By choosing the right solution, the metrebus offers guarantees the possibility to visit both the center of Rome and the best cities near Rome spending less and discovering wonderful sites off the beaten path.

Nemi strawberries

The Allure of Nemi lake: a hidden gem outside Rome

Discover this amazing volcanic lake
While Rome might be one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, its still a fantastic idea to get out of the city and explore a little!

In fact, the area around Rome is the home of several volcanic lakes. One of the lakes, Lake Nemi, is located near our cozy BnB Olive Tree Hill and so we invite you to live this experience with us!


Lake Nemi – a small volcanic lake, 25 meters higher than Albano Lake, on the Albani Hills in the territory of the Roman Castles. *Source: Wikpedia.
The town of Nemi, perched on the lip of the volcanic crater, is extremely appealing. Whether you’re interested in mythology, history, food, or authentic Italian small-town life, Nemi will capture your attention.

 

Lake Nemi is nicknamed “Diana’s Mirror”. Diana is the Roman goddess of the moon (and also sometimes referred to as the goddess for hunting, the woods, animals, and fertility). A temple was constructed in her honor in a grove of oak trees on the north shore of Lake Nemi. Under a full moon, the temple would shimmer and shine, reflecting onto the water of the lake. The temple ruins are still visible today and can be visited. An annual festival during the August full moon called Nemoralia honors Diana. Participants take torches and candles to the shores of Lake Nemi at night.


Statue of Diana, Roman goddess of the moon
Notorious Roman emperor Caligula had ceremonial barges on Lake Nemi. The largest was 350 feet long and 60 feet wide (about the size of an American football field). The barge resembled a floating palace and housed a temple that honored the goddess Diana. The ships are considered to be engineering marvels, using some techniques considered revolutionary and advanced for the time.

Legends swirled about Caligula’s ships resting in Lake Nemi as far back as the Middle Ages. However, they remained a mystery until Mussolini ordered engineers to drain the lake in the late 1920s. As the lake level dropped, two ships emerged in 1931. A museum was quickly constructed to cover these ships and the associated artifacts, which had been underwater for almost 1900 years. A fire during WWII damaged the museum, but it was restored and reopened in 1953. The museum currently houses scale replicas of the ships.

The town of Nemi is best known for its wild strawberries, which are smaller and sweeter than the average strawberry. For the past 85 years, a strawberry festival is held during the first weekend of June. However, strawberries are available throughout the year, appearing in obvious places such as desserts and unexpected places like risottos and liqueurs.


Wild strawberries among other typical fruits.
During the tour, it is essential to stop at the ham shop that has the most varied types and flavors to get some samples, as well as in the liquor tent for a free tasting.

 

There’s nothing better than to finalize a tour rich in history and nature with a refreshing ice cream.


Regional ice cream with several flavors
Nemi is perfect for a wander; it offers gorgeous lake views, charming cafes, ornate churches and a 10th-century castle (Castello Ruspoli). And you’ll be experiencing all of it without other foreigners, as this village is still rather undiscovered despite its close proximity to Rome.


And so, you’ll also realize that it is a recommended tour for the whole family and for people who seek to be distracted in a calm and varied environment.

Let Olive Tree Hill introduce you to Nemi and other enchanting places in the area outside Rome.

Contact us to arrange an excursion

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Zagarolo, the medieval city closest to Rome, rich in Italian history and traditions

Why is worth to visit some of the cities near to Rome

Rome will never stop to surprise you especially when you will abandon the traditional tourist routes and you will begin to discover some of the best places to visit outside Rome.

The eternal city of Rome attracts millions of visitors every year. Mainly to pay a visit to Pantheon, throw a coin in the Trevi fountain, stroll around the Spanish steps, reminisce the gladiators at the Colosseum, and maybe catch a glimpse of the Pope at the Vatican.

All the while waiting in line amidst hundreds of tourists all waiting to do the same thing but Rome is much more. Rome is a cocktail of history and culture.

An indescribable number of villas, palaces, museums, and works of art enrich the streets and squares of Rome and the metropolitan city of Rome which includes the numerous places to visit outside Rome. A collection of styles and traces of history that has no equal in the world.

If you would like to tread off the beaten path and experience Italy beyond the popular attractions, you will be surprised by some of the places you can visit outside Rome.

Why looking for places to visit outside Rome when a lifetime is not enough visiting Rome?

Well, according with the history, the city of Rome was much larger than what we know nowadays.

Imperial villas, monuments, and parks were also widespread in what nowadays is called the metropolitan city of Rome. Here Popes and emperors built their sumptuous residences surrounded by what is necessary to make them livable.

Remains of aqueducts, thermal baths, amphitheaters, and parks swarm just outside Rome, in the metropolitan city of Rome and very few tourists but also many Romans are absolutely unaware of them.

Those who have had the opportunity to visit Rome will agree that sites such as P.zza Navona or the Vittoriano are certainly more fascinating than sites such as the Spanish steps mentioned among the 5 most beautiful sites to visit in Rome. This is just one example of how tourism marketing exploits the popularity of sites used for fashion shows, television dramas and movies to attract tourism, leaving in the shade places outside Rome that are equally interesting and worth a visit.

Therefore the enormous increase of tourists in Rome in recent years has partly distorted its identity.

For this reason, the advanced tourist or travelers is increasingly looking for off the beaten path in Rome. In fact, more and more travelers nowadays abandon the traditional tourist routes and instead look for the best places to visit outside Rome.

It is worth looking for accommodation outside Rome?

Looking for accommodation outside Rome is a great option especially if it allows to reach Rome easily as well as other sites to see in Italy that are on your travel list.

Leaving with locals in a more authentic environment as well as traveling off the beaten path will help you to set a great experience while traveling in Rome.
The discover of surrounding villages of Rome turn to be for most of our guests one of the highlights of the entire trip and let them enjoy a more real Italy.

Stacie, an American reporter, wanted to share with this video glimpse of her authentic Italian experience and talks about the warm hospitality received from Ivano and Terhi at Olive Tree Hill.

Best places to go outside Rome

Aware of the fact that very little info about places outside Rome to visit are available on the net, we are preparing an exhaustive free guide for our guests.
Take the time to consider visiting some of these great hidden gems outside Rome, which many of our guests considered the best part of their visit. You’ll not regret it!

Start Planning your Italian Getaway

Work with us to arrange your trip to Rome and beyond.

 

Come and join us at Olive Tree Hill.

We will deliver you a unique and unforgettable experience.

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Strolling off the beaten path in Rome

Searching for articles, blogs, and posts about “off the beaten path in Rome” I recently realized that something is changing and more value and attention is reserved to the off the beaten path in Rome.

Even though Rome is one of the most touristed/visited cities in the world it’s also one of the most densely packed with fascinating buildings, museums, neighborhoods, and history. You wouldn’t be surprised to know that no–while every last inch of the Eternal City has been discovered by most of the people that visiting Rome while touring Italy.

That’s because Rome is not just a long list of sites and museums to visit. Every single corner, every single stone is talking about its own long story.

Not by chance, it is considered the cradle of civilization and if this is your first time in Rome or you are planning your lifetime trip in Rome don’t miss the chance to visit Rome smartly and explore the beauties of Rome off the beaten path. It will make your trip memorable.

Where to go off the beaten path in Rome

At the top of the Roman Empire, Rome was populated by more than a million people and the city of Rome was much more extended than what is visible nowadays. No wonder if in any corner there is something that maybe catches your attention.

That’s why we always suggest to combining the use of public transport with nice walking in Rome.

For further information, read: https://olivetreehill.com/transport-rome/

Two thousand years is a long time to be an interesting, vibrant city and once you leave the traditional path of the Colosseum – Trevi Fountain – Spanish Steps – Pantheon – Piazza Navona – Vatican Museums

Could be fairly simple to find yourself in a quiet and interesting corner of Rome.

Nothing wrong with the places mentioned above but Rome is much more and we would love to host you and guide you through the beauties off the beaten path in Rome as well as the best cities outside Rome where Emperors and Popes set up their residences and villas. Sites where barely you’ll find a tourist and which still maintain that character of genuineness and warmth typical of Italian culture.

Strolling off the beaten path in Rome with a local

As we learned traveling, without the support of a local expert, a lifetime wouldn’t be long enough to discover all the treasures that a city such as Rome and the metropolitan area has to offer. I spent 32 years leaving in Rome and 20 in the countryside of Rome and even though I am very curious and pretty knowledgeable about Italian culture and history, I have a long way to go through the off beaten path in Rome.

Look for a good host and you are halfway to a successful adventure. A good host can help you to set up your travel plan in Rome, show on the map the sites off the beaten path, and give you all the tips to enjoy the best of your Roman Holidays.

Online you can find plenty of list and suggestions about sites to visit but the best thing we can do to help you to optimize your trip is to invite you to tell us what is your interest and we will do our best to help you to catch the best off
the beaten path in Rome. We are all different and there is not a must to see in Rome but a must having to fill up with emotions.

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Withdrawing Money from an ATM in Rome

People often get worried about how they will withdraw money once they land in Rome. We get a lot of questions from guests visiting our B&B outside Rome regarding this. We’d be happy to explain things for you!

Even though the use of credit cards is getting more and more popular in Italy, especially in smaller cities, cash is still the most used payment system.

Getting Money in Rome

Even if you’re short on cash at your arrival, avoid changing money at the money exchange at the airport, port or train station. The rates are usually exorbitant at these places, so it’s not advisable to do so. Anyway, you’ll easily find a Rome airport ATM right when you land, so forget the money exchange booths.
 
In Rome, ATM’s are around every corner. ATMs are easy to find even in remote towns. ATMs are the better options for getting money in a foreign country.
withdraw money from an ATM in Rome

 

Why You Should Use ATMs When Traveling

Italian banks do not charge for ATM withdrawals, but your own bank might charge a foreign withdrawal fee. It’s best to find out about the withdrawal fees before you leave your own country.
 
Some banks are part of the Global ATM Alliance. If your bank is part of this, it basically means that your own bank has partner banks or sister banks abroad. These banks have an agreement not to charge International ATM access fees if you use ATMs that are part of the Global ATM Alliance.
 

List of Banks in the Global ATM Alliance:

  • Bank of America (United States)
  • Barclays (United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Pakistan, Gibraltar, Ghana, Kenya, and other countries in Africa)
  • BNP Paribas (France)
  • BNP Paribas Fortis (Belgium)
  • Deutsche Bank (Germany, Poland, Belgium, India, Spain, Portugal and Italy)
  • Scotiabank (Canada, Caribbean, Peru, Chile and Mexico)
  • Westpac (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands)
  • Westpac Banking Corporation (Australia, Fiji, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu)
  • Westpac New Zealand Limited (New Zealand)
  • Westpac Bank – PNG – Limited (Papua New Guinea)
  • Westpac Bank Samoa Limited (Samoa)
  • Westpac Bank of Tonga (Tonga)
  • ABSA (South Africa)
  • UkrSibbank (Ukraine)
NOTE: Bank of America will only honor ATM reciprocity for one country per bank. You will not be charged a fee for using Barclays branches in the UK or Deutsche Bank branches in Germany, you will be charged fees for branches of those banks in other countries.
 
Chances are it will sometimes be difficult to find partner ATMs. You are still better off withdrawing a large amount of money, even from a foreign ATM, than using a money changer.
 
Bank of America, for example, doesn’t charge if you use banks such BNL (Banca Nazionale del Lavoro) and apply only 1% foreign conversion fee. ATMs will give you the best exchange rate.
 

Be Ready to Pay in Cash

Even in big cities sometimes if you are having breakfast in a bar, getting a slice of pizza on the road, paying a small family business such a bed and breakfast or, in some cases, even buying a pair of shoes, you could be asked to pay cash because not all businesses are organized to receive credit card payments. You’ll definitely need cash in Italy! 

Withdrawing cash from ATMs

withdrawing cash from ATMs in Rome

Luckily, nowadays, following some advice you can easily withdraw cash and discover that the use of ATMs could be a valid alternative to the more used credit cards. If you are planning to use ATMs, don’t forget to pick up your PIN code and let your bank know that you are traveling abroad. If you don’t notify them, they may shut off your card because they have put you on fraud alert, thinking your card has been stolen!

Bank Limits while withdrawing 

Please note, even though the bank will extend your daily credit, if trying to withdraw more than 250,00 euro per session the ATM could give you back a strange and frightening message like: “Your card is not valid” or (even more terrifying) “You ran out of credit”.
 

No need to worry! If you need more than 250,00 euros you need to make more than one transaction for at most 250,00 euro/each. Generally, you will be charged a little and insignificant fee will be added (banks are banks) but, in the end, all together it will still be worth doing.

Pitfalls to avoid for foreign currency

Also, we highly suggest you avoid travelers’ cheques. Do not use travelers’ checks! This system is no longer common and turn out to be very time-consuming and expensive in terms of exchange rates.

If you are looking for a REAL ITALIAN experience while in Italy, feel free to reach out to us at info@olivetreehill.com. You can find more about us hereWe host travelers just like you in our B&B in the countryside of Rome. Our travelers call it their home outside of home!

If you have any questions, we are always a message away!

withdrawing money from ATMs in Rome

Enjoy your time in Italy! Ciao!