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Backpack
Guide: Rome

The city of Rome is thousands of years old and has a vast, ancient history.  Known for its’ ancient artifacts and amazing cuisine known the world over, Rome is a favorite tourist destination.

Read on as we give you a guide to backpacking in Rome…

Quick Info

Best Time To Visit
Rome attracts alot of visitors each year especially during the summer months.  Try to visit Rome either in the spring or fall for lower travel rates and significantly shorter lines at attractions.

How Long Should I Visit?
For some, months or even years is not enough.  For first time visitors, anywhere from 5-7 days is enough to take in the city and go on a few day trips.

Currency
Italy is part of the European Union and as such use the Euro as their official currency.  You can easily withdraw cash from ATM machines around Rome and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

Do I need a visa for Italy?
For visitors from most countries in the world, including Canada and the United States, no visa is required to visit Italy.  The country is, however, part of the Schengen Area where you can only spend 90 days out of every 6 months so if you’re planning an extended stay in Europe you should be aware of that.

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Getting In

By Plane
International flights arrive at Rome’s main airport Fiumicino (FCO).  The airport is modern and well connected to the downtown core through Rome’s public transport.  Connecting trains cost €14 for the 40 minute ride and buses cost €6 and take 65 minutes to arrive in downtown Rome.

The smaller Ciampino airport is used mainly by low cost airlines like Ryanair and Wizzair.  Regular trains and buses will transport you to and from the airport.  The trip takes about 1 hour and costs €1.50 for the train and €7.90 for the bus.

By Train
Europe’s rail network is quite extensive as you can travel almost anywhere by train.  Most trains traveling to Rome will arrive at their main railway station Roma Termini.

If you’re arriving in the wee hours of the morning, the train will arrive at Tiburtina station instead as the main station is closed between 12:30 and 4:30am.

By Bus
You can also travel by bus to get to Rome.  International companies like FlixBus and EuroLines have routes arriving several times a day.  Bus travel is a fraction of the cost of other methods and most buses are equipped with wifi and are quite comfortable.

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Adventures

No matter your itinerary and no matter the time of your stay, there’s so many things to see and do in Rome.

Of course there’s the Colosseum and the Spanish Steps but there’s so many other things to see and do in Rome.  In the city there’s monuments, museums and galleries to visit.  People to see, shopping to be done and food to devour.

There are also plenty of day trip adventures waiting for you just outside the city including the Vatican and Cinqueterre.

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Euro Trip Kit

More than a backpack guide, the Euro Trip Kit is a fantastic way to begin planning and dreaming about your euro trip.

Inside you’ll find travel tips, a trip journal, adventure passport, language flashcards, inspiration and a whole lot more.

It’s perfect for everyone from first time travelers to those who are already out there living the backpack dream.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

We’ve all had Italian food back home but now it’s time to try “real” Italian food.

Indulge in fresh made pastas and pizza and treat yourself to some mouth watering risotto.  Add a glass of Italian Chianti and life is good.

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Where To Stay

Rome is made up of 22 different districts.  Most hostels are located near the Roma Termini station, however, if you want to get away from all the craziness, try staying in the Trastevere area across the river.

How To
Get Around

While Rome’s metro system isn’t as diverse as other major cities, it’s three lines are enough to get you downtown.

From there, everything you want to see is within walking distance of each other.  Use the walk to do some people watching and a little shopping along the way.

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Special Events

Easter Sunday Mass
The Easter Sunday Mass at the Vatican will host 80,000 people so expect a huge influx of people wandering the streets of Rome in and around this day in April.

Liberation Day
On April 25th every year, Italy commemorates both the end of the Second World War, as well as the end of the German occupation.  Parades and other special events take place in most major Italian cities.

Labour Day
Unlike the subdued Labour Day in North America, this day is celebrated quite differently in Italy.  On May 1st, the “day of the worker” is celebrated with parades and festivals all over the country.  In Rome there is also a big rock concert in piazza San Giovanni.

White Nights
Known as Notte Bianca in Italian, this special event takes place for two weeks in September.  The city of Rome will come alive at night as shops, restaurants and even museums will stay open until dawn.  There are also many music, dance and theatre events so expect the streets to be packed all night long.

Italian Phrases For Traveling

While people in Rome speak Italian, you’ll find most people know English as well.  Remember though, you’re a visitor in their country so at least attempt to learn some Italian phrases before you visit.  They may laugh at you but at least they’ll respect you for trying.

You can also take advantage of the Language Flashcards that are included inside our Euro Trip Kit to help you while you’re there.

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What's Next?

If you've been hanging out on this website, then you've probably got that itch to travel.  Well, if Europe is calling you, check out the Euro Trip Kit.
Part inspiration, part information, and part fun - the Euro Trip Kit is the perfect tool for planning your next euro trip.
Whether you want to learn common travel phrases, play some backpack bingo, or get inspired through the adventure passport - the Euro Trip Kit has what you need!