Info on Rome: Tourist Information
If you are planning a vacation in Rome, our City Guide contains information on getting to and from Rome, transportation within the city, holidays observed in Rome and Italy, weather and practical information for the visitor, shopping in Rome as well as selected sites providing useful information.
- Tourist info
- Getting to Rome
- Public Transportation
- Italian Holidays
- Weather in Rome
- Practical Info
Tourist info - official site from the Rome Tourist Office for sites & events
Rome Weather - 5 day weather forecast from CNN
Maps of Rome - street maps from Multimap
Public transportation of Rome 1 - official site of the buses, subways and city trains of Rome. It includes a downloadable map
Public transportation of Rome 2 - useful informations on buses and subways lines
Roma Termini - official site for the main train station
TrenItalia - official site for the Italian railways. Timetables and ticket info for trains going to Fiumicino Airport and city trains
Rome Airports - official site, useful information on the main Roman airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino
060608 - Cultural events in Rome and ticket online from the Roman Municipality
A friend in Rome - A group of friends who will customize a unique tour to meet your needs and desires
Professional Drivers 2004 - Reliable transfer service on demand, with competitive rates in comparison to taxis
Sites & Museums
Imperial Forums - official site of the Roman Imperial Forums
The Vatican - official site
Omnia, Vatican & Rome sightseeing Pass - official site
Capitoline Museums - official site, guide to events and exhibitions
Christian Catacombs of Rome - detailed descriptions of the catacombs
Galleria Borghese - official site of Borghese Gallery, Barberini Gallery, Corsini Gallery and Spada Gallery
Maxxi - official site of the new 21st Century Arts Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid
Museum of Rome - official site of Palazzo Braschi, guide to events and exhibitions
National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia - one of the best and most extensive collections of Etruscan treasures in the world
Ruspoli Palace - official site, guide to events and exhibitions
Gallery of Modern Art - official site guide to collections and exhibitions [in Italian]
Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome - official site of the Macro
Appia Antica Park - official site, guide to the Appia Antica Park
Children's Museum of Rome - official site of Explora [in Italian]
Other Useful Sites
Romulus Facts, history, sights, tourist info on Rome (in Swedish).
Info on Rome: Getting to and from Rome
The main airport, Leonardo da Vinci (also known as Fiumicino), is located 26km (15 miles)
southwest of the city center.
A train (Leonardo Express) runs between the airport and the central railroad station, Stazione Termini. It operates every 30 minutes between the hours of 5:52 am and 10:52 pm. The trip takes 30 minutes and costs 14,00 euros.
There is also a Regional train that runs between 5:57 am and 10:57 pm from the airport to the local stations of Trastevere, Ostiense and Tiburtina and costs 8,00 euros.
There is a night bus from the airport to the train station in Tiburtina. This is NOT the main train station, Stazione Termini but it does make a stop at Termini Station.
During the day there is a private bus line that runs from Fiumicino airport to Termini Station and also to Piazza Cavour in both directions. Service is provided by the SitbusShuttle company and costs 8,00 euros. Their Timetable is on their website.
During the day the cost of a taxi from the airport is the sum of what the meter reads plus
a supplement of 7.23 euros plus a charge of 1.03 euros for each piece of luggage. The total cost runs between
There is a fixed (flat rate) fee for taxis going between the city (defined as inside the Aurelian Walls) and Fiumicino airport. The fixed fee to & from Fiumicino is 48 euros.
The secondary airport serving Rome is Ciampino, about 20 km (12 miles) southeast of the
center city. Ciampino mainly serves charter flights.
ATRAL buses run every 40 minutes from Ciampino to the ANAGNINA stop of Subway Line A (price: 1,20 euro). ATRAL buses reach also Termini Station (price 4,50 euros).
There are 2 other buses running from Ciampino to Termini Station: the SitbusShuttle (6,00 euros) and the Terravision (8,00 euros).
A taxi from Ciampino to the center city costs approximately 30-40 euros.
There is a fixed (flat rate) fee for taxis going between the city (defined as inside the Aurelian Walls) and Ciampino Airport. The fixed fee to & from Ciampino is 30 euros.
A valid alternative to taxis may be to book a pick up service in advance. There are many companies offering this type of service, among them we wish to highlight Professional Drivers 2004. We have used them several times and we can bare witness of their punctuality, courtesy, competitive fares and modern, comfortable vehicles. They can be reached by phone (tel. +39 322.214.171.1244) or through their web page.
Trains run from both the central Railroad Station, Stazione Termini, and the Tiburtina Station to all the major cities in Italy and throughout Europe. The high speed trains ("Freccia Rossa" and "Freccia Argento") are the fastest. Following those in descending order of speed are the Eurostar trains, the Intercity trains and the slowest, the local trains. For the High Speed and Eurostar trains you must buy a ticket and reserve a seat before boarding. Tickets may be purchased at the stations (although there can be very long lines); at most travel agencies at no extra fee; or on-line at the TrenItalia web site. If you use the on-line ticketing you will have to register and pay with a credit card. Your tickets will be waiting for you on the train. Tickets may also be purchased from abroad by calling the Italian call center at 0039-06-684-75475. From the USA the complete dialing number is: 011-39-06-684-75475.
Buses to other cities in Italy
Buses to other Italian cities and to other European destinations leave from in front of the Tiburtina train station. This is not Rome's main train station, Stazione Termini.
Getting around in Rome
Transportation in the Eternal City: Buses, metro, taxis, scooters e cars
Rome has an extensive integrated public transportation system, which includes buses, subways, trams and a suburban train network.
There are two subway lines, A and B.
Line A runs east to west from Battistini to Anagnina and stops at many tourist sites such as the Vatican, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Barberini and Piazza del Popolo, Termini Station, St. John's Basilica.
The B Line runs northeast to southwest from Rebibbia/Ionio to Laurentina near EUR in the south. It stops at sites such as the Tiburtina Train Station, Colosseum, Circo Massimo, Piramide and St. Paul's Basilica. It connects the three main railroad stations: Stazione Tiburtina, Stazione Termini and Stazione Ostiense.
Both lines run from Sunday to Thursday from 5.30 a.m. to 11.30 p.m., and until 1.30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Both lines intersect at Stazione Termini.
SPECIAL TOURIST SERVICES
The Roma Pass is instituted by the Municipality of Rome.
This Pass costs 30 euros and is valid for three days including the day it is validated. It entitles the holder to:
- full access to the public transportation system
- free admission to the first two museums and/or archaeological sites visited
- reduced tickets and discounts to many other museums and sites (after the first 2 free admissions) as well as to exhibitions, musical events, theatrical and dance performances and other tourist services.
The Roma Pass comes with a Kit that includes the public transportation ticket, a map of the city illustrating the location of Tourist Information Centers, Underground stations, museums and sites of interest including addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation and directions.
Also included in the Kit is the Roma Pass Guide, the complete list of museums & sites of interest that have joined the initiative and the Roma News, the program of events and tourist services that are eligible for discounts.
Roma Pass can be purchased from all museums and sites that have joined the Program and from Tourist Information Centers in the Municipality of Rome (the so called "PIT").
There are many companies offering sightseeing tours and it’s difficult to say which is the best one. One of them, the “Sightseeing Experience” offers Hop On-Off bus from the Stazione Termini (the main Railroad Station). It reaches all the major historical and artistic sights of the city, giving passengers a unique, spectacular view as it passes closeby the main archaeological sites and monuments, such as the Colosseum, Bocca della Verità, Trevi Fountain, St. Peters & Ara Pacis. It allows you to hop on/off at any of the stops. It operates between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm, every 20 minutes. Tickets cost between 12 and 32 euros. This company also offers several special tours, such as Catacombs tour, Bus & Boat tours, Shopping tours, etc… Tickets may be purchased directly on their website.
There are buses to almost everywhere in greater Rome. The ATAC local buses serve the city center and most nearby suburbs. The city buses are an excellent way around Rome especially to places not served by the subway lines. The Express Lines cover longer distances and make fewer stops but run frequently. Another bus service, COTRAL, serves the outer suburbs and outlying regional areas but run less frequently.
From 12 am (midnight) until 6 am there are special Night Lines which cover different areas of the city and run approximately every 20 minutes.
Fares: There is a single fare structure and ticketing system allowing you to travel on buses, trams, trains and the metro with the same ticket. There are five types of tickets for the buses and subways:
1. BIT - Integrated Single Ticket
A BIT ticket costs 1,50 euro and can be used on all buses, subways and trams in Rome. This ticket allows 100 minutes of travel after the initial validation on the buses and trams and only for 1 ride on the subway or 1 ride on an urban train or on trains to Ostia or Sacrofano.
2. Roma 24h - Integrated Daily Ticket
A Roma 24h costs 7 euros and is a good deal if you're planning a lot of sightseeing. The day pass can be used for unlimited rides within the 24h from when the ticket is validated. It is accepted on ATAC buses and trams, the subway, COTRAL buses, urban trains and regional trains in the city limits.
3. Roma 48h - Integrated 2 Days Ticket
A Roma 48h ticket costs 12,50 euros and allows use of all buses, subways, city trains, regional trains and trams in Rome within the 48h from when the ticket is validated.
4. Roma 72h - Integrated 3 Days Ticket
A Roma 72h ticket costs 18 euros and allows use of all buses, subways, city trains, regional trains and trams in Rome for 3 days including the day of validation.
5. CIS - Integrated Weekly Pass
The CIS ticket costs 24 euros and can be used for 7 days. It is basically a weekly version of the Roma 24h ticket above. It permits unlimited travel on all Roman buses and subways, city trains and regional trains, in the city limits.
6. Monthly Pass
If you are going to be in Rome more than a week, consider the MONTHLY PERSONAL PASS. It can be used on all buses, subways and other city trains. This pass works basically the same way as the daily or weekly pass and is valid for one calendar month. Monthly passes can be bought at metro and train stations until the 5th of the month. If you want a travel pass later in the month it is usually better value to buy weekly passes.
The Monthly Pass comes in two types: 1) the personal pass and 2) the non-personal pass.
- The personal pass is the cheapest option at 35 euros. However, it identifies the purchaser and can only be used by the purchaser.
- The non-personal monthly pass costs 53 euros but can be used by anyone for the duration of the pass.
Children up to 10 years of age can travel free of charge on Rome's public transportation when accompanied by a parent.
Metrebus web site
Taxis are quite expensive in Rome. The easiest way to get a taxi is to find the nearest taxi stand. In the center city they can be found at the main squares or piazzas such as Piazza Venezia,
Piazza Argentina, Piazza San Silvestro, Piazza Barberini, Stazione Termini, etc. During the rush hour (4pm-8pm), as in all cities, it can be difficult to find a taxi. Taxis can be radio paged but remember
that you'll pay for the time it takes to get to you not just from the time you enter the cab.
There is a fixed (flat rate) fee for taxis going between the city (defined as inside the Aurelian Walls)
and the two airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino. The fixed fee to & from Fiumicino is 48 euros and to & from Ciampino is 30 euros.
The main radio-taxi network telephone numbers are: 063570; 0688177; 064994; 066645; and 064157.
Licensed taxis are all white and have a taxi sign on the roof of the car as well as their license number inside the car. In every official taxi there is a card that explains - in English - the extra charges for luggage, late-night travel, Sunday and holiday travel, and airport journeys. Always make sure the meter is switched on. Be careful of unlicensed and illegal taxi drivers who approach you at the train station or the airport. They will often ask for additional fees at the end of the trip.
BICYCLES AND SCOOTERS
Bicycles and scooters may be rented at various locations in the center city as well as in the parks. We recommend that you ride bicycles only in the parks. We also strongly recommend that you not rent scooters in the city unless you are a very experienced scooter driver. Even then be aware that managing Roman traffic is a very difficult task as Roman drivers have (being kind) their own driving techniques. They have often been called "the most kamikaze-style drivers in the world."
Many things have been said of driving in Italy. Suffice it to say that it can be quite difficult. You should avoid driving in the larger cities and you will find that it is usually easier to use public transportation or taxis. If you insist on driving in Rome, keep in mind that in a large section of the center city (Centro Storico) private cars are not allowed unless you are a resident. There are approximately 7 zones of the city in which access is specially controlled and the times of day and night vary in each zone. Parking is metered in much of the city, available spaces are limited and difficult to find, and costs 1 euro per hour (4 euro/8 hours). We again strongly recommend that you do not drive in Rome unless it is absolutely necessary or you have a Roman in the car with you.
If you are traveling to other parts of Italy and wish to do so by car, rent your car at the end of your stay in Rome. All the international firms are represented here; Avis, Hertz, Europcar, etc.
Keep in mind that driving in any major city in Italy; Rome, Florence, Naples, Milan, etc., is very difficult. Most of the points of interest for the tourist are in the historical center of the cities.
Holidays in Italy
National holidays and some local Roman celebrations
The following is information on holidays observed throughout Italy as well as some only in the city of Rome.
1 JanuaryNew Year's Day
6 JanuaryEpiphany - this marks the end of the Christmas/New Year's holidays.
March/AprilEaster Monday - in Italy, the Monday following Easter is a holiday.
25 AprilLiberation Day.
1 MayLabor Day.
2 JuneRepublic Day.
29 JuneFeast of Saints Peter & Paul (only in Rome) - celebration of Rome's patron saints.
15 AugustFeast of the Assumption (Ferragosto) - second only to Christmas, this is one of Italy's most important holidays.
1 NovemberAll Saints' Day.
8 DecemberFeast of the Immaculate Conception.
25 DecemberChristmas - during the Chirstmas holidays in Rome you can enjoy concerts in many of Rome's churches, most free of charge as well as a stroll through the stands set up at Piazza Navona.
26 DecemberSt. Stephen (Santo Stefano)- the day after Christmas is also a holiday in Italy.
Weather in Rome
Rome is known for having comfortable weather throughout the year. Generally, the best months for traveling in Italy are April through October although July and August can be very hot. During the Spring months the weather is generally mild with average minimum temperatures between 47 & 56 F. (8 to 13 C.) and average maximum temperatures between 63 & 71 F. (17 to 21 C). There is some rain usually in the form of short showers. The weather in July and August can be very hot (between 83 and 99 F. (28 to 37 C). A mild wind blowing down from the hills, the Ponentino, helps refresh the summer evenings.
In August, especially during the last 2 weeks (known as Ferragosto), a high percentage of Romans (and all Italians) take their vacation closing many shops and restaurants. During August, Rome is a city full of tourists but with a limited number of establishments open.
From November to February the weather can get cold but it is very unusual for it to go below freezing. It very rarely snows in Rome and cloudy and rainy days never last more than 1-2 days.
Practical information on Rome
Useful information for the visitor to Rome
The following informations include bank opening hours, electricity, postal mail, emergency phone numbers, tourist information offices and newspaper stands.
In general, banks are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm and in the afternoon from 2:45 to 3:45 pm or 3 to 4 pm. There are many money exchange offices throughout the city, which are open all day, 7 days a week. Banks and exchanges charge a commission and/or a fee.
The electrical system in Italy is 220 volts. To use 120 volt appliances you need both a transformer and an adapter plug. Both of these can be purchased in electrical stores or travelers' shops before arriving in Italy (which is best) or in Italy after you arrive.
The cheapest method to send Postcards and letters from Italy is to use Postamail international. A postcard or letter of no more than 20 grams costs 1.00 euro to Europe (Zone 1); 2.20 euro to the United States, Canada, Africa and Asia (zone 2); and 2.90 euro to New Zealand and Australia (Zone 3). Priority mail service is also available to Zones 1 (3.50 euro) 2 (4.50 euro) and 3 (5.50 euro) and it is quickest than the regular mail.
Stamps can be purchased at all Post Offices and tobacco shops (tabacchi). Post Offices are open Mon - Fri from 9 am to 1:45 pm and Saturdays from 9 to 12.
A few main Offices such as in Pza San Silvestro, Pza Mazzini and on Via Marsala stay open in the afternoons on weekdays. For more detailed information you can check at www.posteitaliane.it, however, the site is only in Italian.
Public Assistance Phone numbers
Police 113 (www.poliziadistato.it)
Carabinieri 112 (www.carabinieri.it)
Fire Dept. 115 (www.vigilfuoco.it)
Vigili Urbani (Traffic Policemen) 06 67691 (www.comune.roma.it)
Automobil Club Italia (ACI) For traffic info 803116 (www.aci.it)
Ambulance Services 118
Guardia medica (nights and week-ends) 06 58201030
Public phones accept coins, prepaid phone cards (scheda or carta telefonica) or both. Phone cards or international phone cards can be purchased at most tobacco shops or bars.
Tourist Information Centers
Tourist Information Centers operated by the Rome Tourist Agency are located at Leonardo da Vinci airport and at the main Railroad Station (Stazione Termini) in Rome.
The City of Rome has set up tourist office kiosks at many locations in the city to provide local information of interest to the tourist as he/she travels about the city. Among the many locations there are kiosks at the Railroad Station, in Via del Corso, Via Nazionale, Pza Sonnino in Trastevere, Pza San Giovanni, Santa Maria Maggiore and the Vatican.
A Tourist Hotline, 06-06-06, operates 24 hours a day and can provide helpful information. The website for Tourist Information for Rome and it's surroundings is www.turismoroma.it
Newspapers and Magazines
There are many kiosks and newsstands in the center city selling all kinds of newspapers and magazine. Newspapers from all over the world can be found at the newsstands in Pza San Silvestro and on the Via Veneto. The newsstands also sell bus tickets and prepaid phone cards for public and mobile phones.
Shopping in Rome
Where to find everything from bargains to antiques
Store hours vary by the type of store. In general, shops are open from 9 am (9:30 in the center city) to 1pm and reopen from 4 pm to 7:30 pm.
However, there are exceptions:
1) Clothing stores follow the general hours but are closed on Sunday and Monday morning.
2) Food stores (bakeries, butchers, green grocers) open from 8 am to 1 pm and reopen from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. These shops are closed on Sunday and Thursday afternoon (except during the Summer when they are closed on Saturday afternoon and Sunday)
3) Outdoor fresh vegetable markets such as at Campo de'Fiori, open from 7 am to 2 pm Monday through Saturday.
4) Supermarkets (supermercati) are generally open all day from 8 am to 8 pm and many are open on Sunday.
Remember that many of these stores are closed at least 2 weeks (usually the last 2 weeks) in August for their summer holiday.
Clothing and Fashion Shops
The best area for shopping or window-shopping is between via del Corso and via del Babuino in the vicinity of the Spanish Steps.
Many high fashion shops and haute couture boutiques are in this area: Armani, Prada, Gucci, Ferragamo, Bulgari Jewelers, Cartier Jewelers, Swatch, Mont Blanc in Via Condotti; Valentino in both Via Condotti and Piazza Mignanelli; Missoni, Sergio Rossi Shoes, Dolce & Gabbana, and Krizia in Piazza di Spagna; Fendi for Men, Versace for Men, Roberto Cavalli, Fratelli Rossetti shoes in Via Borgognona, Diego della Valle Shoes (Hogan) both in via Borgognona and in via del Babuino, Della Valle Shoes (Tod's) in via Fontanella Borghese, via Borgognona and via Condotti; Fendi for Women in the Fendi Palace in Largo Goldoni, Versace for Women and La Perla (high quality underwear for women) in Bocca di Leone; Etro and Emporio Armani in Via del Babuino. Battistoni, one of the most famous shops in Rome offering classic clothing for men and women, is in a small courtyard off the Via Condotti.
One of the most recognized international brands is the Ferrari brand and not only in the sports field. The well known "prancing horse" represents a symbol of general Italian excellence. There is a Ferrari store in Via Tomacelli and one at Fiumicino Airport. These stores offer many Ferrari items from watches to caps, hats, collectible toy cars and apparel signed by Alonso and Massa......all displaying the classic Ferrari red.
Be sure to check out many of the side streets off the Via Condotti such as Via delle Carrozze, Via della Croce and Via Frattina for more shops.
Lower Cost Clothing Shops
There are, of course, lower cost shopping areas. One is near the Vatican centered on Via Cola di Rienzo and Via Ottaviano where there are several department stores along with the smaller shops, all selling jeans, shoes, children's clothing, etc.
Cookware and Kitchenware
For all the cooking and kitchenware you may ever need try C.U.C.I.N.A. at 65 Via Mario de' Fiori or Peroni at 29 Piazza dell'Unità (They even sell the special mold, made of paper, to prepare an Italian panettone). For similar type items as well as cookbooks try 'Gusto at 7 Piazza Augusto Imperatore, a modern designed emporium which attracts many Roman Yuppies for a drink or a meal at the wine bar or the pizzeria as well as to the elegant, upstairs dining room.
For a Roman experience you won't forget, roam the never ending twists and turns in the cellar emporium known as Limentani. It is a Roman institution located in the Jewish Ghetto at 47 Via del Portico d'Ottavia. There is an extensive variety of well know household items, glassware and china stacked from floor to ceiling and all at very good prices. All Romans "in the know" buy their wedding gifts at Limentani.
Some wonderful (and expensive) antique shops are located in Via Giulia, the street behind Palazzo Farnese, the villa that is now the French Embassy. This street, situated between the Palazzo and the Tiber River, is filled with shops containing extensive selections of antique furniture and art making it one of the most fascinating streets in Rome.
Via del Babuino and via Margutta (near the Spanish Steps), is an area in which, until the 1960's, many painters had their studios and workshops. It is now home to many art galleries.
The Alinari Gallery at 16A Via Alibert specializes in copies of photos of Rome and Italy as well as specialized copies of art from earlier periods. Their historical photo collection is fascinating.
Other Shopping Areas
There are many artisan shops and boutiques around the Pantheon, Campo de'Fiori and Piazza Navona. In December there is a special Christmas Market in Piazza Navona.
Many of the shops on Via dei Sediari, Via del Teatro Valle and Via dei Cestari specialize in making wicker baskets and chairs along with linens and fabrics.
Generally stroll Via della Maddalena, Via della Stelletta, Largo Argentina and Via delle Botteghe Oscure for some old fashioned, traditional Roman shops.
If you like hunting for real bargains and would like the experience of being among local Romans who are bargain hunting in typical Roman fashion, check out:
1. Mas Allo Statuto located between the Main Railroad Station (Stazione Termini) and Piazza Vittorio at 11 Via della Statuto. It is one of the best known "bargain basement" stores for low cost clothing and shoes. It is open on Sundays.
2. If shoes are your interest take an early morning trip to the Testaccio Area near the Piramide. In the fresh vegetable outdoor market in via Beniamino Franklin there is a stall which is famous for selling very good women's shoes at bargain prices.
3. A not to be missed event: the Sunday morning flea market at Porta Portese. This is a not soon forgotten crowd scene where almost anything can be found even though most items can be characterized as flea market junk. This is not a place for the "faint at heart" or those who cannot stand to be in a very large, shoulder to shoulder crowd. It is strongly advised not to carry any valuables, just a small amount of cash in your pocket or your shoe and no passports, credit cards, etc.
Feltrinelli, one of the leading Italian bookstores has a major store located at Largo Argentina offering more than 70.000 titles. It has recently added a new, separate section for CDs and multimedia items. Feltrinelli is a chain with locations at the newly restored Galleria Colonna, at Via Emanuele Orlando (near the Piazza della Repubblica...also well known as Piazza Esedra), and at Via del Babuino. They carry a good selection of foreign language books.
For those late night persons who would like to sample a little different Roma di Notte (Roma by night), there is the Arion bookstore at 42 Via Veneto which is open until 12 am on Friday and Saturday nights. It offers the night wanderer a cafe where one can sit and enjoy browsing through a good book while sipping their drink or cappuccino.
The Giunti al Punto Children's Bookstore at 59 Piazza Santi Apostoli, has a very good selection of children's books.
IBS Bookstore is located in Via Nazionale and stocks all types of books.
Rotondi at 82 Via Merulana, is a unique bookstore that has recently been designated an "Historical Shop of Rome." It is a small shop but has a good selection of books on esoterica, astrology and oriental religions. It also stocks some rare books.
For books in English there are two bookstores in the center of the city: the Anglo-American Bookstore at 102 Via della Vite; and the Lion Bookstore at 36 Via dei Greci which also offers a cup of tea or coffee.
For books in French there is La Procure at 23 Via di San Luigi dei Francesi.
A German Bookstore, Herder, is near Piazza del Parlamento at 117 Piazza Montecitorio.
Outdoor and covered fresh vegetables markets
Campo de' Fiori is one the most scenic and celebrated local, outdoor, Italian markets most popular with tourists. It has served the people in this section of Rome for centuries.
It has, however, become mainly a tourist attraction and food & other items are very expensive.
A taste of the true Roman market may be found in several other areas not far from the historic center:
- the Esquilino market in via Turati (near the train Station) has hundreds of counters full of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, etc...that attracts people all year around from all over the world
- the Testaccio Market in Piazza del Mattatoio, near the Ostiense Train and Subway Station, is in one of the very historic districts of Rome in a newly built covered building
- the Cola di Rienzo Market in Piazza dell'Unità, near the Vatican Museum, is in a covered building located in one of the best shopping areas of Rome
- the Trionfale Market, located near the Vatican Museum in via Andrea Doria in a new covered building, is one of the oldest and least expensive markets in Rome where you can still immerse yourself in Roman life.
Pharmacies, Chemists and Herbalists
Some of these shops are interesting to visit for their historical aspects even if you don't need any medicine.
The oldest Pharmacy in Roma is Farmacia Pesci at 89 Piazza Fontana di Trevi. The shop was opened in the 16th century and still has some of the original furnishings, jars and mortars and pestles of that period.
Antica Erboristeria Romana at 15 Via di Torre Argentina is a historical shop founded around 1700. It has wooden ceilings, cabinetry and counters. Standing in the shop with its ceramic containers and wooden drawers gives you the feeling of being in a Harry Potter movie.
Farmacia Peretti at 7 Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, in the very heart of Trastevere, dates back to the late 19th century and still has the feeling of an old fashioned Farmacia.
For homeopathic remedies, the best selections are at the Farmacia Piram in Via Nazionale.
Keep in mind that Italy does not have typical over-the-counter drugstores. All medicines, even aspirin, have to be purchased by requesting it from the pharmacist at a Farmacia. There are no shelves piled high with medicinal products that you can just pick up. Of course, for any medicine that requires a prescription you must first get the prescription from a doctor.