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Rome City Guide

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Welcome to Rome, known as the Eternal City! Rome is the largest city in Italy, with a population of nearly 3 million, and is situated on the west side of Italy, 20 miles inland from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Vatican City (home of the Pope), situated within the city, and the many ancient Roman buildings, make Rome one of the most visited cities in the world.

Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) is Italy's busiest airport and is situated 20 miles south-west of the city centre. There are daily domestic, European and international flights, and there are regular bus and train services connecting the airport with the city centre. If you are travelling by train or bus, Roma Termini Train Station and both Tiburtina and Termini bus stations are located in the city centre. (TIP: there are a number of train stations in Rome. Roma Termini is the main station.)

There are a variety of public transport options in Rome. The easiest way to get around the city centre is with the reliable metro system, known as Metropolitana. The metro has 2 lines and tickets are inexpensive. Rome has a more extensive bus network that services the city centre and surrounding suburbs. The city also operates a limited number of trams and local trains. Traffic congestion is a massive problem in Rome, so many students walk or cycle.

For short term accommodation, use one of the city's excellent hostels. For longer term student accommodation, check out our dedicated section for student accommodation in Rome.

Eating Out in Rome. More coming soon.   

Socialising in Rome. More coming soon.  

With its rich history and ancient sights and buildings, Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world. Spend a few hours at the breathtaking Colosseum or the Galleria Borghese, visit the Sistine Chapel, or enjoy a show at the Teatro Argentina. If you are a sports fan, there is 'Serie A' football at the Stadio Olimpico, and for the more energetic, enjoy a run or a cycle through the narrow streets and numerous parks of the city, taking in more of the famous landmarks, including the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps. 

Rome has a reputation for expensive shopping, however, there are a number of great shopping areas in the city, where you can window-shop and even pick up a bargain. For commercial chain stores, try Via del Corso, which runs from Piazza Venezia to Piazza del Popolo. You will find more exclusive stores such as Armani and Versace on Via Condotti, Via Frattina and Via Borgognona. If you prefer smalller independent stores, we recommend Via del Governo Vecchio, which is close to Piazza Navona. Rome is also home to a large number of interesting and fun street markets, including the Campo Dei Fiori market, which is the oldest street market in the city!

Rome is home to a huge number of colleges, business schools and universities. The main universities are Sapienza – Università di Roma, which has the largest university population in Europe, the Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata and the Università degli Studi Roma Tre. For more info. on studying at any of these, please visit the university section of the website. 

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