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Flying to Rome

Airlines operating direct flights to Rome from the UK include Alitalia, British Airways, easyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Norwegian, Ryanair and Vueling Airlines. With so much competition on the route, cheap flights are available year-round, but you should book ahead if travelling over busy periods such as school holidays or Christmas. American Airlines, Alitalia and Delta offer direct flights from the USA.

Flight times

From London - 2 hours 30 minutes; New York - 8 hours 15 minutes; Los Angeles - 13 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Toronto - 8 hours 30 minutes; Sydney - 23 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

Most of Rome’s historic centre is closed to non-resident traffic from Monday to Friday 0630 to 1800 and from 1400 to 1800 on Saturday. There are also restrictions in place in parts of Monti, San Lorenzo and Trastevere. If you are staying in this zone, contact your hotel who will be able to arrange permission for you to drive into the restricted zone.

Traffic in Rome drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18 years. Speed limits are 130kph (80mph) on motorways and 50kph (30mph) in urban areas. UK driving licences and EU pink-format licences are valid in Italy (UK green licences must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit) and a Green Card and motor insurance certificate are strongly recommended.

The AA or RAC in Britain and the AAA in America have reciprocal agreements with the Automobile Club d'Italia (ACI) (tel: +39 06 491 115; www.aci.it), which provides a useful advisory service as well as dealing with breakdowns.

Emergency breakdown services

ACI (tel: +39 803 116).

Routes

Rome is encircled by a network of motorways. The A12 leads into Rome from the west and the A24 from the east. Ciampino Airport is connected to the city by Via Appia Nuova (SS7). The A1 runs between Rome, Florence and Milan, while to reach Venice, drivers should turn off the A1 at Bologna and take the A13.

Coaches

The regional transport authority Cotral (0800 174 471, in Italy or +39 06 7205 7205; www.cotralspa.it) runs blue coaches throughout the Lazio region. Eurolines (tel: +39 0861 199 1900; www.eurolines.it) runs international coaches, with connections to cities throughout Europe, such as London (via Paris). Journeys are long and slow, but fares are cheap.

There is no central coach station in Rome. Coaches depart and terminate in front of Tiburtina railway station, Via Tiburtina (metro stop Tiburtina).

Time to city

From Florence - 3 hours; Milan - 6 hours; Venice - 5 hours 30 minutes; Naples - 2 hours 30 minutes.

Travel by Rail

Services

Rome is well connected by train to the rest of the country. Roma Termini, Piazza Cinquecento, is Rome's hub station for international and long-distance trains. It is also the metro hub and the location of the main bus terminal.

Rome’s second train station is Roma Tiburtina. Of the capital's other stations, the most important are Roma Ostiense and Trastevere. You must validate printed tickets in the yellow machines located on the station platforms prior to boarding.

All international trains, including direct services to Munich and Vienna, leave from Roma Termini station.

Operators

Trenitalia (tel: +39 06 6847 5475; www.trenitalia.com) is the national rail company, which runs a fast, efficient and good-value service throughout Italy. Italo (tel: +39 06 8937 1892; www.italotreno.it) offers a high-speed service from Florence, Bologna, Milan and Turin as well as Naples and Salerno.

Journey times

From Naples - 1 hour 10 minutes; Florence - 1 hour 30 minutes; Milan - 2 hours 55 minutes; Venice - 3 hours 45 minutes; Munich - 12 hours; Vienna - 14 hours.

Travel by boat

The port of Civitavecchia is 80km (50 miles) northwest of Rome and is located at Molo Vespucci, 00053 Civitavecchia (www.civitavecchiaport.org). It is run by the Autorità Portuale di Civitavecchia.

Ferry operators

There are ferry connections between the port of Civitavecchia and Sicily, Sardinia and Barcelona with Grimaldi Lines (www.grimaldi-lines.com/en).

Ferry and hydrofoil services to and from Sardinian ports are run by a number of companies including Tirrenia Navigazione (tel: 892 123, in Italy only;www.tirrenia.it), Moby Lines (tel: 199 303 040, in Italy only; www.moby.it) and Sardinia Ferries (tel: +33 4 9532 9595, in France; www.corsica-ferries.co.uk).

Transfer

Trains from Civitavecchia to Rome run approximately every 30 minutes and the journey lasts about one hour. From Civitavecchia railway station, the port is a short taxi or (free) shuttle ride away.

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Hotel de Monti

Hotel de Monti is situated on the third floor (no lift) of a 16th-century building in the bohemian Monti district, a ten-minute walk from Roma Termini station and a 15-minute walk from the Colosseum. The seven bedrooms are modest, but include air-conditioning, sound-proofing and en suite bathrooms, and a complimentary breakfast with excellent coffee is served in the room. Staff are extremely welcoming and helpful.

Hotel D’Inghilterra

In a prime spot by the Spanish Steps, this sedate and sophisticated hotel is where the poet John Keats stayed when he visited Rome in the 19th century. There are roaring fires in the public lounges where guests can relax with a book and a pot of tea.

Hotel d’Este

Sitting on the peak of the Esquilino hill, Hotel d'Este is a characterful, old-fashioned place with 31 charming bedrooms. Housed in a timeworn palazzo, rooms have high ceilings, period detailing and classic furnishings such as brass beds and mahogany-coloured dressers and wardrobes. Breakfast is served on a roof terrace.

The Beehive

Established by Californian couple Steve and Linda, The Beehive is deservedly one of the most popular, budget stays in Rome. Run with great personality and warmth, the house features dorms or private rooms with original artworks on the walls, a vegan and vegetarian café, a book exchange and a yoga studio.

Hotel Locarno

Close to Piazza del Popolo, the classy yet moderately priced Locarno dates back to 1925. It's full of atmospheric art deco details, from its rattling cage lift to the wood-polished bar. Each room is uniquely decorated with discreet antiques and coordinated Liberty-style wallpaper and fabrics. A real find.

Rose Garden Palace

Just off central Via Veneto, this is a business-like oasis. The interior is contemporary, with stylish design that sets it apart. The 59 bedrooms and six suites are spacious and serene, and there is the Il Roseto Restaurant, an outdoor courtyard and rose garden (hence the hotel's name) where you can breakfast and dine in fine weather.