Erasmus Guide in Rome

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INTRODUCTION

guida vitaromaCiao!

Here is a guide for Erasmus students to survive during your crazy Erasmus experience in Rome. It may be also useful for anybody else who is going to live in the Eternal City.

As you should remember Rome is beautiful, magic and also unpredictable!

First of all check the Official Sapienza university page for Erasmus students. It has got a lot of useful informations about everything you need and especially about the BUREAUCRACY part that obviously is the most annoying in the beginning of your experience in Rome!

That page features:

  • An "Official" Erasmus Guide in Rome.
  • A Vademecum, that is all the documents and stuff you need to get.
  • Application procedures for your academic year.
  • Erasmus contact persons at Faculty level.
  • Visa information.
  • An ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) Grade Conversion scale, useful to convert your grades to the italian ones
  • A general Overview of ALL Courses in the university.
  • ECTS informartions
  • Instructions about the Placement Test Dates, Office Hours and the Italian Language Courses.

Then come OUR suggestions, tips and tricks that are influenced by our long experience in many years helping Erasmus! ;)

Here you go!

FIND A ROOM IN ROME

guida casaUsually the first concern should be to find a good room in Rome as soon as possible.

If you are still in your country it would always be pretty difficult to find a room from there since you can't see the house you are supposed to stay in for a year and you might have some bad surprise when you see it.

Remember that is always easy to find many good available rooms in july (or august) than in september (or October) when there's a crazy, menthal "war" with thousand of people desperately looking for a room.

Be aware! There are people who rent a room triyng to trick foreign students by raising the rent higher. Try to make sure that the house/room is worth of the price you are going to pay in comparison with the other ads you found.

Also, beware of possible SCAM. It is a relatively phenomenon which is spreading more and more in all Europe, specially in big cities,  there's people putting FAKE ADS ON INTERNET to steal you money. Usually these ads have beautiful photos of the house and possibly of the owner; everything is designed to trick people. They usually ask you to send them money for the rent of the room through Western Union or similar services before you have seen the house. If you think you recognized a case of Scam please report it here --> http://www.scamshield.com/ReportScam.asp - And don't give any money before seeing the house.

When you are looking for a room make sure there's at least a Night Bus line in the area you're gonna live. You would really need them when, incidentally, you are coming back after a crazy Roman party night!

If need a place to stay while you are looking for a flat you could check some hostels.

There are many cheap hostels around the Termini station area (even if their quality often is not good, but be optimistic! it won't be for a long time).

HOSTELS

Here is a list of recommended hostels in Rome:

  • Hostels Alessandro (Castro Pretorio/Termini). They are 2 good hostels, Alessandro Palace (Castro Pretorio, on the right side of Termini station, which remember is nicer than the left side of the station) and Alessandro Downtown (near via Giolitti, on the left side of Termini station, that is in fact the 'worst' side of the station) both in Termini area. http://www.hostelsalessandro.com
  • Yellow Hostel (Castro Pretorio). Prices are a bit higher than others but it's nice and funny. http://www.yellowhostel.com
  • M&J Place Hostel (Castro Pretorio). Big and cheap, really close to Termini station. http://www.mejplacehostel.com/
  • The Beehive (Castro Pretorio). Nice and stylish. www.the-beehive.com
  • Sunshine Hostel (Termini). Clean and cheap. http://www.touristsunshine.com/

You can find many other hostels in Rome on http://www.hostelworld.com 

Another option would be to check some hospitality websites like www.couchsurfing.com or www.hospitalityclub.org  and try to find people giving you a place to sleep for free.

 

WHEN TO FIND A ROOM IN ROME

As said before, when you are looking for a room, it's strongly suggested to come in Rome as soon as you can, possibly in the summer (June, July or August) when all the students use to leave their old rooms to find a new one in September.

To find a room in September is not impossible but for sure it's going to be much more stressful and chaotic, since thousands of students are in a desperate search for ANY kind of accomodation.

 

HOW TO FIND A ROOM IN ROME

First thing you should try is to check our PROGETTO CASA page on this website that is our work (as volunteers!) to help Erasmus students to find an house in Rome. Remember that since is just available for Erasmus students, if you want to see it you need to be registered in our association (that means to come in our office at Sapienza university) and then we will unblock your account on our website. We have many announcements of people who wants to rent a room just to Erasmus students (most of the times because they don't want to rent a room for more than an year).

If you are still in your country probably you have received from the Internation Relationship Office of Sapienza university a "common account" with a specified username and password to let you access anyway to the PROGETTO CASA page. If not just send an email to Questo indirizzo e-mail è protetto dallo spam bot. Abilita Javascript per vederlo. with your Name, Surname, Country and University in your country.

Then check these ads websites:

For long term room swap check these websites:

Then another good way would be to go every day at the Sapienza university campus and check constantly the people who put ads to rent a house up on the boards, usually they are students like you who are looking for a housemate, so talk with them and make an appointment to see the house.

In the meanwhile check every Tuesday and Friday the most famous ads newspaper called "PORTAPORTESE" where you can find hundreds of ads.

Be sure to buy it early in the morning cause that's what all the students do to be the first people to "catch" the house, if you're late it's likely that when you'll call the ads' contacts they will tell you the room is already taken.

You don't know well Italian yet and you are not sure of what to write on your house request  the following "standard house request ad" could help you:

"Ciao!
Cerco urgentemente una camera singola/doppia nelle zone [THE ZONES YOU PREFER] per 1 anno/6 mesi. Vorrei spendere intorno ai [YOUR BUDGET] euro. Sono uno studente Erasmus dalla [YOUR COUNTRY]. Sono una persona simpatica/socievole/tranquilla/responsabile/fumatore/non fumatore.

Il mio numero di telefono è [YOUR PHONE NUMBER] e la mia email è [YOUR EMAIL].
Grazie per l'attenzione,
[YOUR NAME]"

The translation goes like:

"Hi!
I'm urgently looking for a single/double room in the zones [THE ZONES YOU PREFER] for 1 year/6months. I'd like to spend around [YOUR BUDGET] euros. I'm an Erasmus student from [YOUR COUNTRY]. I'm a nice/friendly/relaxed/responsible/smoker/non smoker person.
My phone number is [YOUR PHONE NUMBER] and my email is [YOUR EMAIL].

Thanks for you attention,
[YOUR NAME]"

 German People look also here: Tipps für ERASMUS-Studenten

 

WHERE TO LOOK FOR A ROOM IN ROME

guida quartieriHere is a table that shows with prices and rates (in decimals) the different characteristics of the various zones of Rome closest to Sapienza University. Remember that you probably would enjoy more to live in an average student area than just a pretty one cause being near the city centre and well connected will be very important for your staying in Rome! About the well connected part check the transport section for the public service maps.

 

 

 

 

 

Areas Cost for single room Cost for shared room Connections with Sapienza Connections with Roma 3 Connections with Lumsa Connections with Luiss Connections with city centre Beauty Fun Cleaniness Security Student presence Overall Rate
Piazza Bologna/Piazzale Provincie/Viale Ippocrate 400-550 280-380 8 7 5 9 7 7 7 7 8 8 8
San Lorenzo 400-500 250-350 9 5 5 5 7 7 9 5 6 8 8
San Giovanni/Re di Roma/Furio Camillo/Ponte Lungo 400-500 280-380 7 6 7 5 7 6 6 7 7 7 7
Cavour/Merulana/Monti/Colosseo 500-600 350-450 8 8 8 8 9 9 8 9 8 6 9
Manzoni 450-550 300-400 8 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 7 8
Termini/Piazza Vittorio  400-500 300-400 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 6 6 7 8
Termini/Castro Pretorio 450-550 280-380 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6 8
Pigneto/Porta Maggiore 350-500 250-350 6 5 5 5 7 8 8 7 8 7 7
Tiburtina (till Blockbuster) 400-500 250-350 7 6 5 6 6 6 5 7 7 7 6
Monti Tiburtini/Rebibbia/Ponte Mammolo/Pietralata 300-400 200-300 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 5
Prenestina/Centocelle   300-400 250-350 7 4 4 4 6 5 5 6 6 7 5
Tiburtina/Casal Albertone 350-450 250-350 7 5 5 5 6 6 5 6 6 6 5
Quartiere Africano/Nomentano 450-550 250-350 6 5 5 8 6 6 5 7 7 7 6
Viale Regina Margherita/Parioli 450-550 250-350 8 5 5 7 7 7 5 8 8 6 8
Casilina 350-450 250-350 6 5 5 5 6 6 5 6 6 6 5
Trastevere 500-600 350-450 5 5 7 5 8 9 8 8 8 5 8
Monteverde 450-550 300-400 5 6 6 5 7 7 7 7 8 5 7
Piramide/Ostiense/San Paolo 400-500 250-350 6 9 5 5 6 5 8 5 6 8 6
Garbatella 400-500 250-350 6 9 5 5 6 8 8 8 8 7 7
USUALLY NO STUDENT (OR VERY FEW OF THEM) GOES TO LIVE IN: Eur, Acilia, Boccea, Magliana, Tor Pignattara, Corviale, Montesacro, Piazza Sempione, San Basilio, Portuense, Trionfale, Tor di Quinto, Aurelio, Ardeatino, Alessandrino, etc.

 

 

Here is a brief description of all the best popular student areas in Rome, more or less in order of preference:

    1. Piazza Bologna. Probably the best student area for the rate quality/price, full of students and quite elegant. Very well connected by metro and buses. Average Prices: Single Room, 400-500 e.; Bed in a Double Room: 300-350 e.
    2. Manzoni/Merulana/Cavour/Rione Monti. One of the best areas to live in Rome for everything, though is usually quite expensive, so usually there are not many students. In the heart of the city, very well connected with metro and buses and close to the probably finest area in Rome, which is Monti, full of nice small shops, good restaurants and pubs. Average Prices: Single Room, 450-550 e.; Bed in a Double Room: 300-400 e.
    3. Castro Pretorio. It's the zone between Termini station (stazione Termini) and the National Library (Biblioteca Nazionale). Very touristic, so it's difficult to find students, but it's quiet and nice. Very well connected to Sapienza university and city centre by metro and bus. Average Prices: Single Room, 350-450 e.; Bed in a Double Room: 250-350 e.
    4. Termini/Piazza Vittorio. It's the zone between Termini station and Piazza Vittorio. It uses to be cheap because there are many immigrants although it's quite safe and nice. Very well connected to Sapienza university and city centre by metro and bus. Average Prices: Single Room, 350-450 e.; Bed in a Double Room: 250-350 e.
    5. San Lorenzo. Known as the most popular "student area", full of pubs and nightlife, though is sometimes quite dirty and unsafe. Just beside Sapienza university, it's not so well connected to the rest of the city, cause the metro is a bit far away. Average Prices: Single Room, 400-500 e.; Bed in a Double Room: 250-350 e.
    6. San Giovanni/Re di Roma/Furio Camillo/Ponte Lungo. Very busy area, with many students but since the area is very big they are a bit spread out. Well connected by metro, tram and bus. Average Prices: Single Room, 400-500 e.; Bed in a Double Room: 250-350 e.
    7. Pigneto. Known as one of the most "typical" roman areas, and with many pubs and nice shops. An atmosphere very similar to San Lorenzo, but less chaotic. Well connected only by tram. Average Prices: Single Room, 350-450 e.; Bed in a Double Room: 250-350 e.
    8. Trastevere. Probably the most beautiful area in Rome of all, but it's not well connected with the rest of the city and it's really expensive. That's why usually only tourists live there. Typical and full of life, tourists and pubs. Close to the city centre though is far away from the Sapienza university. Average Prices: Single Room, 500-600 e.; Bed in a Double Room: 350-450. e.
    9. Tiburtina/Casal Albertone (till Blockbuster). Very busy area, lots of shops, well connected by bus but not so close to metro stations (the closest is Tiburtina metro station) and far away from trams. Average Prices: Single Room, 350-450 e.; Bed in a Double Room: 250-350 e.
    10. Prenestina (till Largo Preneste). A bit far away but cheap since there are quite alot of immigrants. Very big area, well connected by trams. Average Prices: Single Room, 300-400 e.; Bed in a Double Room: 200-300 e.
    11. Piramide/Ostiense/San Paolo: Very big area close to Testaccio, which is the most famous area for discos and clubs in Rome. Usually only students of Roma3 university go to live there cause it's really close, but it's quite ugly and dirty. If you can, prefer Garbatella, which is very close but nicer. Average Prices: Single Room, 350-450 e.; Bed in a Double Room: 250-350 e.

 

OTHER AREAS THAT ARE A BIT FAR AWAY BUT POSSIBLY CHEAPER ARE: Centocelle, the rest of Tiburtina, the rest of Prenestina, Casilina, Furio Camillo, Monti Tiburtini, San Paolo, etc.

USUALLY NO STUDENT (OR VERY FEW OF THEM) GOES TO LIVE IN: Eur, Acilia, Boccea, Magliana, Tor Pignattara, Corviale, Montesacro, Piazza Sempione, San Basilio, Portuense, Trionfale, Tor di Quinto, Aurelio, Ardeatino, Alessandrino, etc.

 

 

COURSES

guida corsiFirst of all we hightly recomend you to BUY THE "GUIDA DELLO STUDENTE"! It's a book published each year with all the main infos about all the courses of the Sapienza university. Together with the Guida dello Studente you'll receive the GAS (Guida Agenda degli Studenti) that is another book with all the expiry dates, suggestions, procedures, etc. Understanding when and where will be your courses of your university in Rome could be the most difficult (and fun) experience of your life! You find this book at the "Economato"; the "Economato" is an office inside the campus of Sapienza (close to Viale Regina Elena entrance), open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 till 12 am, and on Tuesday and Thursday from 12 till 2 pm.

Then next step if you still going desperate needs to be C. I. A. O. (Centro Informazioni Accoglienza e Orientamento that is Information Welcome and Orientation Center, to view their webpage in italian CLICK HERE) and most important your R. A. E. F. (see below). If you still have problems with your courses then you can send an email to Luciano Saso ( Questo indirizzo e-mail è protetto dallo spam bot. Abilita Javascript per vederlo. ), the Erasmus Institutional coordinator of Sapienza.

 

ERASMUS OFFICE IN YOUR FACULTY (R. A. E. F.)

The Erasmus Office in your faculty (called R. A. E. F. that stands for Responsabile Amministrativo Erasmus di Facolta' that is Erasmus Administrator Responsabile of the Faculty) is where you'll find the people who will subscribe the Erasmus students to their relative Sapienza faculty and that will give you a TUTOR that is the persone who'll help you whenever you have a problem about administration and burocracy in your faculty, like exams, courses, credits, etc.

Here is a list of all the R. A. E. F for each faculty of Sapienza university with their addresses, emails phone numbers and names of all the responsibles: http://www.uniroma1.it/internazionale/studiare-e-lavorare-allestero/erasmus/gestione-accordi-e-mobilitc3a0/erasmus

 

CODICE FISCALE

guida cfThe "Codice Fiscale" is an alphanumeric code of 16 characters. It isjust like the Social Security Number in USA, the National Insurance number in UK, the INSEE code in France, etc. Its primary purpose is to identify in a unanmbiguos way for fiscal purposes all the people who are residents in Italy. 

For an Erasmus student the Codice Fiscale is necessary to get the "tessera della mensa" that is the card for the Sapienza university canteens and to open any bank account. In order to do get a Codice Fiscale you need to go to the main "Agenzia delle Entrate" office that is in the Trastevere area. This office is for all the people who are still not resident in Rome.

Here all the infos for the Agenzia delle Entrate in Trastevere:

Address: VIA IPPOLITO NIEVO, 36
Phone Number: 06/583191
Fax:06/5812277
E-mail:  Questo indirizzo e-mail è protetto dallo spam bot. Abilita Javascript per vederlo.

HERE you'll find a map to reach it. You can get there with the tram No. 3, the closest stop to the Sapienza university is from Piazzale del Verano (the big square in fron of the Verano cemetery).

 

CANTEEN CARD

guida canteenAfter you got a Codice Fiscale (see above), next step will be to get a Tessera della Mensa, that will allow you to go to eat for lunch or dinner in all the Sapienza university canteens. You will get it going inside the De Lollis canteen (that is the main one) in via De Lollis 20 where you need to bring:

  • your ID;
  • your Codice Fiscale;
  • the Erasmus document of your university so that you will be put on the first group of fee that is the cheapest of the total four groups so that you'll pay like just 2 euros for any lunch or dinner
Lunch or dinner is normally made up with: 
  • - a first dish (usually pasta or soup, etc.)
  • - a second dish (usually meat or cheese, ham, salami, etc.)
  • - an appetizer dish (usually salad or mozzarella, etc.)
  • - a fruit or a fruit juice

Cost for the erasmus students is 2 euros for all of the meal, all included and the quality usually is quite good.

 

CANTEENS

There are in total 5 canteens. The main 2 canteens are close to the Sapienza university and are the most popular between students.

They are the De Lollis (it's where you made your Tessera della Mensa) and the Castro Laurenziano (also known as Mensa di Economia that is the refectory of the Faculty of Economics because it's just beside it). Usually in De Lollis the food is quite good, the atmosphere is quiet but you easily find a long cue, in Mensa di Economia the food is not better than De Lollis but there's more choice of food and the atmosphere is more funnier and loudier.

The other 3 canteens are in other zones of Rome and you probably won't ever go there: the De Dominicis (it's in front of the Casal Albertone student residence), the Via delle Sette Sale (it's where there's the 2nd Faculty of Engineering) and the Via Ministero degli Affari (it's far away where there's the Olimpico stadium and it's mainly for the students of IUSM).

 

MOBILE PHONE

guida telefonoOne of the first thing you need to do is also buy an Italian sim card for your phone so that you are going to save money for your calls sent and received in Italy. You can get phone sim cards from the retailing shops of the various companies. 

There are 4 real operators and plans we are suggesting (and a bunch of virtual operators we won't suggest). Reporting only the cheap data/voice prepaid plans from the cheapest:

  • TRE (Fast Internet, sometime roaming on TIM, ok Voip/Skype) - ALL IN 200 - 200Mins - 200 SMS - 2Gb - 9€/Month
  • WIND (Slow internet Good coverage) - All inclusive Plan  200Minutes - 100 SMS - 1 Gigabyte - 10€/Month
  • VODAFONE (Very Fast intenernet Excellent Coverage no Voip/Skype) - Custom Plans no voip/skype - Starting @ 200 Mins - 200 SMS - 1GB - 15€/Month
  • TIM (Best Coverage and Speed) - 4G Start - 600Mins - 600SMS - 1Gb Internet - 19€/Month

 

 

 

TRANSPORT

guida trasportiThere are a lot of ways to move in Rome (buses, metro, trams) but be aware that you should never be too confident on the public transport! :)

The transport society of Rome is ATAC (www.atac.roma.it). Their website can be very useful since you can find all they ways to get from your place to any other place in Rome using public transport using their route planner. Also you can always get the latest on there about any news about transports (for example when they get more potent for a particular event or when a line change its route or when they all are stopped for strikes or protests). It is www.atac.roma.it, get used with it as soon as possible.

Sometimes get a bit complicated to reach a place cause there are just 2 lines of metro (since anytime they try to dig the ground of Rome to built some new lines they find some annoying archeological stuff!) and buses are always unpredictable. Anyway it's useful to get an Abbonamento Mensile or Abbonamento Annuale (Monthly/yearly Ticket). You find it in any Giornalaio (Newspaper shop) or Tabaccaio (Tobacco shop).

Remember that the Monthly Ticket (Abbonamento mensile) costs just 35 euros, while the one year ticket (Abbonamento annuale) costs 250 euros.

Last but not least you can find it's useful to check the bus/metro/train lines before choosing your house location, there are several maps of the city with public transport here: http://www.atac.roma.it/index.asp?p=18

 

BIKE

We suggest you to find also an alternative transport in Rome that could be a scooter or even better a bycicle! If you check in the announcement newspaper "Portaportese" you'll find hundreds of announcements of people selling all kinds of bikes (prices for an average one are from 50 to 120 euros). Also there's a second-hand bike shop near Portaportese market. Or maybe you could go to any Decathlon shop where you can find new, shiny and cheap bikes (prices for an average one are from 70 to 150 euros). You can check before all the models and prices of their bikes on the Decathlon website.

If you want it is also possible to rent bikes (and scooters) everywhere, check THIS LIST! Or you could also use the Roman BIKE SHARING, check it out HERE!

At the beginning you might be a bit scared driving a bike among the mad traffic and driving but after a while you'll realize that it will not be just very useful but also fun :) Just remember to be always very aware when you drive a bike in Rome and also we do not reccomend you to drive in the night cause could be dangerous.

 

INTERNET FOR FREE

guida internetIf you don't have a computer there are many place at University where you can find some workstastions to surf on internet for free. Usually each faculty has got a Internet Point inside a library and you can access them subscribing to the library demonstrating you belong to that faculty. The university has deployed free wifi internet for all the students in several areas please check with your RAEF for getting your access credentials, the internet is good but it's firewalled, some services won't work.

If instead you have a computer you can surf on internet for free using the WI-FI of Sapienza spread all over university just putting for username the email you gave to Sapienza, for password the Student Login Code you received to fill up your on-line Application Form. For more info check http://www.uniroma1.it/ateneo/amministrazione/uffici-amministrativi/centro-infosapienza/ufficio-le-telecomunicazioni-3 

There is also a Free service around the city that's called "Provincia WiFi". It has a limit of 300mb per day that actually can be is more than sufficient to to all you needs including videochat and casual youtube. To subscribe to the service you will need an italian mobile phone number.

 

PLANES AND AIRPORTS

guida volareTo get by plane from your country to Rome first of all try to check this italian search engine of low-cost flights called www.zingarate.com , it's made by tourists as well so it has got not any business purpose Usually of course Ryanair has the most interesting fares and destinations, but sometimes you can manage to find a good alternative. Getting to visit europe from roma has become a favourite hobby for the erasmus students!

Once you get by plane to Rome, there are two main airports where you can arrive:

  • Fiumicino airport (also known as "Leonardo Da Vinci" airport), the biggest one and it is where usually there are main air companies such as Alitalia, Lufthansa, British Airways, etc. and international flights.
    Usually the best and cheapest choose is to take the bus. The cheapest bus company from Fiumicino is Terravision. It leaves around every 40 minutes and the ticket is 7 euros for a 1 way trip. It leaves from Termini train station, in the middle of Via Marsala (HERE), around every hour. For a more exact timetable check their website http://www.terravision.eu. You have to buy the ticket directly on the bus cause they fill it as long as there's people coming. It takes around 1 hour. 
    Another option would be to get the "Leonardo Express" train, tough is more expensive. It leaves around every 30 minutes from Termini train station, it takes around 30 minutes and the ticket is 11 euros. You can also take a bus of the many companies outside the airport which sometimes could cost you less.
  • Ciampino airport, that is smaller and it is where there usually are all the low-cost air companies such as Ryanair, Easyjet, Vueling, Wizzair, etc. Here as well, usually the best and cheapest choose is to take the bus. The cheapest bus company from Ciampino is SIT Bus Shuttle (Ciampino Airport-Rome Termini station 4 euros, Rome Termini station-Ciampino 6 euros). Its stop is in Termini train station, at the beginning of Via Marsala (HERE), around every hour. For a more exact timetable check the Terravision bus . You have to buy the ticket directly on the bus cause they fill it as long as there's people coming. It takes around 40 minutes. The other bus company is Terravision but is more expensive (ticket is around 10 euros) though you can reserve your ticket through internet (http://www.terravision.eu). You could also choose some other cheaper combinations even tough they could be a bit uncomfortable for the change of transport.
    The first combination is to take first a train from Termini to Ciampino train station (it leaves every 10 minutes, the trip takes around 15 minutes and the ticket is 1 euro) and then a Cotral bus to Ciampino airport (it leaves earound very 30 minutes just in front of Ciampino train station, the trip takes around 5 minutes and ticket is 1 euro). 
    The second combination is to take the metro A to Anagnina and (ticket is 1 euro) then a Cotral bus to Ciampino airport (it leaves around every 40 minutes just in front of Anagnina metro statin the trip takes around 15 minutes and the ticket is 1 euro).
  • Some crazy erasmus also enjoys travelling to PISA to get the cheap planes from there. In this case you'd need to take the train up to there (3 hours) and then a Taxi or another local train.

If you're a lucky erasmus there could be also special promo events with free tickets from Ryanair coming in 2011-2012

  

EATING AND DRINKING - RESTAURANTS

guida ristorantiHere is a short list of good restaurants in Rome:

  • Carlo Menta (Restaurant, Trastevere): probably the most popular between Erasmus students because is in the heart of romantic Trastevere and has a good rate of quality/price.
  • Montecarlo (Pizzeria, Campo de Fiori): typical "roman style" pizza, cheap prices.
  • Sant'Eustachio (Coffee bar, Pantheon): best coffee in Rome.
  • Pompi (Patisserie, San Giovanni): best tiramusù in Rome.
  • Baffetto (Restaurant, Piazza Navona): good food, cheap price.
  • Formula Uno (Pizzeria, San Lorenzo): good pizza, cheap prices.
  • La Mucca Bischera (Restaurant, San Lorenzo): good meat, average prices.
  • Popi Popi (Pizzeria, Trastevere): good pizza, average prices.
  • Navona Notte (Restaurant, Piazza Navona): good food, cheap prices.
  • Ivo (Restaurant, Trastevere): good food, cheap prices.
  • Momo Republic (Restaurant, Trastevere). Beautiful location, cheap prices.
  • L'Economica (San Lorenzo) - Not very good service but the best prices in zone.
  • Hanz Sou (Santa Maria Maggiore) - The poshest chinese restaurant of the city, average to high prices, best food quality&choice, ever.
  • Grand Dragon (Via nomentana) - The more real environment Chinese restaurant, racomended by China's embassy. Very good food quality and cheap price.

 

EATING AND DRINKING - PUBS

And here is a short list of nice pubs around Rome to have a beer with friends or an "Aperitivo" (in Rome you will get used to this word very soon!)

Cuccagna (Cocktail Pub - Piazza Navona, one of our favourite venues), Bulldog Inn (English Pub, Big screens for sport events all week long), The Fiddler's Elbow (Irish Pub with a friendly international environment, Santa Maria Maggiore), Finnegan's (Irish pub in Monti, shows all main sport events, also english football), Druid's Rock ((Irish pub in Piazza Venezia, shows all main sport events, also english football)), Scholar's Lounge (Irish pub in Piazza Venezia, shows all main sport events, also english football), Abbey Road (Irish pub in Piazza Navona, shows all main sport events, also english football), Tira Bouchon (cocktail pub in San Lorenzo, shows all main sport events, also spanish football), Hera Hora (shot bar in San Lorenzo), Zeus (Piazza Bologna), San Callisto (Trastevere), Drunken Ship (Campo De' Fiori), Freni e Frizioni (one of the most popular 'aperitivo' in town, in Trastevere), Friends (Trastevere), Ma Che Cce Siete Venuti a Fa' (one of the best 'beer pub' in town with selection of home-made beers from all Europe, in Trastevere), etc.

 

BEACHES

guida spiaggiaIf you want to go to a beach near Rome there are different options, depending on how far you want to go and how much nice you want the beach. In fact the most popular beach near Rome is known to be Ostia, though it is the worst because there's too many people and the water often is dirty. So if you are just looking to spend a day taking sun could Ostia be useful cause is the closest to the city (more or less 40 minutes), but if you are looking for some nicer place you just may go a bit farther.

Most of the seasides are taken up with beach establishments, where you pay to use the facilities and enjoy a shaded sunbed. But there are also generous stretches of 'spiaggia libera', free beach, where you can bring your own towels and equipment and bathe for free. And there is plenty of space to promenade along the water's edge without paying anything: it's fine to wander along the entire length.

Here is recommend list of popular beaches:

  • Sperlonga (rate: 8, distance from Rome by train: 1 hour). - CHECK HERE FOR TRAINS FROM ROME TO FONDI/SPERLONGA.
    It's a beautiful seaside town to the south of Rome. To the north of the headland is the modern part of Sperlonga, catering mainly for tourists keen on well-developed beaches. The real treasure lies south of the town. Beyond the harbour stretches an exquisite length of beach, with gorgeously clean sand and water. There are trees and greenery along the shore, and the atmosphere is luxuriantly peaceful. If you walk along the beach from the Sperlonga headland (a lovely stroll, especially when you splash along in the shallow waves), you reach a WWF nature reserve by the rocky headland.
    To get to Sperlonga, take a train from Stazione Termini to Fondi-Sperlonga station. This is on the main Roma-Napoli line: take a slower train such as a Diretto to save money. From Fondi station, buses run into Fondi itself and also to Sperlonga (check which one you're getting on). The fare is about €1; you pay the driver. Drop-off point is by the seafront just before the Sperlonga headland. The buses usually arrive shortly after the train, and return approximately every hour from opposite the drop-off point. On Sundays the bus service is drastically reduced; best to avoid. courtesy of http://www.italyheaven.co.uk)
  • Lake Bracciano (rate: 8, distance from Rome by train: 1 hour). - CHECK HERE FOR TRAINS FROM ROME TO BRACCIANO.
    It's a lake of volcanic origin in the northwest of Rome and one of the cleanest in Italy (the use of motorboats is strictly forbidden).
    Bracciano is on a slow commuter railway line between Rome and Viterbo. Services are generally hourly, and stop at a variety of Rome stations; the best starting point is Stazione Ostiense (take Metro linea B to Piramide, then follow signs from the front of the platform along passages to the main railway station). It's a long, slow journey, but once you get away from the expanding suburbs of Rome it becomes fairly scenic. You could combine an hour or two in Bracciano with a visit to the larger (and more interesting) provincial capital, Viterbo. Tickets are priced by kilometre: expect to pay €2.50 between Bracciano and either Rome or Viterbo. There is a ticket desk at Bracciano station, but it's a good idea to to buy all your tickets at the start of your journey to avoid delays. 
    From the railway station, turn right to reach the centre of town. Continue until you reach a crossroads, and you should be able to see the castle down the road to the left. As you walk towards it, you will pass the Piazza IV Novembre on your left. To reach the public park (a pleasant picnic spot) turn left after the piazza. Bracciano is also served by Cotral buses from Rome, which leave from the Saxa Rubra stop (on the urban railway from Flaminio).
    courtesy of http://www.italyheaven.co.uk 
  • Anzio (rate: 7, distance from Rome by train: 1 hour) - CLICK HERE FOR TRAINS FROM ROME TO ANZIO.
    It is a city in the south of Rome. Wellknown for its seaside harbour setting, it is a fishing port and departure point for ferries and hydroplanes to the Pontine Islands of Ponza, Palmarola and Ventotene, which we strongly recommend you to visit especially for their beautiful beaches. However near Anzio there are 2 very nice beaches as well, one in Lido dei Pini and one in Lido dei Gigli, two small villages far few minutes from the train station by bus.
    Trains from Rome run directly to the town (and on to Nettuno) at hourly intervals through the day. The journey takes an hour on the slow double-decker train, and is very cheap (about €3 each way). If the ticket office at Anzio is closed, you can buy tickets from the newsagents next door. Anzio's station (a charming modernist design) is fairly central.
  • Ostia (rate: 6, distance from Rome by train: 40 minutes) - CLICK HERE FOR TRAINS FROM ROME TO OSTIA.
    Ostia is the most popular seaside near Rome because is the closest. Unfortunately is also the worst :) In fact there's too many people and the water has not a great quality. But it could be a useful beach to go if you don't have much time or you just want to spend a lazy day in the sun. The Ostia coast is very long and there are many different beaches but we suggest you to go to the area near Stella Polare cause there are cheap beach establishments (prices are usually 3 Euros for service charge, 6 euros if you want an umbrella and 6 Euros if you want a reclining chair) and also some 'spiaggia libera' (free beach) where you won't pay anything.
    Take Metro Line B towards Laurentina, exit Piramide and catch the metro going to Ostia. Get off at Stella Polare, follow the crowd out of the station.
  • Sabaudia/San Felice Circeo (rate: 8, distance from Rome by train/bus: 1 hour and half)
    It is a lovely stretch of coast, with it's Nature Park, inland lagoon and interesting surroundings, like the Circeo. The only problem is that it is a bit difficult to reach from Rome and takes quite a lot. For infos on how to get there check bus and trains schedules http://www.cotralspa.it/PDF_Orari/V2.pdf
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  • Fregene (rate: 7, distance from Rome by bus: 1 hour) 
    In its golden age, Fregene, once a simple fishing village, became an oasis for Italian intellectuals and Rome's fashionable Via Veneto crowd. It is a quick getaway from Rome and an upscale alternative to the congested beaches of nearby Ostia. Throughout the summer, actors, soccer stars and the Roman gentry come here to feast in waterfront restaurants, to dance until the wee hours and, most of all, to tan themselves on the beaches.
    You can catch the CoTral bus to Fregene, which leaves from the Lepanto Metro stop in Rome and carries passengers to the center of Fregene. A ticket costs 2.50€ ($3), and travel time is 1 hour.

 

PART-TIME JOBS

If you are looking for a part-time job in Rome there are different ways depending of what you'd ike to do. To find some ads check Portaportese newspaper and some websites like www.kiijiji.it, www.wantedinrome.com  (in english) or www.bakeca.it.

If you wanna work as a waiter the best would be to go to all the pubs and restaurants and ask if they need help saying that you already have experience as a waiter. In any case the best areas would be San Lorenzo, Piazza Navona, Campo De' Fiori, Trastevere, Pantheon, etc. because full of tourist who leave good tips ;) Remember that it will be easier for you in the more touristic areas as usually they are looking for English-speaker people and most of the times they don't mind if you don't speak italian. 

If you wanna work as a baby sitter or giving lessons of your own language, etc. the best would be to buy the most popular Roman ads newspaper "Portaportese" and look for any ads you'd like.

USEFUL LINKS 

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Francese - French 

Olandese - Dutch

English

 

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