Rome Masters: Travel

ROME, ITALY - MAY 6: Tim Henman of Great Britain in action during his third round match against Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina at The Telecom Italia Masters Series at the Foro Italico on May 6,2004 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
The city of Rome has inspired poets, artists and scientists in its long and rich existence. Home to emperors, popes and politicians, Rome is one of the most romantic cities in the world – right up there with Paris and St Petersburg.

The ‘Eternal City’ is in effect one large, open-air art gallery, housing some of the most splendid sculptures of the naked human form, gilded palazzos and spectacular cathedrals. It also has some of the best-preserved relics of ancient times like the Roman Coliseum and the Circus Maximus.

They say that Rome is one of the cities to visit before you die, and should you decide to do so, then getting there and getting around should not pose too much of a problem.

Getting There

The easiest way to get to Rome is by plane. The city is adequately serviced by two airports – the Leonardo da Vinci and Ciampino International Airports. The former is well organised and has several public transport options to the city centre to choose from. The latter is situated south of the capital and has a direct bus service to Rome’s central terminus – Roma Termini.

Getting to the city centre is no problem from Leonardo da Vinci. There is an Express train departing every 30 minutes that costs in the region of €11 and takes just on 30 minutes to get to the Termini. A cheaper and slower ‘Metropolitan’ train is on offer. It doesn’t go all the way to the main terminus, but if you alight at Tiburtina or Ostiense stations there is a Metro underground nearby to connect to.

There are several bus services to and from the city centre as well. Tickets can be purchased at tobacco shops called ‘Tabacheria’ and prices range from €3.60 to €.77 depending upon your destination.

Rome is easily accessible by boat. Most cruise ships dock at Civitavecchia and will arrange onward journeys to Rome. Ferries from Barcelona, Tunis, Toulon and Porto-Vecchio are also commonplace and if you want to leave Rome for Sardinia, boats are an option too.

Getting Around

There are several ways of getting around Rome, and if time is on your side, by foot is possibly the best way to enjoy your Rome Masters travel.

The bus service is not the most reliable and if you do not have a rudimentary understanding of Italian, then it is not easy to find your way around the bus routes.

Although the tram routes generally skirt the city centre, there are convenient stops near the Vatican, Coliseum and the Trastevere region.

The Metro is the most reliable mode of transport in Rome and boasts two lines – the A or Red line which runs northwards past the Vatican and the B or Blue Line which runs past the Coliseum. It gets extremely congested at times and closes at 9pm.

If you’re not able to do any Rome Masters travel this year, you can still be a part of the action by indulging in a spot of tennis betting.