I think taxis are €30 from Ciampino airport and €48 from Fiumicino airport,
both to central Rome.
These are the white (official) taxis (you'll find them in the "taxi" queue)
with a meter and usually sign on the side saying prices to/from airports.
Best to ignore all other offers!
Or there's a train from Fiumicino into Termini train station (central);
Ciampino (smaller airport but closer to town) is connected by buses.
Book-wise (non-archaeological!): I'd say "The Dark Heart of Italy" by Tobias
Have a good time!
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>Ogg: Re: [BRITARCH] Rome
>I have only visited Rome once, for a week, and you will certainly need "a
>few days", and even then you will only be fairly superficial. I went in
>October 2005 and found it absolutely amazing. I came back with a mixture of
>vox pop tourist stuff, and EH equivalents but better.
>Before I went I found the Michelin Guide to Rome a very useful background.
>When there, English translations seemed widely available. Published by
>Electa for the Soprintendza Archaeologica di Roma, I have 'The Roman Forum'
>ISBN 88-435-6335-1 reprint 2004 of 1st edition 1998, 'The Palatine ISBN
>88-435-6316-5 1998, 'The Baths of Caracalla' ISBN 88-435-6554-0 reprint
>of 1st edition 1998 and 'The Colosseum - Official Guide' ISBN 88-435-8220-0
>reprint 2005 of 1st edition 1997 originally published as 'The Valley of the
>Colosseum' ISBN 88-435-6321-1 1997. At a quick glance the last two are
>identical, and I bought the last one on impulse in an Oxfam shop back here
>some time after, thinking it would be different.
>Lozzi Roma seem to publish popular editions of photos, maps and posters
>largely based on a detailed reconstruction model of ancient Rome, and 'The
>Ancient Splendour of Rome' incorporates "Transparent overlays of
>archaeological sites with Pompeii, Ostia Antica and Hadrian's Villa" and a
>free DVD which I have never played. They also published ' Rome- from its
>origins to the present time (and the Vatican). It is divided into nine
>itineraries, which will give you some idea of the sort of time you will
>I would recommend visiting the Pantheon, Colosseum, the Baths of Caracalla,
>the Forum (or, rather, the various contiguous Fora of X, Y and Z,) and the
>Palatine as a minimum. We walked everywhere, so there was always plenty to
>see in transit. As my partner had organised the trip as a present I had to
>digress from archaeology on occasion for her sake, but she was very
>The scale of the monuments and the degree of survival are phenomenal, and
>I doubt that you will have time "to go to Ostia Antica when there, and see
>that great mound of amphora sherds - can't remember where it is." (Kevin
>Flude) I think it is the Monte Testaccio. See Wikipedia. It is about 2 km
>of the Colosseum and about 1.5 km WSW of the Baths of Caracalla.
>I do not know to what extent you will be met on arrival or couriered, but
>Lesley had picked up one tip on taxis particularly at the airport, so be
>careful that you have a good idea beforehand what the fare should be
>approximately, and establish what it is before you get in to a taxi and
>the meter is reset and running. Certainly at that time there were rogue
>taxis who would look genuine, but would rip you off. We were nearly caught
>as it was. I cannot remember which airport we arrived at but were advised
>walk through from 'Arrivals' to 'Departures' for shorter queues and greater
>availability of taxis. Anyhow your hosts will be able to advise you on the
>Oh yes, remember your charger for your camera or spare batteries and have a
>big empty memory card.
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>From: "Peter Clark" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Sent: Friday, January 24, 2014 12:59 PM
>Subject: [BRITARCH] Rome
>I’ve been invited to speak at a ‘journée d’étude’ at the French School of
>Rome in March and thought I’d stay on a few days to have a look round (I’ve
>never been to Rome before). Can anyone recommend some good books to read
>before I go?
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