GETTING AROUND ROME
There’s never a dull moment when you study in Rome. In addition to your academic classes, you’ll be traveling all around the city, experiencing new sights, sounds and tastes. Rome is a very walkable city, and with a Metro stop just blocks away from Bernardi, it’s easy to see much of Rome over the course of a semester.
Walking is one of the best ways to get around the city. It’s always helpful to have a map in your possession. Maps are available at tourist and newspaper stands and at the green-colored information points for tourists located around the city.
The Metro and buses
The Metro is Rome's subway; stations have a red “M” logo. Linea A runs east-west, and Linea B runs north-south. Linea A and B intersect at Stazione Termini. The Metro runs from 5:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 5:30 a.m. –1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. You can purchase a Metro-bus map for €4.50 at magazine stands and some tabacchi. This is a good purchase for up-to-date routes.
Buses stop at a fermata (bus stop). Bus routes are clearly listed at the stops. Read the sign for the direction the bus travels; the stop where you are standing is printed in red in a rectangular box. Be sure to validate your ticket as you board on the bus (even if you have already stamped it for the Metro). The hours and days of operation for each route are listed at the bottom of the sign at the fermata (some have different weekend hours or are only night buses). Buses run frequently throughout the city and its suburbs from 5 a.m. to midnight every day.
You must have a valid ticket to get on the bus, metro or tram. Tickets are the same for all three methods of transportation and have to be bought in advance. They are available in Metro stations, tabacchi and newspaper stands. A common ticket BIT (biglietto integrato a tempo - integrated time ticket) costs €1,50 and is valid for 100 minutes. On the bus, it can be used repeatedly within the 100-minute limit. On the Metro one common ticket is good for only a one-way trip. If you take the bus, you must validate your ticket at the beginning of your trip and again at the end (to be sure you haven’t passed the time limit). Tickets must be validated on the bus or on the yellow ticket machines prior to entering the Metro platform.
There is also a day-long pass for €7, a three-day pass for €18, a weekly pass for €24 and a monthly Metro-bus pass (abbonamento) for €35, which gives you one month’s unlimited use of buses, the Metro and inner-city commuter trains. Monthly tickets are valid for a calendar month, not for one month from the day you buy it. Monthly passes are available only during the first week of each month. Students will be provided with a monthly Metro pass.
There is a €100 fine for using public transportation without a ticket. You must pay the fine on the spot.
Stazione Termini is the main train station in Rome with full access to most cities in Italy and Europe. Local trains and buses can easily reach some of the smaller towns. There's no better way to see the great cities of Italy than by Italy’s extensive rail system. Intercity (IC) and Eurostar Italia high speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciaargento, Frecciabianca) offer express service to major cities and towns; they cost more but are a lot faster and more convenient than the “Regionale” (R) and “InterRegionale” (IR), which serve small towns and link regions. For more information about train schedules, visit the Trenitalia website. Tickets can be purchased at Termini Train Station (self-service machines), online or by using a travel agency (at most, the travel agency will add a minimal charge). Seat reservations on the fast trains (Frecce) are mandatory as well as on some of the intercity trains.
Before you board the train, your ticket must be validated in one of the yellow machines (or more modern blue and white box) at the entrance to every platform. Validation applies mainly to regional train tickets and any ticket that does not have a specific date, time, and seat number on it.
For travel on regional trains, note that a train ticket buys you transportation on a train; it doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a seat on that train. If you find that your train is crowded and you can't find a seat in second class, you may try to find a conductor and ask if your ticket can be upgraded to first class.
Besides Trenitalia, the private train company Italo runs fast trains on a few routes between major cities.
In Rome, taxis usually cannot be hailed as they are in other cities, but taxi stands can be found all around the city. Always use official Comune di Roma metered cabs. Licensed taxis are white, have an identification number and are equipped with a taximeter. Do not trust people who approach you offering private taxi service. In most cases they are illegal and will overcharge you. To get an official taxi, wait in line at a taxi stand. There is a surcharge in the evenings and on the weekends. The closest taxi stand to Bernardi is located in Piazza Mazzini. See Bernardi staff to assist you in calling a taxi from Bernardi.
When calling direct from Italy, dial 001 + area code + number. Family and friends calling Rome from the United States need to dial 011 39 (country code) 06 (Rome code) and the number, i.e. 011 09 06 3260 0548 (Bernardi phone number). For more information on placing phone calls, see the “Telephone” section of the student guidebook.
The cost is €2,00 to mail a simple letter or a postcard from Italy to the U.S. You can buy stamps (francobolli) from any tabacchi and then drop your letters or postcards in the nearest red post box instead of going to the Post Office. If you have to ship something out from Italy to the U.S., then you can either go to the Post Office or use Mail Boxes Etc., FedEx or DHL.
Euro coins and currency were introduced into many countries in Europe, including Italy, in January 2002. Regular banks are generally open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. Not all banks exchange foreign currency. Banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday. Look for these words: Banca, Bancomat, Casa di Risparmio.
Always remember to bring your passport to the bank when exchanging money. Commissions may be a flat rate or a percentage of the money you exchange. ATM cards are the most convenient way to acquire funds while abroad. Cirrus ATM cards are accepted widely in Europe. Students with ATM cards in the Cirrus network should contact their banks for information about withdrawing funds from their U.S. accounts. You will need to know the locations of ATM machines in the Cirrus network. Cash machines often distribute currency in larger bills.
American Express offers an array of travel benefits, currency exchanges and money withdrawals in many locations around Europe. The American Express Office in Rome is located at Piazza Di Spagna 38. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
You may want to have a guide to Rome, such as a Michelin or Frommers, for general information. The Blue Guide is the best for in-depth information on art and architecture. For a complete listing of events, films, concerts and theater, check the monthly magazine WHERE, available at Bernardi. The resource library at Bernardi provides an extensive selection of guides and maps to Rome, Italy and Europe.
Most foreign films are dubbed into Italian; those screened in the original language (with Italian subtitles) are indicated in listings by ‘versione originale’ (VO). The only movie theater that has regularly screening VO releases is Nuovo Olimpia on Via in Lucina 16.
The nearest beach is Lido di Ostia. Take Linea A to Termini. Transfer to Linea B to Piramide; from there take a station connection for the local train to Ostia. Exit at Ostia Lido Centro, Stella Polare or Castel Fusano. Follow these same directions to go to Ostia Antica, the ancient port of Rome – an excellent day trip!
There are markets in almost every neighborhood of the city, including an open market not far away from the Bernardi Campus. Here are a few markets of interest:
• Campo Dei Fiori is Rome’s most historical and picturesque marketplace. You can find seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers, nuts, spices, great coffee and food. Be sure to check the many fantastic bakeries in the area. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Porta Portese is one of Europe’s largest markets. It features bric-a-brac, used bicycles, plants, second-hand clothes, antique collectibles and more. Watch out for pickpockets. Open Sundays, early morning until 2 p.m.
• Mercato Via Andrea Doria offers everything from fruit, veggies and cheese to clothing, accessories and housewares. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
An Italian breakfast generally consists of coffee and a cornetto (the Italian version of a croissant), which can be plain or filled with cream, chocolate or jam.
Lunch was typically the most important meal of the day in Italy but is becoming less so due to the constraints of modern working life. Lunch options vary: a panino otramezzino (sandwich) filled with any variety of ingredients, fresh salad boxes or pizza al taglio (pizza sold by the slice with many toppings). At the same pizza al taglio places, you can also buy suppli, arancini (deep-fried rice balls filled with mozzarella, meat or vegetables) or other fried goods. Other lunch options include a full, sit-down meal consisting of antipasto, primo piatto (first course, soup or pasta), secondo piatto (second course, usually meat or fish), and dolci (desserts). Lunch is typically from 1 to 3 p.m.
Dinner is similar to the lunch format with a variety of traditional dishes. Italians typically eat their dinner after 8:30 p.m.
Near St. Peter’s
S. Pietro (St. Peter’s)
Daily Mass: 7, 8:30, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17
Sunday Mass: 9, 10:30, 11:30, 12:15, 13, 16, 17:45 (Vespers at 17)
Chiese Parr Sacro Cuore Del Suffragio
Daily Mass: 7:30, 10, 19
Sunday Mass: 8, 10:30, 12, 19
Where: on the Lungoteverre, just east of Castel S’Angelo
What: Beautiful Gothic church. Home to a charismatic parish.
Daily Mass: 7, 7:45, 10, 19 (w/ Adoration)
Where: Several blocks from Bernardi, Viale Mazzini
S. Maria del Popolo
Daily Mass: 7, 8, 10, 18:30
Where: 12 Piazza del Popolo… near Flaminio Metro stop
What: Contains two very famous Caravaggio originals
S. Maria dei Miracoli
Daily Mass: 7:30, 12, 19
Where: 528 Via del Corso / Piazza del Popolo
Around the Angelicum
S. Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter in Chains)
Daily Mass: 8, 12
Sunday: 17(Sat.), 8, 11
Where: 4/a Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli, up a flight of steps through an archway off Via Cavour
What: houses the chains used to bind St. Peter in prison in Rome, see Acts 12, 7, Also Michelangelo’s Moses
S. Maria ai Monti
Daily Mass: 7:30, 9, 19
Sunday Mass: 9, 11, 12:15, 19
Where: Via die Serpenti, at the bottom of the hill, near Via Cavour.
Daily Mass: 7:30, 8, 9, 18:30
Sunday: 9, 10:30, 12, 18:30
Where: Piazza S.S. Apostoli, One block east of Via del Corso and one block north of Corso Vittorio Emmaneuelle II, near Piazza Venezia
S. Maria di Loretto
Where: 26 Piazza Madonna di Loreto, Across from Trajan’s Forum, near Piazza Venezia
Daily Mass: 7:30, 19:30
Sunday Mass: 12, 19
Where: W side of Piazza Venezia
What: Traditionally held to be site where St. Mark wrote his Gospel
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Daily Mass: 8, 18:30
Sunday Mass: 8:30, 11:30, 18:30
Where: Via Nazionale, ~ 3 blocks away from Angelicum, below street level.
S. Carlino alle Quattro Fontane
Daily Mass: 19
Sunday Mass: 11
Where: Via del Quirinale and Via d. Quattro Fontane
S. Maria degli Angeli
Daily Mass: 8, 12:30, 18
Where: 9 Via Cernale (Piazza della Repubblica)
Daily Mass: 18
Where: Near Piazza Repubblica, 14 Via XX Settembre (Piazza San Bernardo)
What: American National Church. Masses in English.
S. Maria della Vittoria
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Daily Mass: 7, 8, 18:30
Where: Near Piazza Repubblica, 17 Via XX Settembre (Across the street from Santa Susanna)
Between Piazza del Popolo and the Angelicum
Trinita dei Monti
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Daily Mass: 7, 7:30, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19
Where: At the top of the Spanish Steps.
What: Masses often in French
S. Vincenzo e Anastasio
Daily Mass: 8, 18:30
Where: Piazza di Trevi, Trevi Fountain – the steps are always filled with tourists
Chiesa di Gesu e Maria
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Daily Mass: 11, 18
Sunday: 10 in Latin
Where: 45 Via del Corso (not too far from Piazza del Popolo)
San Marcello al Corso
Daily Mass: 7:45, 18
Sunday Mass: 9:30, 11, 18
Where: Via del Corso, near Piazza Venezia
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