Travel Guide to Rome

Indian Embassy in Rome

Via Venti Settembre, 5, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Phone: +39 06 488 4642

Visa Process

The following documents are required to get a visa to Italy:

  • Original passport with a minimum of 6 months validity from date of arrival in Italy along with the old passports, if any
  • The passport should have 2 blank pages for stamping purpose
  • Visa application forms
  • Covering letter which mentions the details of the traveller, type of travel, and other details of the visit
  • Confirmed hotel reservation for the complete stay
  • Confirmed air tickets
  • Day-to-day itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Income tax returns or Form 16 for last 3 years
  • Original and updated personal bank statements for last 6 months

Time required: 10 - 15 working days

Disclaimer: These are the standard requirements needed to attain an Italy visa. The visa requirements may change according to factors like employment status, age, etc.

About the Location

Rome is immensely popular among tourists because of its truly magnificent architectural wonders and masterpieces from the most renowned artists. The city rubs the magic of its unique culture and traditions on the visitors, and they cannot help but admire its charm. It is well-known that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. With a huge number of places and monuments in Rome that are worth visiting, Rome cannot be experienced in a day either. From sight-seeing to cultural tourism, there are so many things to do in Rome city.

Rome has been divided into different districts, which are briefly described as the following:

  • Old Rome -This district, also known as the Historical Centre, has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although the various sites of tourist interest are scattered all over Rome, this district contains quite a few of them. Many of the city’s squares and cathedrals are located in Old Rome. Other prominent places of interest for tourists are Pantheon, the former Jewish Ghetto, and numerous dining places like Piazza Navona, and Piazza Campo de’Fiori.
  • Modern Centre -This district of Rome has the majority of hotels and shopping places. Some famous tourist spots in this district include the famous Trevi Fountain, the Quirinal, Castro Pretorio, Piazza Barberini and Piazza Della Repubblica.
  • North Centre - This northern district of Rome has the very famous park - Villa Borghese. Other popular attractions in this district are Spanish Steps, Parioli and Salario districts, etc.
  • Colosseo - Considered to be the most important region of ancient Rome, this district has the world-famous Colosseum, the renowned museums of Capitoline hills, Markets of Trajan and the Imperial Fora.
  • Vatican -Rome is the only city in the world to have a country within. The Vatican City, an independent sovereign state, and a significant place for Christians constitute the district of Vatican. St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican Museums are hugely famous for their religious and spiritual offerings.
  • Trastevere -This district is considered to be the heart and soul of artists in Rome. Situated on the west bank of the river Tiber, this district is replete with cobbled roads and pristine squares that have been the inspiration of many artists in the past.
  • Esquilino-SanGiovanni -Situated on the eastern side of the Colosseo district, Esquilino-San Giovanni is home to the famous Cathedral of Saint John in Lateran. Other tourist attractions in this district are Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and the indoor markets.
  • Aventino- Aventino-Some of the most famous food-joints for tourists are found in this district.
  • Nomentano -This district lies directly behind the central train station and appeals to the young tourists because of its happening nightlife.
  • Rome city points of interest are spread throughout these districts. With so many places to visit in Rome city, Rome has rightfully claimed its place among the top three tourist destinations in Europe.

    How to Reach

    Rome has two major international airports - Leonardo da Vinci or Fiumicino International Airport and G. B. Pastine or Ciampino International Airport. You can easily take a flight to Rome from the major cities of India. Some of the famous airlines that offer flight services from India to Rome are Air France, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Jet Airways and many others. Train services from the airports connect to the city.

    Travelling Within Rome

    Taxis are costly in the city, and most tourists prefer to use the public transportation services like metro, buses and trams. Most of the tourist attractions are situated near metro stations and all metro lines cross at the central train station Roma Termini. The 24-hour travel passes are very popular and economical. They allow unlimited travel on Rome’s public buses, trams and metro, and can be purchased at metro stops and bus stops. The travellers are supposed to get the ticket validated in the first bus, metro or tram by inserting the ticket into the machine placed in these vehicles. Once the date and time are marked on the ticket, it is valid for use.

    Best time to Visit

    Although Rome can be visited any time of the year, some months are more popular for tourism than others because of some reasons like weather, budget, state vacation etc.

    Springtime is popular for visiting tourist places in Rome city because of Easter. Thousands of Christians plan their Easter vacations here and visit the numerous churches and the Vatican City. Most of them want to witness the Pope in Easter ceremonies.

    Summer months from June to August see millions of tourists flocking to Rome. The weather is warm with occasional rain, and this time of the year is best for outdoor dining and sightseeing. But there are huge waiting lines at most of the tourist attractions because of the crowd.

    August is the beginning of holidays in Italy, and most locals go away for vacation. Hence, many tourist attractions have modified working hours at this time, or they may even be closed. Hotels try to lure tourists in August by lowering their tariff.

    Winters are quite chilly, especially from November to January. Nevertheless, many tourists come to Rome in this season to see Christmas Markets of famous places in Rome city and many musical events that are hosted in churches and theatres.

    What to Pack?

    The clothes to be packed depend on the season for visiting Rome. In spring and summer, the weather tends to be fairly warm, but rainfall is expected. Hence it is advisable to carry a raincoat or umbrella. In winter, it gets freezing, and the travellers should keep ample of woollen clothes like caps, gloves, coats, socks and jackets.

    Top Delicacies

    A trip to Rome will not be complete without tasting the regional delicacies like Supplì, Filletti di Baccalà, Carciofo Alla Romana, Fiori di Zucca and Pizza Romana.

    Indian Restaurants in Rome

    • Himalaya's Kashmirat Via Principe Amedeo 325, 00185 Rome, Italy. Contact the restaurant at +39 06 446 1072
    • Krishna 13at Via Foscolo 13 | Piazza Vittorio, 00185 Rome, Italy. Contact the restaurant at +39 06 700 5267
    • Ristorante Gandhi Romaat Via Pellegrino Matteucci 124, 00154 Rome, Italy. Contact the restaurant at +39 06 6442 0047

    Shopping List Essentials

    Unique souvenirs from Rome include architecturally inspired jewellery, engraved marble tablets, intricate ceramic and glass art and leather goods.

    Healthcare Centers

    Some public hospitals in Rome are Ospedale Fatebenefratelli, Ospedale San Camillo, Ospedale Sant’ Andrea and Ospedale Santo Spirito. The names of some private hospitals are Clinica Paideia, Clinica Villa Flaminia, Clinica Villa Margherita and Clinica Mater Dei.

    English speaking doctors can be found at the Salvator Mundi International Hospital and Rome American Hospital, although most other hospitals will have someone speaking in English.

    Currency

    The Euro is the official currency of Rome.

    Basics of Local Communication

    Italian is the most popular language in Rome, and most of the official signboards are in Italian. Owing to a large number of foreign tourists in Rome, English is spoken at most hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions. However, it is recommended that a tourist should learn a few basic words and phrases in Italian. Some of the famous ones are:

    English Italian
    Hello Salve
    Thank you Grazie
    Please Per favore
    Yes Si
    No Mi dispiace
    I am sorry Aiuto!
    Good bye Ciao

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    Loss of passport and documents:

    Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

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    Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

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    Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

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