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Rome, pizza and transportation

We want to stay in a rental apartment but are confused about where to stay in the city. Campo dei Fiori looks great but we don't want to have a 40 minute hike to the Metro. Do the small electric trains run through the Campo area? Will buses get us to the Metro line. How often do they both run and how late at night. Are late night taxis commonly used and more available than in Paris? Is there a more appropriate internet site to get this kind of info?

What is the best pizza places that don't get mentioned in guide books?

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  1. Do you have a very good reason for requiring proximity to the Metro? Which line? There are lots of buses from the center to various Metro stops, though many people never feel the need to use it. The trains don't go anywhere near the center, much less Campo de' Fiori (there would be no room). If you want Metro A, you might consider the Prati neighborhood. If you're thinking of airport transport, bus/tram links from Trastevere station will take you pretty close to Campo de' Fiori. And Piramide is near Metro B.

    You never know how often the buses run, but Metro runs pretty much every five minutes. Some buses quit at 8 or 9 pm, most at midnight. Metro seems to change its hours every so often, but I think it goes till 11.30. Taxis run all night but need to be phoned. You often have to wait or try several times, but eventually you'll get one. Dunno about Paris.

    The best pizza places in central Rome do get mentioned in guide books, though not all in all books. There have been many discussions of pizza here, so you should search.

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    1. re: mbfant

      I have the same question: why do you need to be near the Metro? You can catch buses all over Rome to go wherever you need to go. We always stay in the Monti area and take buses to Campo de Fiori, Vatican, Navona, etc. and back to our hotel. Buses are much more accessible in Rome than Metro.

      1. re: CJT

        do you mean trams not trains? They do run down the main avenue next to Campo Fiore, or did a cpl of years ago. trams are cool. ditto the other comments on need to get to the metro. If you want to stay in that area do so, its very central, transportationwise and otherwise, and has some good food sources.

        Monti, the Caelian Hill and Testaccio are good residential neighborhoods with decent Metro proximity if you really need that.

    2. the campo is a good place to take an apartment: terrific neighborhood, great produce, plenty of restaurants and bars, etc.. take the 64 bus to termini.

      1. How long are you going to be staying? If it's a short time, I wouldn't worry. If longer, you might want to be closer to the Metro.

        1. Strongly suggest going to slowtrav.com; a tremendous source of information on food, lodging, sites etc. Also good reviews of accommodations and places to eat.

          1. staying 7 days. 2 in the group of 5 are college kids inexperienced travelers so it would be nice for them to be able to visit some fun night spots within 8 to 10 blocks. Am I correct that for late night dining outside of the neighborhood, you need to rely on Taxis to get home? Thanks to all for your help.

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            1. re: stymie

              How late is late? Most buses continue their regular schedule until midnight. After midnight, the main bus routes will still run but the waits will be longer between buses.

              There are rather large signs at bus stops with excellent signage showing all the routes that stop at that point and the times, although clearly any ground transportation requires some flexibility. You may want to learn your neighborhood and be prepared to take any bus that gets you closer to your destination if you'll be traveling quite late.

              If you're like my husband and me, you'll find that you behave differently in Italy, in particular, and in Europe, in general on the subject of transportation. We walk! We walk distances to restaurants that we would never dream of walking in the US. Seeing the neighborhoods -- the architecture -- the street scene -- after having indulged in delicious food and wine is our idea of a nice end to the day. I don't think we've ever walked picked a restaurant that would require more than a 45-minute walk, but we often walk 30-35 minutes.

              One bit of advice: Since I know we'll be walking home from dinner, I pack shoes for restaurant/evening wear which are not the height of fashion. Flats or a medium-high wedge shoe with a bit of cushioning in the shoe or a bit of a rubber sole work for me.

              1. re: stymie

                The question isn't just how late, I think, but also how far outside of the neighborhood? If you are staying in the Campo di Fiore area, there shouldn't be any place at all that your young people might want to eat, that they couldn't walk home from. Unless there is a disability? Then the restaurant can always call you a taxi.

                But if you want to eat in Trastevere, or near Piazza Navona/the Pantheon, or the Spanish Steps, you can easily walk back after dinner. And there will be an abundance of places within 10 blocks.

              2. Campo dei Fiori is very central. I rented an apartment near there, and got around fine by bus. (I never needed to get on the Metro.) The only thing I found frustrating is that I had to purchase a bus map for 6 Euros--you can't get free ones like you can in New York.

                My favorite pizza was recommended by Frank Bruni in the Times. It's the white pizza at: Antico Forno Roscioli, Via del Chiavari 34. (Also very near the Campo dei Fiori.)

                I found Trip Advisor forums helpful, but you sometimes you'll need to wade through a lot of nonsense to get what you need.

                1. Truly, you can walk almost anywhere in the historic district of Rome. Renting an apartment was great for us. We stayed right next to the Pantheon and found it to be central to just about every where we went.

                  1. No further transportation comments here.

                    I can, however, nominate my favorite pizzaria: Pizzaria Remo, in the center of Testaccio. Take the Metro to Piramide, walk west on Via Marmoratta for a few blocks, turn left at Volpetti and ask anyone you see for directions. Its a local institution.

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                    1. re: DaleJ

                      I rented an apartment in Testaccio last May, and it was a great place to stay -- a lot more "real" than the heart of the city, and apparently it's also where the Romans go for nightlife (the center is drowning in tourists). The bus system is very easy to use -- I bought a one-week pass and hopped on and off at will. Testaccio is accessible to the Pyramide Metro station. From a food point of view, there are lots of markets, bakeries, gelato shops, etc. in Testaccio, especially butchers, as it was historically where the slaughterhouses were.

                      The historic part of Rome is a lot smaller than Paris or London -- I'm not terribly fit or a great walker, and I walked from my apartment to the Pantheon quite easily.