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Jan 5, 2009 11:33 PM

7 hour layover in rome from


i'm laying over for seven hours 7:15am to 2:15pm... in and out of fiumicino.
i plan on taking the leonardo express into roma termini.

since its early i'm looking for something that might be open early but still serve good food. i probably need to be done eating by 12ish to get back to the airport to get through security.

so i've got breakfast and lunch. any suggestions? i'll probaby try to see a site too. i've seen most of the obvious sites before. just want to focus on food specialties and maybe pick up a bottle or two of nice wine... should i rock it duty free?

thanks in advance!

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  1. If you are serious about this excursion being all about food, I would go to Testaccio or Trastevere (possibly both). Don't take the Leonardo Express to Termini but the ordinary train (direction Fara Sabina) to either Trastevere or Ostiense. Let's say Ostiense. You can take a 10-min hike or a bus to the heart of Testaccio and go to the market and eat at the tavola calda Volpetti PiĆ¹. For wine, go to Divinare wine bar/shop.

    You fail to include the essential information of what day of the week you're talking about. If it's Sunday, forget it. Go to the town of Fiumicino and look at the fish vendors by the canal.

    You will not eat lunch, in the conventional sense, by 12, so you must concentrate on pizza al taglio and tavola caldas. Any decent neighborhood bar will give you a cappuccino and cornetto at breakfast time. There are several on via Marmorata, of which Barberini, next to the Volpetti shop, has the fanciest pastries (closed on Wednesdays).

    If you take the train to stazione Trastevere, you can take the 3 bus to via Marmorata, in Testaccio, or the 8 tram to the heart of Trastevere, where there is a nice market in Piazza San Cosimato, surrounded by lots of shops and places to eat. Depending on the time, you can also hop on the 8 tram to continue to the Ghetto or Largo ARgentina. Your time is very limited, but obviously you're motivated and prepared to sprint. (You could even sprint to Campo de' Fiori.) Logistically, I'd stay along the route of the 8 tram (fast and frequent) and use stazione Trastevere. Don't get involved with Termini.

    3 Replies
    1. re: mbfant

      ohh! excellent advice. yes everything im researching opens at 12 or 12:30. i'll go with market fare...

      i fly out of cairo tonight at 4:30 am and arrive wednesday morning at 7:15 am.
      so i'm guessing the trains will run frequently out of there back to the airport? i'll ask the airport how much time i need to get back safely... i love food but dont want to miss my flight! although maybe that would be a great excuse to eat more!

      anything else to do in that area? i'll do some research on it after i post this.


      1. re: mbfant

        one more thing. can you recommend specific things to eat or reasonably priced bottles of wine to buy in either place? do you recommend one over the other?

        if i would like to eat and enjoy some nice ambience and perhaps see one site which would you recoommend?

        thanks again!

        1. re: mbfant

          ok one last thing....
          the "ghetto'" is the jewish ghetto?
          and what about largo argentina? these are sites or eating destinations?
          sorry, slightly ignorant.