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Apr 30, 2011 05:32 AM

6 Hours in Rome

I've got a 13 hour layover in Rome and staying near the airport. This is a rare chance for me to eat in Rome and I want to make the most of it.

I'll need to sleep for a couple of hours, but plan on being in the city between 10a and 4p. I don't know if most places are open during these hours, but that's what I've got to work with.

I love all food and am not picky about what I want to eat--I just want it to be good, memorable, and no more than 30 USD for one person's meal. I prefer hole in the wall cheap, where the food is so good there's no where to sit because everyone wants to eat the good food.

Can anyone help this solo traveler out???

Thanks in advance!

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  1. For me, the answer would be: pizzarium. Exactly what you want.

    1. Pizzarium is certainly yummy, but there's nowhere to sit because there's nowhere to sit plus a lot of people. Plus perhaps you don't want pizza, however good. In any case, it would help to know how you are traveling into Rome and exactly from where and what day of the week it is.

      Via della Meloria, 43, Rome, Lazio 00136, IT

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      1. re: mbfant

        I was planning on taking the train from the airport to Termini and then take the metro, if that is possible. It will be on a Monday that I'm there.

      2. Consider taking a cab from the airport. Head to the Campo de' Fiori and maybe grab a bit of pizza bianca at Antico Forno if you arrive around 11 a.m. (you walk around with it as you check the area out). Arrive earlier and grab an outside table at the Caffe Farnese, order a coffee, read your paper and decompress. Later, maybe around 2 p.m., stroll to Roscioli, grab a two-top in the front of the house next to the cold case, order the burrata and the carbonara. A glass of good wine would make sense. Cab it back to the airpot.

        This itinerary will break your budget: Cab from airport should run you 40 euro each way but it's far more efficient than the train when pressed for time; coffee at an outside table at the Caffe Farnese is maybe five euro; lunch at Roscioli (burrata, carbonara) maybe 30 euro before wine.

        I don't know the options near the airport. Maybe they are a lot more budget friendly.

        Via dei Giubbonari 21/23, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

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        1. What else are you expecting to do/see while in rome? Unless you are travelling solely for eating, you will probably want to eat somewhere near your other destinations. I dont think the train is so bad getting in and out of rome, especially during the day. Our last trip we took a tram to the station in Trastevere rather than travelling from Ostiense,and the whole thing went very smoothly.

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          1. re: jen kalb

            I've been to various places in Rome, but my thing on this trip, because it's so short, is to get good food. :-)

          2. If you're up for a walk of 15 min tops, take the train to Ostiense (NOT the Leonardo Express to Termini but the regular train whose last stop is Fara Sabina, same airport station). From there walk to Testaccio. You could even take a short taxi ride too. In Testaccio you will find everything you want and can start nibbling very early and just keep going. When you've had enough, roll back to the station, where there are airport trains every 20 minutes. Monday is not the best day for trattorias, but there should be something open. Volpetti PiĆ¹, the excellent tavola calda of the Volpetti shop, is open on Mondays.

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            1. re: mbfant

              ditto that suggestion re Testaccio. It you start feeling touristic or need to take a break in the action or work off some food, you can always walk up the adjoining Aventine Hill in peace and quiet, see Santa Sabina, and sit in the park next door looking out over the city for a bit.

              1. re: jen kalb

                That's what I was thinking as well. Train to Ostiense is easy and cheap, and there are so many less-expensive, delicious places to eat in Testaccio.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  although I love testaccio, I am having difficulty thinking of a place where the OP can have a memorable meal for 20 euros on a monday for lunch. Except for 00100, which I get chided for when I suggest it. I am sticking to my original suggestion of pizzarium.