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St. Peter's square and the city of Rome

St. Peter’s Square

Designed and built by Bernini between 1656 and 1667, during the pontificate of Alexander VII (1655-1667), the square is made up of two different areas. The first has a trapezoid shape, marked off by two straight closed and convergent arms on each side of the church square. The second area is elliptical and is surrounded by the two hemicycles of a four-row colonnade, because, as Bernini said, “considering that Saint

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Map of Roman bus lines Posted September 12, 2013 | Tags: , , , ,


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Many European city bus systems, including the one in Rome, Italy, are not designed with tourists in mind. Rome’s bus system is heavily utilized by locals, but it often scares site-seers away with its complexity. However, you do not need to be one of these fearful tourists. Here are a few tips so that you can use the bus system just like a local.

Types of Bus Passes

There are several different types of bus passes that you can buy. The type that you buy depends on how long you will be in Rome and how much you think you are going to use the city transportation system (all of the Rome bus passes can also be used on the metro system. A little more on that later).

  • BIT (Biglietto Integrato a Tempo/Integrated Time Ticket): €1.50. This is a single use ticket that lasts for 100 minutes. It is good for as many bus rides and transfers as you can get in within that timeframe after validation. You can also use it for a single ride on the metro system. You are allowed to transfer the ticket from a metro ride to a bus within 100 minutes.
  • 24 Hour Ticket – valid for unlimited metro, bus, and train travel within Rome for 24 hours from validation. € 7.00
  • 48 Hour Ticket – valid for unlimited metro, bus, and train travel within Rome for 48 hours from validation. € 12.50
  • 72 Hour Ticket – valid for unlimited metro, bus, and train travel within Rome for 72 hours from validation. € 18.00
  • CIS (Carta Integrata Settimanale/Integrated Weekly Ticket): €24.00. This ticket can be used for 7 days from the date of validation for an unlimited number of bus and metro rides.
  • Monthly Pass: €35.00. This ticket lasts for one calendar month and is good for an unrestricted number of bus and metro rides.

Note: Public transportation is free for children less than 10 years old.

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Baden in Rom – Ostia Posted February 21, 2013 | Tags: , , ,


Den Wenigsten ist bekannt, dass Rom nicht nur Geschichtliches zu bieten hat. Die Stadt überrascht auch mit “Sonne, Strand und Meer”! – Laut oder leise, “Beachatmosphäre” oder Natur. Was man lieber hat und das in unmittelbarer Stadtnähe! Ostia Dunes

In weniger als 1 Stunde erreicht man zum Beispiel vom Romahouse mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln die Dünen von Ostia.

Auch im Hochsommer findet man hier genügend ruhige Plätze zwischen den Dünen. (außer Sa. und So.!)  Der Strand ist gratis, es gibt aber Sonnenschirm- und Liegstuhlverleih und für Essen und Trinken sorgen einige Strandbars.

Neben den ruhigeren Dünen ist der ca. 5 km lange Lido von Ostia mit seinen Strandbädern der belebtere Strandabschnitt wo man in den zahlreichen Bars und Strandrestaurants auch am Abend auf seine Kosten kommt.

Map Rome Ostia

Und wer Strand und Antike mit einem Ausflugverbinden möchte, sieht sich auch die einzigartige, antike Hafenstadt Ostia Antica an.





Anreise Romahouse – Ostia

Mit dem Zug vom Bhf. San Pietro bis zum Bhf. Ostiense. (Züge ca. alle 15 min., ca. 10 min. Fahrt) Bahnhof wechseln, ca. 100 m zum Bhf.Ostiense/Piramide zu Fuß (unterirdisch, immer dem “M” = Metro-Indikation folgen)

Von Ostiense/Piramide mit dem Zug weiter nach Ostia AnticaOstia Lido oder nach Lido Cristoforo Colombo, sollte man zu den Dünen wollen. (Züge alle 15 min., ca. 30 min. Fahrt, Fahrplan hier)

Der Düneneingang “Cancello uno” (= Tor Nr. 1) kann von Lido Cristoforo Colombo mit der Busnummer 07 (4 km) einfach erreicht werden.

Ostia seen from a kite dragon