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Rome questions

My wife and I will be in Rome in September for 3 days. I think I have our itinerary worked out. I do have a two questions. I hope someone can help me with these.

  1. How much time should I plan on from the time the plane lands at Fiumicino to the time I arrive at Termini?

  2. If I buy my coliseum tickets at Palentine Hill, can I use them the following day or are they only good for that day?

    Thank you,


Posted by
204 posts

First question: Of course this can vary a lot but we go to Italy, usually Roma, about every year. Since the train is about 40 minutes (yes, even the new one) and they supposedly leave every 20 minutes, it won't be less than an hour. For planning on meeting a train (or whatever) Nowadays I usually plan on 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours. Seems excessive but over time it has gotten worse.

Second: No, they are good for one day only. That said, this last March I had tickets in my pocket from the previous day and new ones. By accident I gave the person at the gate the old ones and nothing was said. I only discovered it back at the hotel.

Next to Americans, Italians are my favorite people in the world but they do not look at rules the same way we do. "Eahh. Is alright." is typical. Bless them.

Posted by
1127 posts

The Leonardo Express train from Fiumicino Airport to Termini Station departs twice an hour, at 5 and 35 minutes past the hour. The ride is 31 minutes and cost 11 euro.

If you go late in the day (I think it's after 3p) to the Coliseum/Palatine Hill the ticket is valid until noon the next day. The ticket will have an expiration date/time stamped on it.

Posted by
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Thank you for all the info. our flight lands at 9:30 am (If there are no delays). Our hotel is near a metro where we will d
drop off our luggage, then it's off to the vatican by way of metro for or 12:30 tour. It's going to be tight but I think it is possible. I also wanted to know if there is a time of day that is best to avoid the largest crowds at the coliseum. I imagin there will always be a crowd there.


Posted by
337 posts

We've gone twice to the Colosseum at opening time (8:30, I think), and crowds are thin until about 10am.
If you go in the morning, do the Colosseum first and then Palatine Hill.
Have fun!!