48 hours in Rome: An Irish rugby fan's guide to The Eternal City
by Aer Lingus on February 10th, 2017

​As well as cheering on Ireland in the Stadio Olimpico this weekend, there’s so much to see, do and eat in the Italian capital. Follow our guide to the best places to eat, drink and soak up the atmosphere on your rugby weekend in Rome. 

​Transport guide


The Leonardo Express runs between the Leonardo da Vinci airport and Termini station in central Rome every 30 minutes. When you land in Leonardo da Vinci Terminal 3, follow the train signs to the station. The journey takes 30 minutes and the fare is €14 one way.


There are no metro stations near the stadium, but it’s easy to reach by tram. Take Tram 2 from metro stop Flaminio on line A (close to the Villa Borghese gardens and Piazza del Poplo) in the direction of Mancini and get off at stop Mancini. A short walk across the river (over Ponte Duca D’Aosta) and you’ll see Stadio Olimpico. Individual tram tickets will set you back €1.50.

​When in Rome...


1. Take a food tour. Eating Italy Food Tours run daily food tours around two of Rome’s original foodie neighbourhoods, Testaccio and Trastevere. Make sure you’re hungry - guests will be treated to up to 12 delicacies along the way. Tickets start at €75. 

2. Learn to speak the ‘language of wine’ with wine specialists Vino Roma. You’ll find their studio on Via in Selci, not far from the Colosseum. Tastings start at €50 per person. 
3. Do as the Romans do and explore the city on a Vespa. My Vespa Sightseeing Tours come highly recommended – their offices are at Via Cavour 80, a short walk from Termini train station.
4. Pay a visit to Piazza Navona, one of the city’s most beautiful squares. The elegant piazza is home to baroque palazzi (mansions), ornate fountains and the stunning Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone. Sit back and watch the world go by over an espresso and biscotti at one of the many pavement cafés. 
5. Soak in the spectacular sights at Gianicolo Hill. It’s a bit of a climb to reach the top, but the picture-perfect panoramic of Rome more than make up for the exertion. If you’re in need of a breather en route, stop by Terraza San Pancrazio on Via di Porta San Pancrazio, for an aperitivo.  Bellissima!

A few basics to help espresso yourself:
Hello  / Goodbye: Buongiorno / Arrivederci
Please / Thank you: Per favore / Grazie
Excuse me: Mi scusi
What a great try!: Che splendida meta!
Jesus lads, it’s very tense…: Mamma mia ragazzi, è combattutissima…

​Food guide


BREAKFAST: Coromandel, Via di Monte Giordano 60. Choose from a great menu of freshly baked breads, omlettes, bacon, pancakes and more.  And remember, cappuccinos are only drunk at breakfast time. After that, order un caffè (a shot of espresso) or un caffeè macchiato (a shot of espresso with a dollop of steamed milk).
PIZZA: Pizzeria da Remo, Piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice 44. Located in the heart of the Testaccio neighbourhood, this bustling eatery is home to the finest thin-crust pizza in Rome. Make sure to sample the arancini (risotto balls covered in crispy breadcrumbs) alongside your pizza.

PASTA: Pasta Imperiale, Via dei Coronari 160. You don’t need to spend a fortune to get a slap-up meal in Rome. This little gem serves up some of the city’s best homemade pasta at just €5.50 a pop.Round of your meal with a mouth-watering tiramisu or nutella-filled pastry.
GELATO: Gelateria del Teatro, Via dei Coronari 65: Choose from 40 scrum-y flavours of ice creams, including Amalfi lemon, white chocolate and basil and Straciatella mint. Prices start at €2.50. If you’re still feeling peckish, don’t miss Cucina del Teatro right next door. Freshly made pasta and supremely good pizza await.

APERITIVO BAR: Take part in the early evening tradition of aperitivo at Freni e Frizioni (‘brakes and clutches’) on Via del Politeama 4/6 in Trastevere. Head to this super cool former mechanic’s workshop to sip on a classic spritz and snack on the daily selection of aperitivo.

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