1) Book a flight. Or a train. Or a ferry. Or a bus (a ferry? A bus? Why would you do that?!). Well book whatever you prefer to make you get there, but do it in advance. Especially if you want to travel to Rome on a plane, the earliest you book it, the less you’re going to pay it. Go to your travel agent, if you’re a little bit old fashioned, or join the third millennium and surf the web looking for the cheapest offer available for the period you need.
Thanks to many low cost airlines companies and the development of the second airport of Rome, Ciampino, it’s never been so easy to reach the Eternal City. Booking in advance will also do you good if you’re traveling by train: Italians themselves love to use trains and they can easily become fully booked in the weekends or around festivities or bank holidays. Trenitalia.com, the web site of the national railways company is easy to use to book your e-ticket directly online. If you’re really intentioned to come by ferry, you’re probably from Spain, a little be masochistic (24 hours trip) and very very old fashioned: you’re probably not even reading this, so why should I waste my time? Wondering about the bus? The bus is dead…rest in peace.
2) Book a hotel. Or an apartment, a bed & breakfast, a guest house. Even for the accommodation, advance will be your best friend: first come, first served, as usual. Rome is full of beautiful and comfortable hotels, and many other are flourishing all over the city, especially b&b. But Rome is the destination for thousand of tourists every year and in specific periods all these hotels are not enough to serve them all, especially if they want to lodge in the very centre of the city. Are you one of them? Then surf the web looking for the best accommodation in Rome, centrally located and cheap at the same time…it’s going to be tough, especially if you stays in the sites in which you just bought your low cost flight: usually they just want to stay cheap and offer extra low prices, but to do so, they often offer average quality hotels and located at kilometres of distance from the centre.
3) Book a transfer. Did you choose the train before? Then you’re done. Termini Central Station is already in the core of Rome. Just get off the train and enjoy the chaos and the magic of everyday life in the capital of Italy. But if you choose to come by air, well, ther’s one more step yo have to take. Because so far you booked your flight to the airports of Rome, Fiumicino or Ciampino, and a room or an apartment waiting for you in the city centre. Well, you miss something in between. Book your car transfer in advance, if you don’t want to waste any time queuing for a taxi or getting lost using public transports.