Ah, Rome. The Eternal City is without a doubt my favorite place on earth. The architecture, the people, the food. It’s all amazing. Any trip to Rome wouldn’t be complete without seeing a match at the Stadio Olimpico. Last time around we looked at how to purchase match tickets, and now we’ll take a quick look at where to stay and how to get to the stadium.
Where to Stay: Near the Stadium
If your goal is to stay at a location close to the stadium, the neighborhood of Prati is your best bet. This newer portion of Rome is the neighborhood between The Vatican and the Foro Italico, the Roman sports complex and location of the Stadio Olimpico. This mostly residential neighborhood has some great restaurants and is served by the Metro A line at Ottaviano and Lepanto stations, which provides easy connections to attractions such as Piazza del Popolo/via del Corso, Piazza di Spagna, and the Colosseo.
The Metro A line also stops at the main train station, Termini, which can get you to Fiumicino airport in 30 minutes courtesy of the Leonardo Express train.
Getting to the Olimpico from Prati is rather simple. One option is to walk straight up via Ottaviano to the Olimpico, which takes about 20 minutes. Keep in mind that it is perfectly ok in Rome to drink beer or wine while walking to the stadium, so pick up a La Rossa or Baladin on the way up and enjoy the trip. As for transit, you can catch a bus at Piazza Risorgimento, with the trip to the Olimpico taking about 10 minutes. The metro station at Flaminio/Piazza del Popolo also connects to a tram, which stops at a Piazza just across the river from the stadium.
Where to Stay: My Favorite Neighborhood
To the south of Prati on the other side of the Gianicolo lies Trastevere. This lively neighborhood is home to the best bars and restaurants in Rome. If you’re looking to have a good time while visiting the Eternal City, this is the place to be. Piazza Trilusa and Piazza di Santa Maria will be filled with people drinking and enjoying music and street performers on most nights. Even staying across the river near the Campo de Fiori is a solid option, with more great bars and the daily farmers market located there. The Campo area is also closer to major landmarks such as Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and Palazzo Farnese.
The FL 1 regional train stops at Roma Trastevere train station, a 30 minute ride from Fiumicino airport. From here you can either catch a tram or walk to your final destination.
Getting to the Olimpico from Trastevere is a little bit more complicated. My recommendation is to make a day of it. On the walk up, take the Passegata di Gianicolo, a trail up over the Gianicolo Hill that leads to the Vatican. Make sure to stop at Bramante’s Tempietto di San Pietro in Montorio and the Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, which provides a panoramic view of the city. On the way back, head towards the Vatican and then cross the river to the via Giulia, the principle street of Renaissance architecture in Rome. As for transit, busses can get you to the Olimpico in about 30-40 minutes from Piazza Trilusa.
Coming up next in the series, obtaining a Tessera del Tifoso Card.