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Are you ready for the International Rome Marathon 2019

The 25th International Rome Marathon will be held this year on the first Sunday of April. On the 7th of April 2019 thousands of runners will gather in front of the Colosseum at the start line. What other place would have been better to start the race in the Eternal City than the Flavian Amphitheater?

The route of the race, as every year, will stretch around some of the most beautiful landmarks in Rome. At the very start the runners will pass by the ruins of the Roman Forum and Imperial Forums from where they will be able to notice the majestic Altare della Patria in Piazza Venezia. Then the route will follow the streets that will bring the runners to the Circus Maximus, the ancient stadium which capacity was around 120.000 spectators. The race will continue just behind the Caracalla Thermal baths and will continue down the Cristoforo Colombo street. The race will bend and will pass around St Paul’s Basilica (St Paul’s outside the walls).  After a couple of kilometers the panorama will change and the athletes will run around the Pyramid (Piramide Cestia). This pyramid is not Egyptian, even if it was inspired by the Egyptian constructions, and it was used as the burial chamber of Gaius Cestius.

The Tiber Island (Isola Tiberina) will be soon spotted on the left hand side of the runners’ route that will lead the marathon all the way along the river to the Vatican and the St Peter’s Basilica.

After the Vatican, the second half of the marathon, will follow the route that reaches the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Village, both built in the occasion of the Olympic games held in Rome in 1960. The race will continue again along the river Tiber and will reach the magnificent Piazza del Popolo with its impressive Porta del Popolo. Just few steps further the Spanish Steps square (Piazza di Spagna) will welcome the racers that will pass by the famous Bernini’s fountain, La Barcaccia.

After passing by Piazza Navona, Largo Argentina (the archaeological site where Julius Caesar has been killed) the race will reach again Piazza Venezia. Here, the last efforts will be necessary, as just before the finish a short but pretty steep hill will be in sight. The road that will bring all the racers to the finish is in downhill, just around the Colosseum.

The runners of the Rome City Maraton will have a unique panorama for the race!

You can download the Marathon route here.

During the days before and after the International Rome Marathon, City Lights Tours will welcome all marathon runners, tourists, visitors and supporters with a 20% discount. At the checkout just insert RUNNERS to get your discount. You are not obliged to proof that you’re running the marathon! You don’t have to run! We will bring you for a nice strolls along the best places in the city!

For all the visitors in Rome, City Lights Tours will also arrange all your transfers, so you can save your energy for the race (or for a tour!).

Soon we will publish the discount code reserved for all visitors in Rome during the International Rome Marathon, stay tuned!

Ciampino Airport gets connected with the City Centre of Rome

When you are visiting a city for the first time it can be very confusing to organize an affordable transport from the airport.

Fiumicino airport in Rome is easily connected to the city centre by a train that departs every 20 minutes.

However, many low-cost airlines are landing to the Ciampino airport and the connection with the city centre was very tricky.

From now you have Rome public transport company ATAC that will provide a bus line that will connect Ciampino Airport to the Laurentina Metro Station. And it will cost only 1.50€pp!!

The tickets can be purchased inside Ciampino Airport at the Tourist Info Point (PIT). Also, for those who already bought the Roma Pass on-line, they can use it for this journey instead of buying a new bus ticket.

The line that will bring you to Laurentina Metro station is n°720 and you can find it at the bus stop n°4 in front of the Ciampino Metro Station.

The bus will be running every 20 minutes from 5.30am to 11.30pm.

Once you get to the city center and you don’t know where to go, what to see first, whether to take a tour or not, just let us know and we will be happy to give you our best tips and offers 🙂

Rome… how to get there? Rome Airport transport solutions

Planning a vacation can include a research of hotels, tours, sightseeing places, sites not to miss. When we talk about Rome, the research can be overwhelming. There is so many things to visit and to do, that your list can be infinite. Tours of archaeological sites, visits to some of the museums, try some authentic Italian food and feel the Roman atmosphere of  places like Trastevere, Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Navona must be on your list. With all these enjoyable things to think about, you will probably not going to plan your transportation to the city centre; and that is so wrong!

Let us give you some tips about the transport on your first day in Rome. Most of the international flights land to Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport. So here are some suggestions that could be useful.

  • Taxi: the ride from Fiumicino to the city centre costs 48€. Please note that this price is from the airport to the city center (city center within Aurelian walls, see the map). If your hotel is not in the center please check the price with your driver before starting the journey.


  • Train: you will find several signs that will lead you to the train station inside the airport. There is a direct train, Leonardo Express, that doesn’t stop at any stop before Roma Termini (central station) and the ticket for this ride costs 14€. The duration of the journey is around 25 mins. However, you have another train that stops in almost all the train stations and this might be suitable in case your hotel is in Trastevere, Monteverde, Ostiense, Marconi, or even in the area of Campo de Fiori, Ghetto or the Vatican area. According to the station your are planning to get off, the tickets costs from 8€ to 14€. For example, it will take you 25mins to get to Trastevere and you will pay only 8€. From Trastevere station you have plenty of buses and trams that go in any direction.
  • Bus: You can choose between Terravision and Bus Shuttle. They are all leaving the airport every 35 to 45 mins. The first bus leaving in the morning at 5.30am is the Terravision one.
  • Private driver. In case you prefer to hire a private driver the costs are going from 60€ up. This is usually door-to-door service and if your group is more than 2 people, the cost-per-person will be much lower.

While in Rome do not forget that there are only 2 metro lines, A and B, and they are connecting just some parts of the city. There are numerous bus and tram lines but considering the congested traffic in Rome, the transportation in the city can be very slow.


Therefore, our suggestion is to keep walking in the city and avoid using the public transport, because every corner is hiding something interesting. The city bridges, alleys, squares and nine hundred churches create the most beautiful open air museum. So, go for a discover!



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