Experiencing the rugby first-hand in the Eternal City is an opportunity not to be missed! If you’re planning to make a trip to Rome for the opening game of the Six Nations, you’re definitely in for a treat. We’d even go so far to say that it would be worth a visit even if you don’t have tickets for the game. The atmosphere around the city is truly electric, over the years rugby has accumulated a huge following which lights up the streets on match weekends.
Direct flights are available from London Gatwick, London Stansted and Bristol airports which will get you there in just 2 hr 45 minutes.
Get to Stadio Olimpico
The rugby itself takes place in the Stadio Olimpico, to the North-West of the city. This is easily reached from the centre of Rome, with public transport readily available. The nearest Metro stop is Flaminio (Linea A), with a 15 minute walk from there – or if you’d rather not walk, and No.2 tram will take you to the stadium from there. Many enterprising Italians set up pop-up bars near the stadium to quench your thirst along the way– with prices ranging from €1.50 - €5. Taxis are also a viable option to get from city centre to stadium, these should cost approximately €20 – but of course can cost more depending on time of travel and traffic conditions.
If you aren’t bothered about being near the stadium, there are plenty of bars and pubs in the city centre that really get in to the spirit of the game. Our top picks include Scholar’s Lounge Pub, Fiddler’s Elbow, The Highlander, and Druid’s Den.
Visit the famous Roman sites
With average high temperatures of 13°C in February, but predictions of 15°C over the match weekend, Rome offers the best weather of all the Six Nations venues. Make the most of it by taking a stroll through the City’s beautiful ancient attractions. Check out the Pantheon, St Peter’s Basilica and Piazza Navona for a slice of Italian charm. Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain or walk down the Spanish steps, and the best bit? All of these attractions are totally free! In fact, you’d be surprised how many of the famous attractions are completely free of charge.
A visit to the Colosseum will cost around €12, with discounts available for children and students. Guided tours or self-guided audio tours are well worth the investment if you want to get the most out of your visit. These will cost approximately €5-6 respectively and take around an hour.
Guided city tours are also widely available and can usually come with a discount if pre-booked online in advance. These come in all shapes and sizes – ranging from walking tours to being driven around on the back of a Vespa, and can last 2 – 4 hours. If you’re a food lover, definitely check out a guided food tour. These usually last around 3 hours and cost an average of €60 for an adult.
Transport in and around Rome
With regards to getting around the city and to/from the airport – there is a well-connected public transport network made up of buses, trams, metros and rail services. For which, passes are available for 24, 28 or 72 hours, or a full 7 days if required. Prices are €7.00, €12.50, €18 or €24 respectively – with student discounts available.
A hop-on hop-off city sightseeing bus is also available, which includes a tour guide on-board – combine with a 1 or 3 day public transport pass for €27/€39 for adults, although children under 10 are free!
Get Euros for your trip
Not sure about you, but we’re looking forward to another year of spectacular rugby! If you’re joining the celebrations, don’t forget to pre-order your Euros before you go. Our Reserve & Collect service allows you to order currency a minimum of 24 hours in advance for collection at all our airport and central London locations – so you can still lock in our best rates even if it’s a last minute trip. We have branches at London Gatwick, London Stansted, London Southend, and Bristol airports so we’ve got you covered.