When in Rome…
Aside from Hypertext 2023, Rome has so much to offer. We have put together a brief information guide for participants joining us in the Eternal City. This includes places to visit, where to buy tickets, and guided tours.
Rome Information Points
There are three central information points in the city centre where you can find information about events, entrance to museums and sites, and to buy tickets:
Tourist Information Fori Imperiali, Via dei Fori Imperiali (diagonally across from the Colosseum) 9.30-19.00.
Tourist Information Castel Sant’Angelo, Piazza Pia, 9.30 – 19.00.
Tourist Information Minghetti, Via Marco Minghetti (corner Via del Corso) 9.30 – 19.00.
If you have two or more days in Rome for sightseeing you may want to purchase a Roma Pass, which includes free entrance to two museums, discounted entrance to all other museums or archaeological sites, and free city public transport (see website for more details).
ATAC operates almost all the public transport systems in Rome including subways, trains, buses, light rail, and trams. By buying a single transport card or ticket (see website) you will have access to nearly all means of public transport in the city.
City Knowledge & Tours
There are many options for finding your way around Rome including the low-tech guidebook, the guided tour, and the digital self-tour. If you have time before you travel, you may want to read up on some of the most popular (or the most low-key) places and experiences Rome has to offer:
Lonely Planet Experience Rome by Elisa Colarossi, Angela Corrias & Angelo Zinna.
Secret Rome: An Unusual Travel Guide by Ginevra Lovatelli, Adriano Morabito & Marco Gradozzi.
If you would prefer to find your way on foot, Guruwalk offers guided tours (in English and other languages) that are pay as you like. Tours include Romes ‘Greatest Sights’, ‘Dark Rome’ and the ‘Trastevere district free food tour’.
If you want to avoid the rush (and other tour participants) of a guided tour, you can by Self-Tours recorded guide and do things at your own time and pace. This tour starts from the Spanish stairs (conference venue).
Places to Visit
There are so many incredible places to visit in Rome, and so many websites which have curated excellent lists of these places that we have only provided a few.
One thing to mention is that there will be large numbers of tourists in Rome in September and tickets for the Vatican, the archaeological sites and the galleries can sell out in advance. If you want to visit a specific attraction, try and get tickets before you travel.
Places to Eat
Just like places to visit, places to eat are abundant and there are lists and curated content online that cater to every taste and budget. TripAdvisor is a reliable source to find restaurants that take bookings, have outside seating, deliver, or serve traditional Rome cuisine (amongst other criteria). We’ve included a list of vegetarian ‘friendly’ places and food markets (can recommend a visit) as options but there are so many more!
Places to Visit Via Train
If you have a few days to spare and feel like a change of scenery you can travel from Roma Termini via train to many of Italy’s cities and coastal regions. Trains go direct to incredible cities such Milan, Pisa, Florence and Turin, as well as beautiful coastal regions such as Naples and Salermo. It is always cheaper (and better) to book train tickets in advance, either via RFI – Rete Ferroviaria Italiana – or through Trainline.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Rome!
Please note that the ACM Hypertext 2023 does not have any connection or endorsement with the activities and places that we suggest above. They are just some personal recommendations from the Chairs based on their previous visits to the city. The quality of these suggestions is not guaranteed by ACM Hypertext.