I'm off to Rome next week and as its a kind of last minute thing so I've a few questions. I've researched a good bit but just have a few things id like to confirm / get advice on.
We have accommodation sorted - its Residenza Cellini on via Modena. We're flying into Ciampiano and as far as I can tell the taxi from airport to hotel should be €30 - is this correct? Its hard to tell if this hotel/street is within the city walls but as far as I can tell it is.
We will be flying out on a Saturday morning at 11am. Is traffic in Rome lighter or heavier on Saturdays and how long should one allow to get to the Ciampiano airport - 1 hour? Do I need to book the taxi to the airport well in advance and do I need to advise the taxi driver in advance that I am aware the fare should be €30? Any good recommendations of a taxi service (not chauffeur service) I can book with. Do the taxi drivers feel aggrieved about this set fare thing - I see there's a lot of talk about it on-line.
Can anyone recommend anything really cool to see by night - I guess the Coliseum is one - anything else? Should I be looking at buying tickets in advance or get them when we're there - we will be there from Sunday - Saturday. Can you actually go into these places at night (Vatican, Coliseum etc.) or only look at them from outside
For seeing things like the Vatican or the Coliseum is there long queues at this time of the year or would you be able to pick tickets up at the time?
I see that there are various travel cards / admission cards. Can anyone give me some details on these? I would imagine we'll walk to many places as we're staying centrally but will jump on the Metro from time to time. I would imagine we will go to plenty museums, churches, Vatican, Coliseum etc. - is there a discount card and is it worth it?
As always any other advice anyone can think of for a Rome first timer would be greatly appreciated.