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Culture Lab is a platform dedicated to, you may have guessed it, cultures! In particular, culturally-aware and culturally-sensitive travel. Every location on this planet has a story, with no two stories ever being exactly alike.

Cultural-minded travel fuels understanding and acceptance of the many different cultures of the people that inhabit this planet.

Guides

All Culture Lab guides are available online on your devices and are also available for download as a PDF so you can bring them wherever you go, whenever you need them. Our guides include sections such as background information, a cultural guide, recommendations, and more!

Rome

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are now landing at Rome-Fiumicino Airport. It is very hot outside, but don't worry, there's plenty of gelato in Rome to keep you cool in the heat of the summer afternoon. Welcome to Rome."

Trevi Fountain // Original
Dolores Park // Richard James

San Francisco

Fog, cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, burritos in the Mission, the Golden Gate Park, and 60's counter-culture in the Haight.

Cinque Terre

Five villages, five stories, five experiences. Each one of these villages is not exactly like anything else in this world—colorful architecture and steep alleys: postcard villages. But deep inside, you'll discover five villages and five cultures, stuck in time.

Veranzza // Original

Posts

Curated travel content for the curious.


Rome

The Eternal City

Spanish Steps // Original

i. Introduction

Benevuti a Roma! Rome is one of the world's most powerful cities, seat of the Italian government, center of the historic Roman Empire, and enclosing the seat of the Catholic Church. The city has stood the test of time with icons of the Roman Empire scattered throughout the city, even today.

ii. Getting to Rome

• Airports

Rome has two major airports that you can fly into on various airlines. The larger of the two is Rome-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) which is where most international travelers will arrive to. All three major American carriers (American, Delta, and United) have flights to Rome-Fiumicino (FCO) from various airports in the U.S. In addition, Rome-Fiumicino (FCO) hosts a variety of global carriers including Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Emirates. The airport is also the main hub of the Italian flag-carrier, Alitalia.

Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA) is another airport serving Rome but exclusively handles low-cost flights from European low-cost carriers Ryanair and Wizz Air. Revealed Rome has a great article explaining the different options to get into Rome from CIA Airport.

Rome-Fiumicino Airport // Original

From FCO Airport, travelers can get into the city center by express train (Leonardo Express), regional train (Trenitalia), bus, taxi, or rideshare.

Leonardo Express
A direct 32-minute trip from the airport to Roma-Termini Station, Rome's main train station, this express train run by Trenitalia, the national rail company, departs every half-hour during off-peak hours and every 15 minutes during peak hours. The train costs €14 one-way, per person. Tickets can be bought at machines in the airport and at the airport train station or at counters at the airport train station.

Trenitalia Regional Train
Departing also from the airport train station, the Trenitalia regional train costs around €9 one-way, per person. Regional trains (FL1) do not stop at Roma-Termini Station but rather at these stations around the city of Rome: Tratsvere Station, Ostiense Station, Tuscolana Station, and Tiburtina Station. Make sure to plan ahead and research each station to where you'll be staying in Rome.

Bus
There are several bus companies that operate bus services from FCO to Rome's city center. It is the cheapest option available for getting into the city of Rome proper. If you will be taking the bus, we strongly recommend purchasing your tickets beforehand, online. You'll shave off one or more euros, depending on the company you've chosen.

Taxi
Taxis from the FCO Airport to Rome's city center (within the Aurelian Walls) cost a flat rate of €48. Refer to this website for flat rates to other destinations in the city of Rome and its surrounding areas.

Rideshare
Ridesharing, particularly on Uber, from the airport to Rome's city center is strongly not recommended because only Uber Black, Lux, and Van are available in Italy. A single trip on Uber can run near and upwards of the €100 mark.

Rome-Termini Station // Photo by Teming Kang

• Trains

Roma-Termini Station is Rome's largest and busiest train station and is also centrally located. Trenitalia, the national rail company, operates many services through the station, to various cities around Italy. Private high-speed rail company Italo operates services from Roma-Termini as well.

You'll need a ticket to enter the platforms as the train station has security zones installed.

🌎 While at the station, be aware of people at the station who appear to be friendly and helpful as they rush to assist you. They will request tips at the end of their service, and generally multiple euros.

iii. Getting Around Rome

• Foot

Rome is one of the world's most walkable cities, particularly it's city center. Most of Rome's most popular attractions like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona are within walking distance of each other (all within 20 minutes of each other).

In addition, walks are never boring in Rome. From the architecture to the numerous gelato shops and the variety of different shops, you'll always encounter something new in Rome's streets.

Google Maps works super well in Rome and we recommend using it to navigate around Rome. It also has transport integrated so everything is seamless.

• Metro

Rome's metro is small compared to other similar-sized cities, with only three lines. However the system, as it is, is enough to get to all the attractions of Rome when coupled with the large network of buses and trams.

The three lines of the Rome Metro are Line A, Line B, and Line C.

You'll most likely only use Line A and Line B as Line C connects out to Rome's outer neighborhoods and doesn't go to any of Rome's significant attractions.

In the entire network, Termini Station is the only interchange between Line A and Line B. San Giovanni Station is the only interchange between Line A and Line C.

Google Maps works super well in Rome and we recommend using it to navigate around Rome. It also has transport integrated so everything is seamless.

• Buses & Trams

iv. Experiences

v. Food & Drink

vi. Lodgings

vii. Miscellaneous

San Francisco

The City by the Bay

Dolores Park

i. Introduction

Get ready to climb onboard a cable car to start your epic, but foggy, San Francisco adventure. From the hustle and bustle of Union Square to chaotic Chinatown and to the bright lights of the Golden Gate Bridge, you will not be disappointed.

Cinque Terre

Dolores Park

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