Rome travel guide


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Rome Travel Guide

Getting Rome Around

Rome is fantastic for walking, with sites of attraction often agglomerated together. The central part of Rome is traffic-free, so you will need to walk whether you want it or not. However, in many sectors of the city, it's risky and unpleasant because of the crowds, heavy traffic, and narrow sidewalks.

We can observe that some streets haven't sidewalks, and it becomes a sort of free-for-all with pedestrians competing for space against vehicular traffic (the traffic always seems to win). Always be on your guard. The frantic crush of urban Rome is noticeably less during August, when many Romans leave town for vacation.

Getting from Rome Airport

Rome enjoys of two important airports: Leonardo da Vinci Airport (Fiumicino) 16 miles south west, and Ciampino 10 miles south east. Getting to Rome from Fiumicino is simply. Take the Termini Line train directly to Termini station. It lasts approximately 30 minutes. Another option is to catch the more frequent train to Tiburtina and then metro. Night buses connect Fiumicino to Tiburtina. Many charter and low-cost flights arrive at Ciampino Airport. Metro Line A goes to Termini, the Spanish Steps and the Vatican. At night it may be simpler to get a taxi.


Walking is simply the best form of getting around Rome. Walking, you will stumble with unending monuments, discover curious cafes and bars, and find charming family restaurants. However, Rome is really spread out and has no clear definable centre point. Taking in all the sights like the Vatican and the Coliseum in a short weekend will necessitate a little public transport (probably the metro), generally in the summer when walking in Rome can be tiring.

Sightseeing Buses

Rome attractions are really spread out and public transport sometimes can't get to all of the interest places, so Rome sightseeing buses are an attractive option. Rome sightseeing buses are an intelligent way of getting around Rome in the heat of the summer.


Yellow or white Rome taxis are really expensive and arduous to hail in the street. Go for taxi stands in Termini, Piazza did Spagna, Piazza Sonnino, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Venezia, Piazza della Repubblica and the Pantheon. Taxis are measured and subject to extra charges for night time, Sunday and bags. Radio taxis can be contacted in advance. If out late, many bars will phone a taxi for you.

Public Transport

Rome doesn't possess an impressive public transport system. The metro is very restricted and buses and trams can be crowded and really slow. The same tickets are valid on buses, trams and metro and can be purchased from metro station vending machines, ticket offices and tobacconists. If you are using single tickets buy various in one go. There are 1 day, 3 day and weekly passes. The Roma Pass, valid for 3 days, admits free or reduced admission to museums and archaeological sites, exhibitions etc., and it offers maps and information. At hand from tourist offices, airports and participating museums.


Rome metro possesses only 2 lines: A and B. Line A operates east to west and is useful for the Vatican, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Barberini. Line B operates northeast to southwest and stops at the Coliseum, St. Paul's Basilica and Circo Massimo.

Buses and Trams

Rome buses go everywhere in theory. Bus stops are observed where the bus is coming from and where it is going. Tickets must be purchased in advance and stamped on the bus. Advance at the front or back and exit at the middle. Rome trams incline to be crowded and visit few famous sights. Trams operate close to the Vatican, the Coliseum and Trastevere.

River Boat

A cheap ferry links Tiberina Island to Duca d'Aosta Bridge on the River Tiber. Longer Rome river trips and dinner cruises are available.

Bicycles and Scooters

Can be rented but hardly worth the trouble for a short break.

Driving schools

Driving schools in Rome

Driving schools teach driving, and road safety. In the driving schools directory you will find information about road safety, driving knowledge, vechicles and equipment. A driver training course, or hight-school driver education program approved by the provincial government can teach you the skills, and attitudes you need to be a safe, and responsible driver.

Traffic schools

Traffic schools in Rome

Improve your driving skills and possibly get a ticket dismissed or your insurance premium reduced. Taking a traffic schools course can also earn you a discount on your car insurance premiums. And, of course, if your driving skills just need a tune up, you can sign up to improve your driving techniques.

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