Roaming Around

Some tips for getting around the city!



TUTTOCITTÀ is the best map of Rome and it cannot be found in a book store, but is easily located in the Rome telephone directory. Should you need to find a particular address, ask the front desk at your hotel, or your at your local coffee bar




Taxis don't stop on the street when flagged, as they do in most American cities. The best way to get a cab is to find a taxi parking area, or to call one. The largest fleets of taxis can be reached dialling 06 3570 or 06 6645. When your call is answered, state the address and then you will be put on hold. While you are waiting and listening to music, the dispatcher is looking for the nearest cab. When the dispatcher returns to the line, he or she will give you the name and the number of the cab that will respond, along with the waiting time (such as "cinque minuti"). It that proposal is acceptable, say: "Grazie", hang up and wait. Tipping is not required, just pay the fee on the meter. It is a common courtesy to round the fee up to the nearest euro. Beware of illegal taxis. They may stop and ask you if you need a ride, but do not have a license and are not regulated as are legal taxis.




If you are thinking about renting a car in Rome, think again! Your hotel may offer parking in a guaranteed space in a nearby garage (parcheggio convenzionato). This is easy, but likely to be quite expensive. Parking in Rome requires driving in Rome, not a pleasant experience for the non-Roman. If you can read Italian and can interpret the many signs advising of legal and illegal parking locations, perhaps you can give this a try. Driving and parking in Rome is a challenge, even for native Italians.

If you are brave and wish to try it, there is a large parking structure at Villa Borghese, near Via Veneto, and open all day. The entrance is on Piazza Brasile. From here, using the underpass to the Metro A subway, you can easily reach the Spanish Steps.

In the same area is Parcheggio Ludovisi, on Via Ludovisi, a five minute walk to Piazza di Spagna or Via del Tritone.

There is another large parking garage at the Terminal
Gianicolo, close to St. Peter's. The entrance is in Piazza della Rovere/Via Gregorio VII.




Always buy an ATAC ticket at the tobacco shop (tabaccheria) before you baord the bus (euro 1). Stamp your ticket as you enter the bus. There are thousands of buses in Rome. Perhaps the most interesting is the electric bus, such as numbers 116 and 117, which meanders through the narrow streets of the city center. On every bus, beware of pickpockets!

Rome has two subway lines: the red line, called A, and the blue line, called B. They meet at the Termini railway station. Usually the subway is very crowded, especially at rush hours. The tickets are purchased and used in the same way as the buses, buy them at a tobacco store and stamp them as you enter.

Another option is the tram, a public urban rail system. There are different tram line. The newest is number 8, which starts at Largo Argentina and goes to Trastevere.



Trenitalia is the National Railway Company, and runs the train system. The main station in Rome is the Termini. From here you can catch trains to all destinations in Italy, as well as the special train to Leonardo da Vinci Airport. Usually the best choice is the Eurostar, a bit more expensive than the Expresso, but more comfortable and faster. Advance booking for this train is required. It is possible to buy tickets in travel agencies. For timetables and prices, consult