If you are staying close to the city center, the only place that may be a little too far to walk to would be Vatican City (take Metro Line A - it will take you directly to Città del Vaticano). Other than that, walking is the best choice! Driving or riding a moto scooter / bike is next to suicide and taxis are just very expensive.
I was told there are over 400 bus / tram lines and its next to impossible to find out which route which bus takes. Some tobacco shops have route maps but they are usually €5 up - I did see a small folded-up one for €2.50 in one shop, but the question is really if it's worth the money unless you are staying for Rome for an extended period of time.
The metro is nice but also not too reliable at times (the last night of our stay, we were trying to get to the train station, but because of some technical defect, the metro was delayed for about 20 min, and when it finally came, it was so packed that you could not possibly get on without getting smashed... go figure...)
To sum it up -- if you need to go someplace far out, buy a single ticket (available at tobacco shops, vending machines in metro stations and in those little booths in the streets). Day tickets or even 3 / 7 Day-tickets are not expensive at first sight, but you'll probably end up walking a lot anyway...
There are buses and the metro, but i actually found it easier to walk as most of the things to see are within walking distance and it gives you the opportunity to discover more.
i only went for 2 days and managed to see a lot.
We really enjoyed our 3 km walk on the
via appia antiqua. The surroundings are really
great. Problem was , at the end of our walk the
tree of us decided that walking back wasn't a
nice sollution. The sun was burning unmercifull
and we had seen it by now. We didn't want to
loose more precious time in Rome.
Problem is that ALL the tourist guide books
say that there is no way bak , then to walk.
Well , we Belgians , described by Ceasar
as the bravest of them all... we didn't
First you stop for a drink at the crossing of the
'via tor carbone' and the 'via appia antica'.
A fresh water fountain is waiting for you.
Then you walk a little bit down the road ,
busstop 'via erode attico' is waiting for you.
Get on the bus and get off at metro station
'arco di Travertino'.
Now it is just a matter of minutes
-your on line A.-untill your back in the city center.
I was quite surprised at how walkable Rome was (pssssssssssst, Cathy, don't tell anybody about my blisters....)! You get the best feel of the city by walking it!!! There are signs for pedestrians all around to show you the right direction to the major sites!!
This tip is not so much about what mode of transport you should use to get around Rome, but more to advise you to walk! Not because there is anything wrong with traveling any other way, but because you will see so much more. Most of which will be missed if you always get a train or taxi.
There are little pockets amongst the back streets that have beautiful fountains and monuments in them. Historical buildings can be found in the strangest of places............some of which will be missed unless you do a bit of walking.
It is not a far walk. Rome centre is not as big as say Paris or London. We walked from our hotel in the South East of the City to the Vatican in the North West and it takes maybe an hour.....if that. Obviously we took a lot longer because we stopped in at some other sites on the way.
If you can handle a few hours of walking then definetly walk! You will have a great time!
Best transportation in Rome is .... feet! walk and walk and walk ... and discover in every corner a monument!
But this pic has also a meaning: in Rome you will see millions of cats! everybody know it. And the Mayor do not do anything against it because cats are good against rats!
You can plot a course that allows you to walk to most major sites within Rome. It has the added benefits of providing some exercise, burning off the food and drink you are bound to overindulge in, and allow you to discover hidden gems that you otherwise wouldn't.
Ok, I've said this before but walking is usually the best way to get around and to see the city (not just the "sights" but the city itself).
Plus, getting lost is how you find those really interesting places - or, at least, get interesting stories.
That said, there are buses and trams in Rome. The trams are pretty easy - I take the tram from my apartment up to Largo Argentina on occasion.
The buses I still haven't really used at all.
Really, though, Rome is a good city to walk in, probably more than some others (like Washington D.C. for one).
Arm yourself with a detailed street map, not the general overview handed out free at tourist offices. Most hotels hand out a pretty good version at their front desks.
The bulk of ancient, Renaissance, and baroque Rome (as well as the train station) lies on the east side of the Tiber River (Fiume Tevere), which meanders through town. However, several important landmarks are on the other side: St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican, the Castel Sant'Angelo, and the colorful Trastevere neighborhood.
The city's various quarters are linked by large boulevards (large, at least, in some places) that have mostly been laid out since the late 19th century. Starting from the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, a controversial pile of snow-white Brescian marble that's often compared to a wedding cake, there's a street running practically due north to Piazza del Popolo and the city wall. This is Via del Corso, one of the main streets of Rome--noisy, congested, always crowded with buses and shoppers, and called simply "Il Corso." To its left (west) lie the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de' Fiori, and the Tiber. To its right (east) you'll find the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Borghese Gardens, and Via Veneto.
Finding an address in Rome can be a problem because of the narrow streets of old Rome and the little, sometimes hidden piazze (squares). Numbers usually run consecutively, with odd numbers on one side of the street and even numbers on the other. However, in the old districts the numbers will sometimes run consecutively up one side of the street to the end, then back in the opposite direction on the other side. Therefore, no. 50 could be opposite no. 308.
Walk, go walking to everywhere. You'll enjoy of what you'll find every few streets, and you'll be closer to the romans' everyday life. Mix with them. As less tourist you see at a given place, as real and better it will be your experience at that place. Take your time. Take as much time as you can
Allright, now that you´re IN the city at the spot where you want to begin.... just start walking!!!
This is absolutely the best way to get into the heart of Rome. You will walk from one beautiful excavation to the next immense ancient building. Make sure you plan to do the big ones before you start otherwise you will wonder around for ever.
Getting around Rome is basically on foot as most sights are very close.The streets are mainly clogged with traffic and driving would be frightening.Renting a motor bike would be ok as long as you are very careful.When walking,,,be very careful when you cross a road as traffic will not stop.I found walking around Rome the nicest and easiest way to see things and i was surprised just now close most sights were.
The best way to get around is to walk the city. Rome is so much smaller than London or Paris. There really is no need to take any form of transportation besides your legs & feet if you don't have children. If you are staying for awhile or have a definate destination outside the walls then walking will be good enough to get around. I did take the underground to see San Paolo Fuori le Mura. It was very easy to do. You can either buy a ticket from a newsstand or at the station. Try to make sure you have small change with you. Traffic is a constant in Rome, like you wouldn't assume that in a city of nearly 3 million and who knows how many tourists.
On foot! Don't use a taxi. However, if time is limited, an organised day trip taking in The Colisseum and Capitoline will take care of the more difficult to access places. Crossing the road can be a nightmare in Rome, you have to be foreceful about it, and trust that the crazy drivers would rather not damage their cars by driving into you!
Well...as usual...I mostly walked, the best way to see a city. In Rome there is history around every corner. I also used the subway. Vespas can also be rented...but they can be dangerous! I saw two accidents while I was in Rome involving vespas.