Luckily Rome is a metropolitan city so there are many ways to get around the city without having to rely on a car. Which, if you’re traveling from overseas, is really a good thing.
Not to mention that driving in Rome is a dangerous experience (depending on who you ask) and that finding parking will ALWAYS take you at least 30 minutes. If you don’t believe me here’s some photo evidence of just how insane the parking here can be.
So, if you’re new to the city and you’re still trying to find ways to get around here are the best options…
It’s still got an engine but it’s a whole lot more fun than driving a car. Plus, you won’t have an issue with parking like you would with a car.
Even better, is that if you are not in possession of your own Vespa, you can rent one for the duration of your stay. You’ll just need to make sure you have a valid license in order to take it out on the road.
If you’re not interested in taking a Vespa for multiple days at a time or you just don’t know how to ride one, another option is taking a Vespa tour! While most Vespa riders would say nothing beats driving around a scooter on your own, it can still be a blast to relax and enjoy the ride from the back seat. Plus, we know of some great companies like, Vespa Tour in Rome, that are sure to give you an incredible experience.
Speaking of taking a back seat, if you’re looking to catch a cab home late at night, a more thrilling option is to call a Vespa service to come and pick up via the app Scooterino.
Although not as powerful as a scooter. The Segway can also be a cool way to get around the city. With two wheels and a motor you won't have to put in as much work as a bicycle (which we'll speak to later) but you will have to stand for a longer period of time. However, we do realize that it's more likely people will use this on a tour rather than a main method of transportation. So, if your goal is to see the sites for a few hours on a Segway than we recommend you book a tour with Segway Rome Tour.
I won’t say that Rome is a completely bike friendly city but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still ride around here. In fact, aside from the Vespa it’s one of the most reliable ways to get to where you need to go.
You may not have heard but as much as people use the public transportation around here doesn’t function as smoothly as you would hope. Meaning the busses can be late more often than not, and there are more strikes every month.
So if you like the extra exercise and knowing that you can get wherever you need to without waiting around for hours (I’m exaggerating) then taking a bike is a really great option. Just be sure to lock it up when you’re finished. Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of petty theft here so you don’t want to lose your bike because you forgot to keep it locked safe.
If you don’t have a bike of your own, then same as the Vespa, there are plenty of rental shops where you can rent a bike during your stay or even just for the day. Which, for a day’s ride we suggest visiting the park Appia Antica. It’s not as famous as Villa Borghese and a little bit harder to get to but there are significantly less tourists so you own’t have to worry about crowds. Even better, you’ll get to ride past farms and ancient ruins all in the same day. Make sure to pack a lunch, you’ll want to spend as much time in the park as you can.
The metro in Rome consists of three lines, A, B, and C. The largest of the two being the A and B that intersect at the main train station Termini; a station you’ll be quite familiar once you begin taking the trains here. The C line doesn’t connect to either the A or the B, so you most likely won’t be using that line that often.
Now, I know I mentioned strikes and how unreliable the public transportation can be, but to be fair the metro is truly the best and most reliable option over taking the tram and the bus. Plus if you hate taking the bus (like I do) it’s much nicer to hop on the train and walk a few extra minutes wherever you need to go. Plus, you’re less likely to get stuck waiting over 20 minutes like you would with the tram or the bus.
Finally, since Rome is fairly small in comparison to there major cities around the world, you can count on a ride from one end to the other shouldn’t take you longer than 30 minutes.
My favorite way to get around the city, mainly because it’s free, great exercise and I get to explore new parts of Rome at my own leisure.
Although, it could be argued you can do all of this taking a bike, I still think nothing beats strolling around the streets of Rome. This way you can enjoy getting lost as you find new coffee shops, bookstores, and neighborhoods you might not have seen or noticed otherwise.
Tip: If you’re not used to walking, my suggestion is to keep it to 30 minutes at a time and always make sure you have comfortable shoes or you’ll be cursing the cobblestones by the time you make it home.