Rome’s narrow roads make driving and parking a challenge, so consider skipping a rental car in favor of alternative transportation options. Take advantage of the excellent public transit system, explore by foot or bike, hop on a tour bus, or travel by scooter as the Romans do. Here are your options.
Though it can get crowded during rush hour, public transit in Rome is extensive and affordable, encompassing metro, bus, and tram lines. Tickets are typically good on all forms of public transit, with single-use passes as well as one-day and multi-day options available.
Walking and Biking Tours
The historic heart of Rome is compact, with many popular attractions within walking distance of each other. Join a guided walking tour to visit ancient Roman sites such as the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Campo de’ Fiori, and Piazza Navona. Book a food-themed tour to indulge in Rome’s many flavors, or a bike tour to cover more ground than you would on foot.
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours
Get your bearings in Rome with a ride on a double-decker bus. Sit on the open-top upper deck and spot famous landmarks including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and Vatican City. Stay onboard for an audio-guided tour, or hop on and off the bus route to discover the city at your own pace.
Do as the Romans do, and explore the city from the back of a scooter. Rent your own, or choose a customized Vespa tour and let your guide do the driving. Zip through the streets quickly, and discover neighborhoods beyond the historic center. Bonus: Scooter parking is typically easy to find. Vespa tours can be customized according to your personal interests.