- Metro: Line A, stations Ottaviano – S.Pietro-Musei Vaticani or Cipro (from either station it’s a 10-minute walk
- Tram: 19, Piazza del Risorgimento (5-minute walk)
- Bus: Line 49 stops in front of the Museums Entrance. 32, 81 or 982, Piazza del Risorgimento, end of the line (5-minute walk). 492 or 990, Via Leone IV / Via degli Scipioni (5-minute walk)
- Car: Paid parking on Viale Vaticano
Get to know Rome
Rome’s metro is laid out in a north-south, east-west cross, and they intersect at Termini Station. They’re quite handy if you’re staying near a stop, but if not… well, get to know the buses.
The system can seem complex at first, but routes are laid out in an easy-to-understand manner at stops. Buses are frequent, but subject to the low-level chaos that is Roman traffic!
Transit tickets are valid across all modes of public transport and readily available at vending machines at metro stations, major bus stops and at some bars and tobacconists. Don’t forget to validate them after boarding the bus!
Rome has a Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and dry. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and hats too. If you happen to have a hand fan, throw that in too. Winters are cool, and it can even get a little cold – though it is still a Mediterranean climate. The mid-seasons of spring and fall tend to be pleasant and balmy, and are perfect times for al fresco dining in short-sleeved shirts.
Rome doesn’t tend to get a lot of rain, but when it does it can be torrential. Check the weather report in the morning, just to be safe. Also, note that the plentiful fountains around town are fed by the aqueducts. Bring a water bottle and fill it up with the free, spring-fed cool water.
La Dolce Vita
This phrase (literally: “the sweet life”) entered English parlance when the classic film of the same name debuted in 1960, and fans of Federico Fellini’s film took to using it. But even before then, it’s been a part of Italian lingo. It refers not just to an enjoyment of life, but to actively savoringthe lived experience. It’s worth using your time in the Eternal City to really get to understand the concept. Make like a local and go for a passeggiata (stroll) in the evening air after your meal. Sip a morning cappuccino with friends at a table on the sidewalk. Get an extra scoop of gelato at the gelateria. Open a second bottle of Chianti. And of course: throw a coin in the Trevi to ensure your return to the Eternal City.