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Getting Around Rome

The best way to get around Rome is by foot. And because many of the best attractions are clustered together in traffic-free zones, walking makes the most sense. However, some places, like Vatican City, are pretty far from the central historic district, necessitating the use of the metro or a taxi. The metro can also take you from the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) into the city center. Buses are also available, but these aren't recommended — because of crowded conditions aboard and heavy traffic outside. If you must bring a car to Rome, you should park it as soon as possible once you enter the city limits. Otherwise, you'll find heavy traffic, impatient drivers and pedestrian-only areas makes driving around virtually impossible.

On Foot

Walking is an easy option, particularly as many of the city's top attractions are located in close proximity to one another. Wear some comfortable shoes for climbing the Spanish Steps, entering the Colosseum and venturing in the Roman Forum.

Metro

Traffic above-ground is bad, so the subterranean metro is the quickest means of public transportation to get around. The metro in Rome runs two lines and you'll find stations scattered throughout the city marked by signs with a big red "M" on them. You can buy tickets (€1 EUR one-way) at some metro stations and convenience stores throughout the city. Watch out for pickpockets when riding, and also beware of scam artists trying to sell you special tours or hotel rooms.

Bus

A bus ticket costs the same as one for the metro (€1 EUR), and these are available at bus terminals and convenience stores. Bus stops are marked by Fermata (or stop) signs. Pickpockets are also a problem here, so keep an eye on your wallet.

Taxi

The best way to get a taxi is to have your hotel concierge call one for you. Restaurants will call cabs too.  A bit expensive, taxis start at about €3 EUR and charge about a euro for every kilometer traveled. If you call one, you should keep in mind that the meter starts from wherever that driver is summoned. Extra charges are tacked on for travel on Sundays, late at night and for suitcases.

Car

If your goal is to enjoy a stress-free vacation, don't drive. Traffic is a nightmare, as is parking. The entire historic city center is off limits to drivers during the day. And on the whole, Romans are a population of impatient drivers. But if you must, get an International Driver's Permit (just in case the rental company requires it), and book a car at the airport or an agency located in the city.

Entry & Exit Requirements

A valid passport is required for United States citizens traveling outside the mainland by air or sea, as well as for U.S. citizens trying to re-enter the country. U.S. citizens do not need a visa unless they plan on staying longer than 90 days. Visit the U.S. State Department's website for the latest information on foreign exit and entry requirements.

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