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Taking a Taxi in Rome can be a nightmare. Everybody knows somebody who heard from somebody about the experience of somebody.

But don’t be afraid of those horror-stories. Follow the steps below and everything will go smooth.

Taxi drivers in Rome, taken as a whole, are no better and no worse than taxi drivers in any major city. Most of them will take you to your destination by the fastest route (which may not be the shortest) and will charge the price shown on the meter plus permitted extra charges of €1 for each bag after the first in the luggage area and € 2,00 for each passenger after the fourth.

Take care and always use an official taxi, licensed by the City of Rome. They are white, with a "TAXI" sign on the roof and the Rome crest (with "SPQR") on the doors + there licence number. They have a meter, which should always be used unless you are traveling between central Rome (Aurelian walls), main train stations and one of the two airports (Fiumicino and Ciampino). Look to be certain it is being used. Point out to the meter and ask with a smile if that is indeed the meter. In that way, without offending nobody, you let the driver know that you know the system !!!!

From 11 June 2012, the meter starts running when you get in, with a minimum charge of €3.50 on the meter. These are not rip-offs: they are they way things were done in Rome. Because of the time required to alter thousands of taxi meters, some taxis will be using the old system until at least 20 July 2012. Paper receipt with license number is required.

Fixed price to airports. There is a fixed price from central Rome (within the old walls, called Aurelian walls) to the airports and vice versa: €48 for Fiumicino and €30 for Ciampino, including luggage. Don't use "City of Fiumicino" official taxi at Fiumicino airport to go to central Rome: you'll pay a fixed price of €60 (instead of €48).  If you are travelling between an airport and somewhere outside the old walls (excepted other specific destinations like train stations) normal metered charges apply.

Many complaints about rip-offs arise from someone using a vehicle that is not an official taxi. Ignore touts who may approach you at an airport or train station, offering a "taxi" service. Follow the signs to the taxi rank, and use an official taxi.

In this section:  How to take Taxi

How skipping line in Vatican Ancient Rome

How to book & Visit the Borghese Villa ?

Roma Pass & More .....

Rome Taxi's are white in color !!


How to Visit the Vatican Museums?

Dress-code, no big bags or sharp items (knifes,  large umbrellas a.s.o)

Try to go in the afternoon between 1:30 - 2:00 pm.

High season is spring and autumn. Entrance closes at 4:00 pm, exit at 6:00 pm.

In low season, there is no need to book in advance (ticket 16,00 €, credit cards allowed), if you are going in the afternoon, with exception the days of the Christian feastdays and Italian civil holidays. You can book in advance for fast track entry in the Vatican on the following Official Website of the Vatican Museum. Ticket is 16,00 € + 4,00 € reservation

(Closed on Sunday and religious feasts: see website)

Need of an official guided tour of the Vatican, the Museum, it’s gardens and the archeological site of Via Triumphalis ? Contact me


.... and go to my page: Religion for articles about the Vatican

How to get there


Metro Line A, Stations: Ottaviano - S.Pietro-Musei Vaticani; Cipro (from both stations 10 minutes walk).


49, stop in front of the Museums Entrance.

32, 81, 982, Piazza del Risorgimento, end of the line (5 minutes walk).

492, 990, Via Leone IV / Via degli Scipioni (5 minutes walk).

Meeting point for those who do a private tour with me: opposite the entrance of the Museum (see picture above), at "Caffè Vaticano" (excellent food but expensive ... + some hidden costs) = due to the prime location; look below at alternatives



Where to buy a ticket to skip the line?  Try always to visit it in the morning. Be there at 8:30 am. If you are going to visit at least two museums in Rome maybe buy the RomaPass (see below)

There are 3 entrances where you can buy your ticket. No matter where you buy your ticket: If you are buying your ticket at The Foro Romano or the Palatine Hill, you can use the same ticket for skipping the line for the Colosseum. Ticket valid for 2 days                              

During the day, the best entrance remains “Foro Romano”. But you can always book in advance (12,00 € + 2,00 € reservation fee) to skip the line following this link: Reservation Colosseum - Roman Forum/Palatine


Entrance Foro Romano + Toilets outside entrance: Best place to buy your ticket without lines !!!

Entrance Colosseo: Everybody wants to enter at the same time: worst place to buy ticket: always queuing !!!

Entrance Palatine Hill: Second choice entrance. Early mornings: no lines. Toilets inside


    ✦ Step 2. Go with your ticket to the Colosseum and skip the line

    .    ✦ Step 1. Buy your ticket here, but don't enter if you don't have the Roma-pass or on-line ticket

   ✦ Step 3.

    With same ticket (or RomaPass) enter Ancient Rome by the Palatine hill, again skipping the line. Visit Palatine hill and after Visit the Forum Romanum.

   ✦ Step 4. Use the exit behind the Curia and the Arch of Settimius Severus.

   ✦ Step 5. Take the steps to the top of the Capitolina Hill

    ✦ Step 6. Have your lunch in Bar Capitolino: bar of the Museum (follow link)

Six steps for having the best experience of Ancient Rome


I call it the icing on the cake. So beautiful. Unfortunately, only limited access. Therefore (also with RomaPass or OmniaPass) you have to book in advance calling (0039)06 328 101 and following the instructions. Keep a pencil by the hand for writing down the reference-code. Call a few weeks in advance. Best combination is with ancient Rome and Colosseum in the morning, lunch at Bar Capitolina and booking at 5:00 pm the Gallery Borghese. (be there 1/2 hour in advance !!!)

You can visit the Gallery Borghese (closed on Monday) at

9:00 am - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

You have exactly two hours to visit the museum.

The audio-guides are excellent and have to be rented on the spot itself. When during your visit, they suggest to press yellow for more info: Do it! That bottom gives you the gossip-stories.

Obligatory deposit of all kinds of bags (see below) and NO cameras are allowed. Be there 1/2 hour in advance to pick up your ticket. You can pay in cash or creditcards or using your RomaPass or OmniaPass (see below).

If at the last moment you decide not to visit, it will be considered as a no-show, and they will sell your reservation to a last arrival.

How to visit the gallery avoiding the crowds?

After purchasing ticket, follow arrow and wait in basement until they open the gate; take the steps to 2nd floor and go straight to room with picture:Amore Sacro e Profano (Tiziano). Start there and return slowly to steps, After 1 h. descent and visit 1st floor, entering by main-entrance. Have a nice visit. (in this way you are doing it in the reverse order!, avoiding tourists, Ahimé, who likes them?)

The SCAVI OF THE VATICAN, the buriel place of St. Peter: 13,00 €

The “Scavi” are the excavations of the underground necropolis under St. Peter’s Basilica where St. Peter was buried. You must request a reservation in advance to see the Scavi. You may do this by sending a fax to the Excavation Office at +(39) 06.6987.3017, an e-mail to scavi@fsp.va, or by phone at +(39)06.6988.5318. Tickets are 12 euros per person and include a guided tour. As this is a very popular site and the Vatican only allows a limited number of people; please make your reservations as far in advance as possible to ensure that you get a tour.  Visitors must be over the age of 15.  Groups of 12 will be formed according to languages spoken.

Ticket Office hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Vatican holidays

The last tour begins at 3:30 p.m. (4:15 p.m. from April - Sep.).   The tour lasts about 1 1/2 hours.

For more detailed information, please visit the official Vatican Scavi website.

The ROMA PASS : 34,00 €

    A visitor who intends to stay for more than a few days in Rome, however, should learn how to use the admirable system of public transport, which will carry you into every corner of the city at a fraction of the cost of a taxi. The “bus service” is, in fact, the cheapest thing in Rome. It is worth mastering, not only for obvious reasons, but also for the sense of triumph such an achievement brings with it. Some little ribbon, or medal, should be given by the Municipality to those strangers who acquire the technique of “bus travelling”: some first step towards the coveted privilege of honorary citizenship. (H.V.Morton, A traveller in Rome)

- For those who are at least 3 days in Rome, and want to visit at least two museum (a.e. Ancient Rome and the Villa Borghese), it can be interesting to buy the Roma Pass. Buy them in the Metro (Subway A or B) or in the Tourist info stands in the city. You'll find them all over the city of Rome. Quite often, in the form of little green kiosks that litter the historical centre of Rome, that are staffed by friendly and very helpful people.

- Valid for 3 days

- The Coliseum (14,00 €) - skip the lines/also good for Roman Forum

- Roman Forum & Palatine Hill (skip the lines) included Colosseum

- Borghese Gallery (12,00 €)

- All Public Transport for three days (16,50 €)

- Free admisson to the following museums: Museo della Repubblica Romana e della memoria garibaldina, Museo Bilotti a Villa Borghese, Museo Canonica, Museo delle Mura, Museo Napoleonico and Villa di Massenzio (during Roma Pass validity period and in addition to the 2 free admissions).

Using this combination, in total you would spent 42,50 €, while the Roma Pass  is only 34,00 €. A bargain !

The OMNIA PASS : 90,00 €

More expensive, but includes also the Vatican Museum and the Hop-on-Hop-off open bus tour + guide book. But beware !!!!!


    •Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums

    •St. Peter's Basilica

    •Rome Bus Tour

    •The Coliseum

    •Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

    •Capitoline Museums

    •National Museum of Castel St. Angelo

    •St. John in the Lateran and the Cloister

    •St. Peter's Prison

    •Borghese Gallery

I have to warn you: on TripAdviser a lots of people has complaints about the Omnia Pass. Of course, you can buy the above historical places on your own as explained.

Is this the Meter ??! ... with a smile

Having a little snack/sandwich/pasta in a typical roman bar at lunch before/after a visit of the Vatican Museums.

As mentionned just above, the bars in front of the museum are tourist traps, just one street further, toward Metro A, Cipro, a simple but excellent roman bar, at normal prices (pasta 5,00/6,00 €) - Via Candia 127

1lt. Houswine 8,00 €, fantastic food, also next door restaurant is very good. Often you see sitting outside bishops, priests and occasionally a cardinal. Best place for after a visit of the basilica st. Peter

Eating something before or after your visit of the museum ... without financial suprises ..... no tourist-traps !

Stefano & Ornelia

Via Candia 127

(near Metro A: Cipro)

Bar of Stefano & Ornelia: Via Candia 127

"Il Postiglione" of

Eva & Claudio

Via delle Fornaci 13/A

Bar with also outside space at 50yards of the St.Peter's Basilica, runned by Eva & Claudio


This restaurant is next-door of the former. And has the same public of the one above. In the evening you have also the possibility to see some of the Swiss Guards, alàs, not in their beautiful uniforms.

Excellent value !!

Ristorante "La Vittoria"

Via delle Fornaci 15/17

Where to buy your tickets ...