Getting Around Rome
Public transportation, while some of the easiest and most commonly used forms of getting around the city, isn't always the most reliable. Things like heavy traffic and regular strikes can cause even a 5 minute bus or tram ride to take up to 15 minutes, or more.
Instead of stressing over what you cannot control, adapt as Italians do, by leaving your house earlier and allowing yourself plenty of time to travel to your destination. Some students in the past have even said that for certain routes, walking was just as fast as taking the bus. Plus walking allows you to take in the neighborhood sites, window shop and stay in shape!
Types of Transportation
There are two main buses that serve the University. The 44 leaves from Piazza Venezia and continues past the University and the 75 starts at the Termini train station and passes by the University. Remember tickets need to be purchased prior boarding the bus.
Maps and information, in Italian and English, on Rome's public transportation system can be found on the ATAC website.
Avoid unmarked or unmetered cabs (numerous at airports and train stations), whose drivers actively solicit your trade and may demand astronomical fares. Use only licensed, metered yellow or white cabs, identified by a numbered shield on the side and an illuminated taxi sign on the roof. The closest taxi stand to the University is located at Piazza Rosolino Pilo, reachable by telephone at 06 58 12 800. To call a cab, dial 06 3570, 06 88177, 06 5551 or 06 4994.
Then, give the operator the address where you want to be picked up. Do your best to pronounce the address as clearly as possible. Stay on the line until the operator gives you the name and the number of the car (e.g. Bologna 66 or Pisa 50) and the estimated arrival time of the car (3 minuti). Then hang up and wait for the taxi to arrive. Note that taxis cannot be reserved in advance.
Rome's integrated Metrobus transportation system includes buses and trams (ATAC), subway (Metro) and some other suburban trains (FS) run by the state railways. There are many daily, weekly, and monthly passes available.
Bus tickets are sold at tabacchi stores, newsstands and many coffee bars and there are also automatic ticket machines are positioned in Metro stations and at many bus stops. There are also ATAC and COTRAL ticket booths located in many Metro stations, on the lower concourse level at Termini train station and at a few main bus terminals. Make sure to buy your ticket BEFORE getting on the bus or tram as you cannot buy tickets on board. You must validate all of the bus tickets in the yellow boxes when boarding the first vehicle and tickets will remain valid from 75 minutes from that time. Montly passes should be validated the first day of use and then are valid for the entire month.
The cost ofr a Monthly - Ordinary Personal pass is 35Euro.