Rome bus maps - not finding what I want

Mar 12th, 2008, 10:31 AM
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Rome bus maps - not finding what I want

For those of you familiar with the Paris mapbook that has the detailed bus maps, with the stops, on the actual street map (Le Petit Parisien, 3 maps per arr.).... I want something like that for Rome.

I've used the ATAC online maps, and I bought a Rome metro-bus map that is a large foldout style with the routes traced in orange-ish color. That doesn't have the detail I want. I can't work with trying to trace the path of a specific bus# - sometimes it seems the path disappears completely. The large foldout map doesn't indicate where the stops are, either.

So, does anyone know of a Rome map with streets, bus stops, bus routes, a full bus 'network' map? It probably needs to be a map-book, not just a folding sheet.

Thank you.
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Mar 12th, 2008, 10:36 AM
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Does anyone have this map, and is it what I want...?
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Mar 12th, 2008, 05:09 PM
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Here is the trick with the ATAC maps, they are actually pretty good when you get the hang of it...

Go to the ATAC site and download the Rome Centro map. The orange lines are those with bus routes. White lines are just major streets. Green lines are for the trams.

As an example, find the Colosseum and look for route 87. Now, Via Imperiali is a 2-way street (because there is no arrow in the actual street). So, seeing bus 87 means it goes both directions, since there is no additional arrow next to the bus number. Stops will be on both sides of the street, but not necessarily across from each other. You have to physically look for the bus stop sign.

Look at the blue bus 117. You'll see the arrow next to the number pointing down, that means the bus only goes away from Venezia, towards the Colosseum. Thus, the stop will only be on the side of the street next to the Colosseum.

Follow the 87 route, away from the Colosseum and towards the Vatican. You'll see it stops on Plebiscito. It then continues up Rinascimento, along the Tiber then crossing it, ending at Piazza Cavour (noted by the white box).

On the return trip, it just follows it's previous route in reverse, heading down towards San Giovanni and beyond. If you have the Rome Citta map, you will see that the other end of the route stops at Parco Appia Antica.

Good rule of thumb...the 81, 87 and 492 buses will take you almost anywhere you want to go around the major sites.

The 116 electric bus takes you through the central parts, like Trevi, but do not use it beyond Campo Fiori, as the trip is long, boring and will usually require a bus change due to weak batteries.

The 118 goes down the Appia Antica from the Circo Massimo stop.

Plot out just those routes and you will have Rome in a thimble. While the 62 and 64 goes to the Vatican, it isn't usually a good bus to ride. I prefer using the 492 and walking the few blocks to St. Peters.

Also, if the bus you want comes by and is really packed, then wait for the next one, there is a good chance it will be almost empty.

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Mar 12th, 2008, 06:04 PM
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Thanks for the Rome bus tips. I'm going back to Rome in December and plan to use the bus system more then during my last visit. Your information will come in very handy!
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Mar 12th, 2008, 06:43 PM
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I did spend quite a bit of time prior to our trip in planning which bus went to which specific site... but I'd like to have more flexibility and be able to figure out on a whim when plans change. And the large-view maps don't have the stops plotted out. I'm really looking for something very similar to the Paris mapbook.
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