The best way to see Rome is just to walk around. The city is compact enough to easily walk from one sight to another. Just grab a map (hotels usually offer free ones) and you are ready to go.
Don't worry if you get lost - you'll find some hidden gems that you never would otherwise.
Once you find yourself in the historic centre, you can easily walk from one sight to another. If you are staying in the parts of Rome that are away from historic centre you'll need to take bus, metro or taxi.
The best option is to book tickets for Colosseum and Vatican Museums in advance online. We suggest you to buy skip-the-line tickets to avoid long waiting to enter. Consider taking guided tour (which usually include easy entrance) to learn more from local guide.
Book OMNIA Vatican card to save on time and money as it covers unlimited public transport rides for 72 hours, fast-track entrances to the most famous sights (like Colosseum and Vatican Museums), discounted entrances to other sights...
If you decide to use buses or metro, you need to buy tickets at any of the tabacchi (a tobacco shop) or newspaper stands around the city. A ticket costs €1.50 and is valid for 100 minutes on any public transport, including trams and metro. If you are short on time you can use one of 3 metro lines in Rome.
If you have only 1 day in Rome, we suggest you this tour combining the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums and the historic centre of the city in just over 7 hours (with private group transport between central Rome and Vatican)
Avoid restaurants close to busiest Roman sights such as Piazza Navona, Pantheon or Campo de' Fiori. The food in these restaurants is not quality one and is overpriced. Instead search for restaurants hidden in side-streets popular among locals with good food. Join one of guided food tours and reveal the best places to eat locally. We loved this Trastevere food tour and this Prati food tour that included a loads of tasty Italian specialities and drinks.
Trastevere is not served by metro. There are 2 metro stops that are a short walk from Trastevere; they are both on metro B line. The first is Piramide, you can walk from here along the Via Marmorata and then take the Ponte Sublico (you are immediately in Trastevere). From Piramide, you can take tram 3 to across the river to Viale Trastevere. From there take tram 8 northward to Trastevere by Santa Maria.
The other stop is Circo Massimo; from here you take the Via Circo Massimo which will take you towards the Ponte Palatino.
GREAT PLACES TO STAY IN TRASTEVERE: Giuditta in Trastevere;
Testaccio neighbhourhood has a great location for exploring Rome. It's near sights such as Piazza Venezia, the Circus Maximus and the Jewish Ghetto.
From Termini Station, you can take bus 170 (direction Agricoltura) and get off at the stop named "Branca", which is located in the Testaccio district. The journey from Termini to Testaccio usually takes about 30-40 minutes, depending on the traffic.
If taking metro, take line B (direction Laurentina) and get off at "Piramide" stop (the journey takes 5 minutes). From this metro stop, Testaccio is just a short walk away.
WHAT TO DO IN TESTACCIO? We suggest you to join this morning food tour that takes you to local shops, restaurants and food market.