In an earlier post, Bus 64 to Piazza Stazione San Pietro, we discussed how to get from Roma Termini train station to the Roma San Pietro train station. In this article, we will look at reversing our path and heading back to Roma Termini from the Vatican area. For many cruisers, Roma San Pietro is their first option as they enter Rome by Regionale trains. If you get off the train at the Roma San Pietro station, your only public transportation option into the center of Rome from the train station is the #64 bus.
I suggest you read the prior article to gain insight into the “reputation” of the 64 bus. It is a bus where you must be cautious and alert when riding with all personal items – certainly have your money and credit cards secured. It is also, because of its route, a bus that can get quite crowded. So do make sure you take precautions when riding the 64 bus.
If you are departing from St. Peter’s Square, headed back to Roma Termini, the 64 is your primary option. If you’re departing from the Vatican Museums, which is on the opposite side of the Vatican City, your best bet might be the metro from the Ottaviano or Cipro stations. See our post, 20 tips on Visiting the Vatican, for maps and other transportation options.
In this post, we’ll trace the route from Roma San Pietro back to Roma Termini. This route is called 64 Termini by ATAC. On this path, the 64 bus starts in the parking lot in front of the Roma San Pietro train station. As this is the starting point, the bus will probably be parked as the driver takes his break. If you get there and no bus is parked… then you’ll have to wait for the bus to arrive and then wait for the completion of the driver’s break. Hopefully you’ll see a bus parked as you arrive at the station parking lot. Here’s the route to Roma Termini:
• P.za Stazione S. Pietro;
• Fornaci/Mura Aurelie
• P.za della Rovere
• C.so Vittorio Emanuele/Tassoni
• Chiesa Nuova
• C.so Vittorio Emanuele/Navona
• C.so Vittorio Emanuele/Argentina
• Via Torre Argentina
• Botteghe Oscure
• Ara Coeli/Piazza Venezia
• P.za Venezia
• Nazionale/Palazzo Esposizioni
• Nazionale/Quattro Fontane
• Terme Diocleziano
As you can see from the map, the 64 Termini bus starts on the left side of this map at the train station circled in red. The route ends on the right side of the map at Roma Termini , circled in blue. In between these endpoints, the bus stops near St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, Piazza Navono and Campo de’ Fiori, Largo Argentina, the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza Venezia, on Via Nazionale, and near Piazza Repubblica. It follows the route for the Bus 64 to Piazza Stazione San Pietro closely, but slightly varied due to the one-way streets in Rome. < Click on the map above to go to the ATAC site and see the entire 64 Termini route >
Most folks who are starting from this point are getting off a train. In the map above, the train station is circled in red. For many cruisers, this is their first stop in Rome. To get to Piazza Navona or Campo de’Fiori, this may be your quickest option. If the bus is parked, while the driver is on break, you could jump on here and ride three stops to St. Peter’s Square. If there is no bus, and your destination is St. Peter’s Square or Basilica, you’re probably better off just walking down the hill towards the Square…
If you do hop on a 64 bus and want to get off and see the Square, get off three stops later at the Cavalleggeri/Fornaci stop, circled in blue on the map above. < Click on the map above to go to the ATAC site and see the P.za Stazione S. Pietro bus stop. >
If you’ve visited St. Peter’s Square or Basilica, this is the “closest” bus stop to the Square if you’re returning to the center of town and Roma Termini. In the top photo, you can see the bus stop circled in red on the right side of the picture. On the left side, across the street and circled in blue, is the Colonnade of St. Peter’s Square… so it’s that close! To get to the bus stop from St. Peter’s Square, you have to walk underground through a tunnel – see the second picture. The third picture shows the bus stop. Circled in yellow, on the right side of the photo is the 64 bus headed to the bus stop.
The map displays the Cavalleggeri/Fornaci stop – circled in blue – and you can see St. Peter’s across the street. < Click on the map above to go to the ATAC site and see the Cavalleggeri/Fornaci bus stop. >
After leaving the Cavalleggeri/Fornaci stop, and crossing the Tiber, you come to the Acciaioli stop. This stop is convenient for walking to Ponte Sant’ Angelo or picturesque Via Gulia. The Acciaioli stop is circled in red. From this stop, the bus turns right onto Corso Vittorio Emanuele II… which puts us back on the same route the bus takes when heading towards the Vatican. Those Corso Vittorio Emanuele II stops are circled in blue on the map. These three stops are “almost” directly across the street from the stops for the 64 bus headed in the opposite directions. You might want to look at our previous post, Bus 64 to Piazza Stazione San Pietro, for more information on these stops near Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori, and the Pantheon. < Click on the map above to go to the ATAC site and see the Acciaioli bus stop. >
Once the bus leaves Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, it turns right into Via Torre Argentina. Like its “sister” stop in the same square,Argentina, Via Torre Argentina is a HUGE bus connection. The top photo is the view as the 64 bus turns onto Via Torre Argentina. You can see the bus stops circled in red in the distance. In the far right foreground of the photo is the #8 tram on a break. This tram is your ride to Trastevere – or back from Trastevere! On the left side of the photo are the ruins of Largo Argentina.
The second photo shows a close-up of the bus stops at Via Torre Argentina. The yellow star on the left side of the photo is the entrance to the Cat Sanctuary. The last photo is looking back towards the bus stops from Via Arenula. You can see the bus signs in red on the left. Circled in yellow is an arriving 64 bus. And on the right, circled in orange, is the entrance to the Cat Sanctuary.
In the map, the red circle is the bus stop. The blue circle is Campo de’ Fiori. The RED star represents the “sister” stop, Argentina. This is the stop for the 64 bus when you’re coming FROM Roma Termini. The BLACK star is the Cat Sanctuary. The BLUE star is the tram stop for the #8 tram that heads to Trastevere. The black line on the map is the path of the #8 tram headed to Trastevere. < Click on the map above to go to the ATAC site and see the Via Torre Argentina bus stop. >
Two stops after leaving the Via Torre Argentina stop, you arrive at Ara Coeli/Piazza Venezia. This stop is quite convenient for the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II and Capitoline Hill and Museums. In the top photo, behind the circled truck, is the “relocated” bus stop. There’s a great Sicilian gelateria just to your right! In the second photo, the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II is circled in red and Capitoline Hill and Museums is designated by the blue circle.
In the map, the bus stop is marked in red, the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II in blue, and the balck circle reflects the general area of the Jewish Ghetto. < Click on the map above to go to the ATAC site and see the Ara Coeli/Piazza Venezia bus stop. >
After cruising through Piazza Venezia, the 64 bus turns the corner as it prepares to climb the hill up Via Nazionale. The P.za Venezia stop is just around the corner from the Piazza Venezia. The photo above has a shot of the bus stop. The map shows the location of the stop, circled in red, in comparison to the Piazza. The blue line, in the lower right section of the map, is on Via dei Fori Imperiali… the path you would take to get to the Forum and the Colosseo. < Click on the map above to go to the ATAC site and see the P.za Venezia bus stop. >
There are four bus stops on Via Nazionale as the #64 makes its way back to Roma Termini. In the map above, the Nazionale/Torino stop is circled in red, and it is the last 64 stop on Via Nazionale, just before Piazza Repubblica. the other three 64 bus stops on Via Nazionale are circled in blue. The top photo is a view of the Nazionale/Torino, looking from the Piazza Repubblica… and the second is looking towards the Piazza. The bus stop signs are circled in red in each picture. < Click on the map above to go to the ATAC site and see the Nazionale/Torino bus stop. >
As stated in the previous posting, Bus 64 to Piazza Stazione San Pietro, the Roma Termini station is under renovation so the pictures of the parking lot (above) will probably be a little different than what you will see during the construction phase. But you can see from the pictures and map that the parking lot is directly in front of the Roma Termini train station. <Click on the map above to go to the ATAC site and see the Termini bus stop.>
The 64 bus is a great way to cross the city. It travels by many of Rome’s monuments and sites. It has multiple stops that offer great connections to other parts of the city by train, metro, tram, or other buses. Do read the previous post, Bus 64 to Piazza Stazione San Pietro, to get information on the path for the “other direction” the 64 bus travels. And if you ride this bus – in either direction – DO BE CAREFUL.
All photos in this post, including the header – The 64 bus on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II – have been reproduced from Google Maps Streetview
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