Rome Underground quick guide: where to stop – Red Line A

spanish stepsIntroduction

Well, first of all welcome to the Eternal City, also known as Rome! Finally, after you have planned your trip for a long time, you are in Rome. You may already have a lot of ideas about what to see, where to go and how to go all around the city: that is super great. If not, you can take a look here.
In any case, it could be nice to know how to explore the city by using the underground and see how to get to wonderful spots.
We are going to discover more details and some tips about it: let us start our trip by taking a look at the different stops of the red line, named A.
Ready to get lost into the beauties of the city?

Metropolitana (Underground)

This is my favourite mean of transportation in Rome. Even if the underground has only 3 different lines (A, B, C), I suggest you to use it as much as you can, since it can easily bring you in different parts of Rome and the service is often efficient.


Linea rossa, A (Red Line, A)

(From Anagnina terminal to Battistini terminal)
Timetable: Sunday – Thursday  5.30 – 23.30;  Friday and Saturday 5.30 – 1.30



This is one terminal of the red line A. It is a very important point:

  • Bus station, several buses which bring you in the whole city
  • There is the bus (each 30 minutes) to Rome Ciampino airport, which bring you to the airport in 10/15 minutes


*San Giovanni

This stop is pretty close to:

  • Basilica di San Giovanni (St. John Lateran Basilica)
  • Via Merulana (Merulana street), which brings you to Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore (Church of Santa Maria Maggiore)
  • Via Labicana (Labicana street), which brings you to the Colosseo (Colosseum)



This is one of the most strategic points of the city:

  • Shift from the line A to the line B of the underground (if you want to see the stops of the line B, check out this link – INSERIRE link -)
  • Central Train Station of Rome – arrival/departure of many trains
  • Starting point of bus lines in Piazza dei Cinquecento (Cinquecento square), just outside the station. They bring you to several places in Rome
  • Go to Rome Ciampino Airport, by bus or train
  • Go to Fiumicino Airport, by bus or train. I usually take Leonardo Express train, which brings you to Rome Fiumicino Airport in around 30 minutes (it costs 14 euro, one way)


*Repubblica (Teatro Opera)

If you decide to stop in here, you will end up in Repubblica Square:

  • Fontana delle Naiadi (Naiadi fountain), in Repubblica Square
  • Via Nazionale (National street), which brings you in Piazza Venezia (Venice Square)
  • Terme di Diocleziano (Diocletian Baths), visible directly from Repubblica Square, which are the oldest ones of the Roman ancient world


*Barberini (Fontana di Trevi)

If you stop in here, then:

  • Piazza Barberini (Barberini Square)
  • Via delle Quattro Fontane (Four Fountains street), an amazing crossroad located at the intersection of Via del Quirinale (Quirinale street) and Via delle Quattro Fontane (Four Fountains street): paying attention to the traffic, from there you have the unique opportunity to admire 4 monuments: l’Obelisco Esquilino next to Santa Maria Maggiore; l’Obelisco Sallustiano close to Trinità dei Monti; l’Obelisco del Quirinale in Quirinale square and Porta Pia.
  • Via Vittorio Veneto (Vittorio Veneto street), one of the most beautiful streets of Rome, which brings you to Villa Borghese (Borghese Park) at the end
  • Via del Tritone (Tritone street), if you walk until you will find Poli street on your left, take Poli street and you will end up in Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain)



The best stop for:

  • Scalinata di Trinità Dei Monti (Spanish Steps)
  • Piazza di Spagna (Spagna Square), with the Fontana della Barcaccia (Barcaccia fountain)
  • Via dei Condotti (Condotti street), with its fashion shops and magnificence
  • Via del Corso (Corso street), which brings you near many monuments, such as Pantheon, Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), Museo dell’Ara Pacis (Ara Pacis Museum)



Nearby you will find:

  • Piazza del Popolo (Popolo Square), and from there you can go and reach Terrazza del Pincio (Pincio Terrace)
  • Villa Borghese (Borghese Park)



Bear in mind this stop, especially for:

  • Città del Vaticano (Vatican City), you just have to take Ottaviano street and you will end up in Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter’s Square)
  • Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter’s Square), Cappella Sistina (Sistine Chapel), Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter’s Basilica)
  • Via della Conciliazione (Conciliazione street), with its unique view of St. Peter’s Square
  • Castel Sant’Angelo (St. Angel Castle), nearby the fiume Tevere (Tiber river)


List of available tickets

  • BIT – 1,50 € Euro

It can be used for 100 minutes from validation. Once it is signed, you can just move inside the underground, without going off the turnstiles.

  • ROMA 24H – 7,00 € Euro

It can be used for 24 hours from validation, for an endless number of trips

  • ROMA 48H – 12,50 € Euro

It can be used for 48 hours from validation, for an endless number of trips

  • ROMA 72H – 18,00 € Euro

It can be used for 72 hours from validation, for an endless number of trips

  • CIS – 24,00 € Euro

It can be used for 7 days from validation, for an endless number of trips


Where to buy the tickets

  • Ticket machines (located in each station)
  • Ticket office (located in most stations)
  • Newsstands
  • Tobacconist’s

 Remember: Underground tickets are also valid for bus lines


Key words

And what about learning some Italian keywords before your trip? Of course, here you go!

  • Entrance – Ingresso
  • Price – Prezzo
  • Ticket – Biglietto
  • Underground – Metropolitana
  • Way Out/Exit – Uscita
  • Thank you – Grazie
  • You are welcome – Prego


Country basic information

  • Name: Italy (Italia)
  • Continent: Europe
  • Location: Southern Europe, UTC +1 (CET)
  • Country code: +39
  • Currency: Euro
  • Capital city: Rome
  • Main airports: Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa, Bergamo, Milan Linate, Venice, Catania, Bologna, Naples, Rome Ciampino, Palermo

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