Transportation

Walking is one of the best ways to get around the city. It is always helpful to have a map in your possession. Maps are available at tourist and newspaper stands and at the green-colored information points for tourists located around the city (i.e., Piazza Cinque Lune near Piazza Navona, Piazza dei Cinquecento near Termini Train Station, Largo Coldoni and Via Minghetti on Via del Corso, and Via Nazionale by Palazzo Esposizione).

Helpful Transportation Websites

www.slowtrav.com/italy/rome_transportation/airport.htm
www.enjoyrome.com/tourist/cityguide/public.transportation.html
www.forbeginners.info/rome/transportation/

Metro

The Metro is Rome's subway; the stations have a red “M” logo. Most of Rome's sites are served by a public transportation net, which includes buses, trams and two subway lines: Linea A, which runs eastwest, and Linea B, which runs north-south. Linea A and B intersect at Stazione Termini. Linea A and Linea B run every day from 5:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m and from 5:30 a.m. –1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Stazione Termini is the main train station in Rome with full access to most cities in Italy and Europe. Local trains and buses can easily reach some of the smaller towns. You must have a valid ticket to get on the bus, metro or tram. Tickets are the same for all three methods of transportation and have to be bought in advance. They are available in Metro stations, tabacchi and newspaper stands.

A common ticket BIT (biglietto integrato a tempo - integrated time ticket) costs €1,50 and is valid for 100 minutes. On the bus, it can be used repeatedly within the 100-minute limit. On the Metro, however, one common ticket is good for only a one-way trip. If you take the bus, you must validate your ticket at the beginning of your trip and again at the end (to be sure you haven’t passed the time limit). Tickets must be validated on the bus or on the yellow ticket machines prior to entering the Metro platform.

There is also a day-long pass for €6, a three-day pass for €16,50 a weekly pass for €24 and a monthly Metro-bus pass (abbonamento) for €35, which gives you one month’s unlimited use of buses, the Metro and inner-city commuter trains. Monthly tickets are valid for a calendar month, not for one month from the day you buy it. Monthly passes are available only during the first week of each month.

There is a €100 fine for using public transportation without a ticket. You must pay the fine on the spot.

Helpful Metro Stops

Lepanto Closest to Bernardi
Ottaviano St. Peter's and Vatican City
Flaminio Piazza del Popolo
Spangna Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese, shopping streets
Barberini Cappucin Crypt, Trevi Fountain, American Embassy (Via Vento)
Repubblica Angelicum, Baths of Diocletian/ Octegonal Hall, Via Nazionale, Warner Village Moderno movie theatre
Termini Train Station (connection with Linea B), National Museum of Rome at Palazzo Massimo

You can purchase a Metro-bus map for €4.50 at magazine stands and some tabacchi. This is a good purchase for up-to-date routes.

Buses

You can purchase a Metro-bus map for €4.50 at magazine stands and some tabacchi. This is a good purchase for up-to-date routes.

Buses stop at a fermata (bus stop). Bus routes are clearly listed at the stops. Read the sign for the direction the bus travels; the stop where you are standing is printed in red in a rectangular box. Be sure to validate your ticket as you board on the bus (even if you have already stamped it for the Metro). The hours and days of operation for each route are listed at the bottom of the sign at the fermata (some have different weekend hours or are only night buses). Buses run frequently throughout the city and its suburbs from 5 a.m. to midnight every day.

A FEW BUSES NEAR BERNARDI WORTH KNOWING

n° 70
Board at from Via Marcantonio Colonna (past Lepanto); it takes you all the way to Piazza della Repubblica and Via Nazionale (close to the Angelicum)

n°30 Express
Board at from Via Lepanto (by Lepanto Metro station); it takes you to Corso Rinascimento (Piazza Navona) and to Largo T. Argentina

n°280
Board at from Via Giuseppe Ferrari; it takes you to Trastevere (get off at Ponte Sisto or Ponte Garibaldi)

n°19 TRAM
Board at from Viale delle Milizie (around the corner of Bernardi) to get to St. Peter’s (Piazza Risorgimento)

Blue Buses (C.O.T.R.A.L. Buses)
Use these buses to travel to small towns that are not connected to the train system.

Airport Transportation

Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (Fiumicino Airport) – The nonstop “Leonardo Express” train departs from the central Termini train station and arrives at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (commonly known as Fiumicino Airport - FCO) in 32 minutes. A one-way ticket is €14.00. Tickets can be bought directly at the entrance of the airport railway station and at designated ticket offices located near platform 27 at Termini (platform number is subject to change, so double check at an information booth for up-to date information).

Ciampino Airport – To get to the Ciampino Airport, take the Metro (Linea A) to Anagnina. From Anagnina Metro station you buy a COTRAL bus (blue bus) that goes directly to Ciampino Airport. If you have an early morning flight that requires you to leave before the Metro opens, you can buy a ticket for the Ciampino shuttle service from the Terravision Office (airport shuttle service) from Terracafe’ on Via Marsala 29 (one of the two main streets that lies parallel to Termini Train Station). The cost of a Terravision bus ticket is €6. You can call 06 9761 0632 for more information or check the Terravision website (Terravision Roma, Terravision Ciampino, Terravision Fiumicino Termini) for more info on timetables, prices, etc.

Car Services- If you need transportation from the airport to Bernardi or from Bernardi to the airport, several car services are available. See campus director for details.

TERRAVISION -- Bus airport service (between Fiumicino or Ciampino Airports and Rome city center (Via Marsala n. 29 F/G – in front of Terracafè! Termini Train Station). Check Terravision's main website for timetables and prices or call 06 9761 0632

Trains

There's no better way to see the great cities of Italy than by train. Italy has an extensive rail system. Intercity (IC) and Eurostar Italia high speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciaargento, Frecciabianca) offer express service to major cities and towns; they cost more but are a lot faster and more convenient than the “Regionale” (R) and “InterRegionale” (IR), which serve small towns and link regions.   For more information about train schedules, visit the Trenitalia website. Tickets can be purchased at Termini Train Station (self-service machines), online, or by using a travel agency (at most, the travel agency will add a minimal charge).  Seat reservations on the fast trains (Frecce) are mandatory as well as on some of the Intercity trains.  
 
Before you board the train, your ticket must be validated in one of the yellow machines (or more modern blue and white box) at the entrance to every platform. Validation applies mainly to regional train tickets and any ticket that does not have a specific date, time, and seat number on it.
 
For travel on regional trains, note that a train ticket buys you transportation on a train, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a seat on that train. If you find that your train is crowded and you can't find a seat in second class, you may try to find a conductor and ask if your ticket can be upgraded to first class.
 
Besides Trenitalia (Italy's main railway 'carrier' there is also 'Italo' a private train company, now runs fast trains on a few routes between major cities too.

Taxis

In Rome, taxis usually cannot be hailed as they are in other cities, but taxi stands can be found all around the city. Always use official Comune di Roma metered cabs. Licensed taxis are white, have an identification number and are equipped with a taximeter. Do not trust people who approach you offering private taxi service. In most cases they are illegal and will overcharge you. To get an official taxi, wait in line at a taxi stand. There is a surcharge in the evenings and on the weekends. The closest taxi stand to Bernardi is located in Piazza Mazzini. See Bernardi staff to assist you in calling a taxi from Bernardi.