Christmas shopping in Rome - special deals on travel

Like any city, Rome gets awfully crowded at Christmas time. Thankfully, Comune di Roma have come up with a cunning plan (in Italian).

Until the 24th December, and then from the 2nd to the 30th of January, Comune di Roma have put on three specially designed free shuttle bus routes to take people from the outskirts to the city centre. A PDF map of the routes can be downloaded from this link.

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The "Shopping 1" shuttle bus (navetta) theoretically runs every 7 minutes and runs from 8 December to 30 January. It follows a circular route, starting/ending at Porta Pinciana, and runs from 15:30 to 20:30 from the 8th to the 10th Dec and then 10:30-20:30 in the run up to Christmas (including Christmas eve).

The "Shopping 2" shuttle bus runs from Tor di Quinto to Augusto Imperatore from the 8th to the 24th December, with departures every 15 minutes between 10.30 and 20.30.

The "Shopping 3" bus serves north Rome and connects Via Pieve di Cadore to Piazzale delle Canestre. It runs from the 8th to the 24th December, every 15 minutes from 10.30 to 20.30.

In addition to these buses, ATAC are running more metro services at the weekends. On top of that, until the 24th December, you can buy 2 bus tickets for the price of one, i.e. you only pay €1 for three hours travel and then €0.77 for successive hours.

If you prefer to cycle, you can use Romes bike-sharing scheme for €0.50 per half hour (you'll need to register first, which as far as I'm aware only residents can do at the moment). A map of the bike stations can be found here.

If you must drive (seriously, is it worth it?), you can take advantage of free parking or greatly reduced rates at many of the city's car parks (e.g. at Villa Borghese). You simply need to get a receipt from one of the city centre shops (a directory of which can be found here) to qualify for reduced parking for 2 hours.

As if that wasn't enough to tempt you into Rome city centre, during the weekends running up to Christmas there will be an extensive pedestrian area between Largo Arenula and Piazza del Popolo. A map of the whole area can be downloaded as a PDF from here.

Buon Shopping!!

PS If it all gets too much and you need to concentrate purely on shopping, check out my previous post on Rome's many outlet shopping malls?

(all information taken from the Comune di Roma website)


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