Picture this: the goal is to explore Rome on a shoestring and taxi fares just don’t enter into to such a plan. Our home base was close to Termini Station and we brought good shoes for walking. The free map we received when we checked into the hotel provided us with too much confidence. We found out quickly that the map was…. basic, or for a lack of a better word: Useless! Only the important roads are marked on such a map and will send any tourist around the block a couple of times and ended up back in the hotel feeling utterly frustrated and still at home base… We knew this – but being eternal optimists we thought that maybe Rome would be the exception. It was not.
After a day of exploring the eternal city by foot even the fittest traveler eventually admits that walking Rome’s ancient cobble stone streets makes for very sore feet. Another plan began to emerge. We had transported ourselves on bikes and taken the train and the occasional bus, but worry about getting on the wrong bus and wasting valuable time lingered. An internet search yielded several suggestions, one strongly recommended the Stradaroma tascabile.
We soon made our way to one of the small newspaper and magazine stands that are found on virtually any street corner. A copy of Stradaroma tascabile on display convinced us that it was a comprehensive guide to all bus, tram and underground routes for the city of Rome. € 8,00 well spent we grabbed Cappucinos in the closest bar, marked several bus routes that would get us closer to the places we planned to visit and photograph.
The benefits of investing in a good navigational aid when you travel without your Garmin are well worth it. No more stress, time wasted in discussion whether to take the metro or the bus, and not to mention frustrating conversations with bus drivers who don’t speak English and have a schedule to adhere to. Stradaroma tascabile gets two thumbs up on this blog!