View Full Version : Vatican to Spanish Steps ?

June 22nd, 2006, 03:22 PM
We are doing this port on our own and I thought we would get off at St. Pietro station and walk to the Vatican . However after our visit how do I get from Vatican to the Spanish Steps ?

Which is faster the bus or subway ? Details on how to get there would be appreciated.

June 22nd, 2006, 03:38 PM
You can do a very nice leisurely walk. You will pass Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, before coming to the Trevi Fountain. I can supply a map and instructions if you drop your email.

June 22nd, 2006, 03:58 PM
Sorry to hijack the thread, but Andym - I would love to see those directions/map. Can you send them to me at minihuni@hotmail.com?


June 22nd, 2006, 04:03 PM

i too would appreciate directions and map to pchan@wexford.com
i'm on the 6/25 jewel. do trip on my own..hkx.

June 22nd, 2006, 05:12 PM
Andym- I would also love to see those directions and map! Could you send them to me at lisawillwerth@hotmail.com?

BTW, does this also lead you over to the Colesseum?

Thanks so much!

June 22nd, 2006, 05:52 PM
Check out this web site for lots of good info on Rome.


Have a great next cruise.

June 22nd, 2006, 07:22 PM
Could I please have a look at that map and directions as well.
Thank you so much for sharing.


June 22nd, 2006, 07:34 PM
thanks for your post...I too could use your map gray2003vette@aol.com

June 22nd, 2006, 07:36 PM
Could you send me the directions and map. My email is larryjq@msn.com. Thanks!

June 22nd, 2006, 08:49 PM
We are doing this port on our own and I thought we would get off at St. Pietro station and walk to the Vatican . However after our visit how do I get from Vatican to the Spanish Steps ?

Which is faster the bus or subway ? Details on how to get there would be appreciated.

Here is a website with some maps of Rome



If this is your first time to Rome, and if you just have a day, I would suggest taxis to save time.....will cost more, but they will give you more time.

To all that are going to Rome, beware of pickpockets...especially on buses and the Metro.......;)

Here is a good ongoing thread about that subject


June 22nd, 2006, 09:00 PM
Any chance I could get the map and instructions to get to Vatican from Spanish steps. We have 3 days in Rome prior to our Noordam cruise and any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Jackie

June 22nd, 2006, 09:15 PM
Here's another site with maps of Rome.


Have a great next cruise.

June 23rd, 2006, 08:16 AM
Could I get my question answered ....Thanks :mad: :mad:

How long is the walk ?

What is the best way to get there by public transportation ?

June 23rd, 2006, 08:42 AM
The subway (Ottaviano San Pietro to Spagna) is probably quicker than a bus. I think the thread got sidetracked because the walk is approx. 2 miles and 'wandering' in Rome is a great experience :)

Another site I used last year for obtaining info on doing the ports on our own was www.tripadvisor.com - http://rome-hotels.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g187791-i22-Rome_Lazio.html

June 23rd, 2006, 11:33 AM
When we were in Rome in 2003, my sister and I walked from the Vatican to the Spanish Steps and it took us probably around 30-45 minutes. We walked along the river and then crossed a bridge and walked straight up the street to the Spanish Steps. Sorry can't remember the names of the streets or the bridge but any good map will show you the way. It was a nice walk though. We then walked over to the Trevi Fountain which was very close by. This surprised us as we turned a corner and there it was!

We walked all over that day. We opted to not go inside the Vatican nor did we traipse over to the Coliseum. We just hit some other highlights(Trajan Market, Emanuelle Monument, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona) and had a wonderful day walking through Rome. Even had time for a nice lunch outside near the Pantheon.

June 23rd, 2006, 04:59 PM
Thanks for the info. I guess I need a good map .

June 23rd, 2006, 06:01 PM
It is about a 30-40 minute comfortable walk to the Spanish Steps from the Vatican. Cross the bridge at Castel Sant Angelo and turn left along the Tiber until you reach Via m. te Brianco. Turn right there and follow this street all the way to the Spanish steps. It is level walking all the way.The street changes names a few times along the way becoming Via Candotti at the Spanish Steps end. Via Candotti has several high end fashion shops on it and around it are several good restaurants which were suprisingly reasonable and quite good.
Hope that helps,

June 23rd, 2006, 07:00 PM
I was in Rome three weeks ago and walked from the Vatican to the Spanish Steps. It is a lovely walk but please make sure you have a map in one hand and a bottle of water in the other. Don't rush as there are plenty of interesting shops along the way. Comfortable shoes are a must.

Golfing Richard
June 24th, 2006, 11:52 AM
You can do a very nice leisurely walk. You will pass Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, before coming to the Trevi Fountain. I can supply a map and instructions if you drop your email. Andym also would like the map..Please send to rangelogolf@yahoo.com Thank You...

June 24th, 2006, 01:41 PM
Please send a map. Thanks so much. mac1lane@aol.com

Pilgrim Pete
June 27th, 2006, 11:14 AM
Hi Andy, I would also appreciate a copy of the map please, shaw_dc@hotmail.com

July 11th, 2006, 07:19 PM
Hi Andy,

My husband and I are going to be in rome for four days pre-cruise next June. We are staying at the intercontinental hotel which is located at the spanish steps. A map detailing the direction between the vatican and the spanish steps would be a great help to us. Could you please email us the map at kkettle70@hotmail.com.

Thank-you so much,

Krista & Kevin

July 11th, 2006, 09:35 PM
The walk is 30 minutes, but the Pub Crawl takes much longer!

July 12th, 2006, 10:07 PM
All you need for Rome is a good map...sounds like many of you have it by now !!
It's very easy to get around(especially if you've brought yourself in a day or 2 or 3 prior to the cruise !!)
I find the "Hop-On..Hop-Off" bus is a great tour to get yourself orientated to the city .
It's certainly one of my favourite cities...I hope you enjoy it too.
It's amazing everything is so close !!

July 13th, 2006, 09:52 AM
I must apologize in advance for not noting the author of this post. I saved it and wish to thank the author for a detailed description of his Rome Walking tour:
From the entrance to the port area the train station
is about 3/4 of a mile to the right. The ticket was
around 7 Euros. It included use of the metro and buses
in Rome for the day. The train takes about an hour and
15 minutes at most. It goes to the main train station
in Rome. When in Rome I would take the metro to the
place you want to start (ie Vatican) and then walk.
Most of the stuff like the Pantheon, Trevi fountain
etc are within walking distance of each other. Get a
good map and plan your route before you go.
As to getting back, there are ticket machines in the
main terminal that have English instructions. You can
use a credit card to book your return trip if you
donít buy a return ticket at the station in
Civitavecchia. There is a huge board showing the
departure and arrival of all trains inside the
station. The only possibly confusing thing is that the
train we took did not board in the main part of the
terminal but was off to the side. This should be where
you arrive in Rome so just try and remember where you
got off. There are info booths where they speak
English if you get truly lost. I would plan on taking
the train before the last possible train to get you
back to the ship on time just in case there are
The Italian train system is online:
If you are going to the Vatican as your first stop
coming in from Cit., then there is a stop that you can
get off at (I think San Pietro) before you reach
Termini. That will save you considerable time. Also,
at the Cit. train station, buy a roundtrip ticket.
Don't forget to validate your ticket both coming and
going in the machines, or you can get a serious fine.
Also, when you buy a roundtrip ticket from Cit., you
can use all the subways and buses in Rome that day
without paying any additional fares. We used the train
this past summer and had no problems at all.
Gives a map of the metro system.
From the main station (Staz Termini) you take the B
line towards Laurentina (this name will be on the
board for the side of the metro you want and on the
front of the train) and get off at Colosseo. This is
the second stop.
is a site where you can find the bus routes. Buses can
be crowded but you get to see the streets on your way.
The Roman forum is right next to the coliseum.
You might want to consider using the 110 Stop and Go
Tourist Bus that leaves from right outside the Station
entrance and stops at around 10 stops including the
Colosseum and allows you to visit a site and get back
on the next bus at anytime during the day and which
always return back to the Station.Buses leave the
station at 30 minute intervals.The bus leaves from
Piazza Cinquecento directy outside the station and you
can buy tickets at the ATAC ticket kiosk or on the bus
for a small surcharge. Otherwise the Metro and bus
system in Rome is great for getting around.

A Walking Day in Rome on your own.

This is a guide to our 2 days out in Rome that we have
experienced so far. I am presuming that the tour bus
will drop you off at Piazza S.Uffizo by St Peters (MAP
1 G16).
Some cruise tours drop off at Peoples Square which is
just north of the Spanish Steps.

I feel that given the time allowed, you can do the

Piazza Navona
Trevi Fountain
Fit in the Spanish steps, time permiting (St Maria Del

And either St Peters Basilica and the Sistine Chapel
Or the Colosseum

This is at a leisurely pace allowing for lots of stops
to have pizza, a drink, take photos and generally have
a good nose around

Our first time we did St Peters Basilica and the
Sistine Chapel, then The Trevi fountain, the Spanish
steps, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and back to the

Our second time we did The Colosseum, The Forum, the
Trevi fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and back
to the St Peters where we did some people watching
before we met up again with the tour group.

Trip 1 St Peters and the Sistine Chapel and the rest.

We left the rest of the passengers and walked over to
the Vatican Museum and joined the smallish lines. We
had to wait about 30 minutes, but this can vary. We
entered the museum and itís a strange experience. It
is very big but you get the impression of flowing
through with the crowd. Keep pulling to the side if
you want to take pictures, and Iím sure that you will
(we took about 100). When you come to the Sistine
Chapel itself, there are signs everywhere informing
you NOT to take pictures or use Video. They are very,
very strict over this and there are lots of guards
around who we saw come down heavily on some Japanese
who seemed to be ignoring the ban.

After leaving the Sistine Chapel we walked down the
Via D Concilliazione to the bridge in front of Castel
S Angelo. I have marked the route in red. We made our
way along to Piazza Navona where we had a very nice
cappuccino. Then we moved onto the Pantheon where we
spent some time inside (free). Then we went along to
the Trevi fountain. Be sure to throw some coins into
the fountain and you will be sure to return. Stand
with your back to the fountain and with your right
hand throw the coins over your left shoulder.

Time permitting, you can make your way up to the
Spanish steps but donít forget you have to walk back.

Trip 2 Colosseum and the rest

We left the rest of the passengers and made our way up
Via Di Porta Angelica to the Metro. Here we bought
tickets to the Colosseum (COLOSSEO). You are on Line A
of the metro (see map), there are only 2 lines. You
have to change at TERMINI onto line B and go 2 stops
to the Colosseum.

When exiting the Metro station we had been told of
guides that will take you for a guided tour of the
Colosseum for 10 euros onto of the entry fee. These
can be found to the right of the Metro exit by the
small green hut. We bypassed the large lines and we
had a very good guided tour. The guide then leaves you
and you can explore to your hearts content.

There is an optional tour of the Forum available for a
couple more Euros.

We left the Colosseum and walked through the Forum,
exiting at the far end up the steps.
We then made our way up to the Trevi fountain and then
across to the Pantheon and then Piazza Navona and then
back to St Peters where we had a drink and sat on the
steps doing some serious people watching.

July 13th, 2006, 12:14 PM
Thank you, C 2 C! Excellent "on-your-own" instructions!

July 13th, 2006, 12:48 PM
The on your own instructions are mine. The map I refer to can be found at www.romebuddy.com. I had highlighted the various routes to take on the ones I had sent people.
One change we have made since is to now take a cab between St Peters and the Colloseum. It cost us about 8 euros and we felt a lot safer. The Metro can be quite intimidating. Every time we have been on the metro, we have seen some sort of trouble, pick pocketting or agressive begging.

If you are in Rome for more than one day, the people who do the tour for the Colloseum, the green hut by the metro, also do a no lines tour of the Vatican museum. I gave the leaflet to the shopping guide on the Millennium, so I can't give any other details. We are there again in September, so will post full details then.

July 13th, 2006, 01:36 PM
Thanks to you, AndyM!

July 13th, 2006, 03:18 PM
The on your own instructions are mine. The map I refer to can be found at www.romebuddy.com (http://www.romebuddy.com). I had highlighted the various routes to take on the ones I had sent people.

Andy thank you very much. I have posted your instructions on several sites. I will be in Rome October 10th and 20th with Century visits. Your advice is greatly appreciated. Perhaps you can post your updated guide when you return. Please embed your signature for posterity:).

July 13th, 2006, 03:19 PM
Thanks C for posting this and Andy for writing it .

August 21st, 2006, 03:51 PM
Please send me the maps and directions to spanish steps
thanks a lot. Natalya - my email is nostrovs@yahoo.com

August 25th, 2006, 04:53 PM
another great map system is www.mappy.com (http://www.mappy.com)
click on pedestrian and it gives you the distance, time etc.

August 25th, 2006, 05:30 PM
Hi Andy M!
Would you please be so kind as to e-mail me the map as well. DeBlasio1 (at) aol (dot) com. We are staying at the InterContinental and are planning on doing a lot of walking as well.
Thanks in advance.