Inaugurated in 1955, the Rome Metro has seen very slow growth and only has 38 kilometres of track on two lines, making it one of the least extensive subway networks in Europe.
At present there are plans for extensions to the existing lines as well as the construction of two further lines. The reason for the sluggishness in its establishment is the same as that in Athens, each time that new tunnels are under construction archaeological remains are found.
Although there are only two lines, the metro reaches a large proportion of the city highlights of Rome. Here are the most important stops for each line:
It travels through Rome from northwest to southeast, from Battistini to Anagnina. The most important stops beginning at the west are:
Travels through Rome from the northeast to the south, from Rebibbia to Laurentina. The most important stops beginning at the north are:
Tickets can be purchased at the metro stops, at news stands and in corner shops. If you are planning to use public transportation regularly we recommend that you buy a few tickets in advance or buy a pass.
The metro opens every day from 5:30 in the morning to 11:30 at night. On Fridays and Saturdays the schedule is extended to 1:30 in the morning.
You can see all of the different kinds of tickets and discounts here: Tickets and travel cards for transportation in Rome.