Buon Viaggio! Maps of Rome – Ancient & Modern & Metro

Buon viaggio means bon voyage or "have a great journey". To get you started on that trip, we thought we'd show you maps of Rome Italy that will help you start to understand this famous, vibrant, and ancient city.

The selection will get you oriented by placing Rome in the context of Italy and the rest of Europe and by presenting an interactive street map of modern Rome. We also show a graphical map of Vatican City, the ancient Roman Forum, and a quick idea of the layout of the ancient city. Perhaps best of all, we tell you about our three favourite, easy-to-carry, maps of Rome.

Where Rome Is Located in Italy

Where Rome Is Located in Italy

It makes sense that Rome, the capital city, would be located just about half-way along the length of this boot-shaped country. You'll also note that Rome is half-way between Monaco (and France) and Tirana in Albania — clearly a number of different cultures influence Rome today.

On the above map Vatican City seems to be the same size as Rome and just outside of it. Neither is correct — the Vatican, an independent country, is surrounded by Rome and is much smaller.

Interactive Street Map of Rome

This interactive map shows the location of the top sites and attractions in Rome and allow you to resize the view. You can also click on "View larger map" to give you an even broader view.

The 3 Most Popular Street Maps of Rome

ROME NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAP

We like to have a printed map in hand as we explore great European cities like Rome. Maps are an easy and quick way to find out what's around you and where you want to go next.

Our criteria for printed maps are simple — easy to carry or tuck into your bag, light weight, easy to read, and in a large enough scale that you don't have to use a magnifying glass to read it! Here are the Rome city maps that top our list of recommendations —

  • STREETWISE ROME CITY MAP
    Lightweight, laminated, fold-out map. 1:17,000 scale — a bit small.
    "The only map you need. Just returned from eight days of walking in Rome. This is the only map we needed to find our way to everything that was of interest to us. It seems that just about every street and alleyway is listed and shown to scale." – 5-Star Review
    → Find it at Amazon
  • ROME – NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAP
    Waterproof, tear resistant. Includes points of interest and Vatican map. 1:9,6000 scale — easier on the eyes. Our overall top choice (shown above).
    "Our go-to map for Rome. This was our everyday map for our recent 12 days in Rome. We had several maps with us, but this was the best compromise." – 5-Star Review
    → Find it at Amazon
  • MICHELIN MAP ROMA #38
    Michelin is the standard in maps. Includes booklet, fold-out map (that can be a bit awkward to use on the streets), complete street index. 1:8,000 scale — very easy on the eyes.
    "One of the few maps that show all of the city. Others just have the 'centro'. If you want to get out of the tourist areas, you need this map." – 4-Star Review
    → Find it at Amazon

Map of the Vatican

Map of the Vatican

In a unique situation, Vatican City is an independent country surrounded by a city! It is, of course, the centre of the Catholic church, but it's also a repository for some of the greatest works of art and architecture — especially of the Italian Renaissance.

The Vatican is to the west of Rome city centre (centro), on the west bank of the Tiber, but easily reachable on foot from the other sites of the city.

Rome Metro Map

Rome Metro Map

If you're going to go underground, you need a map! A relative latecomer to underground urban transport (1955), Rome just recently opened its third Metro line. The lines are easy to navigate and get you places fast.

Since it's not as extensive as, say, the Paris Metro, there are a limited number of places you can get to. However, Line A (the orange line in the map) takes you close to the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. Line B (blue) has service to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and takes you close to the Circus Maximus and the Baths of Caracalla. Luckily, for other sights, Rome is an eminently walkable city!

Map of Ancient Rome


Map of Ancient Rome

Over the past 3,000 years you'd expect Rome to have changed. And it has! But, it's the Rome of 2,000 years ago that most captures the imagination — when it was the centre of the Roman Empire.

It's fun to look at a map of the imperial city to see how the city was laid out. The ancient city walls are mostly gone, but there are plenty of recognizable aspects to modern Rome, mostly in the form of ruins and remains of its former self.

Map of the Ancient Roman Forum

KEYWORD

One of the most extensive remains of the ancient city is the Roman Forum, which was the centre of political and financial life. There you could see triumphal processions, celebrating Roman military victories; hear political oratory; and even see some gladiatorial contests.

If you've read Shakespeare recently (or Plutarch) you'll remember that Marc Antony gave his funeral oration for Caesar in the Forum. For the map shown here, the original diagram was done by Samuel Ball Platner, The Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome (1904) It's been modified by Mark James Mille, Wikipedia Commons.