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Where to Park in Rome: The 10 Free (and Not) Parking Spaces to Visit the Centre

Are you planning to visit the Eternal City and wondering where to park your car in Rome? Or do you want to leave your vehicle but don’t know whether you should opt for parking in the centre or prefer a solution slightly outside the heart of the city?

You have come to the right place. In this article I will tell you about the best parking spaces in Rome.

You will find out where to park for free and for a fee, how much a car park costs in the capital and how to save money.

Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Parking in Rome: Things to Know

If you are planning a trip to Italy, you will be happy to know that parking in Rome is easier than the parking situation you will find in many other cities in Italy and even in big cities in the rest of the world.

The most important thing to keep in mind when looking for a place to park in Rome is that there are four colours that mark the different parking zones in Rome: blue, white, yellow and pink.

  • Blue lines: paid parking;
  • White lines: free parking;
  • Yellow lines: for handicapped drivers;
  • Rose lines: for pregnant women or mothers with newborns (located near outpatient and hospital facilities).

Being aware of these basic parking rules in Rome will make things easier, but in this guide we will provide some additional rules and tricks for parking in Rome and answer some of the most common questions motorists visiting Rome have about where they can (and cannot) drive and park in this beautiful Italian city.

Where to Park in Rome to Visit the Centre

Are you planning to visit the centre of Rome and don’t know where to park your car? Here you will find a number of pay car parks that are convenient for visiting the city centre.

Parking Colonna Roma

Colonna is a historic garage located a stone’s throw from the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and Piazza Venezia, three of the city’s main attractions. It is guarded every day from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., and during closing times, for security reasons, access to the car park is not possible. It is an excellent place to park in the centre of Rome without spending a fortune and having the peace of mind of leaving your car in a covered, guarded and video-monitored car park. 

  • Address: Via Santa Maria in Via, 11-13, 00187 Rome RM
  • Telephone: +39 06 678 0506
  • Hours: daily from 06:00 to 01:00
  • Rating: 9.2 out of 10
  • Note: the car park is located in the ZTL zone. Please check ZTL times for access.
  • Book online: click here

Parking Sant’Agata

It is a car park located in a very central area, within walking distance of Rome’s main attractions. Suffice it to say that the Roman Forum is only an 8-minute walk away, Piazza Venezia 7 minutes, the Colosseum 11 minutes and Piazza di Spagna about 18 minutes. It is a secure car park, always under video surveillance and guarded. As one of the most popular car parks in Rome, online booking is always recommended.

  • Address: Via di Sant’Agata de Goti, 19, 00184 Rome RM
  • Telephone: +39 06 679 1518
  • Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 06:30 to 00:00, Sunday and public holidays 07:30 to 13:00 and 18:30 to 00:00.
  • Rating: 8.5 out of 10
  • Note: the car park is located in the ZTL zone. Please check ZTL times for access.
  • Book online: click here

Park Colosseum

The Park Colosseo, located in the Celio area of Rome, occupies a privileged position in the heart of the city. Just a short distance from the Colosseum, it offers convenient access to numerous attractions, including the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Trajan’s Park, the Domus Aurea, the Arch of Constantine, the Roman Forum, the Baths of Diocletian and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. In the vicinity of the car park, which is easily accessible both on foot and by public transport, are also the Policlinico Umberto Primo, the George Eastman Institute of Dentistry, the University of Rome La Sapienza and the Verano Monumental Cemetery. The garage is always guarded and guarantees maximum security for parked vehicles.

  • Address: Via Ostilia, 48, Via Marco Aurelio, 35/c, 00184 Rome RM
  • Telephone: +39 06 700 5095
  • Hours: daily from 06:30 to 01:00
  • Rating: 9.1 out of 10
  • Note: the car park is not in the ZTL zone.
  • Book online: click here

Parking Services Colosseum

Parking Colosseum is located in Rome, close to the Colosseum, offering privileged access to some of the city’s most iconic sights. These include the Arch of Constantine, the Caelian Park, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Colle Oppio Park and the Domus Aurea. The area is also very well connected by public transport, with trams and metro providing convenient access to every part of the city. The car park is secure and under 24-hour video surveillance, and is one of the best car parks in Rome near the Colosseum.

  • Address: Via Capo d’Africa, 29/C, 00184 Rome RM
  • Telephone: +39 06 700 5459
  • Hours: daily from 06:30 to 01:00
  • Rating: 9.0 out of 10
  • Note: the car park is not in the ZTL area.
  • Book online: click here

National Garage

The Garage Nazionale offers a parking service on two covered and one uncovered floors, available 24 hours a day. Located near Termini Station, the garage is easily accessible with a short 10-minute walk from the station itself. Its central location allows quick access to the capital’s main tourist sites, including the Quirinale Palace, the Baths of Diocletian, the Palazzo Massimo Museum, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Monti district. In addition, the Garage Nazionale is only 300 metres from the A and B lines of the Rome underground, providing convenient connections to the rest of the city.

  • Address: Via Capo d’Africa, 29/C, 00184 Rome RM
  • Telephone: +39 06 700 5459
  • Hours: daily from 06:30 to 01:00
  • Rating: 9.0 out of 10
  • Note: the car park is not in the ZTL zone.
  • Book online: click here

Euro Parking

The area is well served by public transport, allowing quick access to the main areas of the city. Thanks to its strategic location and convenient rates, Euro Parking confirms itself as a reference point for those who need to park near Termini Station, both for short stays and for longer periods. The car park is guarded and under video surveillance 24 hours a day, to guarantee maximum security for parked vehicles.

  • Address: Via Napoli, 66, 00184 Rome RM
  • Telephone: +39 06 4891 3827
  • Hours: 24 hours
  • Rating: 9.0 out of 10
  • Note: the car park is located in the ZTL zone. Please check the timetables for the ZTL zone.
  • Book online: click here

MuoviAmo Roma Termini

Muoviamo Roma Termini is located in the heart of Rome, in the Castro Pretorio district, a short distance from the Roma Termini railway station and the Termini (lines A and B) and Repubblica (line A) metro stations. Muoviamo Roma Termini guarantees the security of vehicles thanks to 24-hour security, surveillance and video surveillance via CCTV cameras. The car park is about 20 minutes’ walk from the Domus Aurea, Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum, Policlinico Umberto I and University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’.

  • Address: Via del Viminale, 3, 00184 Rome RM
  • Telephone: +39 327 868 2285
  • Hours: 08:00 to 00:00
  • Rating: 7.8 out of 10
  • Note: the car park is not in the ZTL zone. 
  • Book online: click here

Parking Saba Piazza di Spagna – Villa Borghese

The Saba Piazza di Spagna – Villa Borghese car park is the perfect choice for anyone wishing to park in the centre of Rome, 24 hours a day. Connected to the Spanish Steps, Via del Babuino and Via Vittorio Veneto via pedestrian paths, it offers immediate access to several of the city’s attractions, such as the Pincio, Piazza del Popolo, the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, Porta Pinciana, Villa Medici and the Trinità dei Monti, which can be reached in less than 5 minutes on foot. The Trevi Fountain and the Quirinale Palace can also be reached in just 15 minutes on foot. The car park is easily accessible by car and well connected to public transport thanks to the nearby Spagna stop of the metro line A and the Flaminio train station, which is less than a 5-minute walk away.

  • Address: Viale del Galoppatoio, 33, 00197 Rome RM
  • Telephone: +39 06 322 5934
  • Hours: open 24 hours
  • Rating: 9.3 out of 10
  • Note: the car park is not in the ZTL zone. 
  • Book online: click here

Royal Parking

Royal Parking, located in the centre of Rome in the Castro Pretorio district, is extremely close to the Roma Termini railway station and the Termini (lines A and B) and Repubblica (line A) underground stations. It offers a 24-hour guarded, guarded and video-monitored service via CCTV cameras. It is essential to check the dimensions of your vehicle before booking, as the car park can only accommodate vehicles with a maximum height of 1.56 metres, a maximum width of 1.80 metres, a maximum length of 4.90 metres and a maximum height from the ground of 12 centimetres.

  • Address: Via Marsala, 30-32, 00185 Roma RM
  • Telephone: +39 06 444 1067
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 06:30 to 23:00, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 08:00 to 14:00. and 17:00 to 23:00;
  • Rating: 9.3 out of 10
  • Note: the car park is not in the ZTL zone. 
  • Book online: click here

Parking Gran Melià

Parking Gran Melià is located in the vicinity of Vatican City, outside the ZTL, offering the advantage of being able to reach the main places of interest on foot. Only 600 metres away from the car park are St Peter’s Square, Castel Sant’Angelo and Villa Farnesina. The city centre can be reached in just 10 minutes on foot, allowing visitors to explore the main attractions comfortably. The car park is under video surveillance.

  • Address: Via del Gianicolo, 2, 00165 Rome RM
  • Telephone: +39 06 8927 9640
  • Hours: daily from 07:00 to 01:00;
  • Rating: 9.0 out of 10
  • Note: the car park is not in the ZTL zone. 
  • Book online: click here

Interchange Car Parks in Rome

Interchange (or ‘swap’ or ‘interchange’) car parks are located in peri-urban or peripheral areas, where it is possible to leave one’s car and then reach the city centre by alternative means such as public transport, electric vehicles or shared vehicles.

They are particularly suitable for commuters arriving from the suburbs or nearby towns, so that they can safely park their cars and reach the city centre by bus or train.

There are several interchange car parks in Rome, located at stations on the A, B and C metro lines, railway stops or bus terminals.

These unrestricted tariff car parks offer differentiated pricing methods to favour the rotating use of parking spaces and meet the needs of various categories of users, such as residents, workers and tourists. These car parks include those at the Auditorium, Partigiani (near the Ostiense station), Metronio, Trieste and Trastevere.

Here is the complete list of stops where exchange parking is available in Rome:

  • Anagnina
  • Anagnina A and C
  • Anagnina B
  • Travertine Arch
  • Battistini
  • Borghesiana
  • Cinecittà
  • Cyprus
  • Candida Fountain
  • Giardinetti
  • Celoni Caves
  • Jonio
  • La Celsa
  • The Justinian
  • La Storta
  • Labaro
  • Laurentina
  • Magliana
  • Montebello
  • New Salary
  • Ostiense
  • Palmiro Togliatti
  • Pantano a Raso 1
  • Pantano a Raso 2
  • Multi-storey quagmire
  • Ponte Mammolo 1
  • Ponte Mammolo 2
  • Rebibbia
  • S. Maria del Soccorso
  • Saxa Rubra
  • Staz. Nomentana
  • Staz. St. Peter’s
  • Tiburtina Station
  • Villa Bonelli
  • Vitinia

Free Parking in the Centre of Rome

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Parking Trastevere

Among the free car parks in Rome, one of the main ones is the car park for Trastevere, located in the square in front of the station. This is a valuable discovery for visitors wishing to explore this fascinating part of the city without worrying about parking costs.

The Trastevere car park is about a 40-minute walk from the Colosseum, offering a convenient option for those wishing to leave their car and stroll through the picturesque streets of Rome. Its location opposite the station makes it easily accessible for both those arriving by car and those using public transport.

One of the most appreciated features of this car park is that it has no time limits for parking. This means that visitors can enjoy their time exploring Trastevere and its surroundings without having to worry about having to move their car or pay additional fees.

However, it is important to note that finding a space in this car park can be difficult, especially at weekends, due to the presence of the Porta Portese market. Visitors should be prepared to look carefully for an available parking space and consider alternatives if the car park is full.

Via Ugo Ojetti

If you are looking for free parking in Rome, consider Via Ugo Ojetti. Although limited to 3 hours with a parking disc, it offers ample space. However, it is far from the centre, requiring about two hours to walk to the Colosseum. It is advisable to use public transport. ATAC bus lines such as the 337, 63 and 435 offer connections with the MEB1 Laurentina metro to the Colosseum.

Luigi Schiavonetti Avenue

Near Viale Luigi Schiavonetti you will find free parking in Rome. Even here, with a parking disc, parking is limited to 3 hours. This car park is located rather far from the centre, but is well connected by public transport. It is advisable to use the ATAC bus line 504 from Schiavonetti/Tor Vergata to Anagnina, and the MEA Battistini metro line from Anagnina to Vittorio Emanuele. Alternatively, you can take bus line 87 from Appia/San Giovanni to Colosseo, tram line 3 from Manzoni to Colosseo/Salvi, or metro line MEB Laurentina from Termini to Colosseo.

Gemini Station

The car parks located near the Gemelli Station, in Via della Pineta Sacchetti, are numerous, with about 300 parking spaces available. However, this parking area is often crowded due to people travelling to the Policlinico Gemelli or the nearby Roma Viterbo Station. Although these parking spaces are on average far from the city centre, they are well served by public transport.

Street of Priscilla

The free car parks between Via di Priscilla and Piazza Vescovio in Rome are located at a moderate distance from the city centre. However, they are not very numerous and are in great demand, making it difficult to find a free parking space, especially in the afternoon and at weekends.

Free parking near hospitals

These areas are mainly located near the main hospitals in Rome, such as Bambino Gesù, Santo Spirito, S.Giovanni-Addolorata, Oftalmico, Nuova Regina Margherita and Policlinico.However, many of these areas are located within the ZTL (Limited Traffic Zone), so you may not be able to access them if you are driving a rental car.

Where to Park in Rome: Frequently Asked Questions

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Where to park in Rome Colosseum?

If you are wondering whether there is parking near the Colosseum in Rome, the answer is yes. However, there is no free parking in this area and you will probably have to pay a daily rate. Among the best car parks near the Colosseum, I recommend Park Colosseum and Parking Services Colosseum, which are a 5 and 6-minute walk away respectively.

Where to park near the Vatican?

There are several car parks near the Vatican in Rome, including the Parking Gran Melià, located a 15-minute walk from Vatican City.

Where to park in Rome coming from the north?

If you are arriving in Rome from northern Italy via the A1 motorway and wish to avoid bringing your car into the city centre, you can park at Garage Cervialto and take the metro at the Jonio stop, or continue on Viale Tirreno to Conca d’oro. Another option is Parking Francia, located near the intersection of Corso di Francia and Via del Foro Italico. Here, around the car park, there are several city bus stops that make it easy to reach the city centre.

Where to park in Rome coming from the south

If you are travelling to Rome and are coming from the south, here are some recommended car parks located in the southern districts of the city. In the Ostiense district, we recommend Park Roma Ostiense or Autorimessa Troiano 2, all of which are covered car parks, safe and easily accessible by car if you are arriving from the South of Rome. If you are arriving from the South-West and are closer to the Portuense district, an excellent option is Garage Marconi, easily accessible by car on Viale Guglielmo Marconi, as well as accessible from Via Portuense and Circonvallazione Gianicolense. For those arriving instead from the south-east, we recommend the Tuscolana car park, located on the renowned Via Tuscolana.

ZTL Zones in Rome: Where You Cannot Circulate and Park

Rome’s ZTL zones are restricted traffic areas and are mainly in the historic city centre.

Private cars cannot access them, while taxis and residents’ cars can. Fines for violating these zones can be steep and are often sent by mail to the vehicle owner.ZTLs have specific activation times, so be sure to check to confirm times before driving in these zones.

Some Considerations on Parking in Rome

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When parking in Rome, there are some important considerations to keep in mind.

  • Security: Rome is generally safe for night walks, but it is advisable to remove valuables from the car. The risk of burglary increases if objects are visible. In case of theft, report to the police for insurance purposes.
  • Parking space dimensions: many garages have ramps that can be problematic for loaded cars or very low cars. Choosing a garage without ramps can avoid damage and additional costs.
  • Parking on the street: parking on the street is a valid option, but it is important not to leave valuables in sight. 
  • It is easy to get lost on the streets of Rome and forget where you left your car: marking your location on your phone and taking a business card from the garage can be useful. Apps such as Waze and Google Maps offer real-time traffic updates.
  • Driving and parking in Rome is not difficult. However, it is important to know the local rules and limited traffic zones. With good planning and attention to road signs, your holiday in Rome will be enjoyable and trouble-free.

Rome Where to Park: Conclusions

Here we come to the end of this article on where to park in Rome for free and not for free, in which I told you about the best parking in the centre, near the Colosseum and the Vatican City, and where to park in Rome coming from the North or the South.

If you have any doubts or questions about the best car parks in Rome, leave a comment below. I always reply to everyone when I can.

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