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Parking in Rome and in the Vatican City

Parking space near the Vatican

Parking space near the Vatican

Parking in Rome is a real challenge, almost as much of one as writing a report on this topic for a city as large as Rome. We will limit ourselves to giving some general tips on finding somewhere to park in Rome, a task which can be very arduous or very simple, depending on how you approach it and what your budget is like.

We will also pay particular attention to the difficulty of parking in the Vatican City, naming the main public carparks nearby where it is possible to book spaces in advance online, a real step in the right direction for tourists’ peace of mind.

Parking restrictions in the centre of Rome

Parking in the centre of Rome is reserved for accredited residents only and even they have quite a lot of trouble finding empty spaces. The tourist or occasional visitor, therefore, can forget about trying to park their car in the central and touristy areas of the city.

If you do park in the centre, you risk having the police tow your car away and having to enter into a complicated labyrinth of paperwork and fines to get it back. Break-ins are another possible problem.

In many areas unauthorised vehicles are not even allow to enter, let along park. The ZTL zones are under video surveillance and their use is limited to residents or visitors who are driving to a hotel with its own carpark. The hotel has to authorise this access in advance and provide you with a provisional licence number.

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Parking at hotels or monuments

Very few important monuments have parking for visitors and if they do, the prices are prohibitive. If you’re going to stay at a central hotel they tend not to have carparks, so if this is a vital amenity you will be better off seeking accommodation in the outlying areas.

Public carparks

There is a limited number of public carparks in central Rome. You can view the options available where online booking is possible on this link. To name a few of the most popular, we have the one at Termini station or that at the Villa Borghese Gardens, both of which are quite expensive.

There are various carparks near Fiumicino Airport, with prices starting at 18 euros per day, but they generally provide a very basic service with problems such as a lack of surveillance, lack of covered parking spaces, difficult access, etc.

The price to park in a public carpark in Rome ranges from 1 to 5 euros per hour and from 12 to 40 euros per day.

Parking near the Vatican City

Here is a list of the main public carparks near to the Vatican City where it’s possible to book online:

– Parking Prati, on Piazza Unità, 62 – 193.  Parking in Rome, close to the Vatican City and Sant’Angelo Castle, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian. See prices

– Garage San Pietro, on Via di Santa Maria alle Fornaci, 26 – 165.  Located by Piazza di S.Maria Alle Fornaci. Garage San Pietro has an unbeatable location if you need to park close to the Vatican City as it is just a five-minute walk away. See prices

– Garage Dacar, on Via Buccari, 5 – 195. Roma. You can get to the Vatican City, within the walls of which you can visit St Peter’s Square, on foot from Garage Dacar carpark in just 10 minutes. See prices

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