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Parking in Rome. Crazy!

Old Sep 30, 17, 7:30 am
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Parking in Rome. Crazy!

A question for the locals (or semi locals)
Are there any parking regulations in Roman neighborhoods ?
Seriously- In Prati around the Piazza Cavour it really seem to be the case of "Just leave your car anywhere and hope you don't get a ticket!" A driver tried to explain about the blue lines marking parking spots but 3those seem to be mere suggestions to Roman drivers. And the double parking would drive me mad. We witnessed people being blocked in by double parked cars several times-and yet I never saw a tow truck.
Are the fines for illegal parking so minimal that it is worth playing this game?
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Old Sep 30, 17, 8:44 am
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Parking in Rome has been a huge problem for several decades. Other than during the whole day in August, when you find parking spots throughout the city, there are "local" times when you may find something easier. As a rule, In areas with many shops you'll find more free spots during the 15 minutes after shops close, while in areas where there are few shops it is easier during the 15 minutes before stores open. The reasons should be clear. At any rate, all of the above is relative:

I was in Rome last week (Sunday evening to Wednesday morning) living in the Pignetto and visiting friends in the Parioli and Prati. Strangely enough I found a parking spot right in front of the entrance of the buildings in all three areas I was visiting every single time, independent of the time of the day. Perhaps the chances for that happening were lower than winning the Lotto, but it did happen.

Since your talking about Rome, the only thing that may help (other than sheer luck like in my case) is prey to Santa Cecilia, tha patron saint.
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Old Sep 30, 17, 9:46 am
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Originally Posted by bigguyinpasadena View Post
A question for the locals (or semi locals)
Are there any parking regulations in Roman neighborhoods ?
Seriously- In Prati around the Piazza Cavour it really seem to be the case of "Just leave your car anywhere and hope you don't get a ticket!" A driver tried to explain about the blue lines marking parking spots but 3those seem to be mere suggestions to Roman drivers. And the double parking would drive me mad. We witnessed people being blocked in by double parked cars several times-and yet I never saw a tow truck.
Are the fines for illegal parking so minimal that it is worth playing this game?
There is almost no reason to have a car in Italy if you are not a local or semi-local, or someone with a lot of experience there. In essence, you are not allowed to drive in the historic center anyway. You are not allowed to drive in Trastevere. It is said that Roman drivers are maniacs. That's not true. Just half of them are. They have different driving rules, and you won't know them.

You should just park your car in the hotel parking lot and get around by taxi or metro, so that you don't have to worry about the car. Hotels usually charge between 30-50 euros per day, which I find crazy.

You can go to a public garage for about 18 euros per day and leave the car there. Or go to the outskirts of the city and leave it in a computer lot that Romans use who park there car there, and take the train into the city. It would cost you 5 euros a day to leave it out there.

Most of the places in Rome where you can park are called Zona Blu. You have to put money in the meter and pay one euro per hour and display the ticket on the dashboard.

It is a nightmare. However, if you are a Roman citizen you get a tag that allows you to drive and park in ways that a tourist doesn't have access to. If you don't have that tag, cameras will take pictures of your license plate, it will go to an agency to charge you a hefty fine, and they will track you down wherever you are, and put a collection agency on you.

There is no point in having a car in Rome, unless you are a local or semi-local, as you put it.

There are some things a tourist must do when in Rome, and some things a tourist must not do. For example, things you must not do is try walk into St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican wearing a tank top and shorts. Don't say, "ciao" to someone you haven't known for a long time, they are much younger than you, or you are a famous or very important person.

Don't ask for tap water in a restaurant. Pay for the bottled water. Whatever you do, don't criticize the local soccer team. The only thing more dangerous than that would be to drive a rental car into the city unless you really have experience living in Rome.
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Old Sep 30, 17, 11:08 am
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None of us were insane enough to try and drive in rome (including a friend who often does drive us in foreign countries) We were all just amazed at how casual (insane?) the local parking situation was. It really is like watching some weird game of Jenga played with small cars.
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Old Sep 30, 17, 11:40 am
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Originally Posted by bigguyinpasadena View Post
A question for the locals (or semi locals)
Are there any parking regulations in Roman neighborhoods ?
Seriously- In Prati around the Piazza Cavour it really seem to be the case of "Just leave your car anywhere and hope you don't get a ticket!" A driver tried to explain about the blue lines marking parking spots but 3those seem to be mere suggestions to Roman drivers. And the double parking would drive me mad. We witnessed people being blocked in by double parked cars several times-and yet I never saw a tow truck.
Are the fines for illegal parking so minimal that it is worth playing this game?
No
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Old Oct 1, 17, 7:24 am
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No. Driving, and parking, in Rome is best left to the local residents. A limited number of tourists can survive in this environment, primarily residents of South Philadelphia, where as best I can tell the local driving and parking situation is loosely modeled after Rome.
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Old Oct 2, 17, 6:02 pm
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No. Driving, and parking, in Rome is best left to the local residents. A limited number of tourists can survive in this environment, primarily residents of South Philadelphia, where as best I can tell the local driving and parking situation is loosely modeled after Rome.
And don't forget shopping at the Italian market...
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