It is not unusual for there to be several strikes per month in Rome (and the rest of Italy). One good thing about Rome is that the city center is very compact and that it is very easy to reach most tourist attractions on foot. As an indication, even though our Little Italy B&B is located at the edge of the tourist area, the Colosseum is only a 10 minute walk away and the Vatican around one hour. The Italian word for strike is scioperò.
Public Transport Strikes Rome
December 2019 Strikes Rome
The next public transport strike in Rome will take place on December 9th, 2019. There won’t be any public transport in the city between 10 AM and 2 PM. On the same date Cotral, the company providing Public transportation to cities outside Rome itself, will strike the full 24 hours.
Strikes in General
When there is a general strike, its effect on Rome is usually the following: There will be no buses, trams or metros between 8.30 AM and 5 PM. From 5 PM until 8 PM there will be public transport, so that people can return home from work and take their children home from school. From 8 PM until 5.30 AM the following day public transport in Rome will again be virtually non-existent.
Although, even when a general strike takes place, there is usually a skeleton service during rush hour, the Rome metro and buses tend to be packed to such an extent that it is often better to walk.
A strike is usually (but not always) announced weeks, if not months, in advance, but are just as often cancelled at the last minute, so always check the day before whether or not it will actually take place.
The Leonardo Express, the non-stop train between the international airport of Fiumicino and the central railway station Termini, is exempt from strikes. This implies that there will always be a service, although sometimes the trains get substituted by buses. Most of the various private bus companies that provide a service to and from both airports (Terravision, SIT Busshuttle and TAN) generally do not strike either. The only exception to this rule is Schiaffino Co/Tral, which is also the main company for bus connections from Rome to many cities in small town Lazio.