It leaves from Piazza del Cinquecento in front of the Termini train station, stops at Piazza Venezia, crosses much of picturesque, downtown Rome, crosses over the Tiber river in the shadow of Castel Sant’Angelo (also known as Hadrian’s Tomb), lets you off a block or so from the Vatican (at the Cavalleggeri stop) and ends in Rome’s Aurelio neighborhood at the S. Pietro Station, from which you can also catch a slow train to Viterbo or to Livorno (or,if you have a permit, to Vatican City).
This makes it an ideal and potentially enchanting means of daily transportation for thousands of residents of and visitors to the Eternal City. But enchanting it is generally not. For the overcrowded 64 bus (it is supposed to run every seven minutes on weekdays but is still jam-packed, even at the first stop) is also the most risky in the capital. (more…)