And we’re glad we don’t. It seems Italians drive around all day looking for a piece of sidewalk where they can park their car. There are cars parked in our neighborhood, but they all have permits from the city. Or they drop coins into the parking meter. Everyone parks with their rear view mirrors folded in since the streets are narrow.
Our apartment is within walking distance of most of the attractions in Rome. For locations more than a kilometer away, we usually take the bus and walk home afterward. There are always things to see along the way. We’re really pleased with the location of our apartment. We could have rented an apartment further away from the center. Rent may have been much less. The apartment may have been more modern. However, an apartment further away would require so much more hassle and time to commute every day that we would see less of Rome.
Public transportation is very good. Buses go everywhere in the city. The bus ticket allows one trip on the metro (underground) and multiple bus rides within 100 minutes of the first cancellation. The website for the bus and metro system in Rome has details of all the lines, the number of buses each hour, and maps of the system. The bus route map of central Rome shows bus and metro lines, their stops, most streets, and many of the major attractions in Rome. See http://www.metrebus.it/files/doc.asp?r=3. It can be saved as a pdf file.