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- Option 1: Take bus 92, 135 from Termini, get out at Salaria, which is right at the entrance of some kind of motorway, but people could also be heading to Rieti (check this name), which might turn out not too bad either. Guaka and amylin waited 20 minutes for a ride (which is a lot less than the average waiting time in Italy). Reminder: this is not a good neighborhood with plenty of prostitutes. Hitching after 22:00 is not recommended, nor is girls hitching alone here. 25 Sept 2009: Men picking women up here are likely to ask for sex. Even at the next gas station. Don't be too eager to get in the car here, choose wisely!
- Option 2: This is a petrol station on the motorway A1 towards Firenze. To get there, take the metro to "Tiburtina", and from there a regional train to "Sette Bagni". It takes 20 minutes and leaves every 15 minutes on weekdays. Then you should have a look at Google maps to find the way to the bridge over the motorway which leads you to the petrol station. You shouldn't walk more than about 15 minutes. Until Firenze, there are around 5 more petrol stations to change cars, so it goes quite well. The last one is 5 km before Firenze. Update: On 3rd of April we tried to reach the described bridge but it was not at all possible. All the paths are private property and have relatively serious fences. Even asking one guy if he could let us in through the gate did not help! Alternative: This is petrol station which should at least bring you on the highway A1. (But probably it's worth looking for a totally other petrol station on A1 which is reachable by public transport..)
UPDATE 15-16.5.2012 At the latter station a lot of people don't head onto the highway, a lot head home, so the original spot is the best, but hard to get to. It can be achieved by walking Via Capoliveri in Sette Bagni until it is closest to the Highway(house number 87 or so on google). There is a fence (it is the private property of an apartment building), but you can easily climb it and then you arrive 100m later right next to the highway. Walk left up a ramp and there is a path(it is tremendously overgrown, however) and the bridge to your left. Once over the bridge, the gas station is to your right, but you have to get through an overgrown field first. Once there hitching should be good.
Take Line No. 105 (Staz. ne Grotte Celoni) to the stop 'Casilina/Tor Vergata (29 stops), walk 150 meters, go to stop Tor Vergata/Casilina, take Line No. 507 (Anagnina (Ma)) to Heidelberg (4 stops) take Line No. 509 (Fosso del Cavaliere/CNR) to Fosso del Cavaliere/CNR (2 stops).
Just take bus 105 and then get off after 29 stops and follow the sign Napoli to your right and then at keep left at the tournabout. Bus stops are a good indication that you're on the right path. Via del Fosso del Cavaliere takes you to the other side of the motorway, and from there keep walking towards the gas station; you can enter it from the backside. Don't bother about "forbidden entrance". And now you can continue hitchhiking towards Napoli/Sicily.
East towards [Pescara], [L Aquila]
From Termini go by metro line B to Ponte Mammolo station, and there you can take bus 508 (that is first station) and go untill last station - Mondavio. That is one long ride and you will come close to crossroad of second ring of highway around Rome and highway from Rome to east [Pescara, L Aquila]. Actually from that last station (Mondavio),you have walking around 500m to highway and then choose left to toll (around 1000m) or right to gas station (the same distance). We were walking on the highway which is illegal, but we had a luck not to be caught by police. Link for buses and metro in Rome: http://www.atac.roma.it/index.asp Link for map of gas stations on italian highways: http://www.autostrade.it/
There were hardly any checks on tickets in buses, and you could even take a bus from Sabaudia (90 kilometers away) without paying for a ticket - until November 2007, when there was an increase in the number of officials checking for tickets on buses and trams in Roma. This is said to be a direct result of new systems in the metro requiring less man-power there. Just keep your eyes open, officials are easy to spot and thusly avoid. In 2009, some people were fined in a tram; they were caught while they were leaving. You can buy tickets in bars or in news-stalls.