Rome walking · On foot in Rome

Rome walking · The most beautiful routes

Rome walking. Discover Rome on foot with me. Of course people are very much walking in the center of Rome. In Rome, there are countless opportunities for walking, in the city, over the seven hills and in the countryside. I will describe off-road routes to get to know the city of Rome from its best side.

Rome walking · Guided tours

Guided tours are a great way to get to know Rome. There are numerous guided tours where you can visit ancient Rome or the monuments in the center in a few hours on foot. The guide will show you the highlights and give explanations. He will take you on the best way through the winding alleys of Rome, where you can easily get lost.

If you don’t want guided tours, here you will find a lot of information about beautiful and interesting routes.

Rome walking · Villas and parks

Rome is one of the greenest cities in Europe. Wealthy Roman families competed for the most beautiful palaces and the most beautiful parks. You can find more information in my article parks and villas.

Rome walking · City walks

Good starting points for walking in Rome are the Metro stations of line B, Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Pyramid and San Paolo.

 

Rome walking · At the Tiber

Tiber bike path
Bike Trail on the banks of the Tiber

The Tiber banks are ideal for walkers, hikers, joggers and cyclists to cross the city without traffic noise and exhaust fumes. Starting from the Marconi bridge at the Basilica of St. Paul (Metro B station San Paolo) in the south, the orographic right bank is consistently accessible and navigable to the north of Rome. At many bridges you will find the opportunity to ascend via ramps or stairs from the riverbank. In the north of Rome you can turn back to the city center also by rail from the Tor di Quinto station.

Rome walking · Pyramid and Testaccio

Foreigner graveyard pyramid
View from the cemetery of foreigners on the pyramid

The cemetery of non-Catholics (cimitero acattolico) is located behind the pyramid (Metro line B). Many personalities from all over the world are resting here.

Foreigners cemetery grave Goethe Filius
Grave of Goethe’s son, behind the city wall

Behind it is the quartier Testaccio with a hill of potsherds, which was created in antiquity from discarded clay pots. Here overseas goods were unloaded on the banks of the Tiber. Therefore, the Testaccio has been dealing with food for millennia and is still today a center of gastronomy in Rome.

Testaccio market stand
Market stall at the Testaccio

There are clubs nestled around the hill and opposite is the market hall of the neighborhood with a splendid paninothek, street food and picturesque market stalls.

The former central Roman slaughterhouse now houses a cultural center and a branch of the Macro museum for contemporary art.

Rome walking · The Aventine hill

Cavalieri Malta Keyhole
Keyhole at the entrance of the Order of Malta

A very quiet area is the Aventine. You can, for example, come from the pyramid climbing up Via di Porta Lavernale to Sant Anselmo. At the square of the Order of Malta you can look through the keyhole on St. Peter’s dome. To photograph the spectacle is a special feat.

The basilica of Santa Sabina dates back to the 4th century, and the nearby basilica SS. Bonifacio e Alessio dates back to the 5th century. Both basilicas and San Anselmo are popular churches for weddings. I have written more about this in my article Marrying in Rome.

After visiting the churches and the beautiful viewpoints, especially the orange garden, you can go down to the Circus Maximus. From the beginning of May until mid-June you can visit the rose garden of the municipality of Rome on the way there. It’s also open again in late autumn.

Tour suggestion Aventin and Testaccio in the morning>

 

Rome walking · Circus Maximus

Walking in Rome's Tiber island
The Tiber Island

From the Circus Maximus you have the choice. Either you go left to the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin with the Bocca della Verità and continue to the ghetto and the Tiber Island.

To the right of the Palatine you can climb to the Celio or you can go to the Coliseum on Via di San Gregorio. Via di San Gregorio also has a less known access to the Palatine Hill.

From the Circus Maximus heading southeast, you will reach the Baths of Caracalla and continue through the Porta San Sebastiano to the Via Appia Antica.

 

Rome walking · The Celio

Basilica Giovanni e Paolo Salita
Retaining walls of the Basilica of John and Paul

Hiking in Rome at the Celio. It rises opposite the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum to the Basilica of San Giovanni. Very nice is the climb opposite the Maximus Circus, to the right of the tram tracks, on the Salita di San Gregorio.

Basilica Giovanni e Paolo interno
Interior of the Basilica of the martyrs John and Paul

You will pass the Church of St. Gregory and then, on the left, you will find the basilica of Saints John and Paul the Martyrs, dating back in the foundations to the 4th century.

Under the basilica you can visit the place where the two Martyrs used to live. Between the basilica and the bell tower is a gate, which is opened by the sexton of the basilica. Behind it, you can look down into vaults of rooms that served to supply the Coliseum. The basilica is the main church of the Catholic Passionist order.

 

Celio Uscita via S Paolo della Croce
Passage to the via della Navicella

Above the square of the Basilica, on the right is the entrance to the unfortunately very neglected Villa Celimontana.

Celio Villa Celimontana
Villa Celimontana

The climb ends on the Via della Navicella, from where you come to the left to the Colosseum, or straight ahead past the military hospital and through Via Celimontana to Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, where you can go to the right to the Basilica of St. Clement and further to the Basilica of St John.

Tour suggestion Caelius and Oppius hill in one afternoon>

Rome walking · Ghetto, Campo de’ Fiori, Trastevere and Gianicolo

Synagogue Rome
The Synagogue

From the ghetto you reach the Campo de’ Fiori via the traffic-calmed Via dei Giubbonari. To the left of Campo de’ Fiori is Palazzo Farnese with the French Embassy, straight ahead is the way to the Vatican and on the right to Piazza Navona.

Between Via dell’Arco del Monte and Piazza Farnese is the Palazzo Spada. From the courtyard, which is freely accessible, you can see the “secret garden”.

Spada optical illusion Borromini
Portico of Borromini

Here is a Baroque artwork, an optical illusion: the portico built by Borromini for Cardinal Bernardino Spada in 1653. Visually, the colonnade seems to be about 35 meters long, in fact it has only 8.82 m. Accordingly, the figure of the Roman warrior seems much larger than it really is.

Via dell’Arco del Monte branches off from Via dei Giubbonari. If you follow this street and cross the Sixtus Bridge Ponte Sisto you arrive at Trastevere and from there you can take Via Garibaldi to Gianicolo, where you’ll arrive to another viewpoint. You may then continue to Villa Pamphili. On the other side of the Gianicolo you can go down to the Vatican.

 

Ponte Sisto Acqua Paola
View of Ponte Sisto and Trastevere with the Paola Fountain

Before the Sixtus bridge to the right (or from Trastevere coming to Sixtus Bridge to the left), the picturesque Via Giulia begins. It passes at the back of the Palazzo Farnese and ends at Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. On the front of Palazzo Farnese, you can take Via di Montserrato. The road will changes name to Via dei Banchi Vecchi and after crossing the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Via del Banco di Santo Spirito to the Angels Bridge.

 

Rome walking · From the Vatican to the center

The traffic-calmed route from the Vatican to the city passes the Angels Bridge and Via dei Coronari to Piazza Navona. Another more busy route is from Piazza del Risorgimento, past the shopping street Cola di Rienzo to Piazza del Popolo.

Rome walking · From Colle Oppio to the Vatican

I made a walk at Christmas through the city from Colle Oppio, where Nero’s Domus Aurea is located, past Piazza Venezia and Piazza Navona to St. Peter’s Basilica and back past Campo de ‘Fiori and the ghetto to the Coliseo. Have a look on my Christmas walk through Rome in my photo gallery.

 

Rome walking · The Monumental Cemetery Verano

Panorama Monumental Cemetery Verano
A section of the Monumental Cemetery Verano

A very special suggestion for a walk in Rome is the Verano Monumental Cemetery. This necropolis, built into the landscape, is located behind the Basilica of Saint Lawrence. You can reach it with the tram lines 3 and 19. The Verano, with its buildings and inscriptions, is suitable for studies of art and history, and you can walk for hours without getting bored. The bronze sculptor Giovanni Battista Piranesi was probably inspired by this with his imaginative depiction of an ancient necropolis on Via Appia.

Rome walking · Via Appia Antica

Walikng in Rome Appia Antica Cecilia Metella
Via Appia Antica with the tomb of Cecilia Metella

Walking in Rome in the park of Appia Antica. The Via Appia is one of the most important military streets of antiquity. It leads from Rome to Brindisi and from there they embarked to Greece. Even today large parts of the street are preserved. In Rome, Via Appia Antica leads from the Porta di San Sebastiano to Ciampino. From the mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, it is traffic-calmed. On the Appia Antica, you can walk about 9 miles to Santa Maria delle Mole and then return by train to Rome.

In Rome you can reach the Appia Antica by bus 118 from Piazza Venezia, by bus 218 from San Giovanni or on foot from the Circus Maximus via the Caracalla Baths and Via di Porta San Sebastiano. More details about the park of Via Appia Antica =>

 

Rome walking · Rome EUR

Walking in Rome EUR
View of the church of St. Peter and Paul in the EUR

The EUR area in the south of Rome was established from the year 1938 on the occasion of the World Exhibition, which was planned for the year 1942, but did not take place because of the war riots. The name EUR is the abbreviation for Esposizione Univerale di Roma, Roman Universal Exhibition. In the center is an artificial lake as well as parks which extend to the Palalottomatica multipurpose hall. In the EUR you can see some fascist architecture.

Rome walking · To the sea

If you want to go to the sea, take the railway line from the Pyramid to Ostia. It leads past Ostia Antica to the sea and then runs along the coast. So you can easily come to the sea and walk along the beach, eat a good fish and lie down in the sun.

In Italy, the seashore is always open to the public. You can also walk along the shore in front of bathing establishments. For access to the sea, there are free access outside the establishments.

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