Things to do in Rome

Foro Romano

Three Day Walking Tour

Day 1 Distance: ~ 4 km Map:

P. del Popolo –

The starting point of today’s walking tour. Note the Aurelian Walls; Via Flaminia – road to Rimini @ the Adriatic Sea; pilgrim’s 1st view of Rome; Il Tritone – 3 streets into the city; public executions until 1826; Egyptian Obelisk (1300 BC, brought in by Augustus 10 BC @ Circo Massimo, moved in 1589); St Maria del Popolo.

P. di Spagna –

A grand outdoor staircase, the Spanish Steps offer a fabulous view of city monuments and rooftops. But they are also a great vantage point for people watching. The Spanish Steps are the meeting place in Rome, filled daily with guitar-playing city dwellers and stylish shoppers descending on the piazza’s world-class boutiques. When you’ve had enough rest, head next door to the Keats-Shelley house, and take a look at memorabilia from literature’s Romantic period. Or take a sip and a photo in front of the piazza’s azalea-trimmed Fontana della Barcaccia (Old Boat Fountain). Address: Piazza di Spagna, junction of Via Condotti, Via del Babuino and Via Due Macelli; Hours: All; Cost: Free.

Trevi Fountain –

Squashed into the corner of a small piazza, Trevi Fountain’s statue of Neptune seems ready to burst forward from the ancient Acqua Vergine aqueduct. The recently cleaned, and gleaming, 18th-century fountain is one of Rome’s most famous sights. It draws throngs of tourists, who crowd into the tiny square to toss coins into the water over their left shoulders; legend says this assures a return trip to the city. Address: Piazza di Trevi, off Via del Tritone; Hours: All; Cost: Free.

Pantheon –,_Rome

Marcus Agrippa’s Pantheon is one of the world’s most sublime architectural creations: a perfectly proportioned floating dome resting on an elegant drum of columns and pediments. It was built in 27 BC, and rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in 120 AD. The temple has been consistently plundered and damaged over the years; it lost its beautiful gilded bronze roof tiles in Pope Gregory III’s time. Look for the tombs of Raphael and Victor Emmanuel I.

P. Navona –

Vast and beautiful, Piazza Navona was laid out on the ruins of Domitian’s stadium. It’s lined with baroque palaces and holds three fountains, including Bernini’s Fountain of the Rivers. In Renaissance times, the piazza was flooded on festive occasions and used to stage mock naval battles.

Campo de’ Fiori –

Undeveloped meadow because the Tiber used to flood until XV century; execution place; Giordano Bruno burnt in 1600; marketplace since 1869 moved from P. Navona;

Trastevere –

Trans Tiberium – originally Etruscan village, later populated by the sailors, Jews, Syrians. Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere – origins 220 AD, the first open Mass;

Day 2 Distance: ~ 6 km Map:

P. del Popolo –

The starting point of today’s walking tour.

P. Venezia – Via dei Fori Imperiali –

1925; Tomb of Unknown Soldier (WWI); Vittorio Emanuele the 1st king of Italy; Mussolini 1932 – balcony + military parades. Trajan Market – the world’s oldest shopping mall or the imperial administrative offices.

Campidoglio –

The Capitoline Hill (one of 7). A fortress – Roman version of Acropolis. Rape of the Sabine Women. Sacred Geese warnings. Temple of Jupiter.

Foro Romano –

You won’t have to strain your imagination to picture the Forum as the political, commercial and religious center that it once was, Columns, arches and temples built between 500 B.C. and 400 A.D. including the Temple of Vesta, where virgins once guarded the sacred fire, are artifacts of its ancient prominence. This center fills the valley between Capitoline and Palatine hills. Address: Via dei Fori Imperiali; Hours: 9 a.m. – one hour before sunset.

Colosseum –

The Colosseum is the most recognizable symbol of Rome. Once called the Flavian Amphitheater, it was built from A.D. 72 to A.D. 80 in just eight years. Here, up to 50,000 spectators protected from the sun by an ingenious system of shades packed the stands to watch Roman gladiators fight it out in the ultimate combat. Today, the only wild animals haunting visitors are stray cats that make their home in the shadow of this monument. Address: Piazza del Colosseo; Hours: 9 a.m. – one hour before sunset.

Roman Ghetto –

1555 – 1888; was the last remaining Jewish Ghetto in W. Europe until Hitler; walled-in; 3500 inhabitants; Giudeo – Romanesco dialect; Campidoglio – a Rabbi gets a kick in the ass for the annual permission to live in Rome; yellow-cloth when going outside; restricted professions; not allowed to own property even inside the ghetto; The Turtle Fountain (1580) – the turtles were stolen in 1979.

Isola Tiburina –

300 BC Temple of Aesculapius; first hospital established in 1580’s.

Day 3 Distance: ~ 6 km Map:

P. del Popolo –

The starting point of today’s walking tour.

Castel Saint’Angelo –

140 AD – Hadrian’s Tomb, the tallest building in Rome. Contained ashes of other emperors. 400 AD – converted into a fortress; 14 c AD the popes built another castle and underground Passetto di Borgo connecting to the Vatican. The bridge, 134 AD – Ponte Saint’Angelo, used to display bodies of the executed. 1450 – many pilgrims drowned.

The Vatical Museum –

1506 AD – founded by Pope Julius II after buying “Laocoon and his Sons”; 2013 – 5.5 million visitors (#5 in the world); 54 galleries; The Sistine Chapel is the last room during the museum tour.

Basilica St. Pietro –

1506 – replaced the original church from 4 c AD. St. Peter (a.k.a. Simon) was crucified and buried here. The largest church in the world. Stone from Colosseum was used to build a part of the new church.

Via Cola di Rienzo

One of the best shopping streets in Rome.

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