Rome walking routes: vademecum of the places to visit

Friday, 20 May 2016

Rome has always been the homeland of treasures and part of the entire World history. Wheter your clients are religious or not, the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy represents an occasion to suggest Rome and its many routes full of works of art to admire.

Although the big number of tourists expected for the Extraordinary Jubilee could create a lot of confusion in the city, until now it has actually guaranteed safety and good organization. In the visit of the most famous religious places it is sure to find queues and long waiting times but, in the rest of the itineraries, you can dive into the history of Before Christ period and into the dynamic and pop culture of the Italian routine.

Here below the list of itineraries and attractions to visit walking around the city. We wish you a good reading!

Old Rome itinerary

  1. Old Ostia, a taste of sea reachable by train. It was the port of old Rome, located at the mouth of Tiber river.
  2. Colosseum, the greatest amphitheater of the World.
  3. Roman Forum, located between the Palatine and the Capitoline hills, it houses the ruins of Old Rome political, religious and commercial centre.
  4. Pantheon, temple built on the 27 B.C. and place of worship. It is famous for its cupola with the central hole. The legend tells that in its interior it never rains although the cupola has a 9 meters diameter window. We disclose the secret: it rains and certainly! But the drops are shattered by the air motions inside the building.
  5. Castel Sant’Angelo, located on the right shore of Tiber river. It houses the works of art of Lorenzo Lotto and Carlo Crivelli.
  6. Palatine Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome, it represents today a great open-air museum.
  7. Bocca della Verità, old Roman manhole with a legendary fame: it is told that it has the power to pronounce oracles. In 1632 it was walled in the partition of the Church of Saint Mary in Cosmedin.

Italian history itinerary

  1. Capitoline Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome and current representation headquarters of the city District.
  2. Altare della Patria, national monument devoted to the last King of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II. It lies inside an Italian soldier fallen during the War (The Unknown Soldier), symbol of the unified Country and of its liberty.
  3. Piazza Venezia, at the feet of the Capitoline Hill and in front of the Altare della Patria.
  4. Piazza del Popolo, reachable after crossing Via del Corso from Piazza Venezia. The square, its door as well as the obelisk represent the emblem of the architecture typical of the Eternal City.
  5. The Pincian Hill, an other Rome’s hill. From the terrace a beautiful view can be enjoyed. It is a romantic place reachable from a walk that connects Piazza del Popolo and Porta Flaminia.
  6. Villa Borghese, park next to the Pincian Hill and the third greatest public park of Rome. In its nearby there are important museums as the Galleria Borghese and the National Gallery of Modern Art.
  7. Palazzo Montecitorio, it is the Chamber of Deputies Palace on the Parliament’s square.

Itinerary of Italian popular culture

  1. The Trevi Fountain, one of the most famous fountains of Rome. It went done in history for its uniqueness and became symbol of the Italian cinema. The first movie in which the fountain was the protagonist is “Three Coins in the Fountain” of 1954, directed by Jean Negulesco. Recently restructured it is again wonderful as before.
  2. Via Vittorio Veneto, the street from piazza Barberini to Porta Pinciana. Known because it was the setting of Fellini’s movies and actually famous also for the several haute couture clothing shops.
  3. Piazza di Spagna, square at the bottom of Spanish steps. It owes its name from the close location of the Spanish Embassy. The stairs connect the square to the Church of Trinità dei Monti and they are also the location of events and national as well as international fashion shows.
  4. Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, well-known for its open-air markets and meeting place of young people.
  5. Porta Portese, famous for the fleas market located outside it, along Portuense street and in the nearby of Viale Trastevere.
  6. Trastevere, area beyond Tiber river, built thanks to the Old city expansion. It is a legendary as well as a very popular place where you can taste good Italian food and experience the Italian lifestyle at the beginning of XX century. We suggest to read this interesting article about old Roman taverns.

Focus on Jubilee: the pedestrian itineraries

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy started the December 8th, 2015 and it will end on November 20th, 2016. For the Catholic Church the Jubilee is a year devoted to absolution, reconciliation, conversion and sacramental penitence. It is also called Holy Year and it is the period during which the Pope gives the plenary indulgence to the believers that come to Rome and that do particular religious experiences such as confession, prayer and mercy acts. The pilgrimage is thought as a reflection way in order to prepare for the confession, but also to contemplate man and divine action: that’s why Rome, in collaboration with the Vatican, has created four Jubilee pedestrian itineraries that, in addition to being useful for the event and for the traffic safety, give the opportunity to rediscover the old history of Catholic Rome and the classic art of the most famous painters and sculptors.

All the itineraries take to the Basilica of S.Giovanni in Laterano (or Basilica Aurea) crossing the city from different places and involving about 20 stages.

Another itinerary for pilgrims and for those fond of religious architecture is the Seven Church Walk, a route of 20km that can be travelled during the official days of the pilgrimage (in September and in May) or in complete autonomy. The departure is from the Basilica of San Pietro (n.1 on the map) till the arrival to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (n.7).

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