Whether you’re a fan of the classic film Roman Holiday, are a history buff, or just have serious wanderlust, there are a million reasons to visit Rome. Many believe that there’s no better way to get to know a city on foot.
Rome walking tours are a wonderful way to explore the city and feel more like a local than a tourist. Plus, you’ll get a little exercise in the process — meaning you can binge on as much pizza and pasta as you want later.
What should you know about Rome walking tours, and which areas should you be sure to see on foot? Read on to find out.
Beautiful Rome Walking Tours
With a Guide or Self-Guided?
The first thing you need to decide is whether you’d prefer to walk with a tour guide and group, or go at it on your own.
Thanks to smartphones, it’s easier than ever to find your way in a foreign city. If you’re the independent type, and would rather go at your own pace, a self-guided tour may be best. You can also pick up a travel brochure or book that will tell you a bit about the history of the places you pass by.
Of course, if you’re on a tight budget, you’ll likely choose to do a self-guided tour.
However, if you have the funds and interest, there are several professionally-guided Rome walking tours.
Especially if you’re concerned about getting lost, or are a solo traveler looking to meet others on your trip, a professional tour may be the best option for you. Plus, your tour guide can make suggestions for the best local places to eat, see, and shop.
Additionally, you may get more personal history from a guide, and you’ll be able to get any questions you have along the way answered. This isn’t always possible if you’re taking a self-guided tour.
Whichever option you choose, there are a few routes for Rome walking tours that you shouldn’t miss.
Let’s explore a few of them now.
From the Spanish Steps to the Historic Trevi Fountain
Everyone remembers this iconic scene from Federico Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita, where Anita Ekberg dances in the Trevi Fountain. To see it for yourself, follow this tour!
Start at the very last step of iconic Spanish Steps. Then, take a left turn, so that you pass the Keats-Shelley museum. From there, you’ll be able to see the historic Column of the Immaculate on the Piazza Mignanelli.
Once you’ve seen enough of the Column, you’ll notice a fork in the road — head to the right side of the fork to walk up via Propaganda.
There are tons of restaurants on this street, so this is a great mid-day walk. You’ll also pass the Saint Andrew Basilica, which is well worth a look. As you keep walking, you’ll notice that the road becomes narrow.
Eventually, the street will turn into Via di Sant Andrea della Fratte. You’ll soon come across the Collegio Nazzareno, a former palace and current school. Take a left on Via del Nazarelio, which you’ll follow until it becomes Via del Tritone.
This is one of the busiest streets in the city, so keep your eyes open.
You’ll also start to notice signs leading you to the Trevi Fountain, which will tell you to take the Via della Stamperia. Get ready to feel those famous Italian cobblestones under your feet!
Soon, the Trevi Fountain will appear right before your eyes. Resist the urge to jump in and mimic Anita Ekberg, as doing so will cost you a hefty fine!
Trevi Fountain to the Pantheon
Once you’ve had your fill of taking in the beauty of the Trevi Fountain, you can continue your walk to the historic Pantheon building. The Pantheon is a stunning ancient building, filled with natural light.
It’s also the final resting place of the famed Italian artist, Raphael.
When you’re directly facing the Trevi Fountain, take a sharp left down the Via delle Muratte.
While this street is perhaps a little more of a tourist trap than most would like, it’s a wonderful place to pick up some souvenirs for your friends back home. Plus, it’s a short street.
Walk along it until you see the Via del Corso across the street. Soon, Via del Corso becomes the Via di Pietra. Here, you’ll take a look at the Piazza di Pietra.
This Piazza is home to the famous Temple of Hadrian.
Interestingly, the name of the street translates in English to “The Plaza of Stone.” This is because the cobblestones you’ll walk along were made from the same stones that built the Temple of Hadrian.
Though the wall along the Temple has certainly had a tough time surviving the passage of time, the part that still exists is stunning. Luckily, you’ll even be able to see a few of the Corinthian columns that still stand.
Exit the Piazza on the left side, and walk along the Via del Pastini. Here, you’ll have another opportunity to grab a snack, or even a much-needed glass of wine!
Keep following this street until you see the magnificent Pantheon coming into focus. The square itself is filled with shops, tourists, and locals alike. From there, you can enter the Pantheon and experience history firsthand.
Make These Rome Walking Tours a Part of Your Trip
Whether you decide to go with a professional tour guide or on your own, make sure you don’t miss these walking tour routes.
Of course, once you’ve finished your tour, you’ll want to know what you should see next! And when you’re planning your trip, you’ll likely have questions about what to pack and how much money you should bring.
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