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Postcard From Rome

Postcard From Rome

Pedestrian, 10 km, 3 days

A walk in the most popular and charming places of the "Eternal City" that allows you to discover the attractions of Rome.

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Colosseum   Worth a journey Worth a journey Worth a journey

Piazza del Colosseo 00184 Roma
Archaeological and historical sites

Inaugurated in 80 AD, the Flavian amphitheatre or Colosseum is the biggest in the Roman world (527m in circumference and 57m high). Three levels of arcades enclose this impressive arena built on part of the site occupied by Nero's Golden House. 50 000 spectators could watch its circus games, gladiator fights and even naval combats.

Along the Via dei Fori Imperiali to Piazza del Campidoglio, you’ll see the imposing Vittoriano before you, a monument with terraces that offer a splendid view over the city.

Piazza del Campidoglio   Worth a journey Worth a journey Worth a journey

Piazza del Campidoglio 00186 Roma
Architecture, castles and historic districts

Designed and partially built by Michelangelo from 1536, the square is bordered by three palaces and a balustrade overlooking the statues of the Dioscuri; in the centre Michelangelo placed the statue of Marcus Aurelius (today a copy stands in its place, the original is in Palazzo Nuovo). From Via del Campidoglio there is a view over the ruins of the Forum Romanum.


Church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli   Worth a detour Worth a detour

scala dell'Arce Capitolina 12 00186 Roma
Religious buildings

Preceded by a fine flight of steps built in thanks after the plague in 1346, the church's façade is flat and austere. It is built on the site where the Tiber Sibyl is said to have announced the coming of Christ to Augustus. Inside, the first chapel on the right has frescoes by Pinturicchio (c 1485).

Art lovers should not fail to visit the extraordinary Capitoline Museums. On leaving, Ara Coeli walk on to reach the Chiesa del Gesu.

Church of the Gesù   Worth a journey Worth a journey Worth a journey

Piazza del Gesù 00186 Roma
Religious buildings

Often copied, this is the Jesuit church par excellence. It combines the solemnity and simplicity of the Counter-Reformation with some incredibly exuberant interior decoration from a century later, at the very height of Baroque movement. Baciccia's frescoes painted on the nave vault and the chapel of St Ignatius by Andrea Pozzo are wonderful. Some like it and some don't (Stendhal hated it), but it should be seen!


Pantheon   Worth a journey Worth a journey Worth a journey

Piazza della Rotondal 00186 Roma
Religious buildings

The Pantheon is the best preserved Classical building anywhere; a pagan temple, it was converted into a church in the 7C. It is entered through a portico supported by sixteen monolithic granite columns, all original save the three at the left-hand end. The interior is a masterpiece of harmony and grandeur, dominated by its original dome (as wide as the building is tall). Embellished by alternating rounded and triangular pediments, the side chapels house the tombs of Raphael and kings of Italy.


Piazza Navona   Worth a journey Worth a journey Worth a journey

Piazza Navona 00186 Roma
Architecture, castles and historic districts

Piazza Navona retains a long narrow layout, as dictated by Domitian when he had a stadium built here in 86 AD for games. Traffic is banned, making it a pleasant and lively meeting place where in the evenings street artists of all kinds can be seen performing.

With the first day coming to an end, you will find plenty of places to eat between Piazza Navona and Piazza Campo dei Fiori. At nightfall, a pleasant stroll through the historic centre is sure to plunge you into the atmosphere of la Dolce Vita! A night visit to the Trevi Fountain concludes this first day in Rome!

Forum Romanum   Worth a journey Worth a journey Worth a journey

V. dei Fori Imperiali 00186 Roma
Archaeological and historical sites

This makes for a magnificent scene, bristling with columns, triumphal arches, battered walls, temples converted into churches, and crisscrossed by paved streets, bearing witness to 12 centuries of history. Before starting a detailed exploration of the site, visitors should view it from atop the Capitoline Hill or the tabularium, forming a terrace in the Musei Capitolini overlooking the old city. From here, the forum can be seen in its melancholy majesty redolent of bygone great civilisations.


Trevi Fountain   Worth a journey Worth a journey Worth a journey

Piazza di Trevi 00187 Roma
Architecture, castles and historic districts

It is universally known since Anita Ekberg bathed in it, wearing an evening dress, in Dolce Vità. The monumental Trevi Fountain is a late Baroque masterpiece, erected by Nicola Salvi in 1732, on Pope Clement XII's orders. Its water comes from a 20 km-long canal, built by Agrippa in 19 B.C. The day-long crowd will force you to be patient before being able to throw two coins into it, as it is believed that this action will ensure your return to Rome.


Piazza di Spagna   Worth a journey Worth a journey Worth a journey

Piazza di Spagna 00187 Roma
Architecture, castles and historic districts

Rome's most elegant square with tall façades in warm tones derives its name from the Spanish embassy based here in the 17C. It is dominated by its famous Trinità dei Monti steps (the Spanish Steps), near to which stands the Barcaccia Fountain (17C) by Bernini. A couple of private houses are worth noting: n°26, where the Romantic poet Keats lived, and n°31, home to Giorgio de Chirico.

After a stop at the famous Cafe Greco (Via dei Condotti 86), a long and pleasant walk will lead you to Trastevere, where there is no shortage of places to eat (can also be reached by underground).

Piazza del Quirinale   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Piazza del Quirinale 00187 Roma
Architecture, castles and historic districts

Symbolising Roman elegance, this square is bordered by graciously fronted palaces, is decorated with ancient statues and an obelisk, and is adorned by a fountain. Sixtus V placed the Dioscuri from the Baths of Constantine here. Later, Pius VII erected an obelisk from the entrance to Augustus' mausoleum between them. Finally, Pius IX completed the decor with the addition of a handsome ancient basin.


Trastevere   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Piazza Sonnino 00153 Roma
Architecture, castles and historic districts

This attractive and popular quarter teems with bohemian youth and trendy nightowls. Its little paved streets, houses with lopsided façades and workshops give it a village feel. Nearby, the slopes of the Janiculum Hill lead up to the botanical garden from where the view over Rome is breathtaking. Don't miss the basilica on the lovely Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, or the Villa Farnesina, a spectacular exercise in Renaissance refinement.

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