A walking tour to discover the essential sites of the historic center
Rome was not built in a day, as everybody knows. Few other cities have been built around ancient ruins and magnificent palaces with the same success as Rome. Just like a life-size history book, the living past of the Eternal City reveals itself wherever your gaze rests. One day will not be enough to visit everything, but just select some of the sites of interest that you can discover first. The advantage of this city is that all the monuments of the historic center are close to each other, meaning it is quite possible to walk. So, if you really want, you can visit Rome in a day!
A day itinerary in Rome
Take a minute to figure out how big Rome is. With hundreds of sites to visit, you will easily understand that you will never be satisfied by a self-organized tour. You can walk for hours without reaching your goal and miss the chance to visit other sites along the way. It is always better to rely on a serious guided tours agency that can share its knowledge and experience in organizing city tours. Ensuring you get as much as possible from your stay in Rome.
The center of Rome on foot
Only thanks to our expert guides can you appreciate the beauty and lively life of this historic city. Whether that means walking through squares and monuments or wandering through the cobbled streets that connect the markets to Rome’s attractions.
- The Basilica of Saint John in Lateran is Rome’s main cathedral, where the pope is the bishop. It is worth taking a look around to see the ramparts whicht still date back to the Roman Empire.
- Of course, you can’t miss the ancient gladiator arena, the Colosseum. Without visiting the interior, take a tour of the most famous amphitheater of antiquity and admire the Arch of Constantine. From the Colosseum you can go up Via dei Fori Imperiali which offers a stunning view of the Roman Forum.
- Once past the Forums, you find the Capitol, designed by Michelangelo, the seat of the Mayor of Rome. Going down the steps in front of the monument dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II, you will find Trajan’s Forum and its famous carved column.
- The Pantheon is a temple dedicated to all past, present and future deities, you can visit its interior. To date, various personalities have been buried inside the Pantheon.
- The Trevi Fountain is the most famous and largest fountain in Rome that dates from the 18th century. It’s impossible not to think of the scene shot in this fountain in Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita”. Tradition has it that if you throw a coin with your right hand, turning your back on the fountain, you will soon return to Rome.
- Piazza Navona, which still has the shape of the stadium present in Roman times, today represents the largest and the most picturesque square in Rome. It is built on the site of Domitian’s Stadium, the ruins of which date back to the 1st century. Day and night, street artists and vendors offer entertainment in the magnificent setting of its Baroque architecture. The Fountain of the Four Rivers, sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1651, is the emblematic fulcrum.
- Crossing the river of Rome, the Tiber, you can reach the Castel Sant’Angelo, the ancient tomb of Emperor Hadrian, transformed into a fortress by the Popes. Then, continuing the tour, you can discover the wonders of the Vatican, such as the Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, where you can enjoy the marvelous frescoes of Michelangelo.
- Another site to visit is Piazza di Spagna, one of the most famous squares in Rome. Here, there are the Barcaccia Fountain and majestic stairs built in 1725 which lead to the Church of the Trinity of the Mountains.
Walks Inside Rome – Private and personalized tours
Walks Inside Rome is an agency of travel services and guided tours located in Rome since 1999. It specializes in private and small group tours of no more than 8-12 participants, giving you a much more personalized experience at your own pace.
All of our guides in WIR are proud to provide a variety of classic, exciting, engaging and educational tours for first-time visitors and discerning travelers. Helping them experience another side of the Eternal City.
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