How to see most of Rome on foot and for free? – Part 1

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Ahhh, Rome is such a beautiful city and as many times I have been there I never stop to amaze myself of the new things I discover. A perfect mixture of ancient history and typical European capital vibe, in Rome you will find what you are looking for – knowledge, peace or love… it’s all right in front of you.

Here is a route I have come up with over my last visit. It is completely doable on foot and you will surely not spend a dime on sights. Well, you can always spend money on gelato and cannoli…

1. Pyramid of Cestius (Piramide Cestia)

That’s quite a good and strategic spot to start your trip from. Make sure to start early morning because you have quite some walking ahead of you. The Pyramid of Cestius is located just in front of the so called metro station.

Pyramid of Cestius

2. Rome Rose Garden (Botanic Garden)

If you visit Rome in rose-bloom season (April till late autumn) you will definitely have to make time for that beautiful garden. Located, just in front of Circus Maximus, this is a hidden gem and you would not regret visiting it. Entrance is free of charge.

Botanic Rose Garden in May

3.  Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo)

There is a paid entry in that sight, however you can just walk around or have a look from outside – it’s quite massive. If you are lucky enough, you might get to see some local event taking place there.

Circus Maximus during a local food festival

If you are interested in some more sightseeing in the area, before heading to the Colosseum you might wanna stop by at the The Mouth of Truth(Bocca della Verità), however you might need to pay a small fee there.

4. The Colosseum (Colosseo)

The most famous attraction and sight of Rome, the Colosseum is a view you can’t miss. Entrance inside is paid, however, it is quite marvelous from the outside as well. That is a good spot to have some rest because from here you are about to get inside the small streets of Rome and discover a lot more.

Beautiful rainbow over Colosseum in Rome

Beautiful rainbow over Colosseum in Rome

Next to the Colosseum you will find the Roman Forum and heading towards Piazza Venezia, don’t miss the Trajan’s Forum and Column.

Roman Forum

Trajan’s Forum

5. Piazza Venezia

The whole path from The Colosseum to Piazza Venezia is full of ancient relics and multiple photo stops. Once you reach Piazza Venezia, you can walk up the stairs to get a better panoramic view of the area – it is indeed my favorite view in Rome.

Piazza Venezia

View from Piazza Venezia stairs

The most exciting part of the city is yet to come. Dive into the small streets of lovely Rome and reach to Vatican city for a beautiful sunset in Part 2 of “How to see most of Rome on foot and for free?”


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