Rome is one of the most romantic cities in Europe. In Part 1 we saw some of the main sights of the city but now it’s time to dive among the small paved streets of such an ancient city and find true beauty and romance.
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…
6. Fontana di Trevi
So crowded, and yet so worth it. Fontana di Trevi is one of the most iconic sights in Rome. It has been on plenty of movies and for sure is a must-see in our route. The crowds can be very annoying, but as any other famous European capital, Rome attracts many tourists on a daily basis.
Once you are done with Fontana di Trevi, head towards the Pantheon. There are signs and if you follow them you will pass by one of the most famous gelaterias in Rome – Venchi, where you can see an actual chocolate (waterfall) wall. There might be a huge line to get gelato there, so if you jast walk a few meters down towards the Pantheon there is another shop from the same branch. In the meantime, stop and enjoy the small streets of Rome.
The Pantheon of Rome was built as a temple to serve all gods. And the most iconic symbol of it is the so called “Eye”, located on the ceiling and looking to the skies. Entry inside the Pantheon is free of charge.
8. Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona is breathtakingly beautiful and is a good spot to get some rest after the long walks so far. There are a lot of musicians, artists and comedians performing on the square. The whole scenery is made of typical Roman architecture and never seizes to amaze visitors with its changing colors over the day.
9. SantAngelo’s Bridge (Ponte Sant’Angelo)
Heading towards Vatican through the Sant’Angelo Castle, you will pass Ponte Sant’Angelo. Known as the Angels’ Bridge, you will go through some magnificent statues of angels and will get a lovely view towards Vatican city through the Tiber River.
10. Vatican City
After a long day of walking, reaching Vatican City near sunset will make all your effort totally worth it. You can enter St Peter’s Church for free and enjoy a lovely sunset over the Vatican.
If you have planned to enter the Vatican museum (which has paid entry), you will definately need to spend an entire day over there so you can skip Vatican in your free walking tour and head to Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Popolo and finish your route at Villa Borgheze.
And to conclude this long post and day, here is a screenshot of my footstep tracker when doing the route. Who said you can’t exercise during travel? It looks to me like I over-exercised myself. 😉 Totally worth it.