How to see most of Rome on foot and for free? – Part 2

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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…

In case you missed Part 1 of the route, click here.

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.

Fontana di Trevi

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.

Inside the small streets of Rome

7. Pantheon

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.

The “Eye” of the Pantheon

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.

Piazza Navona

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.

Ponte Sant’Angelo

Angel Statue on Ponte Sant’Angelo

Sunset over Vatican from Ponte Sant’Angelo

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.

Vatican City on sunset

Inside St. Peter’s Church

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.

Piazza di Spagna

Piazza del Popolo

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.

The whole route came up at about 25-26km

Did you miss Part 1 of “How to see most of Rome on foot and for free?”? Click below to find out what the first five sights of the free walking tour in Rome are:


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