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Rome: 3 Short & Scenic Walking Routes

Rome is designed for walking – the multitude of hills, large public parks, narrow, cobblestoned streets, and charming piazzas offer ample opportunities for exploring the city on foot. While it’s always best to wander a bit in-between your tourist itinerary items, it’s also often useful to have an idea of where to walk, and what you can look forward to seeing on your strolls.

So, I’ve compiled a list of 3 Short and Scenic Walking Routes for you to choose from! Most of them are based in the old city centre, going to and from a Metro station. Find links to the Google Maps routes of each walk below the description! 😀

Walk #1: Up the Palatine Hill

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Starting Point: Colosseo Metro Stop

Sights along the way:

  1. Colosseum / Flavian Amphitheatre
  2. Arch of Constantine
  3. Via Sacra and the Arch of Titus
  4. Temple of Venus and Roma
  5. Palatine Hill

End Point: Convento San Bonaventura Al Palatino

This short, scenic walk takes you from the Colosseum Metro Station up to the small Franciscan monastery church situated atop the Palatine Hill. The way is a bit unconventional – it passes an exit to the Forum, and seems to lead nowhere – but ends up at the charming, yet humble, San Bonaventura church. If you are lucky, you can join a 20 minute tour of the church and the monastery, and visit the secret garden at the back of the church. There is a stunning view out towards the Colosseum, and the tranquillity is truly inspiring. You’ll need to walk back down the same way you walked up, but it doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to reach the Colosseum once again.

Find the Google Maps Link here for this walk!

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Walk #2: Scenic Views of Rome From Above

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Piazza Spagna to Popolo

Starting Point: Piazza di Spagna

Sights along the way:

  1. Spanish Steps & Piazza di Spagna
  2. Villa Medici
  3. Pincio Hill Viewpoint
  4. Piazza del Popolo

End point: Piazza del Popolo

I really loved this walk! Starting at the Piazza di Spagna, you walk up the Spanish Steps, up alongside the Villa Borghese Gardens (which you can visit if you like!), and up to the viewpoint at the Pincio Hill. The views over Rome are breathtaking, and watching the sunset from here is especially romantic.

Find the Google Maps link here for this walk!

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Walk #3: Capitoline Hill and Roman Forum
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Starting point: Colosseo Metro Station

Sights along the way:

SO MANY! The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill, Il Vittoriano, Piazza Venezia, Imperial Fora, Trajan’s Column. Bring a guidebook! 😉

End Point: Trajan’s Column

I’d highly recommend this walk as part of a sensory introduction to Rome for first-time visitors. As you exit the Colosseo Metro Station, the Colosseum is right in front of you, with the Roman Forum to the right. You can take as much time as you like when exploring the area, whilst gradually following the path towards the Capitoline Hill. This part of Rome is almost always full of tourists, so if in doubt, follow the crowd!

Find the Google Maps link here for this walk!

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In general, you can’t really go wrong when walking around Rome. Keep a good map (or just your phone) on you for if you get lost, and enjoy finding some hidden gems in the Eternal City.

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