Exploring Rome By Foot

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March 31, 2014


When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And when in Rome, the best way to see the sights is to WALK just like the other tourists do! And that’s just what we did!

Rome is a big city with a grand culture and many historical sites. There are so many things to do in Rome, it can be difficult to know where to start. But whatever you do, don’t let this deter you from getting around by foot, especially on a lovely day.

The “Classic” Sights of Rome

We started our Classic Rome walking tour at 8:00 in the morning when it was not yet crowded and headed to the first point of the tour itinerary – The Vatican.  The line to enter St. Peter’s Basilica was starting to build up and we were glad to be there before it got too long.

st peters basilica

After admiring the beauty and grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica, the next stop was Castel Sant’Angelo (also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian) which is located in Parco Adriano, a few meters away from The Vatican ground and St. Peter’s Square. We took a brief walk around the castle before moving on to the other highlights of the Eternal City.

Walking at a leisurely pace, it took us around 20 minutes to get to the Column of Marcus Aurelius. It is a magnificent column in the middle of Piazza Colona, with intricate details of the story of Marcus Aurelius’ battles. On the top of the column is the statue of St. Peter.

Column of Marcus Aurelius

The walk from Piazza Colona to the famous Via dei Condotti was not a short one but was worth the time. Via dei Condotti is like New York’s 5th Avenue, where the rich and famous shop for opulent merchandise such as leather goods and bags from famous fashion brands.  From there, we headed to the Spanish Steps and the nearby Trevi Fountain. Like many tourists, we flipped some coins into the fountain and made a wish!

Trevi Fountain

The walking tour was almost done, and the sun was already high around the time we reached Piazza Venezia.  The nearest attraction is The Vittoriano, an impressive marble monument in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the 1st king of the unified Italy.

From here, we were going on to do the Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour so we walked down along Via Monte Tarpeo to reach the Roman Forum.

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The Roman Forum is a very well-known attraction because you can find some of the oldest buildings of the ancient city amongst the remaining structure. And not far from here are the Arch of Titus and Rome’s ultimate tourist attraction – The Colosseum.

It was already past noon by this time but we were still bursting with enthusiasm as we stood next to The Colosseum.  We sat outside and took in all the beautiful sights around us.

My advice to anyone wanting to explore Rome’s most famous sights is to do it on foot. It was a long but worthy walk that my family and I would not have missed for the world!

About the author

Ria Cervantes

Ria is a mommy blogger and a full time career woman working in one of the world's most prestigious airline companies. She enjoys taking regular vacations with her family to other countries. Ria is also the author of The Travel Bug, a blog about her family's travels, hotels reviews, travel tips and places to eat.

  • emotionallyentertaining

    Very beautiful scenery and structures. Would like to visit in the future.


    • Ria C

      You should 🙂 And consider booking your pass/tickets for tours here at Attractiontix.co.uk

  • Jhady

    Magnificent work of art by the Romans. I would walk just to see them up close and personal. I love walking anyway, it’s a good exercise. Wow!! just wow, they are creative.

    • Ria C

      Rome is a magnificent place to explore by foot. It’s vast and yet when you walk around, you feel like everything is close by. There’s just too many to visit.

  • chubskulit

    You are so blessed to be given a chance and opportunity to travel the world. Love all your photos!


    • Ria C

      Thank you so much 🙂 I think I was born to wander 😉

  • Nova Joy

    wow! i must say you are very lucky to be in that place, where there are so many mythological history right?

    • Ria C

      I guess so Nova. There are Greek and Roman mythologies. 🙂

  • Che Syjongtian C

    Ria, you are living my wanderlust dream! I sure would love to explore Rome by foot, one sweet day. 😀


    • Ria C

      Thank you Che. I never thought I would actually set foot on these wonderful places I used to see in magazines and books when I was young. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity my company has afforded me. I love my job! 🙂 Keep dreaming Che. I believe that DREAMS DO COME TRUE.

  • chubskulit

    The facade of the Vatican is marvelous, what an intricate work!


    • Ria C

      I am in awe sis. I can’t wait to be back.

      • chubskulit

        Hey when you go back, will you take me with you please? hehehe

        • Ria C

          Sure 🙂

  • Jessica Cassidy

    Rome looks beautiful Sis 🙂 I hope to visit that amazing city someday and explore history 🙂


    • Ria C

      It is and we might be back next year again with the oldies – spring break. 🙂

  • http://a-life-so-far-away.blogspot.com/ Fernando Ceballos Lachica

    It seems that I walk through the grandeur of Rome…very beautiful to visit indeed! Congratulations for exploring awesome places of Rome.

    • Ria C

      Thanks po. We plan to go back and this time, maybe explore more of Italy.

  • Channel Imperial

    Nice blog! This will help me by the time I will tour Europe!

  • Shengkay Apuhin

    one of the places i dream to visit and one of the world historical country.

  • http://www.suzyturner.com Suzy Turner

    OMG it looks absolutely gorgeous! One of these days I’m going to visit Rome. I’m lucky though – one of best best friends come from there, so I know I’ll get to see the real Rome!

    • Ria C

      That’s awesome Suzy! I hope you get to visit it real soon and enjoy the nice spring weather!

  • Marie ♡

    Oh boy! Rome, one of my dream destinations. I wouldn’t mind exploring it by foot. 🙂 Every minute will surely be worth it.


    • Ria C

      True 🙂 You have to visit Rome. It’s worth the time, effort and those hours of walking!

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