Top 10 Walks to Take in Rome
Rome is a city best walked. Roaming aimlessly through Rome (ha!) is one way to see the city; taking any one of the ten walks listed below is another.
In the summer, you’ll need comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat and something to cover your shoulders should an unexpected church visit arise. In the winter, comfortable walking shoes, a wind breaker and possibly an umbrella on standby.
1. Walk from the Colosseum to the Pantheon in Rome
The Colosseum to Pantheon is possibly the most Roman of Rome’s walks one can take in the city.
Start at the Colosseum; one of the most recognizable and iconic monuments on Earth. Seeing her from the outside is really quite mind blowing; venting in, if you have the time, will open you up to the gladiator world like you’ve never seen it.
Move from the Colosseum directly west, toward the Pantheon. You’ll pass right through the Roman Forum en route; a spot you’ll have to take a minute or two to appreciate.
The Pantheon holds most of the Renaissance tombs, including Raphael’s. You can spend some time getting lost inside, or choose to extend your walk a little further over to the Trevi Fountain nearby.
2. Walk Through the Villa Borghese in Rome
Not far away, one can move north into the location of the second walk in this roundup.
The Villa Borghese is the third largest public park in all of Rome. It’s a beautifully landscaped green space that drew influence from English parks seen in the UK.
Walking the Borghese while in Rome is important as the park contains many attractions and monuments. The Piazza di Siena and the Globe Theatre are somewhere in the very center, and the Borghese Gallery and Museum can be found on the eastern end.
3. Walk the Borghese Gallery and Museum in Rome
Speaking of the Borghese Gallery and Museum, try not to simply pass by this attraction. Walking through the museum is an equally as important Roman walk that is wonderful for anyone interested in art from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
Entrance works in two hour intervals, but it’s unlikely you’ll need more than an hour to walk the museum in its entirety.
4. Walk Through the Vatican City in Rome
Something to note about this walk is that you’ll need to be awake and ready at the gates as early as humanly possible. Queues begin to form at St Peter’s from sunrise, with travelers from all over the world ready to walk this illusive sector of Rome.
This excursion will take the better part of your day, especially if you include the Vatican Museums as part of your tour.
5. Walk Down the Via del Corso in Rome
If you’re a shopper, then the Via del Corse is where you’ll want to spend your next walk.
This is one of the most major shopping strips in all of Rome, as well as a very important street to the city’s historic center.
Here you’ll find everything from little known Roman boutiques, to big name brands and international fashion houses. It’s a tourist trap for consumers, yes, but lovers of ancient architecture can also enjoy the walk all the same.
6. Walk the Beach of Ostia in Rome
Few people know that Rome has a beach coast not far out of the city center. The train will get you to Ostia in under forty minutes, leaving multiple times a day from the Termini Station.
Once in Ostia, it’s a short stroll down to the sands where you can walk along multiple beaches that form the coast. In the summer you’ll be able to settle in for a full beach day once you find your best spot.
7. Walk the Ancient City in Rome
The Ancient City falls on Rome’s left bank, across the River Tiber.
You’ll know you’re in it, when public transport ceases to exist. The ancient city was never built with the necessary infrastructure for transportation expansion; it dates back to a time when walking was the only conceivable mode of transport within human consciousness.
And so, you’ll have to walk and walk some more. Explore the streets, admire the crumbling architecture, marvel at the cobblestone perfection, consider how many civilizations have done just this before you.
8. Walk the Banks of the River Tiber in Rome
The Tiber almost cuts Rome down the middle. It also happens to be the longest river in all of Italy.
Rome is charming enough without this body of water flowing constantly through its center, but the presence of the Tiber adds an important extra something to the appeal of the city. Walking down any river bank nearest to you is a whimsical experience, one that can be enjoyed as lovers, as a family or, better yet, completely solo.
9. Walk from the North of the Trastevere to the South of Trastevere in Rome
The Trastevere is Rome’s most trendy and vibrant hub. This neighborhood falls just on the left bank of the Tiber, south of the Vatican city.
It’s a place of nightlife, worldwide cuisines, unique shopping, vintage stores, art house cinemas and lively street culture. A great way to experience everything the Trastevere has to offer in one go, is to start in the north and work your way down.
Use the Ponte Principe Amedeo Savoia Aosta to cross from the right bank onto the left, this is the northernmost tip of the Trastevere. Make your way south using either the river bank or the winding, narrow alleys.
You’ll know you’ve reached the bottom of the Trastevere when you reach the historic site known as Porta Portese.
10. Walk the Bosco Sacro in Rome
Lovers of the great outdoors don’t need to travel too far out of the city for worthwhile hiking spots. The Bosco Sacro is in the Municipio VIII, far south of the center of Rome.
This is a natural reserve where specials hiking trails have been curated for travelers to take advantage of during their travels. The trails preserve the natural formation of the Italian land, cutting through the beautiful forests and ruins that live on in the hills.