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Distance: 4 km Duration: 8 hours

Itinerary description

Visit Ancient Rome by walking through the ancient churches, squares and castles around the Eternal City

It is highly recommended to walk from one place to another since some locations are in the city center.

Time Required:
It takes about 8 hours to visit all of the sites mentioned, depending on how much time you decide to spend in each place


The tour starts from the Flaminio Train Station which can also be reached by subway at "Flaminio" (Line A). From here pass through the arches of Porta Flaminia to get to the People's Square (Piazza del Popolo). Check out the large obelisk in the centre of the square and the ancient church of Our Lady of the People. After a visit to the church, go down Via di Ripetta. Continue along this road until you get to Ara Pacis, the famous Roman monument built to celebrate the return of Emperor Augustus from Spain. After having visited the Ara Pacis, double back to get to Piazza Augusto Imperatore, where you will find the Mausoleum of Augustus, the great emperor's tomb. From here, continue straight and turn right into Via Tomacelli, until you get back on Via di Ripetta. Keep going straight and take Via della Scrofa then a quick right onto Via della Stelletta. Turn left into Via dei Pianellari and follow the road until you reach Via Giuseppe Zanardelli where you’ll find the Palazzo Atemps Museum, which houses the Boncompagni collection of marble statues. After visiting the museum, continue down the street until you reach Lungotevere Tor di Nona. Turn left along the Tiber river and you'll find Sant' Angelo Bridge. While crossing the bridge you can admire the statues of the angels that adorn it and the magnificent architecture of the castle. From the bridge you will arrive directly to the gates of Sant'Angelo Castle, the ancient mausoleum of Hadrian, one of the oldest and important monuments of Rome. Continue the tour of Ancient Rome along the Tiber until Via della Conciliazione, a symbol of fascist architecture. At the end of the road you will arrive in front of St Peter's Square, the heart of the Vatican. From here you can visit the St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican museums or go back to the starting point by subway at "Ottaviano" (Line A).