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Distance: 5 km Duration: 8 hours

Itinerary description

The following itinerary will allow you to visit some churches located on the Aventine Hill and one of the four papal basilicas of Rome.
It is recommended to walk from one place to another since all the churches and basilicas are in the city centre.
Time Required:
It takes about 4-5 hours to visit the locations mentioned, depending on how much time you decide to stop in each place.
The itinerary starts from Circus Maximus, the oldest stadium of Rome, easily reached by subway at "Circo Massimo" (Line B). From here take Via del Circo Massimo and turn right onto Via di San Teodoro until you reach the church of St George at Velabrum, known for the ancient legend of Romulos. From here we suggest you head over to  Piazza della Bocca della Verità where in addition to the famous roman attraction, you'll find the Church of St Mary in Cosmedin. At this point take Via della Greca and turn right onto Clivio dei Publicii. Straight down to the end of the street, on your left you'll see the Municipal Rose Garden, located on the Aventine Hill. The garden is full of beautiful flowers and is a perfect place to “stop and smell the roses”! Continue on Via di Santa Sabina where you’ll find the church of St Sabina at the Aventine, built in the 5th century and St Mary’s Priory Church, located close to Cavalieri di Malta Square. Continuing straight down the street, you’ll arrive at the Non-Catholic Cemetery, considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. The tour ends in St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica, one of the four papal Basilicas, the largest after St Peter's Basilica.