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Rome

N 4153.422', E 1229.549'
2012-06-10
http://www.turismoroma.it/?lang=en
Our rating: 8.80
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We spent two days in Rome and will describe our routes around the city. Of course there are many unique routes. We like movies so we were looking for places shown in "Angels & Demons". There's even an official tour, although you can see everything by yourself. Here's a description of the route. While walking around Rome on our routes, you will see all these places and of course much more.

We used only metro as public transport. Despite the fact that we had a car, we left it near the metro station and walked on foot, as you cannot enter the historical center by car without special permission. All parking places in Rome can be found here.

http://www.atac.roma.it - Rome transport and route calculation.

Here's a link to the map with our routes.



Day 1

We started from the Colosseo metro station. Actually, if you want to visit the Colosseum (information), arrive early. There's always a long queue to the Colosseum, so better buy the tickets in advance online here (click "Acquista") or here. With the ticket you can visit the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, it's valid for two days.

You can also read the information about Roma Pass, a card that's valid for several days and provides free public transportation and entrance to several museums without queues. You can buy it on the train station, near the metro stations and on the news stands.

We just walked around the Colosseum and continued our walk.

Colosseum
Colosseum Yuriy Buriak


Colosseum
Colosseum Yuriy Buriak


Triumphal Arch of Constantine
Triumphal Arch of Constantine Yuriy Buriak

Along the San Gregorio Street we reached a huge empty space. This is Circo Massimo (Big Circus). In ancient times, athletic contests and chariot races were held here. An obelisk that now stands on the Piazza del Popolo was also found here.

Circo Massimo
Circo Massimo Yuriy Buriak


Circo Massimo
Circo Massimo Yuriy Buriak

Then we crossed the street and visited the rose garden (free admission).

Municipal rose garden
Municipal rose garden Yuriy Buriak


Municipal rose garden and Roman Forum
Municipal rose garden and Roman Forum Yuriy Buriak

Next we went to a very interesting but not very popular tourist place - Orange Garden. Here you can find real orange trees and an excellent observation deck.

In the orange garden
In the orange garden Yuriy Buriak


Observation deck in the orange garden
Observation deck in the orange garden Yuriy Buriak


View from the observation deck in the orange garden
View from the observation deck in the orange garden Yuriy Buriak

We went down by a small Clivo di Rocca Savella Street. In a few hundred meters towards the downtown there's one more interesting place - the Mouth of Truth. In fact it's an ancient manhole covered with a face. Delinquent people put a hand in its mouth, and on the other side an executioner cut off the hands of those whom the Court found guilty. Now tourists come here for photos.

The Mouth of Truth
The Mouth of Truth Yuriy Buriak

A lady arrived with a driver and made a photo with an iPad without leaving the car :)

Some attend the attractions without leaving the vehicle.
Some attend the attractions without leaving the vehicle. Yuriy Buriak

According to the guide, an ancient sewer Cloaca Maxima could be found nearby in the yard of the house on 3 Via Velabro Street, but we didn't find it.

Arch of Janus
Arch of Janus Yuriy Buriak

On the other side of the road stands a beautiful Portico of Octavia that remained from the temple complex built by Augustus in honor of his sister Octavia. The Portico is the center of Ghetto, a block of Roman Jews.

Portico of Octavia
Portico of Octavia Yuriy Buriak

Then we went in the direction of the Altare della Patria. On the way we saw various remains of ancient Rome. The most famous of them are remains of the Theatre of Marcellus. It's curious that under a modern center of Rome there are ancient streets and cities. There's even a project to destroy the new houses and turn this place into a museum. But I don't think that it'll be possible in the nearest future.

Remains of the Theatre of Marcellus
Remains of the Theatre of Marcellus Yuriy Buriak


Remains of the Theatre of Marcellus
Remains of the Theatre of Marcellus Yuriy Buriak


Sant'Omobono Church
Sant'Omobono Church Yuriy Buriak


Seagulls without sea - curious
Seagulls without sea - curious Yuriy Buriak

Turn right and visit a small but beautiful Capitoline Square. Here stands an interesting monument to the she-wolf who raised the city's founders, Romulus and Remus.

Campidoglio Square
Campidoglio Square Yuriy Buriak


She-wolf that suckled the founders of Rome
She-wolf that suckled the founders of Rome Yuriy Buriak

Walk through the square and go around the building with a tower on the left side. Behind you'll find an observation deck overlooking the Roman Forum.

View of the Roman Forum
View of the Roman Forum Yuriy Buriak


View of the Roman Forum
View of the Roman Forum Yuriy Buriak

Then we went by an elevator to the roof with an observation deck in the back of the Altare della Patria.

View of Rome from the Altare della Patria
View of Rome from the Altare della Patria Yuriy Buriak


View of Rome from the Altare della Patria
View of Rome from the Altare della Patria Yuriy Buriak


View of Rome from the Altare della Patria
View of Rome from the Altare della Patria Yuriy Buriak


View of the Via del Corso Street
View of the Via del Corso Street Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture on the Altare della Patria
Sculpture on the Altare della Patria Yuriy Buriak

The construction of the monument in honor of the first king of united Italy Victor Emmanuel II lasted from 1885 to 1935.

Altare della Patria
Altare della Patria Yuriy Buriak

Next we went to the Via del Corso and visited one of the courtyards on our way.

One of the courtyards on the Via del Corso
One of the courtyards on the Via del Corso Yuriy Buriak

After that we got to the square with a column, called the Column Square :) A 30-meter tower is decorated with images of war with the Germans and Sarmatians.

Column on the Column Square :)
Column on the Column Square :) Yuriy Buriak

Along the Via dei Sabini Street we reached the next spot, the most famous fountain in Rome - Trevi. There's a lot of tourists here at any time, so it's problematic to get close to the water.

Average number of tourists around the Trevi Fountain
Average number of tourists around the Trevi Fountain Yuriy Buriak


Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain Yuriy Buriak


Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain Yuriy Buriak


Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain Yuriy Buriak

After the fountain we went to the Via del Tritone Street and reached the Piazza Barberini. It's a desolate and beautiful area, with the Triton Fountain in the middle.

Triton Fountain
Triton Fountain Yuriy Buriak


View of the Triton Fountain from under the water
View of the Triton Fountain from under the water Nastya Mironets

In the corner of the square you can find a small Fountain of the Bees.

Fountain of the Bees
Fountain of the Bees Yuriy Buriak

From the square, we turned to the Via delle Quattro Fontane Street. As you might guess, it leads to the Four Fountains located at the crossroads of the next block.

One of the Four Fountains
One of the Four Fountains Yuriy Buriak

Then we went along the Via XX Septembre Street to see the Fountain of Moses.

Fountain of Moses
Fountain of Moses Yuriy Buriak

After that, we returned to the Barberini Square along the Via Barberini Street and continued towards the Spanish Steps along the Via Sistina Street.

Via Sistina Street
Via Sistina Street Yuriy Buriak

While walking along this street, we came to the top of the stairs, but didn't go down and continued our tour. At this point, look for the rise on the right and climb into a small park, which will lead you to an observation deck above the Piazza del Popolo.

View of the Piazza del Popolo
View of the Piazza del Popolo Yuriy Buriak


View from the observation deck over the Piazza del Popolo
View from the observation deck over the Piazza del Popolo Yuriy Buriak


View from the observation deck over the Piazza del Popolo
View from the observation deck over the Piazza del Popolo Yuriy Buriak

From this square starts the route of "Angels & Demons". Here, as well as in other places, you'll see crowds traders offering you different garbage for sale, don't get fooled. And don't take anything from them.

Fountain on the Piazza del Popolo
Fountain on the Piazza del Popolo Yuriy Buriak


Obelisk on the Piazza del Popolo
Obelisk on the Piazza del Popolo Yuriy Buriak


Piazza del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo Yuriy Buriak

On the Via del Babuino Street we went first to the Spanish Steps, and then to the Spagna metro station.

Masters of parking
Masters of parking Yuriy Buriak


Via del Babuino Street
Via del Babuino Street Yuriy Buriak


Spanish steps
Spanish steps Yuriy Buriak

Overall, we walked about 12 kilometers during the day.

Day 2, Morning and Afternoon

In the morning we went to Vatican. Read the separate article.

After Vatican, we went from the St. Peter's Square towards the Castel Sant'Angelo. There we took pictures of beautiful bridges and the Tiber River.

Bridge of Victor Emmanuel II
Bridge of Victor Emmanuel II Yuriy Buriak


Ponte Sant'Angelo
Ponte Sant'Angelo Yuriy Buriak


View of the Tiber River and Bridge of Victor Emmanuel II
View of the Tiber River and Bridge of Victor Emmanuel II Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture on the Sant'Angelo Bridge
Sculpture on the Sant'Angelo Bridge Yuriy Buriak


Mausoleum of Hadrian (Castel Sant'Angelo)
Mausoleum of Hadrian (Castel Sant'Angelo) Yuriy Buriak

Then we crossed the bridge to the other side of the river and got lost in numerous small streets. In this district we felt the spirit of medieval Italy.

Ordinary entrance area of a house
Ordinary entrance area of a house Yuriy Buriak

Next spot was the beautiful Piazza Navona, where one of the dramatic scenes in "Angels & Demons" occurred (drowning in a fountain).

Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona Yuriy Buriak


Fountain at the Piazza Navona
Fountain at the Piazza Navona Yuriy Buriak


Fountain at the Piazza Navona
Fountain at the Piazza Navona Yuriy Buriak

Next, walking along the small streets we found the Campo dei Fiori Square with a market.

Market at the Campo dei Fiori Square
Market at the Campo dei Fiori Square Yuriy Buriak

The next interesting place is an unusual St. Barbara Church.

St. Barbara Church
St. Barbara Church Yuriy Buriak

The we went to the Pantheon, a temple of all gods that was built in 126 AD by the Emperor Hadrian on the site of the previous Pantheon, which had been built two centuries before. Here another scene of the "Angels & Demons" movie took place.

Pantheon
Pantheon Yuriy Buriak

Behind the Pantheon there's a square with a small sculpture of an elephant - L'Obelisco di Minerva, Bernini's work. On the back of the elephant there's an ancient Egyptian obelisk brought by Caesar.

Obelisk near the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva
Obelisk near the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva Yuriy Buriak

At this point we got tired and decided to have a rest. Again we went to the Spagna metro station, which is near the Spanish Steps.

Spanish Steps
Spanish Steps Yuriy Buriak

But the route could be extended, as it's marked on the map above. You can also visit the following places:
  - Fountain of the Turtles
  - Jewish Ghetto district
  - Tiberian Island
  - Trastevere district
  - Walk on the promenade along the Tiber towards Vatican

Day 2, Evening

After a rest, we went out for an evening walk to take photos of the already familiar places.

Colosseum
Colosseum Yuriy Buriak


Colosseum
Colosseum Yuriy Buriak


Colosseum
Colosseum Yuriy Buriak


Triumphal Arch of Constantine
Triumphal Arch of Constantine Yuriy Buriak


Altare della Patria
Altare della Patria Yuriy Buriak


Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain Yuriy Buriak


Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: The main airport, Fiumicino (or the Leonardo da Vinci airport) is 30 kilometers away from the city. The city can be reached by the Leonardo Express train (follow the signs to find the Stazione Aeroporto station), which runs twice an hour (but not at night). The ticket costs 11 euros. In addition, there's a local train, which costs 6 euros and goes to the Tiburtina and Ostiense stations. The central Termini station and Tiburtina station can be reached by the Cotral bus (schedule), the ticket costs about 5 euros. Taxis to the downtown costs about 40-60 euros.

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