Traditional Roman Walk

In One Mile We Can See Thousand of Years of Roman History

Author: The Traveling Professor/Thursday, October 10, 2013/Categories: Italy

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A tour of Italy is not complete without strolling around the familiar sites in Rome.  Here is a quick itinerary to follow.

Campo di Fiori (Field of Flowers):  Browse around the morning produce market to see foods you have never seen before.  There are cafes on the piazza to have coffee and people watch.  Near the fountain is Forno, a popular pizza spot.  Even if you don’t get a slice (sold by weight), take a peek inside.  On all of tours to Italy I stop for a slice of Pizza.

Piazza Navona:  Larger than Campo di Fiori, this was originally a racetrack.  The Four Rivers Fountain in the middle is by Bernini.  Near it is Tre Scalini, a café where you can pick up some tartufo.


Church of San Luigi dei Francesi:
 The works of art in the front left chapel were done by Carvaggio.  On the left is “The Calling of St. Matthew” – Jesus and St. Peter confront Matthew, a tax collector/extortionist to come over from the dark side.  In the center panel, “St Peter and the Angel”, Matthew follows Christ’s call.  In the right panel, “The Marytdom of St. Matthew”, he gives up his life to follow Christ.  Carvaggion shocked the world with his realism.

Pantheon:  One of the few great ancient Roman buildings still perfectly preserved.  The 40 foot columns support this Roman temple.   In the area (especially the streets directly in front of the Pantheon) are great gelato and coffee shops.  Stop for a break.  A tour of Rome is incomplete without going into the Pantheon.

Trevi Fountain:  Water is supplied by aqueducts.  Throw a coin over your shoulder and you will be guaranteed to return to tour Rome again.  It is one of the most romantic places in the world.

Via Condotti:  This streets (and the ones running parallel to it) are the 5th Avenue of Rome.   One of the fashion centers of the world.  Pop in and out of the boutiques and shops as you wish.   Be careful of your wallet!

Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna):  Named for the Spanish Embassy to the Vatican.  Another top romantic spot.  Climb to the top of the stairs for a great view of Rome then duck into the French church at the top.   The poet Keats died in the pink building at the bottom of the steps.


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