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The 9 most beautiful walks in Rome
The Eternal City gives citizens and tourists wonderful views, paths steeped in art and culture, scents and breathtaking landscapes. Roman walks tell the story of the city, revealing different facets between day and night, and unveiling the smallest hidden treasures of its cultural heritage.
Waidy WOW takes you on an unforgettable journey to discover the 9 most beautiful walks in Rome.
9 must-do Roman walks
1. Trastevere and Lungotevere
Trastevere is one of the areas that best express the soul of Rome. Charming and unspoiled, the district seems suspended in time with its colourful buildings, cobblestone streets, and countless typical taverns. In Trastevere you can taste the true Roman cuisine!
And why not get there by walking along the Lungotevere? The road that runs alongside the Tiber River offers a breathtaking view of the city's historical monuments. Among these, it is impossible to miss the Tiber Island, the smallest inhabited island in the world. You can admire the sunset over the city, sip a coffee at an outdoor bar, observe the historic stalls, and take some unforgettable photos.
2. Via dei Fori Imperiali
Via dei Fori Imperiali is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the history of the city. This wide street leads from the Colosseum to Piazza Venezia, through some of the most important archaeological sites in Rome.
You can admire the remains of the ancient Imperial Forums, including the Forum of Caesar and the Forum of Augustus, but also appreciate the panoramic view of the old city, with its red roofs and church domes.
3. Parco degli Acquedotti
Parco degli Acquedotti is a true open-air museum! The park is perfect for a healthy walk. This large green area offers a unique view of the remains of Rome's ancient water network, including the Aqua Claudia and Anio Novus aqueducts.
You can admire these impressive stone structures while walking through the meadows or resting on a bench, but it is also the ideal place to practise original sports, such as plogging, or organise a tasty picnic.
4. Villa Borghese and the Pincio Terrace
If you love art and nature, you absolutely can't miss a walk in Villa Borghese. You can walk among meadows, lakes, and flowering gardens, admire some of the most important works of art in the city, such as the Borghese Gallery, and visit the Bioparco, where you can observe some of the world's most exotic animal species.
In addition, from the Villa, you can access the Pincio Terrace, which offers an incredible view of Piazza del Popolo, the Vatican, and the Roman hills. The best time to overlook Pincio is definitely before sunset, when the city's lights begin to turn on.
5. Coppedè District
The enchanting Coppedè district, located in the northern part of the city, is a small pearl of the capital. Inside, you can admire a unique set of liberty-style buildings, reflecting last-century Rome. The decorated facades of the buildings recall different cultures and styles, such as Art Nouveau, Greek and Roman mythology, and mediaeval art.
Right in the Coppedè district is the Fountain of the Frogs, designed by Gino Coppedè, who was inspired by the sixteenth-century Turtle Fountain in Piazza Mattei.
Gianicolo is one of the most beautiful Roman hills, rich in monuments and with a history linked to the Unification of Italy. Gianicolo is located at a perfect height to admire a splendid Roman panorama, right from Giuseppe Garibaldi square. A few steps away, you will also find the majestic "Fontanone" dell'Acqua Paola.
The best time of day to visit Gianicolo is definitely at sunset, with the suggestive colours of dusk caressing the entire city.
7. The Aventine Hill
If you want to spend a romantic Sunday afternoon, a walk to The Aventine Hill is definitely the right choice. On this Roman hill, you can find the Giardino degli Aranci, one of the most fragrant and beautiful green corners of Rome, from which you can admire a unique view of the city.
The famous "keyhole" can also be found on the Aventine hill, located in the Porta dei Prefetti: by looking inside, you can admire a close-up view of the dome of St. Peter's.
8. Via Veneto
Via Veneto is one of the most famous and representative streets of Rome, a symbol of the "dolce vita" and a stage for many scenes of Italian culture in the 20th century. This elegant street, located in the heart of the historical centre of the city, was designed to connect via del Tritone to Villa Borghese.
During a walk along Via Veneto, you can admire historic buildings designed by the greatest Italian architects, such as the various luxury hotels that once hosted famous personalities and movie stars.
9. Prati and Castel Sant'Angelo
A symbol of the elegance, history, and beauty of Rome, the Prati district offers a pleasant walk along tree-lined streets, majestic buildings, and monuments. From this neighbourhood you can reach the Vatican City, walking through the immense Via della Conciliazione that leads to Castel Sant'Angelo and Ponte Sant'Angelo.
Crossing the bridge, you can quickly reach the city centre and Piazza Navona. Going towards the court of Cassation palace, on the other hand, you can stop to admire the stalls of old books and prints and sip a coffee in the typical kiosks.
And here we are at the end of our tour! Grasp your water bottle and follow the most suggestive walks of Rome on the Waidy WOW app: check the interactive map to find all the water points of the city.
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