LENGTH

6-8 hours

Difficulty

Medium

Budget

Medium

Route stops

  1. Visiting the Colosseum: pictures, history, opening hours and ticket prices

    Pictures, history, opening hours, ticket prices and all the information to visit the Colosseum in Rome skipping the line

  2. The Imperial Fora in a few hours

    Visiting the Imperial Fora in a short time: visiting and opening times, ticket prices and all useful information

  3. Il Vittoriano and Venice Square

    Altare della patria (Altar of the Fatherland) and more: opening hours to the exhibitions and what to see during your visit to the Vittoriano complex in Venice Square

  4. Via del Corso: not only shopping

    Shopping in Rome: how to get to Via del Corso and to the best shops in via dei Condotti

What we are suggesting is the most typical route to visit Rome. Let's say that it is the best for who visits the eternal city for the first or second time. It is based on the discovery of the most famous and historical monuments of ancient Rome including at the end a spot for shopping. It is a pleasant walk of over 3 kilometers that can be covered completely by foot, we recomend to use comfortable shoes. Without wasting any more time, let's start at once with the route.

THE ROUTE

1. Our route to the discovery of classical Rome starts in front of the Colosseum. The best solution to get there is taking metro B (stop Colosseo). We recomend two ways of visiting it: the cheap way, walking around it and feeling the Imperial atmosphere, taking some pictures and some selfies from all the possible perspectives, maybe while having a drink in one of the restaurant-bars nearby; the cultural way, going inside paying a ticket that will allow also access to the complex ot the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, along the Imperial Fora. The Colosseum has represented over the centuries the leisure and entertainment of the Roman people: battles between animals or between a gladiator and an animal took place, as well as sentences to death and battles between gladiators.

The Colosseum, 2,000 years of history in the heart of Rome

The Colosseum, 2,000 years of history in the heart of Rome

2. Leave the Colosseum behind and head for Venice Square, it will be the most famous cultural walk of your life: ladies and gentleman, on your left, but in some part also on your right, you can see the Imperial Fora! One of the archaeological, historical and at the same time most fascinating areas of the world.
The walk that starts at the Colosseum and ends at Venice Square moves and takes even the most experienced tourist aback. It is a group of remains, portions and fragments, that seen altogether give the idea of greatness and importance that this area has for so many centuries had. The alley, as we know it today, was realised by Mussolini between 1932 and 1933. Trying to build a rectilinear path for militar parades, Mussolini "cut" in two the whole Roman Forum complex building, more or less wittingly, a  tourist itinerary beyond comparison.

The remains of the Roman Forum, visible from the Imperial Fora

The remains of the Roman Forum, visible from the Imperial Fora

3. At the end of the Fora you can't help but noticing the imponent Vittoriano, monument that has represented the Italy of the last two centuries with its majesty, cultural and historical significance .

The Vittoriano with the monument to the Unknown Militar, the statue to Victor Emmanuel II and the splendid illuminated high porch

The Vittoriano with the monument to the Unknown Militar, the statue to Victor Emmanuel II and the splendid illuminated high porch

Il Vittoriano is the symbol of Italian Unification and thus of the homeland. These topics were represented by architect Sacconi both allegorically and geografically, inspired by the big Greek sanctuaries. Go up the big staircase and carefully observe the countless monuments. To get oriented among the innumerable sculptures read this in-depth article. Get to the top where you can admire the sight of the winged quadrigas, symbol of Unification and Freedom. From the terrace it is possible to admire one of Rome's most beautiful landscapes.

Going down to Piazza Venezia you will face a very difficult choice. At your left, the Capitoline Hill, seat of Rome's City Hall, where you can see the Capitoline Wolf, symbol of Rome. You will also have a new perspective of the Roman Forum and will be able to visit the beautiful Basilica of Ara Coeli (after working hard to go all the way up the stairs…). We have decided for you to spend the remaining hours of your day at via del Corso.

4. Via del Corso has been redefined by Romans as Rome's shopping street. It is a straight street crammed not only with shops, souvenirs, pedlars, but also with churches, monuments, banks, organisations and relevant political institutions. It is a one and a half kilometer-long street that links Piazza del Popolo with Piazza Venezia. Go to stores like Adidas, H&M or Disney and if you want to show off and you are dressed well get into via dei Condotti and visit one of the many Roman luxury boutiques: Valentino, D&G, Prada, Gucci and so the list goes. Via dei Condotti ends in Spanish Square where you can sit on the stairs of Trinità dei Monti to rest and eat a sandwich or a gelato before resuming your discovery excursion to the discovery of Rome.

 

Going back to via del Corso we recomend a visit to Alberto Sordi Gallery, where you will find a nice atmosphere and very particular shops. Piazza Colonna is located right in front of the Gallery: go all over it and you will get to Piazza Montecitorio, seat to the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Italian Parliament.
It is really difficult not to be tempted to follow the tiny cross streets to via del Corso, very nice and always full of surprises. Our tip is to let yourself go and follow your sixth sense, you will surely find something particular and surprising. Going back to our tour, our last piece of advice is to go along via del Corso all the way to the end, in order to get to Piazza del Popolo and admire one of Rome's most beloved squares.

Via del Corso seen from Piazza del Popolo

Via del Corso seen from Piazza del Popolo

Via del Corso, the entry from Venice Square

Via del Corso, the entry from Venice Square

We have arrived to the end of line: outside the square you will find metro A that will take you anywhere you need. Did you like the tour? Leave your comments and your experiences below. And as usual: buon voyage!

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