Two basilicas, three churches, a prison, so many historic streets and squares of Rome. This, and actually much more, is the Marian way, one of the routes planned for the Jubilee 2015 and to be covered exclusively on foot as explicitly demanded by Pope Francis. This are in fact itineraries of faith but presumably the pilgrims will bring many more "tourist" alternatives.

Learn with us all the stages and the useful information to get around Rome, download and take with you the maps that we have created ad hoc to organize the trip and to find your way more quickly in the Capital.

JUBILEE 2015: MARIAN WAY

This route is slightly more than 5 kilometers (5,1 to be precise) that can be covered in about 64 minutes. Most likely, considering not only the compulsory religious stops, but also cultural and refreshment stops, in half a day it is possible to complete the itinerary and arrive to the Basilica of St. Peter
Let's discover together, then, the Marian Way with all the stages of faith
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Holy Year 2015: map and main stages of the Marian way

Holy Year 2015: map and main stages of the Marian way

STARTING FROM BASILICA DI SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE

The Marian way is the only Jubilee route starting from the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Easily reachable on foot, both from Termini train station and Colosseo metro stop, this basilica is a true Early Christian art and architecture masterpiece with some of the most beautiful mosaics, frescoes and sculptures in Rome.

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is the starting point of the Marian way

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is the starting point of the Marian way

Once you finish the visit to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggioreready, steady, go! We leave to the Imperial Fora! Follow our map and you won't get lost.
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Holy Year 2015: all the stages of the Marian Way (from the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore to the Capitoline Hill)

Holy Year 2015: all the stages of the Marian Way (from the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore to the Capitoline Hill)

The first streets to cover are via S. Maria Maggiore, via Urbana, via Leonina, via della Madonna dei Monti, via Tor dei Conti. Take Via dei Fori Imperiali and go towards Venice Square leaving the Colosseum behind (no one forbids you to make a detour and visit quickly the Colosseum).

Imperial Fora, a 2,000 year old history

Imperial Fora, a 2,000 year old history

The Imperial Fora is probably Rome's most famous and at the same time most beautiful archeological area. It is a walk in history that, starting from the Colosseum, takes the tourist to the Altar of the Fatherland. The Marian way, though, will make you make a detour before getting to Venice Square. A few hundred meters from the square, you will have to turn left and take via di San Pietro in Carcere that will lead you to the Mamertine prison, the oldest prison in the world. The prison where Peter and Paul were taken captive. The prison is open every day and can be visit paying an admission fee of €5. Continuing along via del carcere you will arrive in front of the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, you will be at the Capitoline Hill, the political heart of Rome.

The Mamertine Prison, where apostles Peter and Paul were imprisoned

The Mamertine Prison, where apostles Peter and Paul were imprisoned

FROM TEATRO MARCELLO TO LARGO DI TORRE ARGENTINA

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Holy Year 2015: all stages of the Marian way (from Teatro Marcello to Largo di Torre Argentina)

Holy Year 2015: all stages of the Marian way (from Teatro Marcello to Largo di Torre Argentina)

Going down the characteristic flight of steps of the Cordonata del Campidoglio continue left towards via del teatro Marcello, which is named after the theatre with the same name, Theatre of Marcellus, known in Rome as the small Colosseum. At this pont, we suggest a second tourist detour that will lead you to visit the characteristic Jewish guetto of Rome entering precisely from the ruins of the Theatre of Marcellus and passng throught the all-beautiful Portico d’Ottavia

The Jewish guetto of Rome encloses historic places and squares, monuments and excellent traditional Roman and Jewish restaurants

The Jewish guetto of Rome encloses historic places and squares, monuments and excellent traditional Roman and Jewish restaurants

Going back to our route of faith, take via Montanara and once you get to Piazza Campitelli you will admire the church of Santa Marina in Portico in Campitelli.

Continue along via dei Funari and don't miss the splendid Fountain of the Turtles partly built by Bernini.

The Fountain of the Turtles. The turtles are Bernini's work

The Fountain of the Turtles. The turtles are Bernini's work

Take now via Paganica and you'll get straight to Largo di Torre Argentina, among the most important hubs for tourists visiting Rome. Don0t miss the ruins of the Sacred Area where Julius Caesar was murdered.

Ruins of the Sacred Area of Torre Argentina: here was murdered Julius Caesar

Ruins of the Sacred Area of Torre Argentina: here was murdered Julius Caesar

FROM TORRE ARGENTINA TO PIAZZA NAVONA

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Holy Year 2015: all stages of the Marian Way (from via dei Cestari and Piazza Navona through the Pantheon)

Holy Year 2015: all stages of the Marian Way (from via dei Cestari and Piazza Navona through the Pantheon)

Continuing along via dei Cestari you wil get to Piazza della Minerva, seat of the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Further on, in via della Palombella, you will admire the Pantheon in all its beauty, monument that Michelangelo described as “work of angels and not of humans”. The Pantheon is the temple devoted to all the gods (pan meand all, while theon means god).

The Pantheon,

The Pantheon, "work of angels and not of humans"

The way continues through Piazza Sant’Eustachio and via dei Sediari which will allow you into the splendid Piazza Navona, the most loved square by Romans where, sipping a coffee or eating some spaghetti "cacio e pepe", you can watch street artists, painters, churches and works of art unparalleled in beauty and perfection.

Piazza Navona - close-up of the fountain of the Moor and Palazzo Pamphilj and the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone in the background

Piazza Navona - close-up of the fountain of the Moor and Palazzo Pamphilj and the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone in the background

HAPPY ENDING AT CASTEL SANT'ANGELO

From here on, the Marian way connects to the Papal way, which ends at the Basilica of St. Peter.

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GO TO THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE JUBILEE

It's important to know that the final part of the route, from Castel Sant'Angelo to the Holy Door, is reserved exclusively to registered pilgrims. That's why all pilgrims who intend to cross the Holy Door must necessarily register on the official site of the Jubilee.

Useful information

ALL STOPS OF THE MARIAN WAY

Jorney distance: 5.1 km
Journey time on foot: 64 m
Average duration: half a day

HOW TO GET THERE

FULL MAP OF THE MARIAN WAY

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore 
(Termini metro and train station)
Via Liberiana
Via S. Maria Maggiore
Via Urbana
Via Leonina
Via della Madonna dei Monti
Via Tor dei Conti
Via dei Fori Imperiali
 (metro Colosseo)
Mamertine Prison
Capitoline Hill

MAP: FROM SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE TO THE CAPITOLINE HILL

Via del Teatro Marcello 
(Jewish Guetto)
Via Montanara
Piazza Campitelli
Via dei Funari
Via Paganica
Largo di Torre Argentina 
(sacred area)
MAP: FROM TEATRO MARCELLO TO TORRE ARGENTINA


Via dei Cestari
Piazza della Minerva
Via della Palombella 
(Pantheon)
Piazza Sant’Eustachio
Via dei Sediari
Piazza Navona
 (continues with the Papal Way)
MAP: FROM TORRE ARGENTINA TO PIAZZA NAVONA

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