From Pantheon to Piazza Navona to Ara Pacis, this short walk offers you major sights of Rome ranging from the pre-Christian to Baroque times.
You can start this itinerary with a visit to the Pantheon. Originally built as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome, destroyed in a huge fire in 80 AD, the Pantheon was rebuilt in 125 AD. Since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a Christian church. It is currently the oldest standing domed structure in Rome.
- In Piazza della Minerva a stop is suggested to pay a visit at the Church della Minerva.
- Piazza Navona
One of the most beautiful squares and finest example of Baroque in Rome, Piazza Navona was an ancient Roman circus. In the 1st century it was known as Stadium of Domitian, a place where the Romans came to watch the games. Among the famous monuments the square includes: Fountain of the Four Rivers by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (dates back 1651), Fountain of Nettuno (1574, located at the northern area of the square), Fountain of Moro (1576, located at the southern end of the square), the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone, the Pamphili palace (1630), Palazzo Braschi.
- In Via della Pace a stop at the Church of Santa Maria della Pace.
- In Piazza di S.Apollinare: Palazzo Altemps, house of National Roman Museum.
- Finally, Ara Pacis, important monument built in between 13 and 9 B.C to celebrate the peace established in the Roman Empire after Augustus’s victories.
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For more walking tours in Rome, see:
- Rome Walking Tours: from Piazza di Spagna to Trevi Fountain;
- Rome Walking Tours: Fori Imperiali;
- Rome Walking Tours: from Vaticano City to Castel Sant’Angelo;
- First-Time Rome Tips: Half-Day Walking Tour of Ancient Rome.