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Walking Cities Part 4: Rome

If you’ve missed the introduction to this series, click here. For part 2, click here. For part 3, click here.

Colosseum - David Paul Ohmer

Colosseum - David Paul Ohmer

The Times calls Rome a destination that “revolves around activities not passivities”, which makes it the perfect destination for one intent on perambulation. “The Italian spirit makes dining round-table, rough n tumble sport, hugging and kissing in the piazza, all as natural as laughing”, essentially, if you’re going to go to Rome, embrace it, the Italian way.

Home to artifacts, art, and architecture galore, Rome provides a unique combination of bustling metropolitan city life, color and activity directly alongside centuries (Ancient Rome, Medieval Rome, Renaissance Rome, and the Italian reunification) of well-preserved history.

As the capital of Italy, and one of the most visited tourist destinations in the European Union, Rome is the perfect destination for a sundry of tourist crowds (with all of that history and culture packed into one tiny city, there’s clearly no shortage of things to see!). That said, all of they city’s activity also makes it quite a crowded destination as well, plan your trip out ahead of time to make sure you see all you want to see. Booking entry early can grant quick access to even some of the most popular tourist destinations.

Sistine Chapel - Andy Hay

Sistine Chapel - Andy Hay

So what is it you most want to see? Will you take a walking tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel? Not only are these two home to some of the most famous art collections in existence (Michelangelo, anyone?), but the Vatican Museum is also chockfull of historical facts on what many consider to be one of the oldest civilizations in the world.

If it’s a religious experience you seek, check out a tour of the City’s Christian landmarks (and, believe me, there are plenty!). Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, see the Holy Staircase, and wander around the ancient, underground Catacombs of Santa Callisto.

Need a little help getting around? I usually do! The ever famous hop-on-hop-off buses stop at all of the major landmarks around the city. Pop off everywhere from the Piazza di Spagna to the ever-famous Roman Colosseum with ease.

My coins are begging for a swim already! - beggs

My coins are begging for a swim already! - beggs

And whatever you do, don’t forget to take a walk around the Fontana di Trevi. Legend has it that any visitor who throws a coin in the fountain is ensured a return visit to Rome. Throw three coins over your left shoulder, and luck will follow as well. Added bonus? The fountain is absolutely gorgeous!

Still hungry for more? How about a cooking lesson in one of the greatest Neapolitan pizza kitchens in Rome? Or an afternoon of wine tasting and snacks? Hey, after all of that walking, you deserve it!

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