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Favorite Walking Tour of Rome

This is a fantastic walking tour of Rome we discovered and mapped out on our last trip to the Eternal City.

It follows wonderful quaint streets through my favorite neighborhoods and places to visit in Rome.

This Rome walk would be a great way to begin your sightseeing in Rome.

Walking Tour of Rome

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Piazza Navona

Our wonderful afternoon walk in Rome began at Piazza Navona. This is a favorite Plaza in Rome for locals and visitors alike.

Walking north on Plaza Navona we took a left onto Via di Sant Agneses in Agone and then right onto Via di Tor Millina.

We were hungry and stumbled upon a fantastic restaurant. We had a great lunch at what is now one of my favorite restaurants in Rome, Serafini Alla Pace Restaurant, Via della Pace 25.
Serafini alla Pace Lunch

I had Verdura (Vegetable) Pizza and my husband had Carbonara...both were delicious!

After lunch we continued our stroll following the charming, winding streets of Rome.

From Via di Tor Millina, we turned left onto Via di Parione, right onto Via del Governo Vecchio and then left onto Via Sora.
Via dei Cappellari Rome Italy

When we came to the busy street of Via del Pellegrino, we turned right and then almost immediately left onto Via dei Cappellari.

Maybe not included on most Rome walking tours, this is an absolutely charming narrow street, complete with picturesque arch.

I noticed some antique shops and later read that this street is also for known its traditional carpentry workshops. We throughly enjoyed our stroll down this picturesque street.
Campo de Fiori Rome Italy

Via dei Cappellari leads to the lovely Campo de' Fiori, one of my favorite piazzas with it's great market.

Besides lots of food, the market has many household items, clothes and much more.

It is well-known as a flower market....Campo de' Fiori means "Fields of Flowers".
Via dei Giubbonari Rome Italy

Continuing on this walking tour of Rome walked straight through the market and followed Via dei Giubbonari.

Not too far on this street, we came to a small square on the left....Largo dei Librari.

Here you will find the Church of Barbara e S. Tommaso d'Aquina dei Librai.

One thing we love about Rome is that there is always a wonderful church to explore around every corner.

Church of Barbara e S. Tommaso d'Aquina dei Librari

This church was built in the late 1600s by Giovanni Bottari, a writer and painter. It is built on the spot where Julius Caesar was assassinated. Librai mean "booksellers" and this was the parish for many in the thriving printing business of this era....hence the addition of Tommaso d'Aquino, the patron saint of printers.
Church of Barbara and St. Thomas Aquinas Rome Italy
St. Barbara Triptych of Madonna and Child Rome Italy

The church is named after Barbara, a saint whose life and story seem to be questionable. The story goes that in the late 200s to early 300s, Barbara had a father who locked her in a tower and when he found a man to marry her she refused. She eventually converted to Christianity. When her father found out he ill-treated her and turned her in to the prefect of the province, Martinianus. Martinianus tortured her and finally had her beheaded.... by her father, who was struck and killed by lightening on his way home.

Above the door of the church is a statue of St. Barbara...notice the lightening bolts below her decorating the arch of the door. Inside the church is decorated with much marble and the altar contains mother-of-pearl, agate and ivory.

Don't miss the beautiful mid 1400s wooden Triptych of the Madonna and Child between Michael the Archangel and St. John the Baptist located in the first chapel on the right.

Art pieces of St. Barbara include the high altar "Glory of St. Barbara" an 18th century work by Luigi Garzi and in the Presbytery chapel the "The Martyrdom of St. Barbara" and "The Miraculous Escape of St. Barbara", both by Monacelli. There is a 14th century crucifix to the right of the transept.
Jewish Ghetto Rome Italy

Our walking tour of Rome continued on Via dei Giubbonari until we came to the Piazza Benedetto Cairoli. The street we ended up taking, Via di Santa Maria del Pianto, was straight ahead through the plaza. There is a tree filled fenced in area in the middle of the plaza we went around, then crossed the busy Via Arenula to Via di Santa Maria del Pianto. This turned into Via del Portico d'Ottavia.

We soon entered into the neighborhood of the Jewish Ghetto. In this interesting part of the Rome walking tour, we noticed the signs in Hebrew, Kosher restaurants and men wearing yarmulkes or kippas.

If you take this walk and haven't eaten or are just hungry for a snack, check out the very cheap, delicious pizza at the small Franco e Cristina Pizza. My daughter's friend who studied in Rome shared this cheap pizza restaurant in Rome with us on a previous visit.
Ponte Cestio Rome Italy

We continued our walking tour of Rome on Via del Portico d'Ottavia. We turned right onto Via del Tempio, left onto Lungotevere De' Cenci and right onto the Ponte Fabricio.

This lovely bridge goes over the Tiber River to the little Isola Tibera or Island on the Tiber.

Here we discovered the Basilica di San Bartolomeo all'Isola, another treasure on this great walking tour of Rome.

Basilica di San Bartolomeo all'Isola

Ssan Bartolomeo Tiber Island Rome Italy
Martyrs of the 20th Century Icon San Bartolomeo

St. Bartholomew on the Island is built on the site of a very ancient temple to Aesculapius, the god of medicine. The church was built in 997 by German Emperor Otto III to honor St. Bartholomew the apostle and Adalbert, a martyr killed while he was preaching in Poland.

There are also relics of Saints Paul, Exuberantius, Sabinus and Marcellus. The pillar in the piazza was given by Pius IX as a memorial of the opening of the Vatican Council.

Inside the Basilica on the steps of the high altar is a stone well-head dating back to the 10th century which stood on top of a spring that was thought to be miraculous.

The Community of Sant'Egidio have cared for the Basilica of St. Bartholomew since 1993. The Community has a deep commitment to ecumenism.

Pope John Paul II created a commission in 1999 to study the life and history of the New Christian Martyrs of the 20th century worldwide. The group met at the Basilica to work on this project and the Pope requested that a memory of the martyrs be made. A large icon dedicated to the Martyrs of the 20th century was placed on the high altar during an ecumenical ceremony in October 2002.

Continuing over the bridge, we arrived in Trastevere which is a very charming old neighborhood of Rome and the end of our perfect walking tour of Rome.

To explore this lovely area of Rome head straight ahead to the Chiesa di San Benedetto in Piscinula. Here you can join the walking tour of Trastevere to see the highlights of this wonderful neighborhood.

Another top Rome walk is the free Rome walking tour of the Forum.

Rome Explorations: The Early Christian Rome Walking Tour

Rome Explorations: The Early Christian Rome Walking Tour

This book is meant to provide a tour of some of the more important and interesting churches and other Christian-oriented sites in this city of churches. It is not an all-inclusive guidebook; I do not include restaurant, hotel or transportation information (except as reference points for the various sights near Metro stations). You should augment this tour guide with other Italy and Rome guides from reputable authors and publishers. While detailed walking directions and some maps of the important areas on the tour are included, a detailed map of the city is recommended.

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