Restless in Rome: Ancient Rome Tour Day 1

I fell in love with Italy about 4 years ago. The food, the people, the sights, the history, nature and the art, everything was amazing and I kept going back every year. I'm so excited to see even more of Italy, so I made a plan where I travel to Italy at least twice a year. I'm still a rookie when it comes to discovering all that Italy has to offer, but I had a great start with Naples, Milano, Capri and Ischia.  This April, I decided it was time to discover Rome.

We booked our flights for the first week of April, prepared warm clothes and planned a long itinerary, trying to fit in the most we could see and eat in five days. When I think about it now, I must have been insane when I started planning the itinerary. Short disclaimer: I started planning our daily routes around places to eat. I'm a foodie and Italian food is on my short list of most delicious cuisines in the world. So yummy that each time I come back from a trip to Italy, I put on at least two kilos. This time around, I can honestly say I Regret Nothing! We walked so many km each day that food became essential to keep us going, rather than just a treat.

 

1. QUATTRO FONTANE

Four fountains ensemble at the intersection of Via delle Quattro Fontane and Via del Quirinale in Rome.  

This was our first real contact with Rome's unique fondness of old art. We literally stumbled upon this place in our way to Fontana di Trevi and the Pantheon. The thing with Rome is that you'll always see beautiful architecture and art. It's all around you. For us, this was the moment when we realized how amazing Rome is actually going to be. So, what's so exciting about the Quattro Fontane?

It's a small intersection at the top of a hill with beautiful views towards the center of the city. On one side you get a view all the way to Piazza di Spagna. On the other side, at the horizon,  it's the Obelisco Esquilino in front of the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore. And in the center of the intersection, there are Late Renaissance fountains built in the 1500s, each fountain featuring a statue. The four figures are said to represent the River Tiber, the River Aniene, Goddess Diana and Goddess Juno.

View from the intersection towards Piazza di Spagna

 

2. Palazzo Barberini

And the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica in Palazzo Barberini Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13, 00187 Roma, Italy. Opening hours: 8 AM - 7 PM beniculturali.it

 

 

3. Fontana Trevi

Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma, Italy. Learn more at turismoroma.it.

 

4. PANTHEON

Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma, Italy. Opening hours: 9 AM - 7.30 PM. Learn more smoroma.it. How to get here with the metro: Take Line A and stop at Barberini station. Head towards Piazza della Rotonda (signs also on route), it's an 8-10 minutes walk. More directions here.

 

5. Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma, Italy. Learn more here turismoroma.it

 

6. CASTELLO SANT'ANGELO

Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193 Roma, Italy. Opening hours: 9 AM - 7.30 PM. Learn more beniculturali.it


1. From Termini to Quattro Fontane

2. From Quattro Fontane to Palazzo Barberini

3. From the Pantheon to Piazza Navona

3. From the Pantheon to Piazza Navona

4. From Piazza Navona to Castel Sant'Angelo

4. From Piazza Navona to Castel Sant'Angelo