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Rome walking tour, third day

From the "Terme de Caracalla" to the Piazza Navona, crossing the impressive south Roman districts.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.311 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  The walk starts in the "Terme de Caracalla", one of the world most impressive Roman ruins.
Before going back in the historic centre,... more »

Tips:  This walk, although quite long, is easy. Before reaching the POI 7, the Theatre of Marcellus, you'll be in a region without restaurant... more »

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Points of Interest

In 212, the Roman Emperor Caracalla built the largest baths ever, but unfortunately they were destroyed in 538 by the Goths during raids against Rome. The inside of this giant building featured mosaics and white marble on the ground and mosaics on the walls that were up to 30 meters high.

Every day, about 1,600 bathers, both rich and poor,... More

Located between the Aventine and Palatine hills, the Circus Maximus was the first (built in 400 B.C.) and largest chariot racing stadium in ancient Rome (in Latin circus means circle or ring, not to be confused with the modern-day idea of a circus with clowns and acrobats).

This giant building could accommodate 250,000 spectators and is still the... More

"La Bocca della Verità" is a sculpture from the first century and is famous for its role as a lie detector: It was believed that if someone told a lie with their hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off. Hence its nickname: "Mouth of Truth."

Santa Maria in Cosmedin is famous for the bell tower from the 12th century, perhaps the ... More

The Temple of Vesta was built under Augustus and is incorrectly named as there has been Church of the Gesù one Temple of Vesta in Rome, located inside the Roman Forum.

The Temple of Portunus (which was once mistaken for the Tempi della Fortuna Virile) was built around 200 B.C. and is preserved extremely well.

The Arch of Janus was built in 400 ... More

The first bridge at this location was built in 200 B.C. but collapsed twice. In 1575, Pope Gregory VII built Ponte Rotto again and the lonely arch is the last remnant of the medieval bridge.

Tiber Island (Isola Tiberina)
Legend claims that the shape of this small island looks like the ship that carried the god of medicine, Esculape, to Rome in... More

6. Ponte Fabricio

Fabricius, who was in charge of the public roads, built this bridge in 62 B.C.; it is the last remaining Roman antique bridge. However, tourists often overlook this landmark.

The large hole in the middle of the two arches allowed the water from flash floods to pass without applying to much force on the structure of the bridge.

The Temple of Apollo was erected in 500 B.C. and dedicated to the god Apollo, god of light and sun, truth and prophecy, medicine, poetry and more. The three beautiful columns are remnants of the renovation of this temple ordered in 34 B.C. by Caius Sosius.

Caesar started the building of the Theatre of Marcellus, which was completed under Emperor ... More

The Chiesa del Gesu is the mother church of the Jesuits, founded in 1540 by Ignatius of Loyola as a reaction against the theories of the Protestant reformers (such as Luther and Calvin). The atypical style of the front is a precursor of the famous Baroque style.

Luxurious decoration were added to the interior 100 years after St. Ignatius of... More

This cute, small place contains Roman remnants that are among the oldest of the city and were not discovered until 1929. This place was busy during ancient times as it was surrounded by two theaters and the baths of Agrippa and Saepta.

Be sure to check out this old medieval street. Do not miss the passage depicted on the picture--without a doubt the best and most romantic way to access the market of the Campo dei Fiori.

Until the 13th century, this area was an unused space between Pompey's Theatre and the Tiber until the Orsini established themselves here during the 13th century. Nevertheless, the square remained a wild field until the 15th century.

In 1456 Cardinal Trevisani paved the area, triggering its development. During the 16th century it was a seedy... More

The Palazzo Farnese was built in 1534 by Pope Paul III, a member of the Farnese family.

Since 1635, the building has been the embassy of France and has received plenty of famous people, including Gen. de Gaulle in 1959, the French poet Joachim du Bellay in 1553, who wrote "les Antiquités de Rome," and the queen of Sweden in 1655. The difference... More

This small palace was built between 1483-1513 by Pope Sixtus IV; the building still belongs to the Vatican and is not open to visitors.

14. Piazza Navona

See the guide: Rome walking tour for detailed information on the most famous place in Rome.