One of these days these boots are gonna’ walk all over you! Contrary to popular belief, Nancy Sinatra’s 1966 classic, “these boots are made for walking” was in actual fact a song that expressed the singer’s deep desire to explore Rome by foot (remember, you heard it here first). Scratch your head all you want, but when you stop and think about it, it makes sense really. Rome is a fascinating city. In fact, one of the best ways to discover all it has to offer (and it has a lot to offer) is by walking through it. So, could the song be about anything else? Alright, probably. But, still whack a pair of boots on and head out on one of the many Rome walking tours. That way you are in for a full day of sights, life and atmosphere.
Indeed, trying to squeeze in all of Rome in a day is an ambitious plan. However, Rome walking tours definitely give you a real taste of the city’s beauty and its rich, storied history. You can wind through the tangled knot of the Centro Storico’s narrow, cobbled streets and stumble into one of its beautiful piazzas. Here you can discover fountains, Renaissance Palazzi, churches and statues. Just walk past them, all around them and stop to marvel at them.
A tour of Rome by foot is a great way to take in the Eternal city. For those who want, there are a great number of tour companies that offer comprehensive and informative walking tours. But, before you consider a trek up and down the Roman Forum or taking a Colosseum half-day walking tour, remember that Rome has over 280 fountains and 900 churches. And, with that in mind, know that you can also lose yourself walking through Rome on your own self-guided, free walking tour. Are your boots ready? Start walking.
How to get to Rome?
You can arrive in Rome by plane or train.
- Fiumicino Airport (Officially Leonardo da Vinci Airport) is a major hub for national, European as well as intercontinental flights. The airport sits 32 km from the city, by the sea. When landing there, take Leonardo Express train to city center.
- Ciampino Airport is Rome’s low-cost option. Formerly a military airport, it has been developing commercial terminal since the rise of budget airline companies.
- Termini station is Rome’s main railway station connecting the city with the rest of Italy as well as Europe. Frecciarossa and Frecciargento are high-speed trains and Frecciabianca, while still speedy services, operates on the traditional lines.
How to get around Rome?
The most convenient way to get around Rome is by far the public bus and metro service.
- Buses run 24 hours a day and cover pretty much the whole city. The great thing is that the bus tickets and metro tickets are the same and interchangeable within the valid time of the ticket. Validation starts by punching the ticket into a counter found on all buses and metro stations. Keep your ticket with you during the entire ride because if you get caught by the controller you could get a big fine ranging from 40 € to 70 €.
- You can purchase the tickets in advance at any Tobacco store (look for a blue sign with a capital T outlined in white all around the city) as well as from ticket machines at metro and train stations. Tickets will not be considered as used until you validate them.
- All that said, the city center is easily conquered on foot, in fact, that is the best way to enjoy the sights there. Still, if you want to expand your reach but are not big on public transport, you can rent a bike or a Vespa to get around the city.
What is there to see?
Rome is a treasure throw of incredibly monuments, sights and museums. Some of the highlights include:
- Colosseum and Roman Forum
- Trevi Fountain
- Capitoline Hill
- The Pantheon
- Piazza Navona
- The Vatican
Do I need a guide?
Of course, a tour guide is not an absolute necessity. Nevertheless, we highly recommend one, especially if it’s your first visit to the city. Best walking tour Rome offers a nice insight into the city as a whole and help you get a grasp of the most essential sights and places to visit.
Are there free walking tours?
Yes, there are options for free city tours. However, try to verify the provider before signing up for one. Also, though the tour is free, a tip to your guide is an expected courtesy.
How exigent is it?
Walking around Rome is not that exigent though some ascending and descending can be expected. Always make sure you have a bottle of water and are wearing a hat or sunscreen as the sun will be your biggest enemy when spending your day walking.
Advantages of taking a walking tour?
Guided walking tours are an excellent way to learn about the city as a whole before you set out to explore its individual components. Often, walking tours provide information not just about history but also useful tips on where to go and what to avoid today.
How much does it cost?
Ancient Rome walking tours Rome range from 30 € to 90 € depending on what is included. Walking tours that include tickets to some of the monuments will be, naturally, pricier. Check out our offering for a tour that most suits your budget and expectations.