Colosseum to Pantheon Walking Tour, Rome

Colosseum to Pantheon Walking Tour, Rome
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Rome Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Rome Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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The say, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” and that undoubtedly implies appreciating the enormous historical and architectural richness of the city, often – and rightly so – referred to as “eternal”. Stretching from Colosseum to Pantheon, this 3km-walk invites you to explore the most notable attractions of the Italian capital, including the Arch of Constantine, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill and more.

Colosseum to Pantheon Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Colosseum to Pantheon Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Rome (See other walking tours in Rome)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 17
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Author: alexei

1) Colosseum (must see)

To the east of the Roman Forum stands the remains of the Colosseum, probably the most visited ruins in the world. The Colosseum was first called the Flavian Amphitheater after the family name of the emperors Vespasian and Titus, under whose rule the building was constructed. Construction began in 72AD and was finished in 80AD, entailing over 100,000 cubic meters of stone, held in place not by mortar, but by iron chevrons. The amphitheater was elliptical in shape, 189 meters long, 156 meters wide...   view more
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Arch of Constantine

2) Arch of Constantine (must see)

You will find the Arch of Constantine between the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. It is the last Triumphal Arch to be erected in Rome. In 312 AD Constantine I led his troops against Maxentius for a final battle at Milvran Bridge. The emperor’s army was hopelessly outnumbered, and according to legend, Constantine had a dream in which he saw the sign of Christ’s Cross in the sky and a voice said “By this Sign, Conquer”. The emperor had his men make a wooden cross, which they carried into the...   view more
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Palatine Hill

3) Palatine Hill (must see)

Palatine Hill is the centermost of the Seven Hills; it is reputedly the one where Romulus and Remus were found in a cave and where Romulus founded his city. Rising 40 meters over the Roman Forum, the Hill was the “in” place to live for the rich nobles: the views from the summit are magnificent and it was thought that the air was purer here. A great number of palaces and villas were built.

In the Middle Ages churches and convents were built on the Hill and in the 17th century Cardinal...   view more
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Farnese Gardens

4) Farnese Gardens

On the north side of Palatine hill, one of Rome’s seven hills, you will find the Farnese Gardens. A flight of stone steps lead from the gardens to the Roman Forum. The land was bought in 1550 by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese and he had a summer home built on the site of the palace Emperor Tiberius, the ruins of which he had buried under tons of earth.

The gardens, laid out in the 16th century classical form, in quadrants with a well in the center, were created by Vignola and completed after...   view more
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Imperial Fora

5) Imperial Fora (must see)

The Imperial Fora (Fori Imperiali in Italian) are a series of monumental fora (public squares), constructed in Rome over a period of one and half centuries, between 46 BC and 113 AD. The forums were the center of the Roman Republic and of the Roman Empire. Built by Julius Caesar and Augustus, the first one was an extension to the Roman Forum and a Temple of Venus was built there with an equestrian statue of Caesar in front of it. It became a popular public square and just before Caesar’s...   view more
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Roman Forum (Joe Encounters Ann)

6) Roman Forum (Joe Encounters Ann) (must see)

The Roman Forum would be a convenient place for Princess Ann and Joe Bradley to meet: she, on the escape from the palace; he, from a poker game at Irving Radovich's apartment. As Ann feels the effects of a sleeping pill, she rests on a brick bench near the Temple of Saturn (4th century BC) and the Arch of Septimus Severus (203 AD). That's where Joe finds her, takes pity on her and tries to take her home. Never managing to get her address, he takes her to his place by taxi. The road...   view more
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Temple of Saturn

7) Temple of Saturn (must see)

While you are in Rome, one of your destinations will surely be the Forum Ronanium, the ancient public square situated between the Paletine and Capitoline Hills, with its structures that date back to Ancient Rome. At the Forum’s western end, at the foot of Capitoline Hill you will find the vestiges of the Temple of Saturn.

The Temple was built in 500BC on the site of an even older shrine dedicated to Saturn. It was reconstructed in 42BC by Lucius Munatius Plancus, a Roman Consul who was an...   view more
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Carcere Mamertino

8) Carcere Mamertino

The Mamertine Prison (Italian Carcere Mamertino), in antiquity the Tullianum, was a prison (carcer) located in the Comitium in ancient Rome. It was located on the northeastern slope of the Capitoline Hill, facing the Curia and the imperial fora of Nerva, Vespasian, and Augustus. Located between it and the Tabularium (record house) was a flight of stairs leading to the Arx of the Capitoline known as the Gemonian stairs.

The origins of the prison's names are uncertain. The traditional...   view more
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Palazzo Nuovo

9) Palazzo Nuovo

On the top of Capitoline Hill lies the Piazza del Campidoglio and the Capitalione Museums housed in three palaces, one of which is the Palazzo Nuovo. The “new palace” was built in 1655 by Girolamo and Carlo Rainaldi. If you find that the building is almost identical to the Palazzo dei Conservatori on the same square, it is because the architects copied the original sketches of Dei Conservatori. The museum was opened to the public in 1734, a move suggested by Pope Clement XII, making it the...   view more
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Palazzo dei Conservatori

10) Palazzo dei Conservatori

The Palazzo dei Conservatori is part of the Capitoline Museums and you will find it on the top of Capitonline Hill. Like its twin, the Palazzo Nuovo, the palace has a fine collection of statues and paintings that are well worth seeing. The collection is large and varied, spread out over two floors. There is also a very good cafe on the 2nd floor and from its terrace you have a wonderful view of Rome.

Some of the statues not to be missed include “Spinario” a detailed sculpture of a young...   view more
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Capitoline Hill

11) Capitoline Hill (must see)

Capitoline Hill is considered the most sacred of Rome’s seven hills and no-one on holiday in the city should miss visiting it. According to legend, Rome was founded on seven hills by Romulus and Remus, but in truth, the bastion of the early Roman civilisation was Capitoline Hill, with its double summit and a sheer cliff face on one side. A lot of temples were built here, dedicated to Roman gods, such as the Capitoline Triad, (Jupiter, Juno and Minerva); others were dedicated to Venus and Mars,...   view more
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Capitoline Museums

12) Capitoline Museums (must see)

The Capitoline Museums (Italian: Musei Capitolini) are a group of art and archeological museums in Piazza del Campidoglio, on top of the Capitoline Hill in Rome. The historic seats of the museums are Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo, facing on the central trapezoidal piazza in a plan conceived by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1536 and executed over a period of more than 400 years. The history of the museums can be traced to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a collection of important...   view more
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Altare della Patria

13) Altare della Patria

The Altare della Patria also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II ("National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II") or Il Vittoriano, is a monument built in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome, Italy. It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill.

The eclectic structure was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885; sculpture for it was parceled out to established sculptors all over Italy, such as Leonardo...   view more
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Palazzo Venezia

14) Palazzo Venezia

To the north of Capitoline Hill is an imposing building, the Palazzo Venezia, which houses a small museum, often overlooked by visitors to Rome which is a real shame as the museum is a very good one. The palace was built in 1455 by the Cardinal Pietro Barbo. A medieval tower and an ancient church, built in 336 by Pope Marco were integrated into the new building. The cardinal went on to become Pope Paul II and the palace remained as a papal residence until 1564. In that year, Pope Pius IV,...   view more
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Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

15) Palazzo Doria Pamphilj (must see)

The Palazzo Doria Pamphilj houses the Gallery of the same name and is the largest privately owned collection in Italy today. The palace was constructed in 1505 by Cardinal Giovanni Fazio Santoro. It was bought in 1601 by Cardinal Ippolito Aldobrandini and it came into the Pamphilj family when the cardinal’s niece, his heiress, married Camillo Pamphilj, the nephew of Pope Innocent X.

The collection is exposed in the palace’s state rooms with their marvellously decorated vaulted ceilings...   view more
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Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

16) Santa Maria Sopra Minerva (must see)

Santa Maria sopra Minerva (English: Saint Mary above Minerva) is one of the major churches of the Roman Catholic Order of Preachers, better known as the Dominicans. The church's name derives from the fact that the first Christian church structure on the site was built directly over (Latin: supra) the ruins or foundations of a temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis, which had been erroneously ascribed to the Greco-Roman goddess Minerva.

The church is located in the Piazza della...   view more
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17) Pantheon (must see)

The Pantheon is one of Rome’s most famous buildings, and its dome and columns have been inspiring architects for centuries. The original temple, commissioned in 27BC by Marcus Agrippa, after the Battle of Actium, was destroyed in an earthquake. In 126 AD Emperor Hadrian commissioned a new temple dedicated to “pan theos” – all the gods. The temple was restored by Emperors Septimus Severus and Caracalla in the 3rd century.

The immense dome is over 48 meters high with a central oculus of...   view more
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