This walking map of Rome includes all of the must see places in Rome Italy. Including all the famous museums in Rome, as well as religious sites, ancient ruins and scenic places. We think this is the best map of Rome for tourists!
This walking tour map of Rome also includes some great restaurants, gelato shops & rooftop bars.
Table of Contents
- Walking Map of Rome
- Religious Sites
- Ancient Ruins
- Scenic Places
- Rome Travel Tips
The Rome tourist attractions are shown by blue pins. Green pins mark some of Rome’s best restaurants, and pink pins mark the best gelateria. The purple pins are rooftop bars and restaurants.
This tourist map of Rome is interactive. You can save it to your google account for later use. This Rome walking tour map is also downloadable for offline use!
You’ll also find 3 complete Rome walking guides. Each walking guide is carefully designed to include as many Rome tourist stops as possible in 2-3 hours walking. Why walk? Exploring Rome on foot gives you a richer and more authentic feel for the city.
No need to sign up for expensive Rome walking tours. You can also get step-by-step directions within the map, so you can create your own self guided Rome walking tour!
Be especially mindful of walking distances in Rome. It’s a big city! For example, it takes 45 minutes to walk from the Trevi Fountain to Vatican City.
You can use this free map of Rome to calculate walking directions and travel times.
If you’re not sure how to use this walking map of Rome, first read my guide to Google Maps for travel.
Rome’s museums are some of the richest in the world. That’s why you’ll find several of them on our sightseeing map of Rome!
Keep in mind that some of these museums are big, HUGE. Don’t expect to be able to see multiple museums in one day.
Besides the museums listed below, our walking map of Rome Italy also includes the Museum of Rome and the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum. Check them out if you have extra time!
The Borghese Gallery is one of the most visited places in Rome! It’s part art gallery and part garden space. Although, the gardens are accessed separately.
The Borghese Gallery has an excellent collection of classical antiquities. Including mosaics and sculptures from the 1st through 3rd Centuries. You’ll find many frescoes and paintings from the 15th through the 19th centuries.
The Borghese Gallery is one of the museums to visit in Rome because it is home to so many indisputable masterpieces. Besides the items of display, the Villa Borghese is itself a masterpiece.
It’s the 17th Century family property of the distinguished Borghese family, and it’s one of the important historical landmarks in Rome. The Borghese Villa and Galleries sit on the property of the Borghese Gardens.
The Borghese Gardens are one of the free things to see in Rome! They’re also one of the largest public parks in Rome. When these gardens were originally established in 1605, they were the most extensive gardens ever built in Rome.
Tour the Borghese Gallery and Gardens, it’s the best walking tour of Rome!
The Vatican Museum is one of the must see places in Rome! It’s in the heart of Vatican City, and Vatican City is one of the most famous sites in Rome. We’ll talk more about the other attractions you can find at Vatican City.
The Vatican Museum holds some of the world’s most extensive collections of art and archaeology. These are the expansive collections of the Roman Catholic Church, a collection that’s grown over centuries.
It’s one of the best walking tours of Rome!
At the Vatican Museum, you’ll find especially well preserved Roman sculptures. Also, some of the most important masterpieces of the Renaissance movement. There are over 20,000 pieces of art on display!
The Vatican is the third most visited art museum in the world. It’s also one of the largest museums in the world! Obviously, it’s one of the most important tourist sites in Rome.
Five million people visit the Vatican Museum each year. In the summer, as many as 20,000 people can walk through it in one day! I highly recommend a skip-the-line or before hours tour at this place.
During your visit to the Museum, you’ll also be able to explore the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. These are other important must see places in Rome! (More on this later).
Because the Vatican City Museum is so popular, it can be extremely busy! Be prepared for a little claustrophobia. If you don’t like crowds, you need to book this tour.
The Capitoline Museums are a group of archaeological museums on Capitoline Hill. Capitoline Hill is one of the historical places in Rome. The Romans dedicated Capitoline Hill to the god Saturn, and there are still many Roman ruins beneath the Capitoline Museums.
Capitoline Hill, or ‘Capitol Hill,’ has also been the seat of Rome’s government. Its modern layout was created in the 16th Century by Michelangelo. Capitol Hill is a popular stopping point for walking tours in Rome since you can appreciate excellent views of the Roman Forum.
Collections of the Capitoline Museum include many ancient Roman statues and artifacts. You’ll also find Medieval and Renaissance art. Coins, jewels, and other trinkets tell unique stories about the people who once owned them.
These are some of the best museums in Rome. Also, they’re considered the world’s oldest museums. The Capitoline Museums were founded in 1471!
The Pamphili Palace was built in the mid-17th Century for a member of the Pamphili family that was ordained, Pope Innocent X.
Inside the Pamphili Palace, you’ll find the Doria Pamphili Gallery. It’s an enormous art collection. It’s considered one of the best collections in Rome!
The Gallery is situated in some of the most opulent private apartments of the palace. Rooms are richly embellished with chandeliers, sculptures and exquisite details.
You can also explore the stunning inner courtyard.
This stunning historic property was one of the first properties owned by the Medici family in Rome. The Medici family is legendary in Italy. If you are walking in Rome, you must stop here!
The Medici family first came to fame and influence in the 13th Century through banking. The family used their power, among other things, to support arts and humanities. They’re given credit for supporting the flourishing Renaissance movement in Florence.
Most famously, Lorenzo Medici is credited to supporting Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Members of the Medici dynasty became Popes, rulers, and important philanthropists.
In present day, Villa Medici is home to the French Academy in Rome. Stop by for a guided tour and a walk through the property’s gardens.
You don’t have to spend half of a day here. If you’re walking around Rome, just stop by and appreciate it’s imposing architecture.
You may notice that many of the famous attractions in Rome, that you find on our walking map of Rome Italy, are churches. The Roman Empire was the birthplace of Christianity. Jesus Christ, who lived in the 1st Century, was a Roman!
It wasn’t until after the fall of the Roman Empire, that Catholicism could really take hold. Belief in Christianity steadily rose throughout the Middle Ages. This is an especially important time for religious art and painting!
So, whether you’re religious or not, you must visit churches in Rom! These churches are some of the top things to see in Rome because they are essentially museums. Inside, you’ll find gorgeous frescoes, lavish ornamental decorations, and unparalleled history.
So, while you’re walking through Rome, stop into a church or two. You won’t regret it!
Vatican City is one of the main things to see in Rome. It is a city, yet it’s also the smallest independent country in the world! It is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, and it is home to the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are some of the most important Vatican tourist attractions.
The Sistine Chapel sits within the Apostolic Palace — that’s the official residence of the pope in Vatican City. In modern times, it’s the place where each new pope is selected.
Although, the Sistine Chapel is also famous for its incredible artworks. Most notably, Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement is painted on the ceiling. This one painting alone is considered an important artistic accomplishment of humanity.
Many famous painters, besides Michelangelo, also created works for the Sistine Chapel. Essentially, the Sistine Chapel is one of the best art museums in Rome! It’s a small crowded space, but one of the can’t miss stops on any Vatican museum tour.
St. Peter’s Basilica is much larger and arguably more dramatic than the Sistine Chapel. It’s actually the largest church in the world! St. Peter’s Basilica is considered one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture. Also, it’s thought to be one of the holiest Catholic sites.
Many important popes lay rest at St. Peter’s Basilica. Many have elaborate shrines or tombs with exquisite ornamentation. For all these reasons, St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the most important Vatican City attractions!
Santa Maria Della Vittoria is one of the most famous things in Rome!
This Roman Catholic church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The facade of Santa Maria Della Vittoria is distinctly Baroque, stunning still after many renovations.
It’s a small church, doesn’t take too long to visit. It’s a 15-minute walk from the Trevi Fountain, so it’s a perfect quick stop along your walking tour of Rome.
The inside of Santa Maria Della Vittoria is even more stunning than the outside! You’ll see marble, gilded stucco, Corinthian pilasters, and a segmental vault! If all that sounds fancy and elaborate — you’re right, it is!
Santa Maria Della Vittoria is one of our favorite Rome destinations.
The Church of St. Louis of the French is one of the easy Rome tourist destinations to visit. It’s also one of the famous landmarks in Rome Italy.
Located steps away from the Piazza Navona, you’ll find this gem. The Church of St. Louis of the French is also dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It was built in the 16th Century with many French influences.
The church was originally built to welcome French communities in Rome. In the 16th Century, French immigration was occurring. It’s one of the best spots in Rome to pick out French themes.
The architectural style of the church is Baroque. There are statues on the church’s facade that chronicle history and include many important French rulers and religious figures.
It’s one of the best sights to see in Rome because, inside the church, you’ll find a slew of Baroque masterpieces.
The San Clemente Basilica is a complex of three religious buildings. One of which was constructed in the 4th Century and other during the height of the Middle Ages.
Long before the 4th Century, a building stood at this site. It was thought to be the private residence of a Roman —one of the first Roman senators to convert to Christianity. During that time, the practice of Christianity was still outlawed. So, this Roman senator used his home as a place of worship.
Since that time, there were periods of destruction and rebuilding. A temple was erected, then Rome was badly sacked, and eventually, the first Basilica was built.
You don’t have to visit the inside of the basilica. If you just appreciate its facade, it’s one of the excellent things to see in Rome for free!
However, many choose to enter the basilica. They won’t be disappointed!
There are many spectacular mosaics and frescoes to enjoy at the San Clemente Basilica. You’ll also be able to see an ancient Roman villa and the old bricks it was made from. It’s one of my favorite hidden Rome attractions!
The best sites to see in Rome are ancient ruins. Over 2,000 years ago, precisely in the same location, there was a booming ancient civilization.
Modern-day Rome is built on top of this ancient city. These real people were walking in the same place as you’ll walk on your visit to Rome. They were watching gladiatorial performances at the Colosseum, gossiping at the Forum, and bathing with their friends at the Baths of Carcalla!
I like to think about these living, breathing, Roman people when I visit ancient Rome attractions.
There is so much evidence of these ancient Romans sitting beneath present-day Rome. New construction projects (such as road repairs) often turn up many archaeological treasures. Modern Romans joke about this —it’s why construction projects can lag on for months, even years!
You must visit the Pantheon and Pantheon Fountains! These are some of the top places to see in Rome! The Pantheon is special for a few reasons. First, it still holds the title for having the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome… and it was built almost 2,000 years ago!
Also, it’s one of Rome’s most well preserved ancient buildings. The Romans built the Pantheon as a temple to the Gods. This is one of the top things to see in Rome Italy.
The Pantheon Fountains actually aren’t an ancient Roman ruin (they’re just located nearby). While the fountains aren’t ruins, they’re still one of the most recognizable symbols for the city of Rome.
The Colosseum and the Roman Forum are relatively near one another on our map of Rome attractions, and they are the main attractions in Rome. You’ll want to book a skip-the-line tour.
Crowds are unbelievable —especially in the summer when tourism is at its peak. Before your tour, get amazing photos from the Ponte Delgi Annibaldi bridge. Views from this bridge are one of the best free things in Rome!
See the tour we took of Rome’s Colosseum. It’s absolutely phenomenal —one of the must do tours in Rome!
You’ll get exclusive access to areas of the Colosseum that other visitors will never see. Including the upper and lower levels. This is where the gladiators were kept before performances.
Read more about our Colosseum Underground tour here.
The Colosseum is the largest amphitheater ever built. Inside were gladiatorial battles, public spectacles, executions, re-enactments, and theatrical dramas. At one time it could accommodate up to 80,000 spectators.
The Colosseum was built by Emperor Vespasian as a gift to the Roman people. It was actively used for over 400 years! During its golden age, it had public restrooms (latrines) and water fountains! The Colosseum had a sophisticated system of aqueducts and pipes —a prime model of Roman engineering.
Unfortunately, in the 18th Century, the Colosseum came to disrepair and neglect. Eventually, it was scavenged for piece metals.
With an interesting and dynamic history, it’s one of the best things to see in Rome!
Next to the Colosseum, you’ll find the Roman Forum. You can enjoy excellent Arial views of the Roman Forum from the top floors of the Colosseum. The Roman Forum is one of the top sites to see in Rome!
With entry into the Roman Forum, you will also be able to access Palatine Hill and view the Circus Maximus.
The Roman Forum is an open-air museum, and it’s one of the must see museums in Rome! Ancient Romans came to the Forum to engage in commercial, religious, social, and political activities. It was the site of trade, of elections, and of gladiatorial battles (before the Colosseum was built).
It was one of the major sites of ancient Rome, and it’s still one of the major sites in Rome today!
You’ll see ruins of their temples and monuments. There were enormous statues, arches, and other buildings here.
Palatine Hill is one of the uniquely interesting places in Rome. It was considered the focal point of the Roman Empire. From the top of the Palatine Hill, you’ll get to see the Circus Maximus in the distance. The Circus Maximus was an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium as well as an entertainment arena.
Baths of Caracalla are another one of the popular sites in Rome.
They are ruins of a massive Roman bathhouse complex built around 200 AD. While their roof of the original bathhouse has collapsed, and the walls have caved in, it’s still possible to imagine the grandeur and splendor of this place.
The Baths of Carcalla are one of the most important ancient Rome tourist attractions. They used an intelligent aqueduct system — one arch of this aqueduct is still visible.
The Baths were so large that some 1,600 Romans could enjoy them simultaneously. The largest ‘bath’ at the facility is thought to be as big as an Olympic swimming pool!
Besides actual baths, the Baths of Carcalla would have also had an athletic track, a gym, sports fields, gardens, massage rooms, and much more! It was the ancient one-stop-shop for health and wellness.
For all these reasons, it’s one of the major sights in Rome!
The design of the Baths of Caracalla served as inspiration for modern works such as Penn Station in New York and Union Station in Chicago. It’s one of the most famous things to see in Rome.
There are so many scenic places on our Rome sightseeing map! We couldn’t possibly cover them all.
Climbing the Spanish Steps is one of the top things to do in Rome. These steep stairs join the Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Trinita Dei Monti. Atop the steps is the Trinta Dei Monti Church. Ditch the crowds and enjoy a photogenic moment at the top of these steps.
The Spanish Steps are one of my favorite places on this map of sites in Rome! Mainly, because I was able to snap such amazing photos here. 😉
The Trevi Fountain — one of the most famous fountains in the world and one of the top spots on our attraction map of Rome!
This large Baroque fountain is one of the most visited places in Rome. Superstitions promise that you’ll come back to Rome if you throw a coin in here!
FUN FACT: All these coins are collected by the city and used to fund a local charity.
Besides being absolutely gorgeous, the Trevi Fountain is insanely historic. It’s known to be one of the oldest water sources for the city of Rome. It’s built from travertine stone, the same material used in the Colosseum.
If you were a 90s baby, you can probably remember the Trevi Fountain from the kid-friendly Lizzie McGuire Movie. Ahh… what a throwback!
No map of Rome for tourists could ever be complete without the Navona Plaza. This was one of my favorite Rome attractions at night because it is lively! The square is bright, colorful, and energetic.
The Navona Plaza is also home to the stunning Fountain of Four Rivers and the Fountain of Neptune. This fountain was designed by Bernini in the 17th Century.
The Fountain of Neptune is especially interesting because it was started in the 16th Century, it was not completed until the 19th Century. It sat unfinished for 300 years!
In Piazza Navona, you’ll find a fun atmosphere as well as many shops and restaurants.
With this simple map of Rome, you’ll know exactly where to go. You’ll be able to easily find all the best places to visit in Rome. You’ll also know where to eat the most authentic food and the most natural gelato. Please comment below with ideas or questions! Arrivederci friends!
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