This walking map of Rome includes all of the top tourist attractions. In addition to there Rome attractions, we’ve mapped some great restaurants, gelato shops & rooftop bars. This map is interactive, savable and 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.
The Rome tourist attractions are shown by blue pins. They include museums, archaeological sites, famous fountains and beautiful squares. Green pins mark some of Rome’s best restaurants, and pink pins mark the best gelaterie. The purple pins are rooftop bars and restaurants.
Table of Contents
- Walking Map of Rome
- Rome City Center Walk
- Vatican City to Borghese Gallery Walk
- Ancient Rome Walk
To use a walking map, select the attractions layer and the specific walk layer. Click here for more detailed information on how to use the map. The walks are pretty long (2-3 hours each), but are possible to complete all at once if desired. Ideally, you would have 3 days in Rome and do a different walk every day.
If you’re not sure how to use this walking map of Rome, first read my guide to Google Maps for travel.
This walk is 2 hours and 40 minutes total. Plan to give yourself 3 hours or more. This is the longest walk of the three. If you wanted to shorten this walk, just skip Venice Plaza & the Alter of the Fatherland. If you skipped those two sites, the walk would be closer to 1 hour and 40 minutes.
- Trevi Fountain
- Temple of Hadrian
- Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola
- Venice Plaza
- Alter of the Fatherland
- Saint Mary above Minerva Church
- Pantheon Fountains
- Navona Plaza
- Pamphili Palace
- Museum of Rome
- Campo de’ Fiori
This walk starts off at the The Trevi Fountain — one of the most famous fountains in the world. 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!
From there, head to the Temple of Hadrian. Next, marvel at the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola. It’s another stunning example of Baroque architecture. If you decide to step inside this church, you’ll find frescos, ornate alters and an impressive dome.
Next, walk to Venice Plaza and see the Alter of the Fatherland. You also can skip these two attractions to save time. They are a bit out of the way. Try not to skip the Saint Mary above Minerva Church. It is one of the more unique places to visit in Rome because of its architecture. Most Roman churches were stripped of their original Gothic architecture and given new Baroque features. The Saint Mary above Minerva Church is one of the only original Gothics that has remained untouched.
Not far from this church, you can visit the Pantheon and Pantheon Fountain. 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 Rome’s most well preserved ancient buildings. The Romans built it as a temple to the Gods. This is definitely one of the coolest tourist sites in Rome.
At this point, you’ll have been walking for an hour or two. Rest and recharge. I recommend an espresso at the nearby Sant’Eustachio il Caffè. Have lunch at the highly acclaimed Osteria del Sostegno or gelato at Gelateria Della Palma. All are a 5 minute walk from the Pantheon. To see other restaurants and *gelaterie* in the Rome tourist map, adjust the layers.
Next, continue the Rome walking tour at the Navona Plaza. This was one of my favorite Rome destinations because it was so bright & colorful. This plaza also contains more Rome sightseeing spots like the Pamphili Palace, the Fiumi Fountain and the Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone.
Continue on to the National Museum of Rome. This is one of the most interesting places in Rome to learn about pre-Rome and early Roman history through archaeology. Nearby, you’ll find two more Renaissance palaces and another square. The square is called Campo de’ Fiori, or “field of flowers.” Certainly, it’s one of the most beautiful sites to see in Rome.
This walk is about 4 miles total. It should take an hour and 30 minutes, or 2 hours to be generous.
- Vatican City
- Castle of the Holy Cross
- St. Angelo Bridge
- Spanish Steps
- Trinta dei Monti Church
- Medici Villa
- Borghese Gardens
- Borghese Gallery & Museum
This walk starts at Vatican City for a few important reasons. Vatican City is one of the main things to see in Rome. It is a city, yet 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.
The Vatican Museum was without a doubt the most crowded place I’ve ever been! 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. Do a morning tour, then start your walk in the afternoon.
Head from Vatican city to another unique religious site — Castel Sant’Angelo. The Mausoleum of Hadrian, or Castle of the Holy Angel, had been built for the Roman emperor Hadrian and his family. Popes later used it as a fortresses and castle. Cross the St. Angelo Bridge and enjoy beautiful views of the Tiber River as you head to the Spanish Steps. Stop at Gelateria del Teatro or Ciampini Roma on route for delicious authentic gelato. You’ll work up quite the appetite walking around Rome!
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.
Finally, head for that green space on your Rome map. The Villa Borghese is the largest public park in Rome. Also, refered to as the “park of museums” because of the famous museums located here. Specifically, the Borghese Gallery and the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art. The Borghese Gallery is particularly famous for its collection of priceless paintings and sculptures. It’s one of the top places of interest in Rome!
The most important historical places in Rome are ancient ruins. The ancient ruins of the Roman civilization that lived precisely in the same location over 2,000 years ago. Modern day Rome is built on top of the ancient city. That is why new construction projects (such as a road repairs) tend to turn up archaeological treasures.
This walk is less than an hour and 30 minutes. It is designed to take you from one main archaeological site to another.
- Ponte Delgi Annibaldi
- Roman Forum
- Baths of Carcalla
The Colosseum and the Roman Forum are near one another, and they are the main attractions in Rome. You’ll want to book a skip-the-line tour to visit these places. Crowds are unbelievable especially in the summer when tourism is at its peak. We particularly enjoyed the Colosseum Underground tour. Before your tour, get amazing photos from the Ponte Delgi Annibaldi bridge.
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.
Next to the Colosseum, you’ll find the Roman Forum. With entry into the Roman Forum you will also be able to access Palatine Hill and view the Circus Maximus. Palatine Hill is one of the best places to go in Rome to witness ancient history. 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 entertainment arena.
After visiting these impressive ruins, you can continue your adventure on to the Baths of Caracalla. They are located only a 25 minutes walk from the Roman Forum. Baths of Caracalla are ruins of a massive Roman bathhouse complex built around 200 AD. This structure served as inspiration for modern works such as Penn Station in New York and Union Station in Chicago.
With this walking map of Rome attractions, 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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