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Distance: 3 km Duration: 8 hours

Itinerary description


This itinerary starts from Termini Train Station and ends at the Colosseum, taking you on a tour through the most important sites of ancient Rome, such as the Thermae of Traiano, the impressive Domus Aurea and the ancient churches of Rome.

It is highly recommended to walk from one place to another since some locations are in
archaeological sites.
Time Required:
It takes about 8 hours to visit all of the sites mentioned, depending on how much time you decide to spend in each archeological area and museum.

The route starts from the Termini Train Station which is easily reached by subway or bus. Once you’ve arrived in Piazza dei Cinquecento (the main bus terminal) take Via Enrico de Nicola. Cross the street to get to the Roman National Museum. If you are lovers of art and ancient history, this is definintely the right museum for you! Here you'll find interesting examples of Greek and Roman sculptures, paintings and other antiquities. After the museum, take Via Giovanni Amendola, go straight and turn right onto Via Gioberti. After a few blocks, you’ll arrive in Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, where you’ll see the large Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the four papal basilicas in Rome. The basilica is one of the greatest examples of early Christian architecture in Rome. After a visit to the church, take Via Merulana and turn right on Via San Giovanni Gualberto to get to Via di Santa Prassede where you’ll find the ancient church of St Praxedes. If you are passionate about religious art the church contains ancient Byzantine mosaics and other examples Christian art. Go straight down Via Santa Prassede until you get to Via San Martino ai Monti. Turn right and after a few meters turn left onto Via Domenichino. From here you’ll end up on Via Giovanni Lanza. Cross Largo Brancaccio and turn right onto Via del Monte Oppio. Continue straight until you cross Via delle Terme di Traiano and turn left to get to the Thermae of Traiano, one of the most important examples ancient Roman architecture. Continue straight and turn right onto Viale Fortunato Mizzi. This tour of ancient Rome continues into the Park of Traiano, where you can take a break, relax a bit and maybe eat something. After your break, continue down Viale Serapide until you arrive at the Domus Aurea, an ancient Roman palace built by Nero after the fire of 64. After visiting the palace, take Viale San Telemachus and turn right. This will lead you to Via Labicana from where you should continue straight and turn right into Piazza di San Clemente. This is the location of the ancient Roman basilica of St Clement's Basilica in which houses various Roman mosaics. Continue straight on Via dei Querceti and turn right onto Via Capo d'Africa. From here, go straight until you reach the most well known monument of ancient Rome, the Roman Colosseum. The itinerary of ancient Rome ends here and you can go back to the departure point by metro Colosseo (line B).