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Distance: 5 km Duration: 8 hours

Itinerary description


With this itinerary you will have the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful and ancient ruins in Rome, such as the Circus Maximus and the famous Mouth of Truth. Then you'll visit the Aventine Hill, where some of the oldest churches of the city are located and from where you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view over the Rome.

It is highly recommended to walk from one place to another since most locations are in the city center.

Time Required:
It takes about 8 hours to visit all of the sites mentioned, depending on the amount of time you
decide to spend in each place.


The itinerary starts from Venice Square, easily reached by bus. From here continue along Via del Teatro di Marcello until you get to the Theater of Marcellus, the ancient Roman theater built by Emperor Augustus. After visiting the theater, turn around and go onto Via Montanara, go to Piazza di Campitelli and you’ll get to the Portico di Ottavia. Go straight down Via del Portico di Ottavia, cross Fabricio Bridge and you'll find one of the most fascinating sights of Rome, the Tiberina Island. Go back and turn right onto Lungotevere Pierleoni. Continue straight and turn left into Via del Foro Olitorio and then a quick right onto Via del Foro Boario where you can admire two of the most famous monuments of ancient Rome: the Temple of Hercules and the Mouth of Truth. From here take Via della Greca until Viale del Circo Massimo. We suggest you take a walk in the Circus Maximus, the oldest and largest stadium in Rome, built by Caesar in 46 BC. The Circus Maximus is located in the valley between the Aventine Hill and the Palatine Hill. Walking inside the ancient monument you can see the remains of ancient steps, although at present there is little left of the original structure. After visiting the Circus Maximus, the itinerary continues on to the Orange Garden, a great place to view some beautiful Roman sites such as Gianicolo and Pincio. Continue on Via di Santa Sabina where you’ll find the Cavalieri di Malta Square. Go straight and you’ll arrive at the Non-Catholic Cemetery, considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. In front of the cemetery there's an ancient Pyramid of Gaius Cestius, built as a tomb between 18 and 12 BC. The itinerary ends here. To return to the starting point you can take the subway at "Piramide", Line B.