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Distance: 4 km Duration: 8 hours

Itinerary description

This is the right itinerary for those who want to visit the historic center of Rome, do some shopping,  and end with a fun night in Trastevere! Here you’ll find the most famous shopping streets in the city with the trendiest shops in Rome. Trastevere is one of the most stylish and historic quarters of Rome, very popular with Romans and tourists alike, who gather every night in clubs and restaurants.

It is highly recommended to walk from one place to another since all the 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 stay in the shops or clubs.

Our itinerary starts from the People’s Square, which is easily accessible by both bus and metro at "Flaminio"(Line A). Here you’ll find the beautiful Church of Our Lady of the People. This roman church was built in 1099 and is well known for the Cappella Cerasi containing two  famous canvases: the Conversion of Paul and the Crucifixion of St Peter. From the People’s Square (Piazza del Popolo), go down Via di Ripetta. A couple hundred metres down, you’ll arrive at the Ara Pacis, a quite famous monument in Rome, built in 9 BC to celebrate Emperor Augustus. You can go inside visit the museum which usually has exhibits in the downstairs and is open every week, except Monday. After visiting Ara Pacis, head down Via di Ripetta again, until you arrive at Via della Scrofa, along which you will find the ancient Church of Rome’s French Community. This church is worth entering as it hosts three of Caravaggio's masterpieces depicting the life of St Matthew. On both streets you will find many stores for great shopping. Turn right on Via del Salvatore and within minutes you will arrive in one of the most charming quares in Rome, Navona Square, This large square is well known for its beautiful fountains and is a favoured meeting place in the evenings. During Christmas in Rome, the squares are filled with characteristic Christmas markets, with artisan stalls filled with paintings and trinkets as well as many games to entertain your children. Before continuing moving on,  we suggest you take a break to rest and relax in one of the square’s restaurants or bars, to better enjoy the square. Then you’ll continue on to Campo dei Fiori, the famous Roman square known for its flower market during the day and as a popular hangout at night. Cutting through Campo dei Fiori, proceed to the Palazzo Farnese, built around 1514 by architect Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, is considered a leading example of Italian Renaissance architecture in Rome. Continue along Via Giulia, which was designed by Bramante, until you arrive at Ponte Sisto. On the other side of the bridge you’ll find Trilussa Square, the vibrant square and entrance to Trastevere. The square is dedicated to Carlo Alberto Salustri, a popular roman poet. Among the many attractions to visit in Trastevere, there is the Roman Museum in Trastevere which follows the history of the neighborhood. After the museum, we suggest you visit the Our Lady's in Trastevere Basilica. After that,  take a few minutes to plan out your evening exploring the nightlife of Trastevere district.


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