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Courtney from Los Angeles asked

Great Neighborhoods for Walking

I may be going to Rome this winter with my parents and would love some ideas about great neighborhoods to walk in. Something with lots of stores and restaurants and just a lot of life in general would be great! 


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top answer by
Darren from Dublin

Hi Courtney,

I recently stayed on the Via del Corso in Rome and found it to be a fairly lively area. There's the proximity to the Spanish Steps but I preferred the close by  Piazza del Popolo.

For a coffee in one of the oldest places in Rome try the  Antico Caffè Greco on Via Condotti, but do stand at the bar unless you want to pay a small fortune.

As for stores, there are all the big names around here, but in the backstreets there are many local stores, depends on your tastes.

The triangle from the Spanish Steps along Via Condotti to Via del Corso, turn right and head up to Piazza del Popolo, sit and enjoy the atmosphere then head back to the Spanish Steps along Via del Babuino is enjoyable if you're in this part of Rome, particularly in the early evening.

There are plenty of good eateries (authentic, rather than touristy) around here, haven't got my notes to hand but if I can find them I'll post the details.


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  2. Piazza del Popolo (attraction)
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answered by
jessica from New York City

Trastevereis a great area to walk in to experience some of the oldest parts of rome with a lot of life. There are tons of boutiques and restaurants and hidden streets that are gorgeous (go off the path and get lost in trastevere because it's worth it).  

Start in Largo di Torre Argentina and walk across the St. Angelo Bridge, take a right and walk along the river then when you hit Ponte Sisto cross the street into Piazza Trilussa and there you can explore and see some of the oldest churches (Piazza Santa Maria Ausiliatrice - go inside it's breath taking).

You can go to via Gianicolo and walk up to hill/stairs and get some breath taking photos of all of Rome.

I lived there for 7 years, Rome is my Home.

Warning: there are a lot of pocket thieves 

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  1. Trastevere (neighborhood)
  2. Largo di Torre Argentina (attraction)
  3. St. Angelo Bridge (attraction)
  4. Ponte Sisto (attraction)
  5. Piazza Trilussa (attraction)
  6. Piazza Santa Maria Ausiliatrice (attraction)
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Juliet from London

The centre of Rome is a magical place to walk around. There is a beautiful baroque fountain or Roman ruin round every corner. A good walking route is: Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona then Piazza Campo dei Fiori. (You can find lots of guides who offer this tour on Touriocity.) 

Trastevere is also a very pretty area to walk around with a number of boutique shops. On Sundays there is a fantastic market called Porta Portese. 

Make sure you go up the Aventine Hill. It offers wonderful views across the city and the keyhole is such fun.

If you want to get away from the touristy areas then try walking around Testaccio there's the beautiful Non-Catholic cemetery and an interesting food market. The food tours around there can be really interesting. 

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  1. Spanish Steps (attraction)
  2. Trevi Fountain (attraction)
  3. Pantheon (attraction)
  4. Piazza Navona (attraction)
  5. Piazza Campo dei Fiori (city)
  6. Trastevere (neighborhood)
  7. Aventine Hill (attraction)
  8. Testaccio (attraction)
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