Our itineraries are special ways of looking at the city, useful suggestions on which of the extraordinary number of treasures hidden throughout Rome to see according to your interests and inclinations.
We have chosen a group of 20 different themes telling stories of Popes and Emperors, saints and artists or common men. You can follow whichever theme you like most, visiting the places we have chosen to tell the story.
In the strict sense, no. A pedestrian itinerary is one which is thought up strictly for visitors on foot, following a safe route and with specific signage. Ours are cultural itineraries; we have not based them on the streets, attempting to provide you with routes that are safe to walk along, but rather the wider themes that have left an important mark on the city down the centuries. We are indicating to you where these marks are to be found, positioning them on maps and including them in the itinerary to offer you a more suggestive narrative. The maps will help you to visualise distances and understand whether you should go from one landmark to another on foot or use public transport.
The itineraries are for everyone. There are more religious or devotional themes, others of strictly artistic interest and other still of a more playful nature suited to children. The variety of themes has been planned to satisfy the pilgrims coming to Rome for the Jubilee, ordinary tourists or even Romans who want to see their city from a different viewpoint. There are itineraries which require payment for one or more entrance tickets, others that are completely free. The language used is simple and explanatory, but rigorously scientific, suited to any sort of public.
Most of the places we advise you to visit in our itineraries are accessible be people with physical disabilities; however, in some cases, the historical nature and antiquity of certain areas has not allowed the complete removal of architectural barriers. So, we advise you to check the website of each individual museum or cultural site to see whether it is effectively accessible or not. As regards the use of public transport as a means fo getting from one landmark to another, the ATAC ROMA website indicates the stops and routes which guarantee access for those with physical disabilities: www.atac.roma.it
The trip steps are places of cultural interest: archaeological monuments, museums, individual works of art such as portraits or sculptures, churches and basilicas, bridges, fountains, aqueducts, even road junctions of no apparent significance. They are always places with cultural value in themselves or that have been the site of events or occurrences significant to the story we are telling.
The interactive maps will give you all the information you need for your movements. We are all for sustainable tourism, and we therefore advise you to move on foot or using public transport. For both of these modes, the functions on the map will help you to find the necessary information. The portal is connected directly to the databases of urban and extra-urban public transport: www.atac.roma.it
No. The itineraries are not like novels with chapters in which each step has to be visited in order to understand then next- For each itinerary, we give you a brief introduction which tells you in overall terms about the theme being dealt with and links together the individual steps which you can visit in the order and number you choose.
You must be aware that the museums and monuments belong to different institutions: the Ministry of cultural heritage and activities and tourism, Rome City Council, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Vatican, the Vicariate of Rome, individual religious confraternities and others. Closing days and visiting hours cannot always be the same. This is why we have included in each itinerary an information box where we advise you of the best days of the week on which to find all of the trip steps open simultaneously. In any event, we advise you to consult the chapter dedicated to each individual step to see the opening hours in detail and consider how to visit the itinerary.
Before this portal was published, we carefully checked the visiting hours and the addresses of all the steps we selected. We also asked all the institutions involved to inform us promptly of any changes, temporary or permanent, so that the portal can be constantly updated.
Despite this, there may be sudden or unforeseen changes made, and we therefore advise you to always check that the information is correct by consulting the websites indicated in the individual chapters.
It depends; the steps on the routes have not been chosen on the basis of easy access or on the basis of the time required to get there. They are chosen on the basis of the theme. Some of them contain few significant places, but others cover many different parts of the city. Some itineraries can be covered quickly, others, such as the major museums for example, need more time. This is why you can study the map, check the distances involved and read each chapter and then decide to split the itinerary over several days, or only follow the easiest or closest part, or even choose the steps that are of most interest to you and only visit them.
Because the trip steps have been chosen on the basis of the theme and story, not on the basis of easy access. For example, if we want to discover the life of Constantine, the first Christian Emperor, we need to find the places where it took place. These places may be in very different parts of the city and not necessarily easily accessible or close to one another.
The portal is for those visiting Rome during the Jubilee; the itineraries are thus focused on the city, but without concentrating them all in the centre, which is visited by everyone, also involving the peripheral and less frequented areas. Only one of the itineraries is almost entirely outside the city: this is the itinerary following in the steps of Saint Paul who disembarked at Pozzuoli and reached Rome along the via Appia.
Each itinerary is made up of a series of landmarks, representing the places we believe are most important for the theme and story chosen. In the section dedicated to the itinerary, you will find on the left hand side the map showing the route and the vertical list of steps on the right. The places we have included are not only the most significant for the theme but also those most easily accessible, as they have long opening hours and good topographical locations.
The equally important places that are more difficult to visit, perhaps because they are only open on request, by booking or are far away from the other steps on the itinerary, have been removed from the main route and included in a specific section of extras: out of the way places for true aficionados or those who want to go into detail on the theme in question.
Naturally, we have also made a few exceptions: certain places, such as the Galleria Borghese for example, can only be visited by booking in advance, but are of such importance in understanding the theme that they have been included on the main route anyway.
Certainly. Some places are included in several routes. If you are at one of these places, at the bottom of the file you will find a link to switch immediately to another route which includes the same stop-off, if you want to do so.
This depends. For example, you will have to pay for a ticket in order to visit museums and some monuments, unless you happen to be a member of certain specific professional categories or age groups. Entrance to the churches is always free, although you may have to pay for a ticket to visit certain parts of them, for example the underground parts, domes or museums inside them. The chapters on the steps in each itinerary will always tell you if you need to pay or not to visit the place, or if seeing the monument from the outside is sufficient to understand the itinerary you are following independently.
Certainly. You can examine the itineraries and choose the one that interests you most, on the basis of your knowledge, images in the photo gallery or our historical introductions. You can see the trip steps on the interactive map and calculate the time needed to get there, choosing the best means of transport. On the basis of this, you can decide whether to follow the entire itinerary, perhaps over several days, or choose part of it or follow several itineraries.
In the events section, you can also see a list of the events concerning Jubilee-related themes that will take place in Rome during your stay.
Please note that you will not find any information on hotels or restaurants on our website.
If you are already visiting the city, you can use the positioning function, which will indicate all the steps on the itineraries that are in the vicinity, at a maximum distance set by you. Naturally, you will immediately see which itinerary each place selected is part of.
We thought it better to make our portal mobile-friendly, in order to give you a unique tool. The format of the pages will adapt to any type of mobile device, always ensuring that it is very easy to read.
This is not a problem. All the itineraries can be downloaded in PDF and are printable. You can download them at home, in your hotel or wherever you have an internet connection and save the documents on your phone or tablet, or print them and take them with you in paper form. We would remind you to save as much paper as possible; only print the itineraries if strictly necessary.
The itineraries have been prepared by a team of archaeologists and art historians from the Ministry of Culture, supported by technicians with the same background, working for our partner institutions. These highly professional individuals provide a solid guarantee as regards the quality and contents of the portal.