Night Walking Tour in Rome

Night Walking Tour in Rome

"night walking in Rome"Many say there’s no better way to see theEternalCitythan at night. Most visitors may feel a little intimidated trying to find the key sites in this bustling city after sundown, so using the services of a guide for a night walking tour makes perfect sense. It also brings a sigh of relief to those too anxious to travel alone for fear of getting lost. Besides the huge advantage of a guide to insure you return to the area you began, you may also find other tourists who had great experiences at other tourist sights or found quaint restaurants with fantastic food at reasonable prices.

Many say there’s no better way to see theEternalCitythan at night. Most visitors may feel a little intimidated trying to find the key sites in this bustling city after sundown, so using the services of a guide for a night walking tour makes perfect sense. It also brings a sigh of relief to those too anxious to travel alone for fear of getting lost. Besides the huge advantage of a guide to insure you return to the area you began, you may also find other tourists who had great experiences at other tourist sights or found quaint restaurants with fantastic food at reasonable prices.

Most of the sights featured on walking tours will be familiar to the first time visitor toRome.Romehas been the setting for more movies than any other European city. Who can forget the famous scenes including the Fountain Trevi in “Roman Holiday” or “Three Coins in a Fountain?” If you thought the fountain looked amazingly romantic by day, you’ll feel like a character from the movie when you see it enhanced by lights at night.

Walking tours include other famous Roman sights, such as the Coliseum. While the Coliseum is amazing by day, it’s even more hauntingly beautiful at night, with the lights emphasizing the size but minimizing the flaws that weather, war and aging bring. At one time, this grand theatre from the past held as many as fifty to seventy thousand spectators, with the seats divided by social class.

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Another famous sight often used as a starting point of night walking tours inRome, is the Piazza Navona. The square is filled with magnificent sights such as three fountains and Sant’Agnese in Agone church. The stories of the martyrdom of Agnes vary, but they all include she was sentenced to death by the Prefect Sempronius, when she refused to marry his son. It was illegal to put a virgin to death at that time so Sempronius had her dragged naked through the streets to a brothel, where men awaited to rape her. Here the various versions of the story part but all stories end with Agnes’s death and martyrdom at Domitian’s Stadium, which is now paved over, but has underground guided tours.

The Pantheon, another favorite of the night tours is massive and impressive, particularly when you consider the age of the building and look at the massive dome. The opening in the dome was the only source of light in this temple once used to worship the Roman gods and later converted to a Christian church.

Capitoline Hill, one of theSeven Hills of Rome, was originally the site of three Roman temples. The TempleofJupiter Optimus Maximus Capitolinus was by far the most important but it was also the site of theTempleofJuno Monetaand theTempleofVirtus. There is little left of the famous temples but in 1536, Pope Paul III Farnese requested that Michelangelo create a new design for the square. Even though he died before completing the project, the grandiose staircase to the buildings and some of the statues were already in place. The balance of the renovation used the original plans created by Michelangelo.

Little is left of the famous Roman Forum, location of many political speeches, gladiator matches and criminal trials, but when you see the remains lit up at night, it’s easy to allow your imagination travel back to ancient Rome. No night walking tour of Romeis complete without seeing this spectacle. If you want to stay close to all the ancient ruins, you’ll find apartments in Rome prices quite reasonable. You can still take a walking tour, but also have easy access to the buildings during the daylight hours.

 

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