Rome has been around since 10,000 years. No wonder then, it is called The Eternal City; a city that today boasts of olden – days like grandeur that is sprinkled with a moderate dose of modern day nonchalance.
Needless to say, explorations are a part of the tourist experience. And, most of the times, one sets off to take-in the sights and scenes of the city during the day. However, some cities, like Rome, are in their truest and purest element at night. It is when the sun hides and the moon shines that architectural marvels bare their soul, the piazzas come alive with crowds, street-side cafés boom with music, wine, conversation and just for that one moment, it feels that ALL will be alright.
To live the Rome-by-night experience, you can follow the route mentioned below. It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes and carry a camera.
Walk Time – 2-3 hours
Distance – 5 kms
1. Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter’s Square)
This is the square located directly in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and is the largest of all squares in Rome. The two fountains located in the square are illuminated at night as is the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. Here, you can stroll around with ease and take-in the sights and scenes.
2. Pont Sant’Angelo (Bridge of Angels) – Castel Sant’Angelo (Castle of the Holy Angel)
Take the Bridge of Angels to get to the Castle of the Holy Angel. According to legend, the castle and bridge are so named because an angel (still visible) appeared on the roof and declared the end of plague.
The Castle of the Holy Angel (as well as the bridge) was commissioned by Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for his family and him; it now is a museum. The bridge is lined by 10 angels and was built to span the Tiber river, thus connecting the city to the Castle.
3. Piazza Navona
This piazza is usually crowded and has an energetic vibe. At the centre of the square is the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) which is the main attraction. In this square you will witness live acts by musicians, pantomimists, etc.
4. Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain)
The Trevi Fountain is the largest of the baroque-styled fountains in Rome. The area will be crowded (more so at night, than during the day) but it is a sight you wouldn’t want to miss.
5. Piazza Venzia – Campidoglio
Make your way from the Trevi Fountain to Piazza Venzia, where the monument of the Vittoria Emmanuel II (the first king of unified Italy) will greet you. From then on, proceed towards Piazza del Campidoglio which is one of Michelangelo’s master creations. This particular piazza leads to many other open areas/squares. While you roam around freely, be careful to not get lost.
This is the highlight of the walk as well as its final destination. Take time to admire this massive monument and the history behind it.
The walk may tire you and the history may overwhelm you, but the experience is definitely one you wouldn’t want to miss out on.
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