Walking in Rome

Getting around Rome by foot—the best method

Rome is a town to explore on foot. There simply is no better way to get to know the city.

Ambling over the cobblestones, you can pop into little baroque churches and discover ancient columns embedded in medieval walls, dripping laundry, or a roving knife sharpener working the pedal of his portable grindstone.

That said, Rome is not a walker's paradise by any stretch—the sidewalks are too narrow (or, in many cases, nonexistent) and the traffic far too heavy—but much of the historic center has now been pedestrianized save for a few main thoroughfares, and that has helped immensely.

The hard, uneven cobblestones are rough on your feet, your shoe soles, and your ankles, and after a day or two your legs will be sore and your body walking-weary. All the more reason to make sure you pack good walking shoes.

For more on Rome's general layout—its major streets, squares, and neighborhoods—click here

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How long does Rome take?

Planning your day: Rome wasn't built in a day, and you'd be hard-pressed to see it in that brief a time as well. Still, you can cram a lot into just a day or three.

To help you get the most out of your limited time in the Eternal City, here are some perfect itineraries, whether you have one, two, three, or four days to spend in Rome. » Rome itineraries

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