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Dolce vita walking route in Rome

The romantic, playful and sexy city of Rome is on everyone’s bucket list. Strolling around imperial buildings, romantic alleys, marble fountains and hidden cocktail bars, while picking up a gelato on your way, is living the Dolce Vita lifestyle. The Roman lifestyle became popular in the ‘50s from the big screen movies and is still visible in today’s Rome. This one-day walking route through Rome will bring you to all these places where the dolce vita lifestyle is still alive and well. Strolling around these ancient alleys is the best way to discover Rome, where behind every door and corner hides its old secrets.

Route Info

  • Route name: Dolce vita walking route in Rome
  • Start and end point: from Piazza di Spagna to Castel Sant’Angelo.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Best by walking
  • Highlights: Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Campo de' Fiori, Castel Sant'Angelo, and Vatican City.

This day route is one of the 4 walking routes in the travel guide Rome Like a Local by Claudia Ciardulli. Find the extensive version of this route with interactive spots and elaborate stories, and similar routes like ‘City center in Rome,' 'Garbatella and Ostiense’ and ‘Quartiere Coppedè' in this guide available for €4,99.

Dolce Vita Walking Route in Rome

The route starts at Piazza di Spagna, the square where you’ll find the newly renovated Spanish Steps. The square is located in a fancier neighborhood, full of embassies and luxury shops. At the square, you’ll also find the early baroque fountain Fontana della Barcaccia, and the romantic church and Roman eternal icon, Trinità de Monti at the top of the steps.

From the Spanish Steps, walk down the street that can be considered the heart of dolce vita- Via Veneto. This elegant (and most expensive) street rose to international fame when its bars and restaurants attracted Hollywood stars and jet setting personalities. If you turn onto Via del Tritone, you’ll find the world’s famous fountain: Fontana di Trevi. Crowded full of people, you’ll have to squeeze your butt to find a spot to toss a coin over your left shoulder into the fountain for good luck. After you’ve liberated yourself from the crowds, and enjoyed the Italian gelato, it’s time for Rome’s beautiful shopping street: Via Condotti, Via del Babuino and Via del Corso, the best luxury shopping streets in the city!

Continue your stroll through the Campo Marzio neighbourhood. Enjoy the beautiful buildings, the small streets full of good quality leather shops, hidden corners, and surprising squares with fountains while walking around. This is the real Rome! The heart of this neighborhood is the Pantheon, an ancient and incredible monument in Rome. The huge oculus in the ceiling of the temple is like you’ve never seen before and the only natural source of lighting.

Walk a little further through the small streets and you’ll arrive at Piazza Navona. This square was originally built as a stadium and place for public sports games. In the middle of Piazza Navona stands the beautiful Fountain of the Four Rivers, Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, made by Bernini. For your dolce vita movie souvenirs, head to Altroquando book shop where you’ll find a cool library for movie and book lovers. Every Tuesday it’s also a cool place to enjoy a happy hour with beers amid books.

While you’re almost at the end of your walking route you’ll pass the famous flower market square Campo de’ Fiori. During the day several market stalls pop up, in the night the square turns into the place to be with several nice restaurants and bars. After a lot of walking, end your day, at the final stop of this route: Castel Sant'Angelo . It was built as a mausoleum and used for many purposes such as a fortress, prison, and private accommodation for noble families. This castle is still standing after 2000 years of history! The castle, the bridge of angels and the view over the Tiber and Vatican City is just magnificent!

This day route is one of the 4 walking routes in the travel guide Rome Like a Local by Claudia Ciardulli. Find the extensive version of this route with interactive spots and elaborate stories, and routes like ‘City center in Rome’, Garbatella and Ostiense’ and ‘Quartiere Coppedè, in this guide available for €4,99.

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