Three Pleasant Walks from the BSR into the heart of Rome

map of Aurelian Walls

This map from Wikipedia shows in black the Servian Walls (4th century BC), which encompassed the seven Hills of ancient Rome.

The Aurelian walls from the 2nd century AD are shown in red; in the north-west they enclosed the Campius Martius and in the south, the area where Caracalla later built his baths.

These three walks are along the streets (il Tridente) that radiate from the Piazza del Populo.

1. A stroll south-west along Via di Ripetta leads to the Mausolem of Augustus, with views of Castel Sant’ Angelo (Hadrian’s tomb) across the river, the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Ara Pacis of Augustus and, eventually, the Farnese Palace and Tiber Island.

Piazza Navona Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona was once a hippodrome in the centre of the Campius Martius.

The Pantheon nearby was built to honour all the gods, including those of mercenaries in the Roman army.

2. The Via del Corso leads due south, past the Trevi Fountain, to the Victor Emmanuel Monument, with the Capitoline Museum and the Ancient Forum beyond.

San Carlo Borromeo San Carlo Borromeo alla Quattro Fontane

3. The Via del Babuino leads south-east, past the Spanish Steps, to the Quiranal and Viminal Hills, with magnificent palaces and gems such as Borromini’s baroque church of San Carlo Borromeo alla Quattro Fontane