Beautiful walks in Rome: Piramide and the Aventine

If you are interested in beautiful walks in Rome, let me suggest this full day walk that I created and that will lead you to discover highly suggestive places of Rome and ancient archaeological manufacts. The tour begins with a morning visit to the magnificent Basilica of San Paolo and continues with a visit to the ancient Powerhouse dedicated to Giovanni Montemartini, now a museum with a double path: classical archeology and industrial archeology, as promises the statue of Venus in front of the capacitor. The afternoon is devoted to a walk in the rose garden and in the neighborhood of the Aventine. Note: you can print the walk without images.

Beautiful walks in Rome: Piramide

Starting point: Piazzale San Paolo, 1
St. Paul Outside the Walls

It was founded by Constantine in a farm of the roman matron a Lucina where S. Paul’s body was interred after having been hidded at S. Sebastian’s catacombs. This church was consacrated by Sylvester I. and rebuilt in 286 by the emperors Valentinian II, Theodosius and Arcadius and was accomplished by Onorius. It is one of the four basilicas which have the porta santa. The facade had a portic erected by Benedict XIII on the models of Canevari. The large middle door was constructed at Constantinoples in 1070 for order of the roman consul Pantaleone Castelli. The church had five aisles with 85 culunnus, of which 24 in paonozzetto; the arch of Plaridia, which was decorated with a pretty mosaic was supported by two white marbled columnus. The walles were ornated with trescoes of the XI century. In the middle there was the papal altar. In the tribuna there was the high altar erected from the models of Longhi. The basilica had m.s 124,65 in length and 64,65 in width. Such was the basilica, when in the night from the 15th to the 16th of July it was destroy by a conflagration. The work of restoration began in 1825.

montemartiniVia Ostiense 106
Museum Montemartini

Via Ostiense 179
Trattoria Zampagna

A short distance from the Basilica is located a typical Roman trattoria with a tasty cuisine, for a lunch in a Roman style.
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Beautiful walks in Rome: afternoon on the Aventine hill

Its name comes from avis in memory of Remo, who had the presages on it, or from avis (ovis, sheep) because on this hill there were many pasturages  or from Aventine King of Alba.  It was the hill preferred by the populace. Here were the termae of Sura and the private house of Tiberius. In the X century Alberic II, prince of the Romany, built here his palace, Otho III built a palace, too, and it was inhabited by Onorius III and Onorius VI, Juno’s temple was in the place where now  is the church of Santa Sabina.


Via di Valle Murcia, 6
Municipal rose garden
(Botanical garden)

Piazza Pietro d’Illiria
Il giardino degli aranci (City park)


Piazza Pietro D’Illiria, 1
Santa Sabina (Non Parish Church)
The only roman-Christian basilica surviving in its integrity. It was erected by Petrus, an Illyrian priest, in the pontificate of Celestine I in 725 and restored by Eugene III in 1222. Here St. Dominic is said to have planted the first orange – tree brought from the Spain. The church was restored by Gregorius IX in 1238 and Cardinal Cesarini in 1587. The two columns of Parian marble, belonged to the temple of Diane.

Piazza di Sant’Alessio, 23
Sant’Alessio (Non Parish Church)
At the time of S. Leo III it was a diaconia and in 975 became one of the twenty abbeys of Rome. In 1744 it was restored by Card. Quirini after designs of Tomm. de Marchis. This church is said to have been the house of senator Eufemian, SS. Alessio’s father. In the aisle on the left there is a staircase. S.Alessio is said to have been for 17 years unknown under this staircase.

Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, 5
Sant’Anselmo (Non Parish Church)

Beautiful walks in Rome:the dinner

Direction for dinner:
Walk from Piazza di Sant’Anselmo
Via di Porta Lavernale
Via Asinio Pollione
Largo Manlio Gelsomini
Via Marmorata
Largo Manlio Gelsomini
Via Marmorata
Via Alessandro Volta, 36
La Fraschetta di Mastro Giorgio
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Via Mastro Giorgio 29
Felice a Testaccio
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Here, it is very difficult to find a place without a reservation but try to see if there is any availability, if not try the restaurant indicated above.

Beautiful walks in Rome:Piramide and Aventine notes

The St. Paul Basilica is open every day from 7.00 am to 6.30 pm, free entrance. The Cloister is open every day from 8.00 am to 6.15 pm, ticket € 4,00 (riduced € 2,00).

Rose garden
Rome would have probably never had a rose garden, had it not been for an enterprising lady from Pennsylvania who lived here, countess Mary Gayley Senni. She was very fond of roses, and grew a collection of them in her estate in Grottaferrata (just south of the city). Wishing to found a rose garden, such as the ones that already existed in other countries, in 1924 she gave her own plants to Rome’s municipality; but then, not satisfied with the arrangement they had been given, in a simple flower bed on the Pincio Hill, she shortly took her roses back.
She had better luck eight years later, when a new gover-nor (the equivalent of a mayor, during the years of the Fascist regime) embraced her project. Rome’s first rose garden was opened in 1932 on Colle Oppio, one of the three peaks of the Esquiline Hill, next to the Colosseum. The following year, the first edition of the Premio Roma was held. The countess eventually became herself a member of the judging committee. In the months of April, May and June, opening hours to the public: all days in the period, from 08.00 to 19.00.

iAventino, developed by the Special Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Rome in collaboration with the Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, is a brand new application for mobile devices (iPhone and soon also iPad and Android platform-based smartphones and tablets) which enable visitors to avail themselves of multimedia itineraries in some of the sites of major archaeological and/or cultural-historical relevance to the city of Rome.
The application offer visiting modes organized by means of a menu, set up as a map, which allows the choice of places, itineraries as well as multimedia contents (images and videos); users can then scroll through the images listening to the audio descriptions or, if they prefer, reading the descriptive text. To these features two special functions are added, such as the CodeScan, which automatically addresses the application to the description of the corresponding monument by using the QR Reader, and the iCartolina (= iPostcard) that enables the users to send email postcards of the visited places.
With the application dedicated to the Aventine Hill, “Aventine between visible and invisible”, users can select three different itineraries (that take into account different levels of accessibility):
• Aventino tra visibile e invisibile (Aventine between visible and invisible)
• Le domus romane (The Roman domus)
• Le chiese e i giardini (Churches and Gardens)
Apple app
Google play app

Beautiful walks in Rome:Piramide and Aventine map