Great walks in Rome: Altemps & Campo De’ Fiori

Great walks in Rome: Palazzo Altemps & Campo De ‘Fiori – half day morning walk. The title of this walk may already be a good indication of what you’re going to see. It is a simple but pleasant walk that will take us to discover some valuable jewels of Rome. The Church of St. Augustine, from the outside, looks like a building negligible and unattractive, a small door, on top of an impressive staircase, gives access to the church, whose interior reveals an unexpected grandeur. Palazzo Altemps is a museum with some fine works of art of great value. The church of Santa Maria dell’anima is simply stunning and is required to visit it. The square of Campo de Fiori does not need any introduction. You might be tempted to slingshot yourselves in Piazza Navona which is only a few steps, but do not rush, I will take you to visit the most famous square in Rome in another walk.

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Great walks in Rome:enjoy your morning walk

Museo Napoleonico (Museum)
Piazza di Ponte Umberto I
Via dell’orso
Free entrance

Via dei Portoghesi, 6
S. Antonio dei Portoghesi (Church)


Piazza di Sant’Agostino


Piazza di Sant’Apollinare, 46
Palazzo Altemps (Palace and museum)


The sculptures, disseminated on the ground floor, the first floor, and the courtyard of the Palace, enrich all the spaces, rooms, halls, and corridors. The works exhibited include the Sarcophagus and the Ludovisi Throne, Athena restored by Algardi and Ares completed by Bernini.

Via di Santa Maria dell’Anima, 64
S. Maria dell’Anima (Non Parish Church)


The name is derived from a small marble group in the tympanum of the portal: a Madonna invoked by two souls in purgatory. This is the German national church and was erected in 1500-14. Handsome facade by Giuliano da Sangallo. Pan of the interior is said to have been designed by Bramante.

Via del governo vecchio

Great walks in Rome: Santa Maria in Vallicella
Piazza della Chiesa nuova
Santa maria in vallicella – Chiesa Nuova (Parish Church)

Chiesa nuova or S. Maria in Vallicella, erected by S. Filippo Neri (about 1550-1605) for the order of Oratorians founded by him. Architecture by Giov. Matteo, interior by Martin Lunghi the Elder, facade by Rughesi. The interior which is dark for pictures, Is richly deconted.

Via dei Cartari
Via dei Banchi Vecchi

Piazza Campo Dè Fiori (Streets and squares )
Campo de’ Fiori
Once a simple meadow, today is a square and one of the most characteristic places of the city. A jewel among jewels, piazza Campo de’ Fiori is placed between piazza Navona and piazza Farnese and is the typical scenario of old Rome

Campo de’ Fiori, 22
Forno Campo de’ Fiori
Type: Pizza, Sandwiches, Breakfast / Brunch, Takeout
The fragrance that you breathe in here says it all. Recommended for a snack or a quick lunch walking through the center of Rome.
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Great walks in Rome: notes and opening hours

Museo Napoleonico (Museum)

Piazza di Ponte Umberto I
Tuesday through Sunday
Hours 10:00 to 18:00

National Roman Museum – Palazzo Altemps

The seat of the National Roman Museum at Palazzo Altemps houses important collections of antiquities consisting of Greek and Roman sculptures that in the 16th and 17th centuries belonged to various families of the Roman nobility. The placement of the statues inside the rooms reproduces the antiquarian taste for the ostentatious display typical of that time.

The Altemps Collection – The important collection of an-tiquities of Cardinal Markus Sitticus abounded in some one hundred artworks, then passed to several different properties. In Palazzo Altemps there are still four large statues located in the northern portico and other sculptures decorating the staircase.

The Boncompagni Ludovisi Collection – In the rooms on the ground floor and the first floor are exhibited 104 sculptures that the Italian State purchased from the Ludovisi-Boncompagni family in 1900. Among the most representative examples: the Ludovisi Acrolith and the Ludovisi Throne, the Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife, the Athena restored by Algardi, the Ares restored by Bernini and the Grande Ludovisi Sarcophagus.

The Mattei Collection – In the galleries on the sides of the courtyard and in a room of the first floor are exhibited some ancient sculptures that originally adorned the villa and gardens of Ciriaco Mattei on the Caelian Hill: the Dacian in antique yellow marble is particularly renowned.

The Drago Collection – In the southern loggia are exhibited four reliefs of the collection once belonging to the Del Drago family; they were known and drawn since the 15th century, studied and admired by Winckelmann as well.
The Egyptian Collection – The sculptures on display in the so-called Apartments of D’Annunzio were found in Rome in the area of the Campus Martius where once the great Sanctuary dedicated to Isis stood; they partly come from Egypt and partly are the result of a Roman production after the Egyptian fashion that developed abreast with the spread of the Egyptian cults in the West.
Opening times:
Open every day from 9.00 to 19.45.
Closed Mondays (except Easter Monday and during the “Culture Week”), 1 January, 25 December.
The Ticket Office closes one hour before closing time.
Single ticket valid for 3 days at 4 sites (Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Baths of Diocletian, Crypta Balbi)
Full price: € 7.00
Agreement with
Archaeologia Card, Roma Pass

S. Antonio dei Portoghesi
Opening times
Monday to Friday 8.30am-1.00pm 3.00pm-6.00pm
Saturday 8.30am-12.00am 3.00pm-6.00pm
Sunday 9.00am-12.00am

Open 07:30am-12:00pm 04:00pm-07:30pm

Santa Maria dell’Anima
Opening times
Open 07:30 am-01:00 pm
02:00 pm-06:00 pm

Chiesa Nuova
Opening times
7.30 am – 12.00 pm and 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm, daily

Guided tours
From September to June
Every Saturday morning:
10,30 11.00 to 11.30
The tour lasts 30-45 minutes.
Indicative offer for the use of headphones: 2,50

In the afternoon, I suggest you to go with the flow of another walk: Palazzo Spada & Via Giulia half day walk.

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