Monti and Esquilino walk

Monti and Esquilino walk. Self guided Rome walking tours: Monti and Esquilino. To most tourists, the names Monti” and Esquilino” probably will not say anything, but in this area of Rome are tourist attractions of great prominence. Our walking tour starts from the Piazza del Colosseo. I suggest you do not visit the monument on this occasion, you will have time to visit it with another walking tour. The Basilica of St. Peter in Vincoli is extremely famous for its complex and wonderful statue of Moses by Michelangelo, a tangle of winding marble and light. The San Martino ai Monti is a must-see, and not so much for the church itself but for the underground part that hides. The Basilica of Santa Prassede is a marvel of mosaics and has an atmosphere of great peace. It is a place well worth visiting. The rest of the visit will take you to see places full of history and charm. For lunch I recommend the Trattoria Vecchia Roma, ask the pasta flambe and you will not regret it.


Type: Half day morning tour
Hours: to follow this tour it is best to start it at 9.00 in the morning.
Starting point: Piazza del Colosseo


Piazza del Colosseo
Anfiteatro Flavio – Colosseo

Via del Fagutale
Via Eudossiana


Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli, 4/A
Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli
San Pietro in Vincoli: clic and read” icon=”arrow”] One of my favorite churches in Rome. Outside, hardly looks like a church, rather it looks like a normal building in the area. It has no steeples, no monumental portals nor marbles or special decorations. The same simplicity is kept inside, where the ample space is left almost empty, to encourage silence, walking and reflection. Even the pearl of this church, which is the magnificent Moses of Michelangelo, hides, sly and discreet, at the bottom of the right side of the church. The statue shines for its beauty and for its marble sections, It is said that the face is the representation of the same Michelangelo.

Michelangelo, Moses: Michelangelo, Moses, marble, ca. 1513-15 (San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker.

Usually considered unfinished, these sculptures were originally intended for  the tomb of Pope Julius II. According to the Louvre, the artist gave the Marbles to Roberto Strozzi who presented them to the King of France.

Via del Monte Oppio, 28
Basilica dei santi Silvestro e Martino ai monti –  (must see)
It’s the oldest place where the first Christians gathered to pray, even before the Christian religion was recognized. The church was built by pope Sylvester on the same place where these gatherings took place. The church was completely transformed in 1630, the only evidences of his true age are the Corinthian columns that divide the beautiful nave from the side. You can also admire the frescoes by Filippo Gagliardi, Gaspar Dughet and Antonio Cavallini. The altar, very nice and all in marble, is located at the top with respect to the base of the church. The church is not well known despite being in a place rich in history and proximity to other beautiful churches in the rione Monti. in front, there is the beautiful park of Colle Oppio with Nero’s golden house.

Basilica dei santi Silvestro e Martino ai monti : clic and see the pictures

Via di Santa Prassede, 9/a
Basilica di Santa Prassede
Rome is full of hidden gems. This little church is well worth a visit, not far from the magnificent Santa Maria Maggiore, on the way to reach St. Peter in Chains, is the perfect place to collect your thoughts and admire the beautiful mosaics.

Santa Prassede (Praxedes): Mosaics, Santa Prassede, Rome, early 9th century

Mosaics from the early 9th century, under Pope Paschal. The church is dedicated to Saint Praxedes and her sister Saint Pudentiana, daughters of Saint Pudens. The sisters were martyred because they provided Christian burials for martyrs, against Roman law. A Smarthistory video with Richard Bowen (courtesy of Context Travel, and Drs. Beth Harris and Steven Zucker).

Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore
S. Maria Maggiore

Santa Maria Maggiore: Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, 5th century A.D.
A Smarthistory video with partner Context Travel. Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Richard Bowen.

Via Carlo Alberto, 2a
Chiesa di Sant’Antonio abate all’Esquilino

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, 12/a
Sant’Eusebio all’Esquilino

Via Ferruccio 12 B/C
Trattoria Vecchia Roma restaurant

An easy going restaurant, good value for money. Excellent first Amatriciana especially the flambé. Generous portions.

Via Merulana
Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
It was called Basilica Costantiniana, Lateranense, del Salvatore, Aurea, and di San Giovanni: being he principal temple of the catholic world it is named Ecclesia urbis et orbs, omnium ecclesiarum mater et caput. Erected by Costantino, it was “renewed and enlarged by Sergio III (904-911) and by Nicola IV (1288-1294) who rebuilt the tribune which he adorned with mosaic. In 1308 it was almost destroyed by the fire and restored afterwards by Clemente V, it was newly destroyed by another fire in 1361. Urbano V restored it in 1367 and erected there the tabernacle. Greorio XI made the roof and thencefort every. Pontiff added there a work. It became thus a third basilika which turned later on in a fourth that is the present one.

San Giovanni in Laterano: clic and visit the link

Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano, 14
Scala Santa
Entering we observe a marble group, the Kiss of Judas by Jacometti. The middle staircase of 28 steps is believed to be that of the house of Pilates at al Jerusalem, which was ascended and descended by Jesus. The Chapel at the top in gothic style is the masterpiece of the Cosmati. The Christ in mosaic is· of the IX. century: Leo III caused four boxes full of relics with the inscription Sancta sanctorum to be placed under the altar.
From here you can continue by connecting the walk with the itinerary San Lorenzo and the monumental Verano cemetery.”


Self guided Rome walking tours: notes and opening hours

The Colosseum

Address: Piazza del Colosseo
Opening times
9.00 -17.30, every day
Scheduled tours could change as a result of the early closure of the Colosseum during the winter season
Entrance Ticket
Colosseum, Roman Forum/Palatine (valid for two days to get in once)
Full: € 12,00
Reduced EU citizens from 18 to 25 years: € 7,50

Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli Piazza di San Pietro in Vincoli, 4/A

San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains) is a minor basilica in Rome that houses St. Peter’s chains and Michelangelo’s famous Moses statue. The chains said to have held Peter in Rome and Jerusalem are kept in a reliquary under the main altar in the basilica. Michelangelo’s magnificent Moses, which dates from 1515, is the most notable piece of artwork in the basilica. It was originally intended as part of a 40-statue funeral monument for Pope Julius II.

Opening times April-September: 8.00 am – 12.30 pm and 3.00 pm – 7.00 pm; October-March: 8.00 am – 12.30 pm and 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm.

Basilica dei santi Silvestro e Martino ai monti Via del Monte Oppio, 28 Opening times 07:30am-12:00pm 04:00pm-07:00pm

Basilica di Santa Prassede Via di Santa Prassede, 9/a Opening times 07:30am-12:00pm 04:00pm-06:30pm

S. Maria Maggiore Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore Opening times Daily: 7.00 am – 7.00 pm

Santa Maria Maggiore, sotterranei Every day from 9.00 to 18.15 The area can be visited by guided tour only. Guided tours: Morning: 10.00 – 11.00 – 12.00 and 13.00; Afternoon: 15.00 – 16.00 and 17.00. Ticket: €5.00

Chiesa di Sant’Antonio abate all’Esquilino Via Carlo Alberto, 2a Opening times Saturday 18:30-20:00 Sunday 09:30-11:00

Sant’Eusebio all’Esquilino Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, 12/a Opening times feriale: 7.30-9.30  18.15-19.15 (invernale) 8.30-9.30  18.15-19.15 (estivo) festivo: 8.30-12.30 18.15-19.45 (invernale) 8.30-11.30  18.15-19.45 (estivo)

Nuovo mercato esquilino (food market) Via Principe Amedeo 184 Days of Operation: Mon – Sat Hours: Food – Mon-WedThu 5:00 to 15:00 / Mart Fri – Sat 5:00 to 17:00

Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano Opening times Every day from 7.00 to 18.45 (exit within 18.30) Cloister 9:00 to 18:00 (Cost € 2.00) Basilica Museum 10:00 to 17:30