A Sustainable Itinerary in Roma

How to Sustainably Visit the Top 5 Underrated Places in Roma:

Here listed below are the top 5 underrated places in Rome and a sustainableitinerary to go to them! Don’t leave Italy before you explore these hidden gems. Aside from the iconic landmarks of the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, etc. These 5 locations have a rich cultural importance and beauty behind them.

 

Table of Contents:

  1. Castel Sant’Anagelo

  2. Monument of Vittorio Emanuele

  3. Galleria & Villa Borghese

  4. Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

  5. Tiber Island

  6. Itinerary/Map

 

  1. Galleria & Villa Borghese

    E-Bike to Villa Borghese

Galleria Borghese stretches about 197.7 acres, being one of the largest landscape gardens of Roma, housing museums and a variety of attractions. This garden villa was commissioned in 1613 by Cardinal Borghese to hold his collection of Roman, Renaissance, and Baroque artworks. Gaining access to the Villa Borghese gardens is free of charge, but there is a 2 euro charge for reservations that want to be made in advance. The park has 9 entrances and many different paths that lead to over 90 attractions such as secret gardens, monuments, services, squares, and fountains.

 

  1. Monument of Vittorio Emanuele

Walking to Monument of Vittorio Emanuele

The massive monument of Vittorio Emanuele commemorates the unification of Italy in 1861, being built in honor of the first king of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II. It is popularly known as the ‘wedding cake’ of Roma because similarly to a wedding cake, this building is layered white and has a similar shape to that of a wedding cake! An entry to Vittoriano is free, but to see the Panoramic Terrace is 12 euros; which includes additional admission to the Museum of the Risorgimento and the Museum of Palazzo Venezia.

 

3.  Castel Sant’Angelo

Biking to Castel Sant’Angelo

The Castel Sant’Angelo Rome is most famous for being the tomb of Emperor Hadrian and the fortress and prison to the Papal residence of Rome. Admission is free for children and adolescents under 18 years of age and 14 euros for adults who aren’t EU-citizens. As you enter inside, you will see the Tomb, the Papal quarters, fortress, execution grounds, and well-preserved frescos. It is located in the heart of Roma, and is an easy 15 minute walk from the Pantheon.

 

  1. Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is housed inside the Vatican Museums, being the Pope’s own chapel and it showcases the artistic masterpiece of Michelangelo. It is specifically used for principal papal ceremonies and used by cardinals for the election of a new Pope. The ceiling painting represents The Creation of Adam, as God is reaching out to touch the hand of Adam, capturing the very beginnings of humanity. Online tickets are 17 euros and not only grant access to the Sistine Chapel, but also the Vatican Museums. However, The Vatican Museums open their doors to the public for free on the last Sunday of every month, which allows you to see the Sistine Chapel for free!

 

  1. Tiber Island

Tiber Island

The Tiber Island during the archaic time period of Italy, was a main freshwater source for Romans, a route for trade, and a canal for transportation. The construction of a temple to Asclepius, the Greek god of healing in 3rd BC, on the island transformed it into a peaceful sanctuary. Tiber Island is free and very easy to find, via the Ponte Fabricio and Cestio bridge which connects to the Rome city center and Trastevere. This is a great spot to head to if you want to find a peaceful hideaway and enjoy being immersed in nature.

 

  1. Itinerary/Map

Map of Rome

These 5 places are close to each other and in walkable distance, I would first start at Galleria & Villa Borghese, then make my way down south to visit Monument of Vittorio Emanuele, then up north-west to Castel Sant’Angelo, to continuing west to Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel, and lastly going south to end the day at the Tiber Island. Not to mention, throughout your journey to these 5 locations, you can find sustainable places to shop, how to get around, eat, fill up water, activities to do in Roma!

 

Order of Locations and Their Map Location:

  1. Galleria & Villa Borghese
  2. Monument of Vittorio Emanuele
  3. Castel Sant’Angelo
  4. Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  5. Tiber Island

 

By: Jessica Tuquero

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