Rome, a walking city? Yes, it is usually included in any list of top walking cities around the world. Ok, so you might need to be a little extra careful of cars; meaning you risk life, limb and camera whenever you step foot off a sidewalk. Rome is also one of the most beautiful cities to walk at night, when the heat of the day has left with the sun and its monuments are alit both from the night lights and the moon.
One of my favorite travel memories was my trip last summer in Rome. Every evening while we were there, my friend Daniel (my roommate in Venice) and another friend Marcello roamed Rome after dark, where we made several wine sipping stops along the way in piazze and even under the moonlit shadow of the Colosseum.
For today's Saturday Scene, I have for you Rome at night; monuments and evening scenes from some of my favorite night walks in Rome:
From the Capitoline Hill to the Colosseum
Isola Tiberina and Along the Tiber River
This walk is especially fun in the summer as the Tiberina Island and the surrounding area hosts one of the many outdoor summer festivals. There's dining al fresco along the river, along with cocktail bars, booths with jewelry, clothes and more for sale, and the biggest outdoor movie screen (cinema sotto il cielo) in the city.
Castel Sant' Angelo
Evening views from the top of Castel St. Angelo are some of the most romantic and picturesque in Rome. The star-shaped piazza that surrounds the castel, and the area along the Tiber below it, also host another of the city's summer festivals.
Trastevere is one of the livelier neighborhoods at night. The streets have a Christmas-like glow as many of the trattorie hang strings of lights above the al fresco dining areas. Street musicians play for a coin or two everywhere you look.
Campo de' Fiori - Piazza Navona - Pantheon - Trevi Fountain
This walk is probably one of the most popular with visitors to Rome. Starting at the Campo de' Fiori you go north to Piazza Navona. From there an almost pedestrian-only path leads you to the Pantheon and farther along. You end at the Trevi Fountain where swarms of people gather to throw in their coins and ensure a return to the eternal city.