The immortal city of Rome is never more stunning than at night when all of its incredible buildings, fountains, and piazzas are artfully lit. My girlfriend Kristin and I have explored several walks throughout the city at night, but we keep coming back to one in particular, which takes us past many of Rome’s most impressive sites. If you have a good map and are willing to go on an adventure, this walk is perfect for you.
After the sun has set, we make our way toward the Ponte Sisto, the bridge that spans the Tiber River near the Spada Gallery. After catching a glimpse of the ancient river, we head to the nearby piazza, Campo dei Fiori. Usually filled with college students and 20-somethings, the piazza is full of nighttime revelry. I like to buy a beer at a nearby convenience store and sit on the obelisk in the center of the piazza to take in the spectacle.
From Campo dei Fiori, walk along Via dei Baullari to the main street of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. Crossing Via Vittorio Emanuele II, walk through Piazza S. Pantaleo and along Via della Posta Vecchia until you reach the fountain-filled Piazza Navona. Though refurbishing work is often being done on the fountains, there is always at least one fountain on display. The finely carved gods, horses, and mermaids reflect the light off of the water. Its wonderful!
Leave Piazza Navona by the street that goes through its center. Take the short side street to Corso de Rinascimento. Turn left on Rinascimento, then take your first right. This street takes you straight to the Pantheon. There is something unbelievable about the Pantheon at night. It seems even more massive, even more gargantuan. Its dome, made from poured concrete, is the largest of its kind. I am not architecturally inclined but the dome never fails to make me stare with amazement.
The next bit of navigation takes a little cunning. Leave Piazza D. Rotonda on Via d. Seminario and try to continue going straight. When you cross Via del Corso, you can look to your right and see the beautifully lit Museo dei Risorgimento in the distance. Do not turn right however, continue going straight. If you can navigate the slightly winding streets well, you will come to Via Vincenzo where you will see signs for the Trevi Fountain. Turn left on Via Vincenzo and you will run right into it. The beautiful fountain, usually overrun with people, is peaceful at night.
The Trevi Fountain is the last stop on our walk, though there are plenty of places to go to from the fountain. The entire walk—from Ponte Sisto to Trevi Fountain—should take about one hour if you walk quickly. I find it nearly impossible to finish in this time however, because there are so many great stops along the way.
Written by Mattie Bamman for EuropeUpClose.com