Walking around Rome is great, we discover it every week on our walks, but have you ever thought of seeing Rome… from the rails of a streetcar?
Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was the streetcar ( as the English say “trolley”), a means of transport that was “slow” but fascinating at the same time. In Rome, even today, there are some streetcar lines, which allow everybody to cross the city sitting on board a vehicle that, in some way, takes the passenger back in time.
Moving from one part to another of the eternal city can turn into a real new and sensational travel experience. In particular, streetcar 19 offers an incredible itinerary, which starts from the Centocelle district and ends in Piazza Risorgimento.
Equipped only with a bus ticket, you can discover the Capital in all its beauty and more. Open your eyes and observe carefully what happens around you: along the entire route, you will also realize the different people who take this means of transport, from one neighborhood to another.
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Piazza dei Gerani
Our tour on board the streetcar 19 starts at Piazza dei Gerani in the Centocelle district. A popular area born at the beginning of the twentieth century inhabited, above all, by workers and artisans arrived in the flourishing capital of those years.
The neighborhood was particularly popular because of the nearby military airport of Centocelle, the first in Italy to become operational in 1909 and no longer active today.
The tour continues along Via Prenestina and, through the windows of the streetcar, it is possible to observe how the urban planning of the district is changing. To characterize it, in fact, there are tall buildings built in the midst of the economic boom. The itinerary leads straight to Piazzale Prenestino, the popular district of Rome much loved by directors. Right here, in fact, Roberto Rosellini shot an iconic scene of his film “Roma Città Aperta”.
You will then arrive at Scalo San Lorenzo. It is by getting off at this stop that you can visit one of the most beautiful and evocative squares of the city: Porta Maggiore. The entire neighborhood is a real discovery: you will encounter the first “archaeological” monuments, such as the Tomb of the Baker Eurisace and the door of the Roman walls, from which the square takes its name.
The route of the streetcar takes passengers along the busy Via Tiburtina where you can take a delicious break inside Said, the ancient chocolate shop in the student area of San Lorenzo. Here you will also find the Verano Cemetery the University Campus of “La Sapienza” University.
After leaving the student area and the most cool part of the city, you arrive at the Buenos Aires stop, the starting point for a visit to the extravagant and mysterious Coppedè district. The architecture and the streets change, and also the people who get on the streetcar!
Staying on board the streetcar 19, you will discover the beautiful Villa Borghese : in fact, the tracks run along the sumptuous villa among little kiosks, small lakes and pedestrian paths.
The tour aboard streetcar 19 continues, crossing the Tiber River on Ponte Matteotti until you reach Prati, one of the most beautiful residential areas of the Rome. Stores and elegant buildings line the street while the streetcar continues to the last stop, Piazza Rinascimento, from which you can reach St. Peter’s and the Vatican Museums.
A district that you can also discover on our gastronomic experiences.
In this neighborhood you can also find small “gems” of the Roman tradition, such as the pasta factory “Pica”, where every day they still create pasta as in the past!
In short, with only 1,50 euro, you can discover Rome in all its charm and in its thousand “souls”.
This is just one of the many magnificent itineraries to discover the eternal city, many others are waiting for you: visit Rome in the company of an archaeologist.
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Until the next digital journey!