Legend has it, Rome was founded in 753 BC by Romulus and Remus, the twin sons of Mars, the God of War. The term Ancient Rome refers to the period from the 8th century BC until the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century BC.
This is one of two Self-Guided City Walks of Rome (the other is Rome and The Vatican) and has some of the most important sites of the Eternal City including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus.
But it also takes in other sites including the surprising Aventine Keyhole. This is an amazing view that can be seen through a tiny hole in a door, don’t miss it.
Walk Distance 6km / 3.5 miles with a little climb up to the Aventine Hill
Genoa (Genova) is a port city and the capital of northwest Italy’s Liguria region. The city is known for its central role in maritime trade over many centuries.
As well as the Old Port with its wealth of history and charm, there is so much more to discover in Genoa. In the old town stands the Romanesque Cathedral of San Lorenzo, with its black-and-white-striped façade and frescoed interior. Narrow lanes open onto monumental squares like Piazza de Ferrari, site of an iconic bronze fountain and Teatro Carlo Felice opera house.
You will also see signs of the city’s most famous son Christopher Columbus.
Walking path distance: 3.5km / 2.2 miles with a few upward rises, but nothing strenuous.