Rome doesn’t have only magnificent baroque monuments, unique and valuable ancient archaeological ruins. Rome is also full with modern architecture buildings, contemporary works realized by worldwide known architects.
During the centuries new buildings have been built on the ruins of the ancient ones. Indeed, many churches are located on ancient pagan temples, Roman houses and ancient places of worship.
During the years Trastevere turned into one of the symbols of the Eternal City. Trastevere is the thirteenth district in Rome and it was named after the Latin words trans Tiberim, that is across the Tiber, in order to show that Rome initially developed on the opposite bank of the river.
Via Appia, a road that made the history of Rome. In ancient times it connected Rome to Brindisi (in Puglia), a very important harbour connecting Rome to Greece and the Orient. A road of strategical communication for the trade so that it was called “Regina Viarum”, that is the queen of all the roads.
There is an area in Rome that can be immediately recognized because of its unique architectonical style. EUR is a urbanistic complex that was designed and built from the 30s by the dictator Mussolini.
To those who have some more days to spend in Rome, apart from the classical routes that show the most famous parts of the city, there are also areas that made the history of the Capital city and testify its development and its working-class attitude.
In the Roman underground there is a parallel world made of ancient ruins, old structures, hallways and labyrinths to discover.
The Way of the Cross by Botero
Rome will house Fernando Botero until the 1st of May. At Pallazzo delle Esposizioni the works created by the Columbian artist between 2010 and 2011. 27 oil paintings and 34 works on paper manifest the theme of the religious images. During this artistic phase the soft features and the rounded forms of the subjects seem so stable and are criss-crossed by an upheaval in which grief and tragedy take shape, yet without abandoning his uniquely distorting gaze.
Very close to Piazza San Pietro, on the right bank of the river Tiber, there is the marvellous Castel Sant’Angelo , one of the most visited monuments in Rome. Built to be used as a Mausoleum, it was strongly wanted by the Emperor Hadrian and designed by the architect Demetrianus in 123 and finished one year after the death of the Emperor Antoninus Pius. During the centuries Castel Sant’Angelo has been used in different ways: as an imperial mausoleum at the beginning, as a fortress of the city and as papal residence.
Rome is not only made of by important monuments, timeless archaeological ruins, wonderful squares and churches. Indeed, there is also a different Rome, far from the classical touristic routes but as fascinating. The Rome of the historical suburbs and of the working-class districts recalls more and more the attention of the Romans and the tourists who are willing to live an authentic experience. Let’s find out together some areas to visit!
The 15th March is a date to save on the calendar. At 16 p.m. at the Area Sacra in Largo Argentina there will be an event not to be missed for those who have a passion about ancient history. The Gruppo Storico Romano will recall the historical event of the ides of March in the historical dresses, with an accurate philological reconstruction, divided in three scenes.
Rome is probably one of the few cities in the world where there are many historically and artistically important sites and marvels. Many churches, masterpieces and sculptures by the great masters of all the time and belonging to any artistic movements, secret gardens, wonderful squares, breath-taking panoramas, unique archaeological relics, UNESCO sites. Many things to see, to do and to experience. Before finding out our suggestions, we advise you to stay exactly where there was the pulse of ancient Rome. Any-class hotels at controlled prices!
The suggested route is by foot and it takes one day. Start from the Colosseum, the most famous amphitheatre of the world with its 2000 years of history. If you want to discover the secrets regarding the fights of the gladiators, visit also the internal part in order to admire the maze of aisles and rooms where there are the goods lift used to get in the arena the equipment and animals used in the games. On the right of the arena there is the Arch of Constantine and the Palatine. Now take via dei Fori Imperiali and follow the history: on one side the Foro Romano, on the other side the Fori Imperiali. You will be astonished by the fascination of a place with more than 2000 years of history. At the end of the street you will be in the gorgeous Piazza Venezia where the Vittoriano, or Altare della Patria, is the main protagonist. Check the exhibitions out and don’t miss the occasion to go up the panoramic terrace for a breath-taking view on Rome.
End the route visiting the Campidoglio where you will be astonished by the elegance of the twelve-pointed star square designed by Michelangelo in the middle of which there is the statue dedicated to the emperor Marcus Aurelius. If after this walk you got hungry and you want to have a break, refer to the restaurants in which you can spend our Jubilee Tickets.
Rome attracts every year millions of tourists. Many of them stay in the Eternal City only for a weekend. As far as it can seem an impossible mission, let’s try to suggest an evocative route throughout which discovering the principal marvels of this city full of history and culture.
The Capitoline Hill is one of the most important Seven Hills in Rome since it has been representing the pulse of the political, administrative and religious activities of the city for centuries.
Nowadays, the well-known square designed by Michelangelo, that can be reached through the wonderful staircase known as Cordonata, houses two twin buildings, Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo, location of the marvelous Musei Capitolini and Palazzo Senatorio, headquarters of the Mayor’s offices.
The suggested itinerary represents the right occasion to visit the city while shopping and buying the souvenirs to bring back home. The four-hour walk passes through very different boroughs and areas in Rome: from the multi-ethnic Esquilino to the elegant Via dei Condotti, passing through via del Corso e Piazza di Spagna.
Nuovo mercato esquilino. We suggest you to start from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, the pulse of the borough. Pop round to the Nuovo Mercato Esquilino, probably one of the cheapest in the city where, all of a sudden, it’s seem to be in a place with no nationality, where the typical products of the Italian tradition are together with tropical fruit, oriental spices and strange vegetables with unusual shapes and colours. Stroll around the district where ethnic restaurants follow one another with small shops run by foreigners. Go ahead on via Principe Amedeo until arriving to the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in Piazza Beniamino Gigli.
Via del Corso. Carry on to via Nazionale, an important shopping street, where big brands alternate with the shopping windows of the Italian fashion. When you arrive in Piazza Venezia turn right on Via del Corso, the commercial pulse of the city. Have a look inside Galleria Alberto Sordi, on Piazza Colonna, named after the great roman actor passed away in 2003, when the Galleria was inaugurated after the renovation.
Have a break in the restaurants that we have selected for you in which you can eat at fixed prices with our Jubilee Tickets. Find out how!
The Antiques Market: if you keep walking until the end, pop round to Piazza Augusto Imperatore where, under the traditional colonnade designed by Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo, on the first, third and fifth Sunday of the month an antiques market is organized and romantically named La soffitta sotto i portici (The attic under the colonnade). The flea market has become a point of reference to collectors, bargain hunters, and tourists. Since you are in the area, it is worth visiting the Mausoleo di Augusto and the Museo dell’Ara Pacis. Check the current exhibition.
Piazza del Popolo. Move to Piazza del Popolo, one of the most suggestive square in Rome. There are three churches: the most ancient is the Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo, on the side of the door. Among the most important refurbishments there is the baroque one carried out by Bernini in 1655. In the church you can admire the masterpieces by Caravaggio, such as the “Conversione di San Paolo” and the “Crocifissione di San Pietro”; other works of art are by Pinturicchio, Carracci, Raffaello Sanzio, Andrea Bregno and Bramante. On the opposite side of the square, there are the so-called “twin churches”, designed by Giuseppe Valadier, that is the 1675 Santa Maria in Montesanto and the 1678 Santa Maria dei Miracoli. These represent the two polar opposites of the Tridente, made of by via del Corso, via del Babuino and via di Ripetta.
Via dei Condotti. This is the ideal shopping area: via dei Condotti is the pulse of the most important brands, via del Babuino is full of fashion studios and shopping windows, via della Croce, where you can also find small food shops. The last attraction of the itinerary is Piazza di Spagna, the most elegant square in Rome: ochre-coloured nineteenth-century buildings, the church Trinità dei Monti, the long step and the Bernini’s fountain will make you feel in an open air refined salon.
Musei Vaticani The Capitoline Museums represent one of the biggest and most interesting museum centre in the world. This is the reason why there are very long queues, especially during some specific times of the year. Therefore, be patient and buy the ticket or the guided tour online in order to speed the entrance up.
The museum centre of the Musei Vaticani consists of the Museo Pio Clementino, the Museo Gregoriano Egizio, the Museo Gregoriano Profano, the Museo Chiaramonti, the Museo Gregoriano Etrusco, the Museo Pio Cristiano, the Museo Missionario Etnologico, the Gallerie Superiori, the Museo della Biblioteca Vaticana, the Collezione d’Arte Religiosa Moderna, the Pinacoteca and the Cappella Sistina, that will amaze and touch you.
One day is not enough to visit the whole museum centre. Thus, we suggest you to enter after having selected what you want to see most. The museums are open and free on the last Sunday of the month.
The tour draws inspiration from “The Great Beauty” and the man places showed in the movie. The 2013 movie, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, was premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. It won Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, as well as the Golden Globe and the BAFTA award in the same category, nine David di Donatello, five Nastri d’Argento and many other awards. The life of Jep Gambardella, the main character, is characterised by high culture and society in a wonderful city: Rome
The tour, that will last about 5 hours, starts in the Giardino degli Aranci on Aventino, goes through the Terme di Caracalla, till the Colosseum and the Fori Imperiali. After Piazza Venezia it continues on the Campidoglio where the wonderful Musei Capitolini can be visited. The tour recommended by Vatimecum continues with Palazzo Spada placed in Piazza Capo di Ferro in the Regola area, and Piazza Navona. After walking along the river Tiber it will end on the Gianicolo where you will be offered a breath-taking panorama in front of the Fontanone and the Tempietto di San Pietro in Montorio.
It was built in 1540 by Bartolomeo Baronino for Cardinal Girolamo Recanati Capodiferro, while both the external and internal stuccos were entrusted to Giulio Mazzoni. In 1632 Palazzo Spada was acquired by Cardinal Bernardino Spada, whose name was given to the building. The Cardinal entrusted the baroque-style refurbishment works to Francesco Borromini.
Something curious: Borromini created the masterpiece of forced perspective optical illusion in the arcaded courtyard, in which diminishing rows of columns and a rising floor create the visual illusion of a gallery 37 meters long (it is 8 meters) with a life-size sculpture at the end of the vista, in daylight beyond: the sculpture is 60 cm high.
In addition to numerous Mannerist stucco sculptural decors, emperors’ statues representing their deeds as well as Roman goddesses’ statues, the Palazzo houses the colossal sculpture of Pompey the Great, erroneously believed to be the very one at whose feet Julius Caesar fell. Palazzo Spada was purchased by the Italian State and today houses the Italian Council of State.
After a long walk like this, it is good to stop for a while and think again about all the marvels you’ve just seen, maybe while eating a good pasta. Buy the Jubilee tickets and go to the restaurants selected for you. Good food at the right price!
Rome is not only made of by ancient ruins and archaeological excavations. If you have already spent some time in the capital, you know it! If you haven’t been in Rome yet, you will be impressed by the artistic splendour and the baroque tradition. Within the whole city centre there are infinite masterpieces that enhance the streets, the churches and the squares. It’s no coincidence that the baroque style and its connected cultural movement arose in Rome.
Piazza Navona is the greatest symbol of the art that developed between the XVII and the XVIII century. In the middle of the square you can’t miss the wonderful Bernini’s Fontana dei Fiumi and the Chiesa di Sant’Agnese with its wonderful statues. Bernini and his wit are observable also in the statues on Ponte Sant’Angelo and in Sant’Andrea delle Fratte. Other Benini’s works are in Galleria Borghese, the museum that houses pictures by Caravaggio and Domenichino.
Also Borromini left an unforgettable testimony of the Italian Baroque as in the spire of Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza and the San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane. Obviously, all the pilgrims who will come to Rome during the Jubilee won’t miss the most famous baroque work of art in the world: St. Peter's Basilica with the colonnade designed by Bernini, who also designed the famous Baldachin, the Chair of Saint Peter and all the papal funeral monuments.
Another representative of the baroque art is Caravaggio who left an astonishing mark: San Luigi dei Francesi, the Capitoline Museums, Santa Maria del Popolo, Galleria Barberini and Galleria Corsini. Many other figurative work of arts are on the vaults of Sant’Andrea della Valle with Lanfranco, in Sant’Ignazio with Andrea Pozzo, in the Trionfo della Divina Provvidenza with Pietro da Cortona. It’s a never-ending list. It’s time to get around the city to enjoy these unique works of art.
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Rome is the city of the big town parks such as Villa Borghese or Villa Pamphili, of the narrow and curvy alleys and of the huge squares such as San Pietro or Piazza del Popolo; it is the metropolis from which the long roman streets start and in which one gets lost among the ancient ruins. However, Rome is at its best when it can be observed from the top, where there is no noise and can be seen in all its beauty.
In order to observe the wonderful panorama up to the hills of the Castelli Romani and to admire the unique sunsets, let’s see which are the panoramic viewpoints of the that can be found only in Rome. Vatimecum’s favourite ones follow.
Maybe the most romantic and evocative place in Rome. From the wonderful terrace of Piazza Napoleone it is possible to admire all the city centre against which Saint Peter's dome stands. At the foot of the panoramic viewpoint the majestic Piazza del Popolo and on the background Villa Borghese. Here the sunsets would move even the coldest ones!
GIARDINO DEGLI ARANCI
This panoramic viewpoint is a little jewel where anyone would be breathless. It is placed on the Aventino within the medieval walls of the ancient Fortezza Savelli. From this tiny squared garden it is possible to admire an extraordinary view: from the river Tiber to St. Peter's Basilica.
TERRAZZE DEL VITTORIANO
The Terrazza delle Quadrighe, on the top of the Complesso del Vittoriano is another panoramic viewpoint from which Rome can be admired with a 360-degree view on the Roman monuments and roofs. Thanks to the two panoramic lifts the highest point can be reached to admire the Colosseum and the Fori, Piazza del Campidoglio and the Quirinale, the Jewish ghetto and the river Tiber up to the EUR skyscrapers and the Castelli Romani.
The place of the lovers par excellence, here young people and adults declare themselves in front of the Eternal city. It is placed on the top of Monte Mario, at 140 metres height. It is the ideal place to enjoy the beauties of Rome, even better if with a springy starry sky.
Another hill from which Rome can be admired. The panoramic viewpoint is near the statue of Garibaldi and from here the city centre can be admired at its height.
SAINT PETER’S DOME
To the pilgrimages who come to Rome during the Jubilee Saint Peter is the symbol of their faith and spirituality. Therefore, it is impossible not to come up to the dome of the Basilica where the city can be admired with a 360-degree view. The only drawback is represented by the 537 steps of the long spiral staircase that leads us to the top of it. The panorama will pay you back.
The Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls is one of the four Papal Major Basilicas in Rome, the biggest one after Saint Peter's Basilica. Paul converted to Christianity on the road to Damascus and was led to Rome in 61 AD and was persecuted and beheaded by the Acque Salvie, currently known as “Tre fontane” (the three fountains) that is the three sources arisen where the head of the Apostle fell.
The Emperors built a huge Basilica to honour the Saint. It was destroyed by a fire in 1823 and rebuilt thanks to donations from all over the world. The portico of the basilica represents a pruning from the rest of the world, the four palm trees recall Jerusalem and the statue of the Saint encourages to be silent. 262 Popes are illustrated on the walls of the Basilica as a testimony of the apostolic succession. Now one of the most important pilgrimage place, it is a UNESCO site since 1980.
One of the most elegant squares in Rome, symbol of the baroque art and meeting point during the Christmas holidays, the square is still nowadays an important gathering place to Romans and tourists, who entertain in the several open-air cafes.
Anciently used to athletics’ competitions and other contests, nowadays the square houses street artists, such as painters, portraitists, mimes, and musicians that make it alive and suggestive. The square was built thanks to the Pamphiljs family and is one of the greatest symbol of the baroque Rome thanks to the masterpieces of great artists: the wonderful Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, the Chiesa di Sant’Agnese by Francesco Borromini and Girolamo Rainaldi, the frescos by Pietro da Cortona in Palazzo Pamphilj.
Probably the most famous fountains in Rome and one of the most admired in the world.
It was realized by Nicola Salvi in 1732 and completed by Giuseppe Pannini in 1762. The monument is symbolic of the rococo art and works through one of the most ancient Roman aqueduct, the Acqua Vergine’s one. The fountain represents an Ocean on a shell chariot pulled by hippocampi, guided by tritons. According to tradition, don’t forget to turn your back and throw a coin in the fountain: you will bring about a certain return to Rome. If you are looking for love, throw another coin, and another one if your dream is to get married.
Something curios: the fountain has been the beautiful set of one of the most famous scenes of Fellini’s film “La Dolce Vita”, in which Anita Ekberg, dressed in a long black dress, dives in the fountain calling Marcello Mastroianni.
Historical location of the most folkloristic market in the city, it turns into the pulse of the Roman night life at night. The square, full of people who during the morning go shopping among the fruits and vegetables stands, at night turns into a gathering place to Romans and tourists thanks to the many bars and restaurants that surround the square.
During the century Campo de’ Fiori has been the principal place where public executions happened. The most famous was the one of the philosopher Giordano Bruno who, having been accused of heresy, was burnt on 17th February 1600. In the middle of the XIX century, a committee of university students and intellectuals promoted the memory of the philosopher with a statue representing him.
Around the square, you can walk through the historical streets of the traditional workshops that still have the name of the ancient guilds, such as Via dei Baullari, Via dei Cappellari o Via dei Giubbonari.