A Rome tour to discover a city with a thousand faces

Rome Castelli Romani

Rome is no doubt one of the most appreciated tourist destinations, definitely one of the few world’s cities that can enchant visitors.
The Italian capital could rightly boast to be one of the most visited places in the entire world, mainly in virtue of its huge artistic and historic heritage: the tours people can take part in to unveil the city’s secrets are countless.

Arriving in Rome you can immediately breathe the majesty of a glorious past: the ancient Romans were definitely one of the greatest powers that ruled the world, after the Egyptians and the Greeks: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Domus Aurea, the Pantheon, the arch of Costantine (only to mention a few) are still there to remind us of the Romans’ grandiosity.

But monuments in Rome speak of modern and contemporary history as well: let’s think about

the Altar of the Fatherland, with the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, or the numerous baroque palaces that are now seat of the Italian political life.

A city with a thousand faces
To tourists, Rome appears as a city rich in nuances, in other words a holiday destination that will remain in their memories for long time.
And I am not only speaking about the central areas, indeed the most touristic and famous.
Rome can be a pleasant surprise also in its suburban districts. For example, there is nothing more relaxing than a short trip to the Castelli Romani, a group of villages located at the feet of the Alban Hills, well known for their food and wine production.
If you choose the right period, mainly from spring to fall, you will have the chance to see how many different festivals are organizing throughout the province of Rome.

My tips on what to see in the city
If you wish to discover the great beauties of Rome, you will have plenty of guided tours you can choose from.
I always recommend to visit Rome rigorously walking.
Today, I’d like to write a Rome tour that will take you to unveil the most beautiful squares of the Eternal City.

If you approach the city from Termini, the main train station, you could take the underground just outside the station and get off at the stop called “Spagna”.

Then keep on going along Viale Gabriele D’Annunzio up to Piazza del Popolo.

Our itinerary begins here.

Piazza del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo, which today is entirely pedestrianized, is mainly used to organize events of different types: the elliptical shape of this square convey a great scenographic effect that is perfect as a stage. for anyone to cross.
Thanks to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo and the Obelisk right in the centre, Piazza del Popolo looks even larger: the impact for visitors is indeed strong and impressive.

Piazza di Spagna
Our next stop will be Piazza di Spagna. From Piazza del Popolo, keep on walking towards Via del Corso as far as you see Via Vittoria on the left side; then, at the junction with Via del Babuino, turn right and, after a while, you will find yourself in Piazza di Spagna.
You will immediately notice the monumental Spanish Steps, the widest staircase in Europe with 135 steps, and, in the middle of the square, the famous Fontana della Barcaccia, sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. At the right corners of the Scalinata, you can find the house of John Keats, the English poet who lived there until he died in 1821.

The area of the Pantheon
Out third stop will be the Pantheon, originally the temple consecrated to all the gods of Rome, indeed one of the most ancient city’s monuments and one of the best preserved.
The building is famous for its huge dome (the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome) and its central opening to the sky. Also the portico with its big granite Corinthian columns is quite impressive.

I recommend you to visit the building, where you can see the tombs of some great artists, among them Raphael, one of the most famous of Italian painters and architect of the High Renaissance.

If you procede towards Via di Torre Argentina, you will reach Piazza Navona and the magnificent Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

When the sun goes down, Piazza Navona becomes the stage of the Roman nightlife.

Città del Vaticano
Let’s move on to the last stop of our tour: Vatican City, the world’s smallest independent state.
To get there from Piazza Navona, you can follow Via dei Coronari and, at the end of it, turn right and then left again. Keep on going as far as you cross the River Tiber. Once you pass the river, proceed up to intersection with Via della Conciliazione: you are almost there! Via della Conciliazione will take you right in the heart of Piazza San Pietro.

Around the square, you will find a rich assortment of accommodations to choose from. There is also a hotel that borrows the square’s name: it is the Excel Rome St. Peter, a three-star luxury hotel, right in the heart of the city, that provides guests with high-standard comfort to assure the most pleasant stay one can think of.

All you can do now is to enjoy the Eternal City!

 

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