Among the many places in the heart of the Eternal City this article describes an itinerary in the center of Rome from the Prati district to Vatican City.
The itinerary in the center of Rome starts at the Stay Fine holiday home and ends in Vatican City, through some of the most enchanting places in the Eternal City.
First of all, some quick premises:
- the following itinerary is perfect to follow in one day. They will be described point by point and one by one points of interest not to be missed;
Day 1 – Prati District and Vatican City
This first itinerary starts from the door of the “Stay fine” B & B in via Cola di Rienzo, 285, 00192 Rome, in the Prati district. In the map there is a view of the whole route.
#1 via Cola di Rienzo
Enjoy the atmosphere of the neighborhood made of tree-lined avenues, streets full of shops and small quiet squares and in the meantime you set off on our first stop along Via Cola di Rienzo.
Via Cola di Rienzo is one of the main shopping streets of Rome. The Tiffany jewelry store, the elegant COIN department store and the Castroni bar – rosticceria with a notable coffee and unforgettable suppli (ball of rice with meat and tomato sauce!
When you reach Piazza cola di Rienzo turn right into Via Marcantonio Colonna in the direction of our second stage.
#2 PIAZZA CAVOUR
Piazza Cavour is one of the most particular squares of Rome as it has some features that are closer to the large squares of Northern Europe; in fact, it seems more out of a postcard from Vienna or Copenhagen than from a Roman glimpse!
Behind the square stands in its grandeur the palace of the Supreme Court of Cassation, called with affection by the true Romans “Er Palazzaccio“, a nickname deriving from the much sought after architectural structure in the nineteenth-century imitation of the Baroque.
Let’s take a moment to admire the square, then proceed towards one of the symbols of Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo!
#3 CASTEL SANT’ANGELO
The ancient papal fortress can be seen very well from Piazza Cavour and, as you can imagine, it can be reached in a few minutes.
The history of the castle is as troubled as the city that welcomes it: it was built as a mausoleum to contain the remains of Emperor Hadrian in 125 AD, then became a fortress under the Western Emperor Honorius, was used by the popes as a castle and during the Risorgimento it became a barracks.
Today it is a museum that you can, indeed you must, visit (know however that it will take time!).
The frame of the Castle is unique: in front of you the Tiber, while on the left you can see the imposing dome of San Pietro in all its splendor.
If the day is sunny then enjoy a bit ‘of heat on Ponte Sant’Angelo, which is located just in front of the Castle.
#4 PASSETTO DI BORGO
Here a little gem: on the west side of Castel Sant’Angelo you can admire one of the pearls of Rome, that is the Passetto di Borgo.
It is a secret passage that used the popes to escape from San Pietro and take refuge in Castel Sant’Angelo during sieges or looming threats.
The Passetto ran along the perimeter of the Vatican walls and then continued towards Castel Sant’Angelo.
It was used more than once over the centuries, as for example during the invasion of the lansquenets by Charles V.
With the advent of gunpowder, running along the path became dangerous due to stray bullets.
So it was that the popes devised a ruse, namely to run before them a stand-in with papal clothes, in order to attract the attention (and the bullets) of the enemies in siege.
The little pass is something unique, which will surely enrich your itinerary in the center of Rome.
#5 VIA DELLA CONCILIAZIONE
We ended up today with Castel Sant’Angelo, now we head towards Via della Conciliazione, one of the most evocative streets of Rome.
In fact, the avenue faces St. Peter’s in a game of perspectives that leaves anyone who follows it in awe. You feel literally powerless in front of “Ar Cuppolone”!
Too bad that to create the avenue, Mussolini in 1936, destroyed a whole block of medieval buildings by eliminating the game of perspectives and the surprise that Borromini had imagined for the visitor who was going to visit St. Peter’s Square!
#6 PIAZZA DEL VATICANO
After the incredible walkway of Via della Conciliazione, here we are in one of the most famous squares in the world.
It would only take a whole article to describe St. Peter’s Square.
- On what to linger?
On the incredible Bernini’s colonnade and on perspective games (if you place yourself at two points in the square, the perspective will make it appear that, for each row of columns, there is only one)!
- On the facade of the Basilica?
Or on the window from which the pope recites the Angelus every Sunday?
- On the fountains?
Or on the bas-reliefs of the Four Winds that are in the surroundings of the Vatican Obelisk?
Piazza San Pietro is a spectacle of architecture. Once here you could enrich your itinerary according to time and strength with two options: a) visit the Basilica of San Pietro and b) climb to the top of the Cuppolone,
We suggest postponing to another day the visit to the Vatican Museums, whose visit will take you many hours, both for the queue and for the huge amount of things to see.
#7 BASILICA DI SAN PIETRO
Rome is without a doubt one of the destinations of religious tourism par excellence, not only for its importance in the Catholic world, but also for its intrinsic beauty.
Once in front of the basilica we suggest you visit the Basilica of San Pietro and then climb to the top of the “Cuppolone”.
Below are the essential elements of the Basilica that you can visit in about an hour.
The basilica of St. Peter is the largest church in the world, with a total area of 23 thousand square meters.
The major architects of the time worked on its construction, which took more than a century (1506-1626), including Bramante, Michelangelo, Raffaello and Bernini. It was built to replace the ancient Constantinian basilica (4th century), which stood on the burial site of St. Peter’s.
The rich interior is divided into three naves, decorated with dozens of statues and ten thousand square meters of mosaics, dating back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
In the chapels are found works such as the Pietà of Michelangelo, the funeral monuments made by Bernini, Canova and Pollaiolo, the Tabernacle of the Blessed Sacrament of the genius of the Baroque. In the center, under the dome, stands the Berninian Baldachian, right in front of the dazzling reliquary of the Holy Chair.
The exterior is defined scenographically by the square and the colonnade, a synthesis of the projects by Michelangelo and Bernini.
On the façade stands the monumental dome, composed of two overlapping caps on the model of the cathedral of Florence.
#8 CUPOLA DI SAN PIETRO
Prices, timetables and info to get on the Dome of Rome
The Dome of St. Peter’s in the Vatican is one of the symbols of Rome and going up to 133 meters to admire the Eternal City from above is one of those things that, at least once in life, must be done.
It takes at least 1 hour to get on the dome where you can enjoy a unique view of the world by taking a lift.
The Dome of Rome, this is the name that has been widely attributed to it, is one of the largest masonry domes in the world, made up of two superimposed caps (like Brunelleschi’s dome in Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence). The dome was built by Giacomo Della Porta following the drawings of Michelangelo Buonarroti and has a height of over 130 meters and an internal diameter of about 42 meters.
Visit the Dome of St. Peter
Undoubtedly suggestive to admire from the outside, the Dome of St. Peter can give a magnificent show especially if visited from inside the Basilica, not to mention the splendid panoramic view that gives the city of Rome, St. Peter’s Square, Castel Sant’Angelo and the Tiber river.
Dome of St. Peter tickets
Unlike the entrance to the Basilica of San Pietro, which is free, the climb up to the top of the Dome of San Pietro is subject to charges.
You can choose to walk 551 steps at a cost of € 8 or if you use the elevator that allows you to reach the terrace level and then continue on foot making another 320 steps: in this case the ticket costs € 10. Reduced tickets for schools have a cost of € 5.
We suggest that you opt for the elevator to those who are not in full physical shape.
Whether you climb on foot or you prefer to go up with the lift, the first stage of the visit to the dome is at an intermediate level, on the terrace located at the base of the dome, from which you can look upwards or towards the bass, where the canopy of San Pietro is located.
Continuing on foot (from this point forward you have no other choice, there is an elevator and the stairs are spiral and rather narrow) you get up to the top of the dome, at a height of 133 meters, 551 total steps if you are all on foot, but the view of Rome from above the Dome of St. Peter has no equal.
The Dome of San Pietro in Rome is open to the public all year round with the following seasonal timetables:
- from 1 October to 31 March from 8:00 to 17:00
- from 1 April to 30 September from 8:00 to 18:00
The entrance is from the portico of the Basilica of San Pietro.
The Basilica of San Pietro in Rome is open to the public all year round with the following seasonal timetables:
- from October 1st to March 31st from 7.00am to 6.30pm
- from 1 April to 30 September from 7:00 to 19:00.
Day 2 – Vatican Museums
Let’s start the itinerary!
This first itinerary starts from the door of the “Stay fine” B & B in via Cola di Rienzo, 285, 00192 Rome, in the Prati district, one of the most chic in Rome.
As soon as you exit, turn right towards Piazza Risorgimento..
#1 PIAZZA RISORGIMENTO
Enjoy the atmosphere of the neighborhood made of tree-lined avenues, streets full of shops and small quiet squares and meanwhile start along Via Cola di Rienzo and then get to our first stop.
Piazza Risorgimento has a beautiful location, not far from San Pietro and the Vatican museums. It is a lively square full of activities!
‘A stone’s throw from the Vatican, a focal point, a crossroads between Borgo and Prati, crossed by rivers of people.
On the left you can walk the wide avenue, mainly pedestrian, which leads to the portico of Piazza San Pietro. Going straight, however, you head towards the Vatican Museums.
# 2 HOW TO JUMP THE FILA!
Here are prices and tips on how to visit the Vatican Museums and how to skip the line!
A trip to Rome sooner or later is to be done in life; the Italian capital is certainly one of the places that the world envies us.
I am of the opinion that it would not take a week to get around the city and discover the most characteristic corners that make Rome a magical metropolis.
In fact, many limit their travel experience (especially due to lack of time) to the most famous and “emblazoned” monuments, deliberately leaving aside a whole series of places to be discovered.
However, visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel is one of those choices to ponder well and should be taken not lightly!
Let me explain: a tourist once in Rome would like to see, taste and try a little of everything, but as I said before, not everyone has much time available.
It is therefore decided to see the most famous places and monuments and, many times, the Vatican Museums are purposely “avoided”.
This is because it is one of the most challenging museums in the world to visit: the line to enter is always impressive, the crowd inside is exhausting and, not least, to enjoy the best treasures that are kept it would take a day whole.
Who does not have so many days in the capital then opts for something easier to reach and see. BIG ERROR!
But if you could skip the line and get in quickly without having to wait for hours!
Here are some suggestions on how to visit the Vatican Museums and how to skip the line; because you can not think of not visiting the Sistine Chapel, one of the Italian symbols in the world and a real wonder!
It ‘s useless to write information that you can easily find elsewhere, but I want to give you some valuable tips and, certainly, the first and most important is the following: BUY TICKETS ONLINE.
The row in front of the Vatican Museums is unbelievable; as a child when I passed in front I was impressed.
I’m talking about files of hundreds of meters that “trap” tourists for hours.
Here is explained why we have defined the decision to visit the Vatican Museums a decision to ponder.
But if you buy tickets online you can skip the line; if you want to enter the museums without too much effort the only way is this.
There are several solutions …
The first is to buy regular tickets: with these tickets you can enter the Vatican Museums by skipping the line and choosing an exclusive time slot (from 8 to 15:30) to access.
You can easily use your smartphone to enter, just show your tickets on the phone once at the entrance.
The second option is that of last minute tickets: if you have decided to visit the Vatican Museums at the last time, then these are the tickets for you.
They are little more expensive but will give you the possibility of an “emergency” access.
Finally, there are the tickets that include a visit to the Vatican Museums, the gardens and the Pontifical Villas: this is the best solution if you want to thoroughly explore the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.
Included in the ticket is early entry before the open to the public, audio guides and a visit to Castel Gandolfo (including train ticket).
In short, the perfect package for a complete experience!
In any case, the important thing is to enter and, once crossed the threshold and get the ticket, you will open a macro universe that you would never have imagined.
The main entrance is more like an airport than a museum hall.
As I said the visit is very long (the basic route inside the museums is 7 km long) so it is important to know what you should not miss.
In fact, once the tiredness assaults the tourist the desire to see and discover decreases.
# 4 WHAT NOT TO MISS IN THE MUSEUMS!
it can be visited both at the beginning of the tour and at its end; in any case go and see this wonderful collection of works of art, paintings and tapestries.
It is one of the most beautiful collections in the world and on all the works, those that really stand out are “La Madonna di Foligno” and “La Trasfigurazione” both by Raffaello Sanzio.
In addition to his works you can admire masterpieces by Giotto, Leonardo and Caravaggio.
Cortile della Pigna:
the green heart of the Vatican Museums.
A huge inner courtyard where you can rest in the sun calmly and maybe take something fresh in the small bistro that is there.
At the center it is impossible not to notice “Sphere with sphere” the work of Arnaldo Pomodoro which is also found in other parts of the globe, as in the garden of Trinity College in Dublin.
Room of animals:
take a few minutes to this beautiful room full of large and small marble statues of animals.
The details of the dozens and dozens of statues are incredible, it is really worth stopping.
Egyptian Gregorian Museum:
one of the richest and most impressive collections on Ancient Egypt in the world.
If you love ancient history and are fascinated by mummies and Egyptian culture then you do not have to salt this series of rooms.
Attention, the Egyptian room is not visible!
Gallery of the Tapestries:
another workhorse of the Vatican Museums, a very long corridor covered entirely with recently restored tapestries.
The drawings of many tapestries are by Leonardo da Vinci.
Geographical Map Gallery:
another gallery that has remained in my heart, a corridor with walls frescoed by maps of all Italian regions.
Really a unique show (I forgot to tell you that in both galleries the most spectacular things are the frescoed ceilings with incredible colors).
a room that welcomes you immediately after the galleries, inside there is an impressive painting by the Polish king Sobieski, who liberated Vienna from the Ottoman siege in 1683.
Rooms of Raffaello:
there are 4 rooms frescoed by Raphael himself.
In order of visiting you will enter the Sala di Costantino, the Hall of Eliodoro, the Sala della Segnatura and the one of the Fire of Borgo.
Museum of modern religious art:
it is located before the Sistine Chapel and is full of works by important artists.
Van Gogh, Dali, Gauguin, Matisse and indeed many other artists who have made history.
#5 THE SISTINE CHAPEL
At the end there is her, the real reason that drives many to visit the Vatican Museums.
The Sistine Chapel is something that strikes you deeply into the soul.
The Sistine Chapel, dedicated to Mary Assumption in Heaven, is the main chapel of the Apostolic Palace, as well as one of the most famous cultural and artistic treasures of the Vatican City, inserted in the path of the Vatican Museums. It was built between 1475 and 1481, at the time of Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere, from whom it took its name.
It is known throughout the world both for being the place where the conclave and other official ceremonies of the Pope are held (in the past also some papal coronations), and to be decorated with one of the best known and celebrated works of art of artistic civilization the frescoes by Michelangelo Buonarroti, which cover the vault (1508-1512) and the back wall (of the Last Judgment) above the altar (1535-1541).
It is considered perhaps the most complete and important of that “visual theology, which has been called Biblia pauperum”. The walls also preserve a series of frescoes by some of the greatest Italian artists of the second half of the fifteenth century (Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Luca Signorelli, Piero di Cosimo and others)(1535-1541).
Come in and … just chills!
You can not express it by word or by writing, you must live on your skin.
Remember, no videos and photos. One last note: the real problem of the Vatican Museums is overcrowding which greatly affects the visitor’s experience.
In some galleries it goes on at a crawl and is compressed in the crowd.
However this is an experience that one must absolutely do if one is visiting Rome
The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are an important part of our history, of what we have been and of what we will be.
Among the many places in the heart of the Eternal City this article describes a full-day itinerary in the center of Rome from the Prati al Tridente district.
The itinerary in the center of Rome starts at the Stay Fine holiday home and ends at Piazza Venezia, through some of the most enchanting places in the Eternal City.
The center of Rome (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980) is a real “theme park” full of wonders, picturesque ravines, hidden churches and small fine restaurants.
Giorno 3 – il Tridente
What follows is the whole itinerary we will face together, but if you want to know more about each stage included in the tour then keep reading until the end.
What is called by the Romans “Tridente” is none other than the area between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Venezia.
This area of the Historic Center has this name for the presence of 3 main arteries that from Piazza del Popolo radiate perpendicularly: the streets are respectively from left to right, giving back to Piazza del Popolo, Via del Babuino, Via del Corso and Via of Ripetta.
The three streets of the trident were created to lead the pilgrims who entered Rome from Piazza del Popolo to the three basilicas of the Eternal City: via Ripetta led to San Pietro, Via del Corso towards San Giovanni and Via del Babuino towards Santa Maria Maggiore.
This third itinerary starts from the door of the “Stay fine” B & B in Via dei Gracchi, 39, 00192 Rome, in the Prati district, one of the most chic in Rome.
There are two ways to go to Piazza del Popolo by metro or on foot. We suggest the metro.
As soon as you exit turn right and then take Via Silla on the left until you reach Viale Giulio Cesare and turn left.
Leaving the station enjoy the square with the Porta del Popolo in front of the metro stop and, on the left, the monumental entrance to the Villa Borghese that we will visit later.
You continue from the Metro A station, Flaminio, you cross Piazzale Flaminio and you pass inside the Porta del Popolo which is a gateway to the Aurelian Walls. The original name was Porta Flaminia, because from here comes the Via Consolare Flaminia. The current appearance is the result of a sixteenth-century reconstruction, made necessary by the renewed importance that, at that time, the Gate had assumed from the point of view of urban traffic coming from the north.
#1 PIAZZA DEL POPOLO
The square is a marvel of perspective.
From here starts the Trident and, if you stand in front of Via del Corso, you can see the Vittoriano in the distance.
The square is dominated by the beautiful Fontana dei Leoni and Santa Maria del Popolo, one of the most beautiful churches in Rome: do not miss the Chigi Chapel by Raffaello decorated with statues by Raphael. In the square there are two similar churches one is the Basilica of Santa Maria in Montesanto, known as the Church of the Artists where religious ceremonies are held for celebrities.
#2 IL PINCIO
If we are with the shoulders to the left door we can see the ascent of the Pincio.
Here you will find yourself in front of one of the most suggestive shows in Rome: the incredible terrace of the Pincio, romantic corner par excellence of Rome.
You can obviously see San Pietro, in the distance the Vittoriano and if you sharpen the view also the Gasometer of Ostiense.
#3 VILLA BORGHESE
Third stop of our itinerary is one of the 10 most beautiful urban parks in Europe, Villa Borghese.
Once outside the Flaminio station you will immediately see the large gate that allows access to the huge villa.
The park is huge and to turn it all it would take a whole morning.
Since we do not have so much time, let’s just have a quick tour of the Garden of the Lake with the Temple of Asclepius, let’s try to get to the Fountain of the Sea Horses and the wonderful Water Clock.
If you want to spend more time then you can not miss the Galleria Borghese, one of the most beautiful museums in Rome!
Going back you go down towards Piazza del Popolo.
#4 VIA MARGUTTA
Iniziamo a scoprire il Tridente da Via del Babuino, dove si nasconde uno dei vicoli più belli della Città Eterna.
Stiamo parlando di Via Margutta. C’è poco da dire: questo è uno dei segreti nascosti di Roma.
Dedicate qualche minuto ad esplorare la via, alla Fontana delle Arti e alla targa ricordo di Federico Fellini, che qui viveva e qui morì, poi tornate su Via del Babuino.
#5 PIAZZA DI SPAGNA
Continuing on Via del Babbuino we arrive at Piazza di Spagna, another baroque jewel of Rome.
The square owes its name thanks to the building that houses the Spanish embassy to the Holy See.
Piazza di Spagna deserves a long break; only in this way you will be able to fully enjoy this spectacular square.
You can not help but notice two of the symbols of the square: the Barcaccia and the Trinità dei Monti steps.
The Barcaccia was built by Bernini where according to an old story was found the wreck of a small boat, left by the dramatic flood of the Tiber of 1598. The monument has unfortunately been the victim of vandalism in 2007 and 2015, but has been restored.
There are numerous shops with famous high fashion brands.
#6 TRINITÀ DEI MONTI
Proprio oltre la Barcaccia si trova la Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti (restaurata da poco).
Salite uno ad uno tutti gli scalini senza pensarci due volte; una volta in cima lasciatevi incantare dal panorama.
Tra le case color pastello potrete scorgere le cupole delle principali chiese del centro storico di Roma.
Se siete stanchi prendetevi una pausa, poi si scende di nuovo, il nostro itinerario nel Centro Storico di Roma è appena iniziato!
#7 VIA CONDOTTI
Go down the steps, pass the Barcaccia and venture on Via Condotti, the street of the big names and luxury shopping in the capital.
There are many brands that you will meet here: Dior, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Bulgari and so on and so forth …
Among all the commercial activities that can be found along this fascinating street, the one I prefer is the Antico Caffè Greco, where you can drink one of the best coffee in Rome since 1760! Coffee is expensive, but sitting around where so many writers and celebrities have been providing a unique emotion.
Among the famous guests are Hans Christian Andersen, James Joyce, Mark Twain, Buffalo Bill, Sitting Bull, Orson Wells and hundreds of others.
#8 MAUSOLEO DI AUGUSTO E ARA PACIS
After the coffee break, you start walking again.
We pass the beautiful windows of Via Condotti one by one and return to Via del Corso.
On our right we can see a nearby Piazza del Popolo, while on the left is Piazza Venezia clearer.
Head towards Piazza del Popolo and return to our starting point for a hundred meters; in fact, we immediately turn to Via dei Pontefici to find ourselves in the middle of Piazza Augusto Imperatore.
In the middle of the square is the Mausoleum which once housed the remains of the first Roman emperor.
Today the monument does not have a real inviting appearance: after centuries of looting and negligence the tomb of the great emperor is in an unworthy state. Today it is undergoing restoration and is expected to open again to the public in the coming years.
Behind him is the Ara Pacis, the altar that Augustus gave to the Roman people to celebrate the peace and prosperity that Rome underwent under the guidance of Octavian himself.
The altar is protected by a glass structure but you can of course pay a visit. To underline the possibility to see the monument with the original colors through a multimedia support that increases the reality.
#9 LUNGOTEVERE E PONTE UMBERTO I
From the white marble of the Ara Pacis to the dark waters of the Tiber river: this part of the itinerary in the historic center of Rome runs along the sloping banks of the Tiber, which is symbolic and soul of Rome.
A short but intense stretch where Rome shows itself in all its beauty.
In fact, up to Ponte Umberto I there are some of the most beautiful views of the Eternal City.
On the opposite side of the bridge you can admire the “Palazzaccio”, as the Romans amiably call the Palazzo di Giustizia and, just across the bridge, the incredible view of San Pietro and Castel Sant’Angelo.
#10 PIAZZA NAVONA
From Ponte Umberto I to Piazza Navona the passage is short.
Continuing along Via Giuseppe Zanardelli you end up just to get “in the mouth” to the stupendous monumental square, one of the most beautiful in the world.
The square was built over the ancient Stadium of Domitian where athletic competitions were undertaken and, according to an ancient Roman legend, also naval battles, for this reason the square has its famous elongated shape.
In the past the Romans obstructed the manholes and opened the concave shape of the square to transform it into a gigantic swimming pool.
In the center of the square we find the beautiful Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi by Bernini, while everything is dominated by the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone.
Piazza Navona deserves a long break especially if it’s a sunny day …
From Piazza Navona we move towards the Pantheon, but first I suggest you go through some interesting places.
First of all Palazzo Madama, seat of the Senate of the Republic, and then if you want another coffee you could stop in the historic “Sant’Eustachio il Caffè“, another symbolic bar in the historic center of Rome.
In any case, the streets that lead up to the Pantheon are a maze of colors, small shops and cobbled alleys.
A real pleasure for the spirit, which ends in one of the most beautiful places in Rome: Piazza del Pantheon.
The Pantheon is the monumental church that was originally erected to celebrate all the Roman deities.
With the fall of the Empire it was consecrated to a church.
Today in the Pantheon (entrance is free) you can find the tombs of Raphael and the Kings of Italy.
Before returning to Via del Corso again, we pass Palazzo Montecitorio, the seat of the Italian Parliament.
We cross the whole Piazza del Pantheon and after a few minutes of walking we arrive at the palace, heart of Italian political power. It is possible that you meet a protest sit-in in front of the square in front of the building.
For those who appreciate quality ice creams or confectionery, I suggest a stop at Caffe Giolitti in via del Vicario, historic venue since 1900 in complete liberty style.
From the Palace we proceed to the right, we pass Palazzo Chigi, seat of the Government and we arrive in Via del Corso, in front of the Galleria Alberto Sordi where, if you want, you can give yourself to other luxury shopping.
Leaving the Deaf Gallery on our right and continuing along Via del Tritone we will find the new Rinascente department store on the left. Going over to find quality clothing items you can go up to the top floor where there is a restaurant and a cafe on the terrace where you can enjoy a fascinating view of the center of Rome.
Let’s go back to the heart of Via del Corso, but our itinerary in the Old Town is not finished yet. Now comes the best part!
#13 THE TREVI FOUNTAIN
A few steps from the Galleria Alberto Sordi is the most famous fountain in the world: Fontana di Trevi.
One of the most exciting places in the capital, perennially stormed by tourists and abusive sellers.
The masterpiece of Roman Baroque was conceived from the perspective of the restoration of the Virgin Aqueduct in 1732.
Today, the fountain is visited by millions of tourists a year who drop large quantities of coins into its waters, which are then collected to finance various charitable organizations that operate in the capital.
The Trevi Fountain is still fed by the Aqueduct Vergine wanted by Agrippa, son-in-law of Augusto, to get the water from the Aniene to Campo Marzio. Until it was possible to drink it, the fountain water had the reputation of being and the best of Rome.
#14 THE QUIRINALE AND THE STABLES
From Fontana di Trevi, let’s move on to the Colle del Quirinale one of the seven hills of Rome.
On the Quirinale you can admire the umpteenth wonderful view of Rome, but not only!
In fact at the top of the hill is Palazzo del Quirinale, first residence of popes, then of the kings of Italy and today of the President of the Republic.
Just on the opposite side of the residence are the “Scuderie del Quirinale”, one of the most prestigious museums in the capital. I advise you to visit them if you find the exhibition of the moment interesting.
Enjoy view and museum, then continue on Via Nazionale.
#15 PIAZZA VENEZIA AND THE VITTORIANO
Via Nazionale is a huge artery made up of shops, monumental palaces and streets leading to ancient Rome (for example in the Monti district).
We cross the street just enough to get to Via Magnanapoli where, after a characteristic staircase, we are in front of the Trajan’s Column and the shape of the Victorian.
Of the Fori Imperiali we will speak later, for now we overcome the imposing column that celebrates the victories of the emperor Trajan to find us in full Piazza Venezia.
The show is suggestive!
You can clearly distinguish the balcony of Palazzo Venezia from which Mussolini entertained the crowds and, if you place yourself in the center of the square, you can admire the entire length of Via del Corso and in the distance Piazza del Popolo, where our tour began.
Impossible not to notice the Victorian, monumental “typewriter”.
An advice I give you is to visit the square at night, when it is even more spectacular.
It is possible to climb the Vittoriano through an elevator placed at the back of the monument. From the terrace you can admire Rome from a suggestive and romantic panoramic perspective.
On the back of the Vittoriano you will find the BUS 81 stop which will take you back to the “Stay fine” B & B in via Cola di Rienzo, 285, 00192 Rome.