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Palazzo Barberini

Palazzo Barberini is a magnificent Baroque building housing the National Gallery of Ancient Art. Commissioned by Pope Urban VIII, was designed by Carlo Maderno in 1625 and completed in 1633 by Bernini.

In 1949 it became the seat of the National Gallery of Ancient Art, whose collection was formed starting from the donations of some noble families. It contains more than 1.400 works of great artists, from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century, including Tiziano, Tintoretto, El Greco, Caravaggio, Raffaello.

Wonderful the large central hall, which occupies the entire height of the building. In the roof you can admire a monumental fresco by Pietro da Cortona, which offers one of the best examples of Baroque illusionism.

Borghese Gallery

The Borghese Gallery, located just inside the Villa Borghese gardens, is one of the most important art museums in the world. It exposes the collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese from 1576 to 1633.

Inside beautiful paintings by Caravaggio and many sculpture masterpieces.
The building is divided into two floors:

  • Upstairs works by Tiziano, Raphael, Caravaggio, Rubens and Botticelli.
  • On the ground floor superb mosaics and sculptures, as well as frescoes preserved to perfection, adorning the roofs and walls.

Do not miss the many sculptures by Bernini and Canova. Accessible only by reservation.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain is the largest and most spectacular fountain in Rome, it measures 20 meters wide and 26 meters high. The name "Trevi" comes from "Tre Vie (Three Ways)", as the fountain was just the meeting point of three roads.

The first version of the fountain was built in the Renaissance, according to Pope Nicola V commission.

The current appearance of the Fountain dates back to 1762 when it was finished by the architect and scenographer Giuseppe Pannini.

Piazza di Spagna

Piazza di Spagna is one of the most famous squares in Rome and throughout Italy. The name derives from the presence in the square of the Spanish Embassy.

It is located in one of the most beautiful and elegant areas of Rome: surrounded by Via dei Condotti, Via Frattina and Via del Babuino.

The famous staircase (made up of 135 steps), built in the early eighteenth century to communicate the square with the church of Trinita’ dei Monti, is the most characteristic feature of the square. It’s then always nice to sit on the steps of Piazza di Spagna, over the years become a meeting place for Romans and tourists site.

The Bernini's Barcaccia fountain occupies the center of the square, is shaped like a boat and engraved with the emblems of Bernini family (sun and bees).

Coliseum

The Colosseum (Amphitheatrum Flavium) is the symbol of Rome for the whole world. The name comes from the large statue of Nero located at the entrance of the Domus Aurea, "The Colossus of Nero".

Its construction began in 72 BC with Vespasian and was completed in ‘80 with Tito. After its construction, the Colosseum became the largest Roman amphitheater. During the Roman Empire allowed to more than 50.000 people to see entertainment shows, exhibitions of exotic animals, killings of prisoners, reproductions of scenes of battles and gladiator fights.

From the sixth century, the Colosseum suffered looting, earthquakes and even bombings during World War II and was used as a warehouse, church, cemetery.

It is visited each year by 6 million tourists and in 2007 was selected as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

Vatican

The Vatican is a city-state located in the heart of Rome, is the center of the Catholic Church and the actual residence of the Pope.

Do not miss St.Peter's Square and Basilica and the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel.

  • St. Peter's Square was built by Bernini in the mid-seventeenth century and can accommodate more than 300.000 people.
  • St. Peter's Basilica is the most important religious building in the Catholic Church. Here the Pope celebrates the major liturgies and inside there is the Holy See.
  • The Vatican Museums contain numerous works of art collected by the Roman Catholic Church during five centuries.
  • The Sistine Chapel is Michelangelo's masterpiece and its frescoes are one of the wonders of the entire world.

Quirinal

It is located on the highest of Rome's seven hills and offers one of the most beautiful views of the city. The Quirinal Palace was built in 1573 as a summer residence of the Pope, after the Unit became the royal palace. Since 1947, the Quirinal Palace is the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic.

Famous the obelisk near the statues of Castor and Pollux on their horses.

Every day, from 15:00, in front of the Quirinal Palace takes place the changing of the guard ceremony accompanied by energetic music of the band.

Pincio

The Pincio is a hill located in the historic center of Rome to the north of the Quirinal; its name comes from the noble family of Pinci which belonged in the fourth century.

In Roman times was used as a space reserved for gardens of rich and noble families, for this is also called Hill of Gardens.

Inside numerous villas, including Villa Borghese; now is the most important public garden in Rome, since ever destination for Romans and tourists enchanted by the charm of the breathtaking panorama from its romantic terraces. The beautiful gardens were designed by Giuseppe Valadier from 1809 to 1814, that in the same period also built the current Piazza del Popolo, where gardens can be reached by a grand staircase.