Built into the facade of the Palazzo Poli, the Trevi fountain is considered not only one of the main attractions of the center of Rome, but also one of the most famous fountains in the world.
The Trevi fountain attracts crowds of tourists regardless of the season. You could even see it in the film “Sweet life” made by Fellini.
There is a tradition to throw coins into the fountain to return to the Eternal city. This custom is so popular that every year the municipal authorities extract from the fountain up to 1.5 million euros.
Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish steps (Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti)
Piazza di Spagna got its name from the Spanish Embassy located on it. The Spanish steps has 138 steps, so often featured in film and literature.
Nowadays, the staircase serves as a natural platform for numerous concerts and fashion shows, and on the square itself you can see one of Bernini’s masterpieces – the Barcaccia fountain, which has a shape similar to a half-submerged boat. From Piazza di Spagna starts the Condotti street, known as one of the main centers of Roman luxury shopping.
Pantheon – one of the oldest buildings in Rome, perfectly preserved to this day. The modern structure dates back to 126 AD and was built on the place of an older structure created by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa under Emperor Augustus.
The temple of all Gods has no windows, and the light enters through a single hole in the dome, which is a masterpiece of engineering. For more than 1000 years, the Pantheon dome was the largest in the world and still amazes travelers.
The Pantheon contains the ashes of kings Victor Emmanuel II and Umberto I, the grave of the great Raphael, as well as other prominent figures of Italy.
- Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00-18:30, Sat: 10:00-16: 00, Sun: 12:00-17:30
- Free entrance
Navona square and the fountain of Four Rivers
Navona square is known for its unusual shape, inherited from the ancient Stadium of Domitian located here before. There are numerous palazzos and one of the most famous Roman basilicas – St. Agnes.
The main decoration of the square is the fountain of Four Rivers created by Bernini. It is a composition where the figures of river Gods symbolize the Nile, Ganges, Danube and La Plata – the main rivers of 4 parts of the world. They surround an obelisk made in Egypt by request
of the Roman Emperor Domitian.
Also here at Piazza Navona you will find 2 other fountains of the XVI century – the Moor and Neptune.
The Trastevere District
The Trastevere district is located near Piazza Navona on the opposite Bank of Rome. There are also many interesting historical sites, but travelers are more attracted to the atmosphere of this place.
It is famous for a huge number of colorful institutions, pizzerias and cafes, where it is so nice to sit after a busy day.
Particularly good to arrive in Trastevere in the evening, when the hours of aperitifs begin in Rome and besides the ordered drinks you may get a free meal.
If you cross the Tiber on the Front bridge behind the Navona square, you can get to the real castle. Today it is a military history Museum, but originally the Castle of St. Angelo was intended for the burial of emperors. The castle was founded under the Emperor Hadrian in 135 AD. But in the middle ages, the sturdy walls of the building were used by the popes to protect against barbarian raids and other conquerors.
Even if you are not interested in the battles of the past, look at the fortress of the II century is certainly worth it – it is considered one of the main attractions in the historical center of Rome.
- Opening hours: daily 9:00 – 19:30
- Tickets: 14 euros
Vatican city and St. Peter’s Basilica
The Vatican is located a little away from the other most interesting places in the center of Rome, but it is impossible to ignore it. In addition to the main center of Christianity, the Vatican is known for its luxurious museums, considered one of the richest collections of masterpieces in the world.
On the territory of the dwarf state you should also visit St. Peter’s Cathedral – the largest Christian Church in the world and the Sistine chapel – the former house Church, where one of the most famous masterpieces in the history of mankind – the Last judgment fresco by Michelangelo.
While in the Vatican, don’t forget to climb to the observation deck on the Dome of the Cathedral, as well as send a card to loved ones through the mailbox on the roof of the temple. I’ve already received the one from myself! =)
Besides visiting museums, the autumn in Rome is full of cultural events.
The festival of avant-garde art begins in September and continues in October – the concerts of different musicians, vocalists and dance groups, theatrical performances and film gather a lot of visitors.
The international festival of sacred music is another world-wide event that takes place annually in Rome in October. The first festival was organized in 2002, but every year it grows.
Trip to the Florence
Traditionally, one-and two-day trips from Rome to Florence are very popular. Such a round trip is quite possible to make in one day. There you can visit the Uffizi Galleries and Academies, Pitti Palace and Palazzo Vecchio.
Tickets for the Rome-Florence-Rome train you can purchase online to avoid the queues at the station. Read the schedule, pick up a ticket and book it online here.