We are well pleased to supply you some simple but complete right-hand on the places and
the "routs" more beautiful and interesting than the Capital. If are in Rome for tourism, you
are not allowed to let this chance slip from your hands!
There are so many possibilities to breathe art and classical culture in Rome that you have
only the embarrassment of the choice. Whatever you’re interested in (the Arcaic, the
Imperial, or the Paleochristian Rome) or if you’re fond with the Manierism and Baroque,
you have only to choose one of these routes or to create your own personalized one.
Itinerary 1: from Navona Plaza to St. Pietro
Departing from Navona Plaza, one of the vast and more scenografic plazas in Baroque
Rome. Its dominant note is the sumptuous Fountain of the Rivers, by Bernini, that with the
tall dome and with the exiles bell towers of the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone, (this one
by the Borromini instead), it almost marks the triumph of the Baroque art. Through the
brief Street Agonale we reach Sant'Apollinare Plaza, dominated from the belvedere tower
and therefore, in the modern Street Zanardelli, the Church of Sant'Agostino, whit its
Renaissance façade and with a famous fresco by Rafael, "the Prophet Isaia", and a
fascinating Madonna by the Caravaggio: the Pilgrims' Madonna, or of Loreto. Going out of
the Church of Sant'Agostino, taking to the left the Street of the Scrofa, it is found, to the
right, St. Luigi of French, the national church of French people.
The elegant façade is by Giacomo of the Door, and to its inside, in the chapel of St.
Matthew, it contains three marvelous Caravaggio.
Close to St. Luigi of French, there is Palazzo Madama, sumptuous residence of the Medicis
in Rome and now center of the senate of the Italian Republic. A little far from there, Palazzo
della Sapienza, ancient site of the University of the Studies, sketch by Michelangelo and
with an original dome conceived by the Borromini. Returned to Navona Plaza the Church of
Saint Mary of the Soul can be observed, from the severe façade, famous mainly for the
famous fresco of the Sibilles by Rafael. Close to the church, a delicious cloister with pure
lines, all lights and shades, conceived by the Bramante. Through Parione street, in front of
the Church of Saint Mary of the Peace, we arrive to Street of the Old Government, and
directing to the right, between austere buildings and old sixteenth-century houses, we
reach Plaza of the clock. Coasting along the Building of the Philippine ones, you reach the
Church of Saint Mary in Vallicella with nearby the Oratorio of St. Phillip Neri, with the
characteristic Baroque façade by the Borromini. Continuing for the Corso Vittorio Emanuele
there is, toward the end, the Building of the ancient Bench of Saint Spirit, by Anthony from
Sangallo the young. But above all it scenography of the Castle and the Sant'Angelo Bridge,
with its statues of angels and saints that form a splendid perspective. Crossed the river we
find to the left the wide Street of the Conciliation, open through the demolition of
traditional typical streets, whose disappearing has lifted sour criticisms, but in the end
allowed to observe the Basilica of St. Peter since bridge Sant'Angelo, and it widens
enormously the plaza with the famous colonnade of the Bernini really allowing oceanic
gatherings. At the end of Street of the Conciliation it arrives therefore St. Peter Plaza,
triumph of the Renaissance and the Baroque, with the works of Michelangelo, Bernini, and
of many others huge of the history of the Italian and world art. Not too far from the plaza it
is possible to reach the Vatican Museums, and to visit the famous Rooms of Raffaello and
the Sistina Chapel.
Itinerary 2: from Piazza Venezia to Piazza Navona
You depart from Venice Plaza and cross the brief but austere Street of the Plebiscite, that
brings Vittorio Emanuele to Course. To the left, Building Venice and the Church of the Jesus;
to the right, Building Bonaparte, Building Doria, with its elegant Baroque façade, Building
Lante Grazioli, embelished with a newspaper kiosk of Baroque taste and Building Altieri.
You arrive therefore to the Church of the Jesus, perhaps the most sumptuous of all the
Christianity, mother church of the Jesuits and prototype of the churches celebrants the
triumph of the Catholic faith. From the Church of the Jesus it begins Course Vittorio
Emanuele. Shortly after, Largo Argentina, and after few footsteps, to the left, Building
Vidoni, whose principal façade, attributed to Rafael, it is in the back part, in the Street of
the Shroud. Nearby, the seventeenth-century church of Sant'Andrea of the Valley, another
of the most sumptuous Baroque churches in Rome with its tall dome to Rome only less than
that of St. Peter. Continuing for Course Vittorio Emanuele, shortly after to the right Building
Massimo is found, masterpiece of Baldassarre Peruzzi, the Church of St. Pantaleo, with
neoclassic façade of the Valadier and Building Braschi, famous above all for the statue of
Pasquino, leftover of a Hellenistic group of the third century B.C. set to one of its angles.
From the other side of the Course Vittorio Emanuele, the Small Farnesina, drawn by
Anthony by Sangallo the young , and after all that, in the Street of the Baularis, true palace
of the Renaissance, Building Farnese, the most grand and noble of the Five hundred Roman
buildings. Few away from Building Farnese, to the left, in the small Capo di Ferro Plaza, you
can found Spada Palace, from the rich façade and from the sumptuous court, where they
have center the State Council and the Spada Gallery. Returned to Plaza of Field of the
Flowers, to the left we observe the superb Building of the Chancellery, one of the Four
hundred civil architecture purest expressions. Returned to Course Vittorio Emanuele, we
cross for approaching, from the small Via della Cuccagna, close to Braschi Building, to
Navona Plaza, one of the vast and more scenografich plazas in Baroque Rome.
Itinerary 3: from Gianicolo to Castel Sant'Angelo
From the Gianicolo, after having tasted the splendid sight panning on the center in Rome,
continue for "Street of the Gianicolo Promenade." At the end of the street turning to the
left for Suburb Saint Spirit allows to arrive to the City of the Vatican. Here a beautiful
afternoon can be gone by visiting the Basilica of St. Pietro and the Dome with panoramic
sight on the city. Our run continues with the visit to the Vatican Museums: the famous
Chapel Sistina of Michelangelo embellished by the Universal Judgment, the rooms painted
by Rafael Sanzio and a rich collection of works of art. Taking back our itinerary and
continuing Street of the Conciliation, we reach Castel Sant'Angelo, connected to the city of
Rome from Bridge Sant'Angelo, where all the environments of the fortitude can be visited.
Itinerary 4: The 4 basilicas
An itinerary that walks through the ancient pilgrimages for the complete indulgence that
have been having beginning in the year 1300. In order to get it, it is needed to visit all and
four the great basilicas: St. Giovanni in Laterano, the mother of all the churches in the
world, Saint Maria Maggiore, erect in 352 after the Madonna's apparition, the St. Peter’s
Basilica, the greatest church of the Christianity, and St. Paul out the boundaries, consecrate
in 324 and unfortunately destroyed by fire in 1823, to be reconstructed then on the same
foundations and consecrate in 1854 from Pious Pope IX.
Itinerary 5: From the Pyramid to the Bocca della Verità
Beside Door St. Paul, that can be reached with the line B of the subway, the Pyramid Cestia
rises, monumental grave of Roman epoch, erect in honor of Caio Cestio Epulone.
Continuing for Avenue Giotto and for Avenue Guido Baccelli, he reaches the Thermal baths
of Caracalla, one of the greatest thermal complexes of the antiquity. Our itinerary continues
for "Street of the Thermal baths of Caracalla", reaching the Circus Maximo, great example
of architecture in the etrusk Rome, made to build for the shows from the king Tarquinio
Prisco. Long Street of the Circus Massimo, the church of Saint is reached Maria in
Cosmedin, where the mask of the Mouth of the Truth lies. That also gives the name to the
plaza. According to the tradition, whoever utters the forgery after having inserted inside
the mask the hand, it will lose it.
Itinerary 6: From Fontana di Trevi to Arco di Costantino
Departing from the Fountain of Trevi, standstill forced for the one that is in visit in Rome,
continue on the thin Course to reach the famous Venice Plaza that rises at the base of the
Capitol, today center of the commune in Rome. Leaving the Capitol where can be admired
on the before plaza the Marco Aurelio Statue, continue our walk on the Imperial Forums to
reach the Ancient Roman Forum, symbol of the antiquity of the Roman civilization.
Continuing our run for the ancient Rome, not away from the Roman Forum, there’s the
Colosseum, symbol for excellence of the Roman power and one among the most known
monuments to the world as the Arc of Costantino.
Itinerary 7: from Palazzo Barberini to Villa Borghese
With the A line of the subway the seventeenth-century Barberini building is easily reached,
brought to conclusion by the Bernini and by the Borromini and that today accommodates
the prestigious National Gallery of Ancient Art. Continuing for Street Vittorio Veneto it
reaches the park of Villa Borghese, build by Scipione Borghese from which it takes the
name. Inside the gardens, that constitute the principal green space of the center in Rome,
the area of the racecourse, the Plaza in Siena, a rich decorative apparatus of statues and
fountains, an artificial little pond and the Bourgeois Gallery it is found.
The Museum still contains some works of the most absolute artistic value as the "Paolina
Bonaparte" by the Canova, the "Madonna of the Palafrenieris" and the "Young with Bottleholder of Fruit" by the Caravaggio, and also the "Danae" by Correggio and the "sacred Love
and profane Love" by Titian.
Through Corso Italia you reach Porta Pia, last architectural work of Michelangelo, famous
because in this zone the Italian troops driven by General Cadorna, in 1870, penetrated the
defenses of the Pontifical State.
Itinerary 8: from Piazza di Spagna to Sant’Ignazio di Loyola
The run in the Rome Barocca departs from Spanish Steps, easily attainable with the A line of
the subway, with the stairway of Trinità dei Monti. Continuing for Via Condotti, one of the
more places known of Rome, and turning to the left to the Course, you reach the
eighteenth-century Fountain of Trevi. The Fountain is set in front of Palazzo Poli, as if it was
supported and the tradition says that whoever throws a coin while turned back to the
Fountain, is destined to return to Rome. Our walk continues, and we pick Via del Triton at
the end of which we find the church of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte, with the bell tower and the
dome by the Borromini. Our itinerary finishes with the visit to the church of Sant'Ignazio of
Loyola, of the order of the Jesuits, whose fresco can be observed on the vault representing
the "Triumph of St.Ignazio."