St. Peter’s Basilica to the Spanish Steps: this Rome Instagram spots private walking tour is a riot of Roman Baroque masterpieces. The major Italian artists belonging to this current competed to build the most scenic city in the world. Its dynamism is still alive, and you can perceive it by following an expert guide through the most instagrammable places in Rome. Discovering the true beauty of this incomparable city, you will get to know its history and legends. In Rome, you can find 8 must-see monuments.
St. Peter’s Square
You will meet your guide in St. Peter’s Square, under the most prominent Egyptian obelisk of Rome. The Saints surmounting the monumental façade are the message of the Catholic Church offering protection to its worshippers. The immense theatrical colonnade mimes the warm embrace that you will never forget. Discover its secret with your guide. Magical morning photographs of the Square (within 9:00 am except Wednesday and Sunday morning) are the reason why we include it as the first stop of this best of Rome tour.
Castel Sant’Angelo and its Bridge
Walking thought Via Della Conciliazione, ideally connecting the Vatican to Rome, you will reach the imponent Adrian’s mausoleum.
The Archangel Michael dominates the top of this perfectly preserved second-century building. Dating 1752, the bronze angel hides the legend that your private guide will reveal. Today, the ancient mausoleum houses a famous museum, but it was a fortress, a prison, and a Papal residence in case of war. It is still connected to the Vatican through a secret passage.
Attraversando il magnifico ponte di Sant’Angelo, continuerete il tour lungo la famosa Via dei Coronari, che prende il nome dagli oggetti sacri, oggi è nota per essere la strada degli antiquari: negozi ricchi di oggettistica e mobili di ogni sorta si susseguono uno dopo l’altro, trasmettendo al passante la sensazione di vivere in un’altra epoca. Impossibile non lasciarsi trasportare dalla curiosità di entrare in una di queste antiche botteghe per sbirciare tra le sfarzose tele ed i soprammobili più bizzarri.
Choose your guardian angel crossing the famous bridge and post your unique picture! The parade of angels designed by Bernini generously enriches the original Roman structure, which crosses the Tiber. Stunning views ensure amazing photos. Walking through Via Dei Coronari, you will breathe the atmosphere of a real ancient street.
A private tour of Rome is the right choice to learn numerous historical details. For example, your guide will tell the story about how Bernini obtained the job of restoring the Square and building the spectacular fountain in its center. The fountain of the four rivers, representing the four continents, is not the only attraction of this SquareSquare, which foundation is Domiziano Circus, still visible. This Square was among the Instagrammable places of Rome since the days of the Grand Tour!
The Pantheon & Adrian’s Temple
Your guided Rome Instagram spots tour continues with a timeless building. Dating back to AD 128, the Pantheon survives intact after 2000 years! The temple of all gods, build in honor of Agrippa by Emperor Adrian, is now a Christian Church housing the tombs of the kings of Italy and Raffael. The round building has the biggest unreinforced concrete dome in the world. The unique opening of the temple is the 9 meters oculus on the top of its dome.
The water of the fountain of the Piazza Della Rotonda, surmounted by one of the numerous Egyptian obelisks, offers the perfect setting for your pictures.
A few steps away stands the impressive remains of Adrian’s Temple columns.
Trevi Fountain & the Spanish Steps
“It’s wonderful!” exclaimed Anita Ekberg. True, she had a privileged perspective, but even from our point of view, the spectator can’t turn his face from this magnetic attraction, the most photographed of the world. Legends and myths are the symbols of the fountain history, sculpted in a rocky scenery. This architectural monument was built on the wall of a Palace and at the end of an ancient aqueduct.
The last place of the Instagram tour of Rome we included in this walking tour is the Spanish Steps complex. One needs a knowledgeable guide to know all about its history and its name. The French Church of Trinità Dei Monti stands above the impressive stairway. At its feet, the same water of the Trevi Fountain pours into the “Barcaccia,” the white marble boat sculpted by Pietro Bernini, the father of the more famous Lorenzo.