Known as the Eternal City, and for good reason. Rome – a city rich with heritage and overflowing with history, culture and legend. As the proverb goes: “One life is not enough to visit Rome” so if time is short, choose one of our best itineraries and discover this magical place.
Together with an expert guide, prepare to discover the true beauty of this incomparable city.
Meet at the heart of the Catholic Church – St. Peter’s Square – replete with artworks such as Michelangelo’s Pieta, as well as the Pope’s Altar, completed by Bernini. The monumental façade, with a dome that stretches above, can only lift the spirit as it towers over Bernini’s wondrous double-colonnade.
Take a stroll along Via Della Conciliazione – the connecting route between The Vatican and the city – and arrive at Castel Sant’Angelo: an ancient archaeological site, once fortress and prison, as well as a Papal residence; it is now a museum. This is an ethereal setting to enjoy.
Cross the magnificent Sant’Angelo bridge and continue the tour along the famed Via deiCoronari, which takes its name from the sacred items on sale from the innumerable vendors who line the streets. With antique shops on all sides that peddle all sorts of items, be careful not to lose yourself in its charm.
Continue to the Piazza Navona, one of the largest squares in all of Rome. The space is incredibly popular among tourists for one primary reason: Bernini’s “Fountain of the Four Rivers.” Built to represent The Nile, The Ganges, The Danube and Rio de la Plata, the structure now sits amidst the artists who arrive to peddle their wares on a daily basis.
The next masterpiece to admire on your tour of Rome: The Pantheon. Immaculately preserved and seemingly just a few centuries old, it is difficult to believe that the structure was finished in AD 128 by Emperor Hadrian. In the square in front – a gathering place for locals – discover a decorative 16thcentury fountain sitting beneath the Egyptian obelisk.
Just beyond lies Adrian’s Temple – somewhat overshadowed by its towering neighbour but impressive nonetheless, and built in honour of the Emperor having once been the Temple of Neptune.
Home to Fellini’s inimitable “La Dolce Vita”, the Trevi Fountain is an iconic setting that many visitors seek out if only to toss a coin into its waters to ensure their safe return to Rome. To round off your magical day, proceed to the Spanish Steps and admire the Church of Trinitàdei Monti, which sits at the top of a famous 135-step stairwell with the Fontana Della Barcaccia at its foot.
– Professional Certified Guide