Do you have only two days to visit Rome ? Here for you an interesting and exciting journey to discover the most important sights of the capital.
ROUTE: from the Vatican to the Spanish Steps
TO VISIT: St. Peter - Castel Sant'Angelo - Piazza Navona - Pantheon - Piazza di Spagna
There is no better way to start your stay in Rome than visiting the beautiful Basilica of St. Peter, one of the major symbol of Christianity. The majestic Basilica, still one of the largest churches in the world, home to extraordinary works of art such as the magnificent 29-meter high bronze baldachin by Bernini, Michelangelo's Pietà, a work that amazes for technique and emotion, the funerary monument of Clement XIII, created by the great Venetian sculptor Antonio Canova, and the splendid mosaic of the ship, built on a design by Giotto in 1305-1313. Of particular interest is the dome designed by Michelangelo. To reach it, you have to climb over 500 steps, but once achieved the top, you can enjoy a magnificent 360° view over Rome. Remember to wear appropriate clothing, people with pants or short skirts and sleeveless tops are not allowed in the basilica.
Not far from St. Peter's are the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel and the papal apartments frescoed by Michelangelo and Raphael. Museums hold collections of wonderful works of art among the most prestigious in the world.
With the Basilica at your back, walk Conciliazione street until you get to Castel Sant'Angelo, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, where you can see, in addition to the National Museum, the secret passage Passetto, who joined the Vatican City with the castle, formerly used by the popes to escape from the depredations of the enemy.
Crossing the Tiber, opposite the castle, you come to the overcrowded Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful and famous squares in Rome, where you can admire: the Fountain of the Four Rivers, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini; the Fountain of Neptune and Fountain Moro, works of Giacomo della Porta , the Church of St. Agnes in Agony and the Palazzo Pamphili.
From the square, crossed corso Rinascimento and a series of narrow streets, you reach Piazza della Rotonda and the Pantheon, a temple to all Gods, past, present and future.
From Piazza della Rotonda our route continues to Piazza di Trevi, where you will find the charming Trevi Fountain, one of the most important and famous fountains in the world. From here you can reach in a few minutes the Spanish Steps, the most famous square in Rome with the monumental staircase of Trinità dei Monti.
ROUTE: from the Colosseum to the Capitol
TO VISIT: Colosseum - Capitol
The second day of our tour takes you to the discovery of the "Ancient Rome". It starts from the Colosseum, the main symbol of Rome and the largest amphitheater in the world. If you purchase the Roma Pass you can skip the line. Walk along via dei Fori Imperiali to reach the Foro Romano and on the other side of the road you can enjoy the area of Fori Imperiali, a set of monumental squares that were built by the Roman emperor between 46 BC and 113 A.D.
From here our route continues up to Piazza Venezia, where the young Alberto Sordi played the role of the policeman Othello Collar, in the movie of Luigi Zampa "The Fighter". In the square you can admire the Victorian National Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II in which are often hosted many exhibitions. Our tour ends with the Capitol, one of the seven hills on which Rome was founded. The floor of the square is decorated with the famous Michelangelo's twelve-pointed star.