Should you have only one day free, we suggest this itinerary:
- San Pietro in Vaticano
- Castel Sant'Angelo
- Piazza Navona
- Piazza di Spagna
SAN PIETRO IN VATICANO
You will be very impressed in front of the majesty of the Basilica di San Pietro, the hugest church in the world: the splendid colonnade created by Bernini, the baldacchino above the main altar, realized by Bernini with the bronze taken from the Pantheon, the impressive Pieta' by Michelangelo, the extraordinary mosaics by Giotto. Should you decide to go up to the dome do not forget there are 300 steps, but the splendid dome by Michelangelo and the astonishing view are a worth-while experience.
Do not neglect a visit to the Musei Vaticani, not only because of many masterpieces by famous artists but mostly because of the unforgettable visit to the Cappella Sistina.
Walking from San Pietro go towards Castel Sant'Angelo, a fortress hosting inside an interesting museum. It is still possible to visit it and admire frescoes, paintings, antique furniture and a very important collection of arms.
Castel Sant'Angelo is also famous for those who love opera and dramas: the protagonist of Tosca, by Giacomo Puccini, threw herself out of that terrace.
This wonderful square realized to be an arena, the Roman stadium of Domiziano, has kept the same particular shape. In its centre three beautiful fountains, the one of the Moro, the one dedicated to Nettuno, and the most important Fountain of the Rivers, representing the Nile, the Gange, the Danube and the Rio de la Plata, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
In the Christmas period there is held a nice market, good for adults and children.
In the Pantheon are kept most of the tombs of the Italian Kings and of famous artists, among them Raffaello.
This harmonious structure is realized like a sphere inside a cylinder, where the height size is the same of the floor size.
In front of it the beautiful Piazza della Rotonda, lively square with plenty of open air cafés, with a fountain in the centre.
PIAZZA DI SPAGNA
Piazza di Spagna is probably the most famous square of Rome, meeting point for all who love walking and shopping downtown. The amazing flight of steps created by Francesco De Sanctis with the church of Trinita- dei Monti at its top, and the "Barcaccia" in the centre of the square are undoubtedly some of the symbols of Rome worldwide. From there you can get to the most important roads, trendy bars and fashion shops.