See in Rome

Trevi Fountain
It is the most famous place in Rome, because of the following legend: if a visitor throws a coin into the fountain, they are sure to return to Rome The best way to capture the atmosphere of this magical fountain is to go late at night 2:00am-3:00am. This fountain, built by Nicola Salvi (1762), into a wall of the Poli Palace, is an aesthetically pleasing union of Classic and Baroque styles. It is said that the inspiration came from a Bernini design. The dominant central scene offers oceanic waves, featuring a chariot towed by seahorses, and driven by Triton (P. Bracci). On either side are statues by P. Valle, representing abundance and health. The fountain is named for a nearby 'trivio' or crossroads

Galleria Borghese
The original 17th century Villa, was a converted, family vineyard, farmhouse, belonging to Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V. The interior was sparsely decorated, in order to enhance the beauty of his art collection, which included works by: Raphael, Perugino, Parmigianinno, Reni, Guercino and Domenichino. Amid such artistic grandeur, most extraordinary of all, are masterworks by Caravaggio and Bernini, which span their entire artistic careers. In 1700, Scipione's descendant, Marc Antonio Borghese renovated the Villa in Neoclassic design, installing fine, stucco and painted, decorative features in every room. Of special note are the frescoes on the entrance's vaulted ceiling, which celebrates the birth of Marc Antonio's firstborn son. His addition converted the Galleria Borghese itself into a work of art, which houses priceless works of art (entrance fee charged, online booking requested). 

This temple, was built according to the wishes of Marco Agrippa, Caesar Augustus's son-in-law, in 27 B.C. During the course of its long history, it has undergone extensive damage and restoration, to the point of a total face-lift at the hands of Hadrian, which is basically what remains today. It is divided into two distinct architectural sections: a Greek-style 'pronao' (entrance vestibule), and a cylindrical body, having height and diameter of equal dimensions (43.30 M). It is built entirely of brick, with niches carved into its thick walls. The triangular shaped 'pronao' is held up by 16, monolithic, pink granite columns. Once inside the enormous antique bronze doors, due to its stark simplicity, an air of silence and contemplation overcomes the visitor. Above the beams rises the cupola, with its inset squares, to the 9-meter in diameter, central 'foro', or opening. Through this opening is the only way external light may enter. In antiquity all the walls were covered in marble and every niche held a statue. Now the walls are bare. Located in the first niche is the 15th century 'Annunciazione', attributed to Melozzo da Forli. Also present are the tombs of Kings Vittorio Emanuele II, Umberto I, and Queen Margherita. Under the shrine on the left, which contains a statue of the Madonna of Lorenzetto, is the tomb of Raphael (1520).

(1564), only the drum, the base on which a dome rests, had been completed. The dome proper was redesigned and vaulted, between 1585 and 1590, by the architect Giacomo della Porta, with the assistance of Domenico Fontana, who was probably the best engineer of the day. Fontana built the lantern the following year, and the ball was placed in 1593. The dome, as designed by Michelangelo. As built, the double dome is brick, 42.3 metres (138.8 ft) in interior diameter (almost as large as the Pantheon), rising to 120 metres (394 ft) above the floor. In the mid-18th century, cracks appeared in the dome, so four iron chains were installed between the two shells to bind it, like the rings that keep a barrel from bursting. (Visitors who climb the spiral stairs between the dome shells can glimpse them.) The four piers of the crossing that support it are each 18 metres (59 ft) across. The dome was redesigned and completed by Giacomo della Porta in 1590. The egg-shaped dome exerts less outward thrust than a lower hemispheric one (such as Mansart's at Les Invalides) would have done. The dome conceived by Donato Bramante at the outset in 1503 was planned to be carried out with a single masonry shell, a plan discovered to be infeasible. San Gallo came up with the double shell, and Michelangelo improved upon it. The piers at the crossing, which were the first masonry to be laid, and which were intended to support the original dome, were a constant concern, too slender in Bramante's plan, they were redesigned several times as the dome plans evolved. 

Vatican Museum
The Vatican Museums is one of the most important Museum complexes in the world housing very important masterpieces from the Egyptian Age to late Renaissance.

The museums are composed of several sections:
- the Gregorian Etruscan Museum
- the Pinacoteca
- the Missionary-Ethnological Museum
- the Raphael Stanze
- the Sistine Chapel.

To avoid the queue we suggest to go there very early (07/07:30am). No entrance fee charged the last Sunday of eac h month.

Rome by Night


Rome can be considered a dynamic and vibrant metropolis proactive and culturally interesting city both day and night. Also with regard to leisure and entertainment the Holy City has nothing to envy to other European capitals. Also with regard to leisure and entertainment the Holy City has nothing to envy to other European capitals. The Roman evenings usually begin with the aperitif in one of the trendy bars of the city center. The nightlife begins later, both during the week and on weekends. The evenings and performances in pubs do not start until 22:00 and end very late! You can experience the best of Roman nightlife during the summer, from June to September you can find lots of concerts, shows and outdoor events in the squares and streets of Rome. In other seasons you can enjoy one of the many clubs, discos, theaters or community centers in the city that offer shows and parties for every taste and every age: various performances of cabaret, opera and musicals (Italian and foreigners). The musical events are held at Palaeur, the Olympic Stadium and at the Parco della Musica, besides the concert of May 1st is usually organized in Piazza San Giovanni; it's definitely a good opportunity (free) to attend the performance of artists of national and international fame.
We recall other events that annually attract visitors from abroad, such as:


- The White Night, recently introduced in the Roman calendar. You can go to the theater, cinema, visiting museums, going shopping all night long.


- The International Film Festival, an event with the aim to create and bring to Rome the charm and importance of the main European editions (the first edition was held in 2006).


- TevereExpo, craft market Italian (and not only) in place every year between June and July along the banks of the Tiber, where you can buy Roman specialties.


- Festa dei Noantri, it is a summer event celebrated by the Trastevere inhabitants, one of the most beautiful districts in Rome. The celebrations, the procession, concerts and many other initiatives take place from 17th July, among the many stalls selling handicrafts and sweets and several fortune-tellers. All the events in piazza Santa Maria are free for participants, there are folk music concerts and stornelli (a kind of improvised, simple poetry, similar to a carol). The event ends with a fireworks show!


- During the period of the Epiphany in Piazza Navona you can celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, You will have the chance to buy Christmas items and sweets in the many stalls that fill the square, and there would still be worth mentioning ...