Our Grand Tour of Rome begins ideally with Piazza del Popolo (People’s Square) has been for centuries the main access into the holy city for travelers coming from the north; today as well it will be our departure point to discover the highlights of the historical center of Rome.
First we spend some time enjoying the Neoclassical decoration of the square and surrounding churches.
From here, we reach Piazza di Spagna with the famous “Spanish” steps, dominated by the Church of Trinità dei Monti.
The area is also well known as the fashion district of Rome.
Further down is the Trevi Fountain, the largest in town recently reopened to the public after a long restoration. The fountain represents in a splendid way the century-old relation between Rome and the water.
With a stroll through the surrounding “vicoli” (= alleyways), we get an idea of the lively if disorderly everyday life of the Romans today!
After some unmissable ancient monuments as Marco Aurelius’ Column and Augustus’ Egyptian Obelisk in Piazza Montecitorio, we finally reach the Pantheon.
A Roman temple perfectly preserved after almost 2,000 years; a marvel of engineering and an iconic example of the historical shift from the Pagan to the Christian city.
At the end of our Grand Tour we reach Piazza Navona, the brightest gem of Baroque Rome. Here Bernini and his team of sculptors gave life to one of the most scenic squares of Italy.
Piazza Navona can also be the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine or a cappuccino in one of its many cafes.