Set in a breathtaking cityscape punctuated by a never-ending series of magnificent squares and monuments, Rome is the perfect place to explore and discover. See the most famous sights of the city in one afternoon on this 3-hour walking tour! First visit Palazzo Spada. The building is worth a stop thanks to the brilliance of forced perspective introduced by the famous architect Borromini. The arcade courtyard is an optical illusion, in which diminishing rows of columns and a rising floor create the illusion of a gallery 37 meters long (it is 8 meters). Proceed then to Piazza Navona, one of the most famous squares in the world. Its original shape repeats with extreme faithfulness the perimeter of the ancient stadium of Domitian built in 89 A.D. for athletic competitions. The symbol of the square are the “Fountains of Four Rivers,” designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and competing with Borromini’s famed church S.Agnese in Agone. Walk 10 minutes until you reach Piazza della Rotonda, housing the unmistakable structure of the Pantheon. The Pantheon, a building of ancient Rome, has been well preserved and is a true masterpiece of architecture. Once inside, your expert guide will give a short explanation explaining the history and the architectural secrets of the building. In the center of the square there is a fountain with a mist linear plan designed by Giacomo della Porta. From Piazza della Rotonda the distance is short to Piazza Colonna, an area named after the 2nd-century marble column celebrating the victories of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius over the Germanic populations. Today, the square is the center of Italian political life, which gravitates around Palazzo Chigi, the seat of the Prime Minister. Cross Via del Corso and in just 5 minutes you will arrive at the Trevi Fountain, a true masterpiece and certainly the most famous and spectacular fountain in Rome. Visit Colonna Square with the sublime Column of Marcus Aurelius and the church San Luigi dei Francesi. The last stop of your itinerary will be Piazza di Spagna, the Spanish Steps. Extremely original in shape, with a narrowing at the center which divides it in two parts, it has always been the meeting place for travelers coming from all over the world. In the center of the square you will admire the Fontana della Barcaccia made by Pietro Bernini (father of the more famous Gian Lorenzo). This area is surely a paradise for the fashion conscious shopper and you will find the most important and famous names of the Italian style here. After the tour ends, you can keep walking on your own along the nice shopping area of Via Condotti, or you can just have fun and relax in the numerous shops and cafes in the area.
Largo Argentina 52 in front of Teatro Argentina at 9:15 AMopen in google maps ->
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