- By Kevin
- On Jul 26, 2017
- Travel Tips
Rome has more beautiful squares than any other city in the world. Fun things to do in Rome & best romantic places to visit recommended.
Piazza Navona contributes to this collection with its exceptional length and three outstanding fountains. The shape results from an ancient stadium which once stood in the place of the square. The square is busy day and night with visitors who come to admire the fountains, the church Sant'Agnese in Agone, and other buildings. There are several cafes with outdoor seating which contribute to the relaxed ambiance. Artists and mimes entertain the onlookers. The central fountain, the Fountain of the Four Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi), was designed by Bernini in the 17th century. The four rivers represented by the statues in the fountain are the Danube, the Nile, the Ganges, and the Rio della Plata. At the center of the fountain is an ancient obelisk. The other two fountains stand at the North and South ends.
THE CAPITOLINE MUSEUMS
The Capitoline Museums are located behind the gigantic monument to Victor Emmanuel, the first king of Italy, in the area called the Capitoline Hill. Rising high above the ancient Roman Forum, this is a charming pedestrian zone with a number of historic buildings and museums. There are two buildings facing each other: Palazzo Nuovo and Palazzo dei Conservatori. The square enclosed by the palaces was designed by Michelangelo in the 16th century. Here you will find one of the largest collections of classical statues, including Roman copies of Greek statues, colossal parts of the Constantine II statue from the 4th century, and the Etruscan bronze wolf with Romulus and Remus which dates back to the 5th century BC. Palazzo dei Conservatori also features an art gallery with paintings by Rubens, Caravaggio, Van Dyck, Titian, and others. The ticket office is located in Palazzo Nuovo - one ticket will give you access to both buildings. The museum is usually closed on Mondays and certain holidays.
MAKE A WISH AT THE TREVI FOUNTAIN
The legend says that anyone who tosses a coin over their shoulder into the Trevi Fountain will some day return to Rome. This legend, and the architectural beauty, make the attraction one of the most popular and photographed spots in town, especially with couples on a romantic trip or a honeymoon. The attraction was designed by Nicola Salvi in the 18th century and was made famous by Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. At the center of the fountain is Neptune, God of the Sea according to the ancient mythology. Water collects first in smaller pools underneath the marble statues and then flows to the center. The structure is located within walking distance of the Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona. It is situated in the Trevi square which, unlike the open Piazza Navona, appears very small.
THE VATICAN CITY
Any trip to Rome should include a trip to the Vatican which is a tiny independent state located in the center of the city. Most visitors end up spending the whole day in the area, visiting the Vatican Museums (Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel is located here), the incredible St. Peter’s Basilica and the square in front of it. The whole area is walled off from the rest of Rome.