The whole of Europe is indebted to the Roman civilization and indirectly all the countries influenced by the Culture of the Old Continent. A must for lovers of antiquity and Christianity, its long history of more than 28 centuries bewitches each of its visitors with all its vestiges, the Colosseum, the Forum, the Palatine, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the castle of St. Angel, Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Baths of Caracalla and the green lung of Rome, Villa Borguese and its gallery.
he most beautiful districts of Rome. The Quirinale hill is dominated by the Italian presidential palace Quirinale with the most famous fountain of Rome, the Trevi Fountain, below. It is also present in the collective imagination since La Dolce Vita by Fellini.
Then the magnificent Spanish Quarter stretching from Piazza di Spagna to Piazza del Popolo with its luxury stores, antique shops, distinguished hotels and craftsmen, built mainly in the 16th century on an area corresponding to the ancient Campus Martius. Then on the heights, there is the Villa Medici – the French Academy in Rome and the Borghese Gallery located directly in the park of Villa Borghese (80 hectares), built in the seventeenth century by Flaminio Ponzio housing an important part of the Borghese collection of paintings, sculptures and antiques. The Bioparco di Roma is also present, it is the oldest zoo in Italy opened in 1911.
The Capitoline Hill is considered the center of Rome. In the early days of the city, it was a fortified square and the heart of power. Between this hill, which is very close to Piazza Venezia, the Colosseum and the Roman forums stretch out, the political and social center of ancient Roman life since the early days of the Republic. Between the forums and the Circus Maximus to the south, rises the Palatine Hill, where according to legend Romulus founded Rome. To the north, the Markets of Trajan below the Esquiline hill, form a part of the imperial forums, the best preserved, with the amazing Trajan column.
The area of Vatican City The main avenue, the Via della Conciliazione, connects the Tiber River with the Castel Sant’Angelo to St. Peter’s Square and its basilica. To the north of the Vatican, the well-to-do neighborhood of Prati and Clodio, between the Palace of Justice in Piazza Cavour and the courthouse in Piazzale Clodio, is very residential with a variety of cafés, bars and restaurants, quality stores for clothes and luxury. The covered market Mercato Trionfale in Via Doria offers fresh products at very reasonable prices.