The Sistine Chapel is a structure belonging to the “Vatican Apostolic Palace”, a building of over 1,000 rooms which also includes the Vatican Museums and the papal apartment. Although this building is one of the 18 apostolic palaces (also papal palaces or pontifical palaces) found in Italy, mainly in Rome, today with this name only reference […]
Piazza di Spagna is one of the most famous and visited squares in Rome. In the center stands the Fontana della Barcaccia, designed and sculpted in Baroque style by Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful and famous squares in Rome and the world, is one of the splendid Baroque masterpieces with works by Bernini and Borromini. It was built on the perimeter of the ancient Domitian Stadium.
Villa Borghese (also called Villa Pinciana) is an English-style public park in the center of Rome full of monuments, gardens, statues and exciting views whose construction began in 1606 by the will of Cardinal Scipione Caffarelli Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V. The cardinal’s desire was to build a villa that reflected the immense prestige […]
The Trevi fountain is one of the most famous sites in Rome. In Late Baroque style, it is the spectacular termination of the ancient Acqua Vergine aqueduct, fed by natural springs. It features in several movies, including Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita”, and visitors to Rome enjoy continuing the time-honoured custom of throwing a coin into its waters so that they will return to the Eternal City one day.
Saint Peter’s Basilica, located in the Vatican City, is considered one of the Catholic Church’s holiest sites and foremost pilgrimage destinations, which marks the burial site of Saint Peter, Christ’s foremost apostle and the first ever pope. This is where Peter’s successor, the present pope, presides over religious rituals and celebrations.