villa borghese

Villa Borghese, with a perimeter of six kilometres, is the largest public park in Rome. It was commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V, and was enlarged (1800) by Giovanni Canina.

Walking through the park visitors can admire the lake garden, with its Greek temple built in 1700, the picturesque Piazza di Siena hippodrome shaded by Italian pines, where equestrian events and folk festivals are staged, or again, the Fortezzuola, an imitation of a medieval castle where the Canonica museum is housed. In the park, surrounded by greenery, are many buildings containing major art collections. In the area to the far north of the park, one of Italy’s major zoos (biopark) is located.

piazza di spagna

Elegance is undoubtedly the main feature of the square: the setting offered by the ochre-coloured buildings, the “barcaccia” fountain designed by Pietro Bernini to mark a dramatic flood in the city caused by the overflowing of the Tiber and the Spanish steps on which stands the Trinità dei Monti church help to create a refined and eighteenth-century atmosphere.

Just off the square are the flagship stores of fashion designers like Gucci, Bulgari and Valentino. The haunt of famous poets such as John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley, the square is now a cultural heritage of inestimable value. Positioned at the foot of the Pincio hill, Piazza di Spagna has always been the centre of the cultural and tourist life of the city of Rome.

 

via veneto

The famous and beautiful Via Vittorio Veneto (named after the battle of Vittorio Veneto), also known as Via Veneto, is one of the most important and historic streets of Rome. Via Veneto starts from Piazza Barberini and ends at Porta Pinciana, separating the two Roman neighbourhoods of Ludovisi in the lower stretch and Colonna at the upper end.

Via Veneto was made famous worldwide thanks to Federico Fellini’s film “La Dolce Vita”. The street was designed and laid out in the late nineteenth century, the centre of social life in the fifties/sixties of last century and frequented by celebrities, actors, artists and famous soccer players who regularly visit its many cafes, night clubs, hotels and restaurants.

piazza del popolo

The square stands majestically at the foot of the Pincio (Villa Borghese), an excellent example of the new city planning schemes of the Baroque period. It was finally completed in the early 19th century by G. Valadier who also designed the terrace ramp which links it with the Pincio. It has an elliptical shape with, on the minor axis, two exedras (semicircles) adorned in the middle by fountains with sculptures and at the extremities, by four statues representing the seasons.

At the centre of the north side is the Porta del Popolo with three openings, interior designed by Bernini and the exterior built to a design said to be of Michelangelo. On the opposite side of the square, where the famous Trident stands and Via del Babuino, Via del Corso and Via Ripetta meet, are the twin churches of Santa Maria di Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli, these too splendid examples of Baroque architecture. The Egyptian obelisk (the oldest and the second highest in Rome), once located in the Circus Maximus and brought to the square by order of Pope Sixtus V, is the true optical centre of the square; convergent for those arriving in the square, divergent for the many perspectives that open up to visitors from the square.