City guide : Rome in one day
You have only one day to visit Roma ? Here is an exciting and evocative program for those who wish to know the main attractions of the city. You are in a cruise stopover in Roma or simply passing through the city ? In one day you will discover many monuments and make the most of the city.
To help you to plan your visit in Rome, Universal Tour Guide has planned a program in Roma for your day in the Italian capital:
The Vatican State
As soon as one enters St. Peter’s Square, the first thing that surprises and impresses the visitor is the size of the square in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica and the splendid colonnade four lines drawn by Bernini surrounds. But it is only by entering the basilica, after the sweeping staircase at three levels (also designed by Bernini), which is really amazed at the extent and richness of the largest church world, symbol of Christianity: a total area of about 22,000 square meters, a dome 42 meters in diameter (designed by Michelangelo), 136 meters high inside the building and 330 steps leading to the cupola from where one has a beautiful panoramic view of the square and Rome. Inside, we find the masterpieces of the greatest artists: the majestic canopy of Bernini, the Pietà by Michelangelo, the tomb of Clement XIII by Canova and the mosaic of Navicella Giotto found in the top of the main entrance porch. The Vatican Museums contain numerous works (mostly painted) the greatest masters of all time. It is important not to miss the Sistine Chapel, one of the cornerstones in the history of Italian painting.
From Saint Peter’s Basilica, you can explore by foot via della Conciliazione to reach the second stage of our itinerary: the Castel Sant’Angelo that houses the museum of the same name where we can admire not only the stucco and frescoes and sets various papal apartments, but also an important collection of antique weapons. The Castel Sant’Angelo is well known to opera lovers, because it is indeed of this famous terrace overlooking the historic center of Rome, threw Tosca, the protagonist of the opera by Giacomo Puccini.
Crossing the Tiber Ponte Sant’Angelo and heading left, you come to Piazza Navona. Place top view has a shape that shows the plan of a league. Indeed, this place was built on the Stadium of Domitian which remains in the church we can admire side of St. Agnes in Agone, designed by the great architect Francesco Borromini. One can admire the square, three fountains: the Fountain of the Moor, the Neptune Fountain and the most important, in the center, the Fountain of the Rivers (Nile, Ganges, Danube and the Rio de la Plata) designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Traditionally, from December until Epiphany, the place is occupied by stalls which sell toys and pastries.
The Pantheon is the refined product of architectural techniques of Roman antiquity. Its simple, harmonious structure is characterized by the insertion of a spherical space in a cylinder, in fact, its height from the ground is equal to its diameter. Inside, we find the tombs of important artists. Raphael is buried there as well as sovereign of the kingdom of Italy. Facing the Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda with a fountain in its center made by Giacomo della Porta.
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