The Spanish Steps are part of the Piazza di Spagna at the foot of Pincio Hill. Built during the 1700’s, the steps were designed by Francesco de Sanctis and link the Baraccia Fountain with the Trinita dei Monti, (a French church at the top of the hill). This area of the city is also where you can find the big name designer boutiques such as Prada, Gucci, Bvlgari, Versace and Valentino.
The Colosseum was built in AD80 as an amphitheatre to seat 55,000 spectators keen to witness gladiator combat and fights between wild animals. Although that form of ‘entertainment’ no longer continues, the impressive amphitheatre remains in brilliant condition considering its age. If you have time, make sure you return to the Colosseum at night time to see it all lit up.
The Vatican is the smallest (and perhaps the most famous) state in the world. Home to the Pope and full of spectacular architecture and icons including the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, Castel Saint Angelo and the Vatican Gardens, the Vatican is definitely worth a visit.
The Patheon is a Roman temple built in AD 125 and dedicated to the ancient Gods of Rome. It features impressive architecture with a huge central dome supported by a carefully designed series of arches.
Other sites worth a visit include the Capitoline Museum (Palazzo Nuovo and Palazzo dei Conservatori), the Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Vanezia (National Museum) and the Museum of Rome. Be sure to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain if you want to guarantee a return visit one day.
The Time Elevator is an interactive show full of special effects and a lesson in Rome’s history. If the kids are young then Explora is a great hands-on museum and Rome’s zoo, Bioparco is great fun for all ages. If you need to escape the summer heat, head to Aquapiper, a large water park full of water slides and swimming pools.
Where to stay
The Domus Mariae Palazzo Carpegna is a beautiful historical palace surrounded by luxurious gardens and ideally located just a few minutes from the Vatican City and Rome City Centre with all of its popular attractions. The hotel is built in a historical building within the setting of Villa Carpegna Park and features modern, comfortable guest rooms that are spacious and equipped with all the amenities one could expect from a hotel of its class, including air conditioning, satellite TV, movie channels, a minibar, a telephone, modem connection and a full bathroom with hairdryer. Dining options include two tempting restaurants and a bar, offering typical local and Italian wines and snacks. The hotel also provides room service as well as laundry, a breakfast buffet, conference rooms, parking and a welcoming 24 hour reception. The Grand Hotel Palazzo Carpegna is a stunning hotel making for an enjoyable stay.
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