Ancient Capital's monuments: sightseeing and guided tours
Hotel Madrid, a refined three star Hotel in central Rome, with its privileged position will allow you to see all the monuments that make this city eternal, even just beginning the tour from near zone of Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.
» Spanish Steps and Curch of "Trinità dei Monti"
Marvellous square in Rome, it is dominated by the Spanish Steps. From this square start some of the most known streets of Rome. The monumental stairway, of 138 steps, was built with French funds, in 1723–1725, linking the Bourbon Spanish Embassy to the Trinità dei Monti church.
» Trevi Fountain: history and cinema's fascination
It is the most famous and spectacular fountain in Rome, built by Nicolò Salvi in 1735, under Pope Clement XII. This eighteenth-century fountain is a mixture of Renaissance classicism and baroque. The backdrop for the fountain is the Palazzo Poli. The theme of the sculpture is sea. Stage, moreover, of unforgettable cinema movies.
» Saint Peter's Basilic: centre of roman and world-wide catholic church
It lies inside Vatican City and dominates Saint Peter’s Square. Founded in 324 by Constantine emperor, it is the largest church build in Christianity. What makes the basilica unique is its dome, very famous all over the world.
» Saint Mary Major Basilica:
The Liberian Basilica is the only church in Rome built in various architectural styles. The nave and columns are the remains of the original 5th century structure. The marble floor and the Romanesque bell tower, decorated with blue ceramics, were build in the Middle Ages.
» Colosseum: the famous Flavian Amphitheatre
It is a beautiful, unique architectonic complex, built in A.D.72. Its original name is Flavian Amphitheatre. Originally capable of seating 45,000 spectators, it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles.
Situated in Piazza della Rotonda, next to Piazza Minerva, it is the best preserved of all Roman buildings, and perhaps the best preserved building of its age in the world. It was built by Agrippa consul in 27 B.C., as a temple to all deities.
» Piazza Navona:
It is one of the most beautiful and famous squares of Rome, where tourists come to admire the masterpieces by famous masters of the Baroque art, like Borromini, Bernini and Della Porta.
» Piazza del Popolo:
It is considered to be one of the best urban works of the city. Its layout was designed at the beginning of the 19th century by the architect Giuseppe Valadier. In the last two years, it has been transformed in a pedestrian precinct, where political events or concerts take place. It is the Renaissance door of the city, and three streets branch out from the Piazza: the Via del Corso, the Via del Babuino and the Via di Ripetta.
» Capitoline Hill:
For many centuries, it has been the seat of the political power. It is famous for the Cordonata, a monumental wide ramped stair ascending the hill to reach the high piazza designed by Michelangelo, surrounded by Palazzo Senatorio, Palazzo Nuovo and Palazzo dei Conservatori. It is one of the most interesting places in Rome and was conceived in the 16th century by Michelangelo.
» Capitoline Museums
The history of these museums can be traced to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a collection of important ancient bronzes to the people of Rome.
» Vatican Museums:
With its 7km of artworks, it is the biggest collection of antiques in the world. The new entrance, inaugurated in 2000 by Pope John Paul II, can be reached by the right colonnade in Saint Peter’s square, through Piazza Risorgimento and going straight ahead on Via Leone IV and Viale Vaticano.
» Castel Sant'Angelo:
Usually known as Mausoleum of Hadrian or "Castellum Crescentii" in the 10th-12th centuries, it lies on the right bank of the Tiber, in front of Ponte Sant'Angelo and not far from the Vatican. It was started in 135 by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, as a mausoleum for himself and his family, inspired by the Mausoleum of Augustus, and completed by Antoninus Pius in 139.
» Olympic Stadium:
It is the major stadium of Rome. It has a capacity of 82,000 and is the home of both A.S. Roma and S.S. Lazio football teams. It lies inside the Foro Italico, and is especially intended for football and athletics, even if sometimes it hosts concerts or important events.