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As you may already know, Rome is full of things to see and do. Everything is deeply beautiful and relaxing.

To See …

A briefly intense itinerary just to see the most beautiful things of the Endless City in only 48 hours!

First Day

Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican - Castel S. Angelo - Piazza Navona - Pantheon - Piazza di Spagna 

Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican The Vatican CityAs soon as you arrive in Piazza San Pietro, the visitor is first struck by the grandeur of the square spreading out before the Basilica of St. Peter, framed by the magnificent four column-deep colonnade designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. 
St. Peter’s Basilica is the largest church in the world’s surface covering 22,000 square meters; its Michelangelo designed dome is 42 meters wide; the entire building rises to a height of 136 meters, and 330 steps take you to the top of the dome for an unique panorama. Inside the church you can find lots of masterpieces: Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s, Giotto’s, Antonio Canova’s. Timeless works, especially paintings, can also be admired in the Vatican Museums, but the leading edge of the site, work of endless beauty, is the Sistine Chapel.

Photo By: Marco Lazzaroni

castel-sant-angelo -  Emanuele Longo
Castel Sant' AngeloJust some steps down Via della Concilliazione: this castle represents the second point of this itinerary. Rich in stuccos, frescos and furnishing of its papal apartments, is also home to an important collection of ancient weapons. It was formerly a prison.

Photo By: Emanuele Longo

piazza-navona- Ignacio García Piazza NavonaBy crossing the Tiber at Sant’ Angelo’s Bridge, just in front of the, it is no longer difficult to reach Piazza Navona. Viewed from above, you can realize by looking at the square’s outline that it  was an arena. In the piazza you can be astonished admiring three major fountains: the Fountain of the Moor, the Fountain of Neptune and the largest one: Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers (representing the four continents of the Earth by their rivers: the Nile, Ganges, Danube and Rio de la Plata). Seventeenth Century Baroque Church of Sant’ Agnese in Agone is at the right center, designed by the great architect Francesco Borromini. The square was antiquely a Stadium built by the emperor Domitian.

Photo By: Ignacio García

Pantheon-  Ames Lai
Pantheon The Pantheon is one of the most wonderful architectonic craft of ancient Rome. Perfectly cylindrical, having height and diameter of the same size, its interior hosts the tomb of High Renaissance Painter and Architect Raphael, Annibale Carracci (Baroque painter) and the Kings Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I. At the right center of the square outside, an obelisk dedicated to Ramses II dominates the rest.

Photo By: Ames Lai

Spanish-Steps---Weldon-Kennedy Piazza di SpagnaIts famous steps, designed by Francesco De Sanctis between 1723 and ’26, as well as “La Barcaccia”, designed by Pietro and his son Gian Lorenzo Bernini represent important meeting points for both Romans and tourists. On top of the Steps and overlooking the Piazza is the Church of Trinità dei Monti, which was built on the wishes of King Louis XII of France in 1502. On your left you can find the famous balcony called Pincio, from where you can benefit from a breathless sight of a stunning panorama.

Photo By: Weldon Kennedy

Other great places in the surroundings...

Campo de'Fiori  -  Roberto Taddeo
Campo de'Fioritranslates to “field of flowers”. After it was paved, the piazza became a public meeting point and a flourish of merchants came to the area to set up shop. If you look closely at the names of the streets surrounding the piazza, you will notice that they are named for various trades. The various merchants that came to the area made Campo Dei Fiori a popular place to meet with friends , but Campo dei Fiori played host to many public executions; the most famous was the one of Giordano Bruno. Giordano Bruno was an Italian philosopher, astronomer, mathematician and Dominican friar who was burned alive in the square by the Roman Inquisition; for his ideas that were considered heresy by the Catholic Church. The piazza during the day is a bustle of fishmonger s, fruit/vegetable vendors and flower sellers but in the evening the piazza transforms into a popular nightspot.

Photo By: Roberto Taddeo

Trevi Fountain which is designed like a monumental triumphal arch, was built against a wall of the Palazzo Poli. The central figure of the fountain, standing in a large niche, is Neptune, god of the sea. Each sea horse is guided by a Triton, and while one of them is calm and obedient, the other one is restive, because they symbolize the fluctuating moods of the sea. While the statues on the top were created by Pietro Bracci,, the lowest ones were the work of Filippo della Valle. The whole composition is also one of the best masterpieces concerning bass-reliefs and allegorical statues on the top, in fr ont of the attic, symbolizing the four seasons. Crowning the top is the coat of arms of pope Clement XII. Water flows over artificial rocks into a large semi circular basin that represents the sea. Every day around eighty million liters of water flow through the fountain.

Photo By: Gary

Second Day

Coliseum - Via dei Fori Imperiali - Roman Forum - Campidoglio (Capitol Hill) and the Capitoline Museums.

Colosseo ColiseumSymbol of Rome worldwide, the Colosseum was built by emperors of the Flavian dynasty between 72 and 80 A.D., and its name actually derives from a colossal statue of the Emperor Nero. 100,000 square meters of travertine from the quarries in Tivoli were used for this amphitheater, the largest ever built in the Roman empire, antiquely location of contests between gladiators, animal hunts, executions, etc. fuelled by crowds of about 75,000 people. In the Medieval era, it was turned into a fortress, then into a make-shift quarry to be stripped of material to build housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, hospitals.

Photo By: Umberto Rotundo

Fori-Imperiali The Forums The Roman Forum is Rome’s most important archaeological site, stretching from Campidoglio to the Palatine, it is composed of the Forum of Julius Caesar, of Augustus, of Nerva, Vespasian, and the domineering Trajan Forum. In VII A.D. was an area full of religious, business and political activities. Added to Roman Forum were at later dates the Imperial Forums: whose Column and Markets today still attract the admiration of visitors worldwide.

Photo By: Sartors

Campidoglio (Capitol Hill) Campidoglio (Capitol Hill)Palazzo Senatorio, serves as the seat of the Mayor of Rome, stands in the middle of Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo, which buildings on each side are the identical home to the Capitoline Museum. Hosting more than 200 paintings by such celebrated artists as Titian, Pietro da Cortona, Caravaggio, Guercino, Rubens, and many the center of the square just in front of the three palaces towers over a replica of the bronze statue of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. While its pedestal was made by Michelangelo, the original statue is to be found in the nearby museum. A pathway connects Piazza del Campidoglio to the terrace of the imposing Vittoriano Monument from where a breathtaking view of the whole city may be enjoyed. The Vittoriano Monument to Italy’s first king, Vittorio Emanuele II, which also houses the Sacrario delle Bandiere (Museum of Flags) and Museum of the Risorgimento. The monument was opened in 1911 marking the 50th  anniversary of the Unification of Italy and since 1921 holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Photo By: Andrea Puggioni

Other great places in the surroundings...

Mouth of Truth Mouth of Truth (which means “Mouth of Truth” in English)  The marble disc is now famous for the medieval legend that is associated with it. People believed that the mouth of the marble face would close if anyone put his hand in it and told a lie. Those who were accused of committing perjury or adultery were brought there. The legend became a popular part of culture even today. In the nineteenth century the Italian writer Gioacchino Belli wrote a poem about the legend and the Mouth of Truth even entered American culture when it featured in the 1953 movie 'Roman Holiday'. Located in the square of the same name. The Mouth of Truth stands against the left wall of the portico of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin church, the site of the ancient Forum Boarium. It attracts plenty of visitors who audaciously stick their hand in the mouth.

Photo By: Abir Anwar

Circo Massimo Circus Maximus The origins of the Circus Maximus go back to the sixth century BC when Tarquinius Priscus, the fifth king of Rome, created a track between the Palatine and Aventine hills. Place of fierce races, across two centuries, in the middle of the arena it was built a wall, on which wooden eggs and bronze dolphins were set just to count the laps done.
Even though it burned several times, (one of them under the emperor Nero), the Circus Maximus reflected the height of Roman Empire. The lower part of the cavea (seating area) was built in marble.
The Circus Maximus was occasionally used for events such as processions or gladiator combats, but on most days only chariot races with ‘quadriga’, pulled by four horses, were held here. Supporters of the different factions often clashed, sometimes resulting in deaths among the people.
Because most of the original structure was used as building material for medieval and Renaissance constructions, today only the layout of the original circus can be seen on what is only a grassland.

Photo By: Avinash Kunnath

To Eat …

Here there are some delicious suggestions close to LUISS Headquarters, to enjoy dinners on your free evenings.

To Enjoy …

The spectacular world of Cirque Du Soleil will be on tour in Rome just the week when IEPPM will be carried out.
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The dreamlike world of the odd painter Escher at Chiostro del Bramante since 20/09/2014 to 22/02/2015.
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Henri Cartier Bresson: the unique style of the Worldwide famous Photographer and Traveler at Museo dell’Ara Pacis since 25/09/2014 to 06/01/2015.
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The famous German-Flemish painter Memling, in an exhibition dedicated to our Country: “Hans Memling e l’Italia” at Scuderie del Quirinale since 13/10/2014 to 18/01/2015.
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Mario Sironi”, a monographic exhibition dedicated to the exponent of the astonishing Italian Movement of the early 20th century: the Futurism. At Palazzo delle Esposizioni Since 04/10/2014 to 08/02/2015

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The marvelous world of numbers, in the wonderful exhibition named “Numeri: whatever counts, from zero to Infinity” : at Palazzo delle Esposizioni since 16/10/2014 to 15/02/2015

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I giorni di Roma: L’ età dell’Angoscia” since 01/12/2014 to 31/05/2015 at Musei Capitolini, tells the story of the very last period of the Roman Empire.

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