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People Square to Piazza Navona: A Walking Tour

Tripoto
14th Jan 2014

Piazza Navona

Photo of People Square to Piazza Navona: A Walking Tour by Eva Polino

The Pantheon

Photo of People Square to Piazza Navona: A Walking Tour by Eva Polino

Trevi Fountain

Photo of People Square to Piazza Navona: A Walking Tour by Eva Polino

Temple Of Hadrian

Photo of People Square to Piazza Navona: A Walking Tour by Eva Polino

The Spanish Steps

Photo of People Square to Piazza Navona: A Walking Tour by Eva Polino

Piazza Del Popolo

Photo of People Square to Piazza Navona: A Walking Tour by Eva Polino

Inside Trinita Dei Monti

Photo of People Square to Piazza Navona: A Walking Tour by Eva Polino

"Every one soon or late comes round by Rome." - Robert Browning

Rome has beckoned travelers from afar for quite a few decades now. Some might call it mainstream, expensive, luxurious but very few travelers can wind their way away from this enchanting capital. Rome is the 11th most visited city in the world and 3rd most visited in Europe. If Italy represents romance, Rome stands for intimacy. Intimacy between its glorious past and urban present. Intimacy between its spellbinding art and inspiring culture. There can't be any itinerary, any trip, any travel attempt that can claim to have seen all aspects of Rome. There is always more to Rome, and no matter how many trips you take there will always be more to Rome. Needless to say that Rome receives millions of tourists each year.

The beauty of Rome lies in its fluent mixture of its past with its present development. Renaissance art slowly nurtured in modern art, with 21st century artists displaying their works in various galleries. Ancient heritage monuments have adjusted well to the modern infrastructure development of the city. Rome has evolved through the years and still keeps evolving with changes. Thus, one needs to keep re-visiting Rome as the city keeps changing with each visit. 

On this tour around Rome you will see some of the most famous sights of Rome on a private 2-hour walking tour from the Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Navona. Wander past the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, pass the colonnades of Hadrian’s Temple, marvel at the Pantheon, and more. Explore the development of Rome on a specially designed 2-hour walking tour with a private guide. The route will take you from the large Piazza del Popolo inside the northern gate of the Aurelian Walls to Piazza Navona, built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian.Along the way, admire the beauty of the Spanish Steps where the poet John Keats once lived. At the bottom is the Baroque freshwater fountain of the Fontana Della Barcaccia, while at the summit lies the Trinità dei Monti church. Next, go to the Trevi Fountain. Walk the little alleys (vicoli) of Rome and admire the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Hadrian as they appear unexpectedly in front of your eyes. Marvel at the masterpiece of architecture that is the Pantheon, the best preserved of Rome’s imperial monuments with a stunning covered dome that is a testament to the empire’s engineers. End at Piazza Navona, where your guide will explain the history of the Baroque square and its most important monuments, such as the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi and the Egyptian obelisk.

What's Included:

• Tour Guide

What's Not Included:

• Entrance fees
• Food
• Transportation

Duration: 2 hours

This is a private tour, valid for a group up to 6 people. For a group less than 6, the full charge of Euro 125 will be charged

This huge oval square also called as the "People's Square" used to be the gateway into Rome. In ancient times the Via Flaminia was one of the important road links to Rome and gave the visitors a direct entry into the Piazza Del Popolo. Assuming the place's significance and as a show of Roman greatness to the visitor's that would enter pope Pius IV commissioned architect Nanni di Baccio Bigio to build a huge gate called Porta Flaminia. There is also a tall obelisk constructed by Augustus. There square has been a center of many activities in Ancient Rome including public executions.
Photo of Piazza del Popolo, Rome, Italy by Eva Polino
Photo of Piazza del Popolo, Rome, Italy by Eva Polino
Pantheon is one of the iconic buildings of Rome. It was built under the reign of Augustus as a temple to all the Gods of Ancient Rome. It is one of the oldest and best preserved structures of Rome. It is one such place that has been in use for the longest time in Roman history. A classic example of Ancient Roman architecture mixed with tradition.
Photo of Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda, Rome, Italy by Eva Polino
This huge Baroque fountain is what dominates the Trevi square. Designed by Nicola Salvi, is is the most famous fountains in the world. The source of this fountain is Aqua Virgo. According to a legend Marcus Agrippa sent some soldiers to find a fresh spring. The soldiers met a virgin who pointed them here, thus the name. The beautiful sculptures that constitute this fountain are a breath taking and leaves no wonder as to why tourists flock this place. While you are here do not forget to throw in a coin to make sure you will one day return to the Eternal City.
Photo of Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Trevi, Rome, Italy by Eva Polino
Photo of Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Trevi, Rome, Italy by Eva Polino
A set of 135 steps that lead directly to the Bourbon Spanish Embassy are the Spanish Steps. Designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi, these steps are a favorite place to hang out for tourists and locals alike. At the foot of these steps is the Piazza De Spagna and on the top is an elegant and splendid Church. On the whole it is a great start to a tour full of architectural and historic charm.
Photo of Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy by Eva Polino
Photo of Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy by Eva Polino
We climb up the Spanish steps to meet this magnificent structure. This church is a later Renaissance structure and is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. This church was originally constructed to commemorate France's victory over Naples and was later re-constructed. It was built in the Gothic style, but the facade is neo-classical. It was raided of its richness during the Neapolitan Invasion.
Photo of Trinita' Dei Monti, Rome, Italy by Eva Polino
Built by Antoninus Pius, successor of Hadrian after whom the temple is named, Temple Of Hadrian was much once decorated with trophies and reliefs of the conquests (the relics now lie in a near by museum). Today only the 11 pillars at the north end remain. These pillars were integrated in the 17th century to make a new customs office. Today, there resides the Roman Stock Exchange within it. A superimposition of the modern on the ancient- that is pretty much what Temple of Hadrian is.
Photo of Temple of Hadrian, Piazza di Pietra, Rome, Italy by Eva Polino
Another open space where the ancient Romans assimilated to watch games and get some entertainment. Today holding three magnificent fountains and a beautiful church, this square is considered to be one of the best in Rome. A major highlight here is the Fountain of Four Rivers (mentioned in Dan Brown's Angels and Demons) designed by Bernini. This fountain has a statue signifying the four major rivers, Danube, Ganges, Nile and Rio De La Plata.
Photo of Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy by Eva Polino
Photo of Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy by Eva Polino
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