The guided tour to the Squares and Fountains of Rome will lead the visitor in a journey among the most fascinating monumental fountains and squares of the Eternal City.
The tour will start in Piazza del Popolo, the monumental square where via Flaminia starts, from the homonymous Porta Flaminia, arriving until Rimini. This baroque square is the first urban project made at the beginning of the Renaissance. The three streets departing from the obelisk, which is in the center of the square, had to direct the pilgrims from North to the three most important places to visit: St. Mary Major, St John and St Paul.
Our guided tour will continue to via del Babuino, toward the elegant and picturesque Piazza di Spagna, where we may see the scenic Spanish Steps to the Trinità dei Monti church, one of the most famous views of Rome, and backdrop to the famous Fontana della Barcaccia, one of the first works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
We will continue our tour to Piazza Mignanelli and the Column of the Immaculate Conception, with the Statue of the Virgin on top of it.
Crossing Via del Tritone, we will reach Fontana di Trevi. This is probably the most scenographic fountain in the world, an eighteenth-century masterpiece by Nicola Salvi, the terminal display of ancient Roman aqueduct Aqua Virgo.
From Piazza di Trevi, our guided tour to the Squares and Fountains of Rome will continue by passing through the elegant Galleria Alberto Sordi, dedicated to the famous Roman actor, to reach Piazza Colonna, with the famous Column of Marcus Aurelius.
From there, we will pay a visit to the Piazza di Pietra, partially occupied by the Temple of Adrian. From here, taking the busy Via dei Pastini, we will reach Piazza della Rotonda. That’s how Romans used to call the Pantheon, because of the perfect circle shape of its cell and because of the perfect hemispheric dome. We will be in front of the most intact monument of ancient Rome, built to the will of emperor Adrian.
From the Pantheon, the guided tour will continue next by passing to the Church of San Louis of the French (in which are housed the masterpieces of Caravaggio that depict the Story of St. Matthew); then, we will continue with Palazzo Madama (headquarters of the Senate of the Republic), reaching Piazza Navona, where we will find the monumental Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, made by the hands of Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Near Piazza Navona, the tour will pay a visit to the Statue of Pasquino, one of the famous Roman “talking statues”, used by the people of Rome from the 16th century on to anonymously voice criticism and grievances against papal power.
For the last step of the tour, we will cross Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, where we will find the two delicious squares of Campo de’ Fiori, with the market and the statue of Giordano Bruno, burned at the steak as heretic and Piazza Farnese, with Palazzo Farnese, the seat of the French Embassy, a Renaissance masterpiece in which famous architects and painters worked: Antonio da Sangallo the younger, Michelangelo, Vignola, Giacomo della Porta and Annibale Carracci.