ROME, THE ETERNAL CITY, THE BEAUTIFUL CAPITAL OF ITALY
Castel Sant'Angelo (pic n°5) was built around 139 A.D. as a tomb for Emperor Hadrian. During the centuries it was rebuilt many times and had different destinations from the original burial monument to a fortress, from a dark and terrible prison to a wonderful Renaissance museum.
Fontana di Trevi (pic n°2) is another symbol of the city and of its "Dolce Vita". This imposing Baroque-style fountain was designed by architect Nicolò Salvi and completed in 1762. Do not forget to throw some coins in its waters, it is said this will bring luck! So, just turn your back and throw a coin into the fountain, and one day you will come back again to Rome, or throw two coins into the fountain and you will fall in love while throwing three coins into the fountain means you will get married in Rome!
Piazza Navona (pic n°6) is a beautiful square, the place to go if you want to relax or enjoy the unique Roman lifestyle: hundreds of locals and tourists meet here every day and night, enjoying the wonderful architecture of the surrounding buildings and breathing the city's atmosphere, among palaces, churches, fountains (of which Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi by Bernini is the most famous), obelisks and a famous local market.
Another enchanting place is Piazza di Spagna, (Spanish Steps) (pic n°4) together with its breathtaking 135-step staircase, "Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti", especially during spring when the staircase is embellished with beautiful multi-colored flowers!
Villa Borghese is an awe-inspiring park, the green heart of the city, where you can have a wonderful walk surrounded by fountains, Neoclassical statues, natural beauties and lots of attractions. It also hosts several incredible museums, the best is Galleria Borghese with lots of works by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Canova and others.
Altare della Patria (or Vittoriano) is an impressive monument dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the united Italy. It features wonderful columns and statues, and it is one of the symbols of the city.
More about: Arch of Constantine - Colosseum - Altare della Patria
Palazzo del Quirinale, built in the 16th century is the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic. It is one of the most important buildings in the capital both for artistic and politic reasons.
Some pics of Rome:
Fori Imperiali (pic n°1); Fontana di Trevi (pic n°2); Pantheon (pic n°3); Spanish Steps (pic n°4); Castle Sant'Angelo (pic n°5); Navona Square (pic n°6);