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Villa Medici
Villa Medici
#About the Magnificent Villa Above Rome

Villa Medici is a magnificent building, located on Pincian Hill, in a perfect location above Piazza di Spagna.

The Villa Medici is the location of the French Cultural Center and the French Academy. It is usually closed to the public, except for days of exhibitions and concerts, when the villa is open to visitors.

The interior of the villa faces the charming gardens of the building, gardens designed in the Renaissance style. The building is covered on this side with magnificent Renaissance carvings, which have been well preserved to this day. You can find the tall Obelisk walking through the well-tended gardens as well as charming fountains and neatly trimmed bushes typical of the Italian gardens.

Go inside the garden and see a charming Orangery building, a pavilion where you spend your time alone or at least peacefully. It is lined with wonderful frescoes with vivid descriptions of animals and birds. In the garden there is also a magnificent sculpture typical of the Italian gardens, where a nymph with her 12 children are attacked by animals sent after them by a jealous Hera.

The beautiful carvings and beautiful gardens make Villa Medici the most surprising and beautiful gem in Rome.

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Via Veneto
Via Veneto
#About Rome's Most Expensive Road

Via Veneto is one of the most famous streets in Rome, mainly due to its glamour. One of the reasons that made it such a famous street is Fellini's "La Dolce Vita," which describes the street and its surroundings. Ever since then, Via Veneto has become a popular tourist street where you can find luxury stores of leading brands, chef restaurants and luxury hotels.

The shops were established here in the 1960's and 1970's. In the 1980's, the reputation of the street actually declined. At the time of the economic boom of the 1990's, fashion shops and prestigious European and American brands opened again, and by the beginning of the 21st century it was one of the most luxurious streets in Rome.

At its northern edge the street passes by the gardens of Villa Borghese and the Aurelian Walls. At its south edge, it passes near Piazza Barberini.
Galleria Borghese
Borghese Gallery
#About the Gallery

You have arrived at the Borghese Gallery (Galleria Borghese), a small but highly regarded gallery in Rome. The gallery is located in Villa Borghese, where one can encounter works of art and sculptures by the best Italian artists of Rome: Bernini, Canova, Raphael and more.

The entire palace is impressive and elegant, with a spectacular ceiling in the ballroom. The gallery is not particularly large and has a total of 20 rooms spread over two floors. The top floor has paintings to marvel at while the ground floor has sculptures. Note the the ancient mosaics of the gladiators.

Once every two hours, there is a rotation of visitors. However, your visit does not have to end here. If you go out for a stroll in the villa's charming gardens, you'll see the English-style gardens of Villa Borghese. In these pretty gardens you will enjoy an amazing combination of nature and greenery with art at its best, with a variety of amazing sculptures and monuments outside. It's a great place to have a picnic, relax a little or enjoy a spectacular view of all of Rome.

#About the Gallery's Structure and its Founders

The villa in which the gallery is located was designed by the architect Flaminio Ponzio, based on sketches and plans of Scipione Borghese, who planned to use the villa as a mansion for social events. A few years after it was founded, it was transferred to the Italian government, which turned it into a public gallery.

It is important to understand that the Italian art of the Renaissance was created mainly for the perusal of rich nobles, who provided financial resources and sponsored the artists. Thanks to the nobleman Cardinal Scipione Borghese, Giovanni Bernini, the sponsored artist, became the last of the leading artists in Rome and responsible for some of the city's masterpieces. Borghese, incidentally, provided his support for several other equally important artists, such as Caravaggio, and he also had a fine collection of works comprised of pieces transferred to him from the artist.


Be sure to buy tickets online in advance - the gallery is a popular tourist destination, especially during high tourist season, and there is no way to just walk in spontaneously without online ticket.

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Hostaria Romana
Hostaria Romana
#The Restaurant with the Best Antipasto in Rome

Unaffected by modern trends and focused on traditional Italian food, seasonal and fresh ingredients, fresh bread, dry red wine and classy waiters who know the menu by heart, Rome is the ruler in this territory. These are the same popular, informal restaurants that are the Italian equivalent of the French bistro and the American diner.

On a small street in Piazza Barberini is "Hosteria Romana," a local restaurant which doesn't target tourists. This is for a local experience. Rome residents say it offers "the best antipasto in Rome."

It is a popular local restaurant serves mostly residents. Most travel sites do not review it, but it's a great place for tourists. The recommended dishes are antipasto with zucchini, artichokes, eggplant or baby fried artichokes, salted sardines fried in bread crumbs and onions, spicy celery salad, potato patties, ricotta slices and mushrooms. This is only part of what this venue has to offer.


1. When ordering pasta, ask for the Originale. This is how the pasta will be served in a bowl where the pasta is mixed with the sauce before it is served to the table.

2. Be nice to waiters. It may be of benefit when you order a special dish they don't generally offer tourists.

3. The prices here are reasonable. Leave a generous tip!

Tour Veneto to Borghese

Piazza del Popolo
People's Square
#The People's Square in Rome

People's Square (Piazza del Popolo), is a central spot in Rome. It is located near the Porta Flaminia, the entrance gate to Ancient Rome. This is the first peek that many visitors get of Rome. Today there are only remnants of the Arch and the name has been changed to "Popolo Gate," like the square where it stands.

This piazza is a significant part of historical events. It is not only the entrance to Ancient Rome. Speeches were given here and performances such as horse racing. Another famous event was the riderless horses, whose departure point was this square.

In the past, this piazza was also the site for executions, the last of which took place in 1826. Nowadays the square is open to pedestrians only and is a central meeting place in the city. You will see street performances and local and international artists. There have also been quite a few demonstrations here, such as those of 2010, as well as a few that got out of control. In the evening you can see the young people of Rome who come to see and be seen.

#Architecture of the Square and its Exhibits

In 1818 the architect Giuseppe Valadier was assigned to redesign the square. It is thanks to his genius that the square is as beautiful and impressive as it is today. His style was Neo- classical.

Over the years, various rulers have added more objects to the square to glorify their own names. One of them was the Egyptian Obelisk from the time of Ramses II (13th century BCE), which was placed in the center of the square, the Obelisco Flaminio and the second oldest obelisk in Rome, 24 meters tall, and together with its base is no less than 36 meters high. On the obelisk are hieroglyphs describing the life and the time period of the king of Egypt. Water pools at the foot of the obelisk are made of marble and are surrounded by marble lions made in the 19th century. Four small fountains surround it, which have Egyptian characteristics to fit in with the obelisk.

The obelisk was brought to this square by the architect Ernesto Domenico Fontana in 1589, for the obelisk had previously stood in another square.

On both sides of the square you can see the beautiful water fountains, designed by Giovanni Sicherini in 1822-1823. In the square you can also see three impressive churches, among them the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, "Maria of the People".
Fontana Di Trevi
Trevi Fountain
#About the Trevi Fountain or Fontana di Trevi

The largest and most nostalgic of European fountains is undoubtedly the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi). No matter what time you arrive here, in the bright morning or in the middle of the night, there are many people milling about. During the evening and through the night there are spectacular lights illuminating the entire area, the fountain in particular. A beautiful sight worth seeing ...

In the fountain you'll see Neptune, the God of the sea, riding a chariot in the shape of a shell. His statue is located in the center of the fountain in an alcove. Beside this statue there are other statues depicting marine creatures that help him "tame the water." On both sides of Neptune you will see two other niches, one of which is a statue of the god of abundance and the other of health.

The fountain was built by the architect Nicola Salvi and was designed by several artists from the Bernini School. The title was given to it because of the adjacent neighborhood "Trevi" (the phrase Tre vie), indicating that this is the nexus between three main roads of the city. The tourists gave it the nickname "Fountain of Wishes."

There are quite a few strange customs associated with this fountain, the familiar among them is the tossing of coins by tourists, which will ensure the fulfillment of their wishes. It is rumored that these wishes will be fulfilled by drinking the water of the fountain, although we absolutely do not recommend it.

#History of the Fountain

This is the point where one of Rome's canals ended which brought water to the city from 20 kilometers away, built in 19 BC. This aqueduct
was called Virgin River, after the young Virgin Trevi, who showed the Roman soldiers to this stream of water.

By the way, the construction of fountains at the point where the aqueducts ended (aqueducts) was a well-known custom of the Romans. In 1453 the pool was added to the fountain by Pope Nicholas V.

Nearly 200 years later, in 1629, Pope Urban VIII invited Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, the great Baroque architect, to plan a renovation of the fountain and the pool, wanting it to be more grandiose. Although these plans didn't come to fruition, it inspired future plans.

Indeed, about 100 years later, Pope Clemens initiated a massive renovation of the fountain by the architect Nicola Salvi. The works began in 1732 and ended in 1762, after the two died - both the Pope and the architect ...

#Tossing Coins into the Fountain

Legend has it that tossing a coin into the fountain will ensure the return of those who had thrown them back to Rome. It also ensures the fulfillment of the wishes of the coin tossers. You're probably asking yourself where this strange legend came from. Well, the source is probably a book written by John Hermes Scondari in 1952 called "Coins in the Fountain." The book tells of three figures who throw coins into the fountain and then find themselves in more or less positive romantic situations. This led, among other things, to the rumor that throwing three coins into a fountain would guarantee marriage - or divorce.

Every night, the fountain floor is estimated to be worth about three thousand euros. This is despite the fact that the value of each coin is not high, but their quantity reaches this value. These coins are collected by the City of Rome. The municipality itself uses them to finance a supermarket that provides free products to the needy.

Do not try to get coins from here. From time to time Rome's police stop private people trying to pluck coins from the floor of the pool.

#The Fountain in the Cinema
In Fellini's 1960 movie "La Dolce Vita," beautiful actress Anita Eckberg enters the fountain waters at night, bringing Marcello Maestroiani to bathe with her. It's a memorable, sensual and romantic scene.
Piazza di Spagna
Piazza di Spagna
#About the Piazza with the Staircase

The Piazza di Spagna, built in the 18th century, is the square that became very popular to tourists thanks to the Spanish stairs that ascend to the Church of Trinita di Monti. These steps are by far the most popular meeting point for tourists arriving in Rome.

At the center of the square you will find the Fontana della Barcaccia. This fountain was designed by the renowned architect and sculptor Bernini in 1598. At the center of the fountain you will notice the statue of the little ship. The inspiration for the statue is from a real ship that got stuck in the Tiber River and could not move.

Around the Spanish square are some of the city's glittering and elegant streets. Are you interested in purchasing or window-shopping for some Prada or Gucci? - Head out into the surrounding streets, where Rome's most prestigious shops are located.

Among the houses surrounding square is the home of the poet John Keats, one of the most important romantic poets of England, who moved to Italy on the orders of his doctors after the English weather harmed his health. Today the house functions as a museum named after him.

Another attraction in the square is the 15th century palace of the talented Italian general Lorenzo Sibu. Among his ancestors were, among others, the rich Medici and two Popes.

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The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps
#About the Staircase

The Spanish Steps of Rome connect Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinità dei Monti. Try to count how many steps you take during climbing, as there are more than 100 steps here. Many more. How many did you manage to count?

This staircase was built between 1723 and 1727 by the architect Francesco de Sanctis, financed by the French diplomat Stefano Gufierre. Ironically, French-sponsored stairs are called the Spanish Steps!

As you can imagine, at the time this construction cost a lot of money. The stairs connected the Spanish embassy to the church and the Vatican, so they were immediately called the Spanish Steps.

The Spanish square was once a residential center and a gathering spot of many European artists and writers. The well-known poet John Keats lived in a house near the square where he also died in 1821. His house became a museum in his memory.

Since we are mentioning the arts, perhaps you came across this staircase in the famous scene from the film "Holiday in Rome" (1953). The two heroes passed these steps in one of the scenes in the film. You must not miss this place!

At the bottom of the stairs you can see the "boat fountain" or the barcaccia - the old boat. This was built by the father of the famous artist Bernini. The theme of ​​the fountain came after the Tiber River flooded the entire area and the boat drifted up to this spot. Beautiful statues of biblical figures such as King David and Moses were placed around it.

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Villa Borghese park
Villa Borghese Park
#About the Park that Children Enjoy

Villa Borghese Park is a large and pleasant urban park, and is in fact the second largest public park in Rome, after Villa Doria Pamphili.

The park is named after Pope Borghese, who built the famous Villa Borghese and the surrounding garden between 1613-1616 as a gift to his family.

The park is state property dating back to 1902 and offers travelers an enjoyable and wonderful place to rest and relax, along with entertainments for children, such as boating, feeding ducks and more. There are bike rentals available and pony rides.

Alongside the extensive lawns, Borghese Park has a man-made lake, and the typical variety of statues and fountains, small and ancient temples which can be suddenly discovered and more. There is also the magnificent Villa Borghese, which is a museum you might want to visit. There are also other museums, such as the Villa Julia Museum and the National Museum of Modern Art.

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