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Mirko’s guidebook

Mirko

Mirko’s guidebook

Market
Rome is plenty of markets. For instance, Campo dei Fiori Market functions daily until 3 pm and locates on one of the most popular squares of the city. The memorial to Giordano Bruno stands in the middle of Campo dei Fiori and there are many bars, hookah places and restaurants that surround the square. Testaccio market is another classic Roman standby. It has an energetic atmosphere and is an amazing spot where you can try many Italian delicacies for free or to buy souvenirs. You will find there not only food, but almost everything you can imagine. Also, near Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo), there is Campagna Amica market which works every Saturday and Sunday. Undoubtedly, this is nice place for local delicacies degustation. The market is large and contains huge variety of interesting and tasty products. The most famous Roman Market is probably Porta Portese, opened each Sunday. Visit to this mammoth flea market is a unique chance to see another side of Rome. You will find different books, clothes, old mp3 players and many other interesting things there. It is one of the best budget shopping options in Rome.
Market at Piazza Campo de'Fiori
33 Piazza Campo de' Fiori
Rome is plenty of markets. For instance, Campo dei Fiori Market functions daily until 3 pm and locates on one of the most popular squares of the city. The memorial to Giordano Bruno stands in the middle of Campo dei Fiori and there are many bars, hookah places and restaurants that surround the square. Testaccio market is another classic Roman standby. It has an energetic atmosphere and is an amazing spot where you can try many Italian delicacies for free or to buy souvenirs. You will find there not only food, but almost everything you can imagine. Also, near Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo), there is Campagna Amica market which works every Saturday and Sunday. Undoubtedly, this is nice place for local delicacies degustation. The market is large and contains huge variety of interesting and tasty products. The most famous Roman Market is probably Porta Portese, opened each Sunday. Visit to this mammoth flea market is a unique chance to see another side of Rome. You will find different books, clothes, old mp3 players and many other interesting things there. It is one of the best budget shopping options in Rome.
Historic
Did you know that you can admire originals of masterpieces by such notable artists like Bernini, Raphael or Michelangelo in Roman churches without paying anything? For instance, the church of San Luigi dei Francesi contains three artworks by Caravaggio and has the 18th-century interior. Moreover, if you ever noticed symmetrical churches in one of the most famous squares, Piazza del Popolo, there are also artworks of Caravaggio in the Cerasi Chapel. Also, the Basilica of Saint Peter’s, among all masterpieces, has Michelangelo’s most famous “Pieta”, which you can see for free. However, it is better to explore the Vatican during the sunrise tour with a private tour guide to skip long lines.
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Church of St. Louis of the French
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Did you know that you can admire originals of masterpieces by such notable artists like Bernini, Raphael or Michelangelo in Roman churches without paying anything? For instance, the church of San Luigi dei Francesi contains three artworks by Caravaggio and has the 18th-century interior. Moreover, if you ever noticed symmetrical churches in one of the most famous squares, Piazza del Popolo, there are also artworks of Caravaggio in the Cerasi Chapel. Also, the Basilica of Saint Peter’s, among all masterpieces, has Michelangelo’s most famous “Pieta”, which you can see for free. However, it is better to explore the Vatican during the sunrise tour with a private tour guide to skip long lines.
The Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous fountains in the world. Thousands of tourists daily come to admire the masterpiece of the 18th century and to throw a coin into the Baroque fountain. Do you know why? The throwing of coins into the water comes from a couple of legends. The first is that the throwing of a coin from the right hand over the right shoulder will ensure that you will return to Rome in future. The second legend was created after the film “Three Coins in the Trevi Fountain”, which claims that you should throw three coins into the fountain. The first coin guarantees your return to Rome; the second will ensure new romance; the third will ensure marriage.
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Trevi Fountain
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The Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous fountains in the world. Thousands of tourists daily come to admire the masterpiece of the 18th century and to throw a coin into the Baroque fountain. Do you know why? The throwing of coins into the water comes from a couple of legends. The first is that the throwing of a coin from the right hand over the right shoulder will ensure that you will return to Rome in future. The second legend was created after the film “Three Coins in the Trevi Fountain”, which claims that you should throw three coins into the fountain. The first coin guarantees your return to Rome; the second will ensure new romance; the third will ensure marriage.
Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful bridges in the world is the Bridge of Angels (Ponte Sant’Angelo). The ancient construction was built by the Emperor Hadrian to link the bank of the Tiber with the Castle of Saint Angel (Castel Sant’Angelo). At the end of the bridge, you can see the statues of Saint Peter holding the keys of heaven sculpted by II Lorenzetto in 1534 and Saint Paul holding the sward by Paolo Romano in 1464. They are inscribed with the words “Hinc humilibus venia” (“Here forgiveness to the humble”) and “Hinc retribuito superbis” (Here punishment for the prideful”). You can make a journey along the Via Crucis and admire ten sculptures of angels designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, he only finished the creation of two angels – the Angel with the Superscription “I.N.R.I.” and the angel with the Crown of Thorns. In 1669, before the death, Clemet IX saw these statues and decided that they are too magnificent for the bridge. Today, you can see these angles in the church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte near Piazza di Spagna. However, Bernini’s ideas and design were brought to life by his successors. Each of the statues is made from white marble. Moreover, each angel holds an instrument of the Passion: they present them to passers-by, the same as along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem or on the Sacred Mountain of Varallo. The bases of the angels are inscribed with verses from the Bible. This sign transforms the instruments of the Passion into instances of Christ’s majesty and is a symbol of divine glory.
St. Angelo Bridge
Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful bridges in the world is the Bridge of Angels (Ponte Sant’Angelo). The ancient construction was built by the Emperor Hadrian to link the bank of the Tiber with the Castle of Saint Angel (Castel Sant’Angelo). At the end of the bridge, you can see the statues of Saint Peter holding the keys of heaven sculpted by II Lorenzetto in 1534 and Saint Paul holding the sward by Paolo Romano in 1464. They are inscribed with the words “Hinc humilibus venia” (“Here forgiveness to the humble”) and “Hinc retribuito superbis” (Here punishment for the prideful”). You can make a journey along the Via Crucis and admire ten sculptures of angels designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, he only finished the creation of two angels – the Angel with the Superscription “I.N.R.I.” and the angel with the Crown of Thorns. In 1669, before the death, Clemet IX saw these statues and decided that they are too magnificent for the bridge. Today, you can see these angles in the church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte near Piazza di Spagna. However, Bernini’s ideas and design were brought to life by his successors. Each of the statues is made from white marble. Moreover, each angel holds an instrument of the Passion: they present them to passers-by, the same as along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem or on the Sacred Mountain of Varallo. The bases of the angels are inscribed with verses from the Bible. This sign transforms the instruments of the Passion into instances of Christ’s majesty and is a symbol of divine glory.
Sightseeing
Rome has not only remaining of ancient buildings and monuments, but it is also full of greenery. Villas of the city are huge parks, where locals enjoy good weather, walk with their pets, do sports, or come for a picnic. For instance, Villa Borghese has plenty of attractions for its visitors, such as an artificial lake, where you can rent a boat for 3 euro per person, visit the smallest cinema in the world or enjoy views on the city from one of the most beautiful observe decks. This is an amazing site to visit with whole family, especially if you are on vacation with kids. Other famous green parks of the Eternal City are Villa Ada and Villa Pamphili. Each of them is huge and full of different plants and animals such as squirrels, birds or swans.
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Villa Borghese
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Rome has not only remaining of ancient buildings and monuments, but it is also full of greenery. Villas of the city are huge parks, where locals enjoy good weather, walk with their pets, do sports, or come for a picnic. For instance, Villa Borghese has plenty of attractions for its visitors, such as an artificial lake, where you can rent a boat for 3 euro per person, visit the smallest cinema in the world or enjoy views on the city from one of the most beautiful observe decks. This is an amazing site to visit with whole family, especially if you are on vacation with kids. Other famous green parks of the Eternal City are Villa Ada and Villa Pamphili. Each of them is huge and full of different plants and animals such as squirrels, birds or swans.
The Pantheon is an ancient temple dedicated to the Roman gods, which embodies the greatness of the Roman Empire. Something special about this place? Yes, in the morning, by 8.30 am, you can come inside first to enjoy this huge temple without tourists. Its walls are 7 meters wide and there are tombs of notable people as Raphael Santi or Victor Emmanuel II, and Umberto I. However, the most fascinating part of the current church is its giant dome, which was the largest in the world for 1300 years. Today, it remains the largest unsupported dome in the world with the diameter of 43.30 meters of 142 ft.
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Pantheon
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The Pantheon is an ancient temple dedicated to the Roman gods, which embodies the greatness of the Roman Empire. Something special about this place? Yes, in the morning, by 8.30 am, you can come inside first to enjoy this huge temple without tourists. Its walls are 7 meters wide and there are tombs of notable people as Raphael Santi or Victor Emmanuel II, and Umberto I. However, the most fascinating part of the current church is its giant dome, which was the largest in the world for 1300 years. Today, it remains the largest unsupported dome in the world with the diameter of 43.30 meters of 142 ft.
The Gianiculum (Gianicolo) hill is extremely popular among locals. It offers one of the best views on the Eternal City, contains important monuments and there is the fountain of Acqua Paola (the grandfather of the Trevi Fountain!) This is one of the most romantic spots of the city.
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Janiculum Terrace
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The Gianiculum (Gianicolo) hill is extremely popular among locals. It offers one of the best views on the Eternal City, contains important monuments and there is the fountain of Acqua Paola (the grandfather of the Trevi Fountain!) This is one of the most romantic spots of the city.
The Orange garden, located on the top of the Aventine hill, is one of the most charming gardens of Rome. There is an amazing observe deck and beautiful decoration orange trees. You will immediately fall in love with the atmosphere of the place, since it is peaceful and full of greenery. Both guests of the city and locals adore this place for comfort and coolness as well as for the opportunity to look at two states at the same time: the Vatican and Italy. And just 500 meters away, there is another mini-state – The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (Italian: Sovrano Militare Ordine Ospedaliero di San Giovanni di Gerusalemme di Rodi e di Malta) with a unique door looking through the keyhole of which you will see 3 countries at once.
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Giardino degli Aranci
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The Orange garden, located on the top of the Aventine hill, is one of the most charming gardens of Rome. There is an amazing observe deck and beautiful decoration orange trees. You will immediately fall in love with the atmosphere of the place, since it is peaceful and full of greenery. Both guests of the city and locals adore this place for comfort and coolness as well as for the opportunity to look at two states at the same time: the Vatican and Italy. And just 500 meters away, there is another mini-state – The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (Italian: Sovrano Militare Ordine Ospedaliero di San Giovanni di Gerusalemme di Rodi e di Malta) with a unique door looking through the keyhole of which you will see 3 countries at once.
Piazza dei Cavalieri is also located on the Aventine hill, right near the Orange Garden. If you come there during the daytime, there will be a queue of tourists near the huge door. You may ask why? There is the famous keyhole, where you can see three governments at the same time: Italy, Vatican, and Malta.
Piazza Dei Cavalieri Di Malta
2 Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta
Piazza dei Cavalieri is also located on the Aventine hill, right near the Orange Garden. If you come there during the daytime, there will be a queue of tourists near the huge door. You may ask why? There is the famous keyhole, where you can see three governments at the same time: Italy, Vatican, and Malta.
Largo di Torre Argentina was excavated as during Mussolini’s rebuilding attempts in 1929 and consisted of four Republican victory-temples located 20 feet below street level. Moreover, there is also part of the portico of Pompey, upon whose steps Julius Caesar was killed in 44 BCE. In 1993, Silvia Viviani and Lia Dequel founded the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary (in Italian, Colonia Felinia Torre Argentina, or “Torre Argentina Feline Colony”). After the site’s excavation, cats started to move to these ruins and locals were feeding them. Despite the fact that the whole city is full of cats, Torre Argentina is especially popular place for them.
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Largo di Torre Argentina
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Largo di Torre Argentina was excavated as during Mussolini’s rebuilding attempts in 1929 and consisted of four Republican victory-temples located 20 feet below street level. Moreover, there is also part of the portico of Pompey, upon whose steps Julius Caesar was killed in 44 BCE. In 1993, Silvia Viviani and Lia Dequel founded the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary (in Italian, Colonia Felinia Torre Argentina, or “Torre Argentina Feline Colony”). After the site’s excavation, cats started to move to these ruins and locals were feeding them. Despite the fact that the whole city is full of cats, Torre Argentina is especially popular place for them.
Food scene
Have you ever been in Trastevere district? It is one of the most charming spots in Rome because of its tiny streets, beautiful corners and impressive Basilica of Saint Mary in Trastevere (Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere). There is plenty of local and international bars and restaurants, gelaterias, souvenir shops, and local designers’ brands. It is easy to fall in love with Trastevere from the first sight.
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Trastevere
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Have you ever been in Trastevere district? It is one of the most charming spots in Rome because of its tiny streets, beautiful corners and impressive Basilica of Saint Mary in Trastevere (Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere). There is plenty of local and international bars and restaurants, gelaterias, souvenir shops, and local designers’ brands. It is easy to fall in love with Trastevere from the first sight.