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A short stroll along Via del Corso, Via Frattina and Via Condotti will enable you to discover a lot of shops, luxury boutiques and workshops of artists, filling the streets of this very central area of Rome, reaching as far as the Piazza di Spagna.

Feeling satisfied with these discoveries, and with our pockets a bit emptier, we now arrive in Piazza di Spagna: dominated by the magnificent flight of travertine steps leading up to the church of Trinità dei Monti, while at the foot of the steps is the Fontana della Barcaccia, a fountain designed by Pietro Bernini and his son in 1629.

The Spanish Steps, a meeting point for tourists and Romans, changes its look according to the season: in the spring they are decorated all over with vases of coloured azaleas, making a truly incredible spectacle; in the summer the spectacle continues with fashion parades; and in the winter they act as the backdrop for a very interesting Christmas crib.

To the left of the piazza is Via del Babuino, which leads to the majestic but sober-looking Piazza del Popolo.

Piazza del Popolo is today a great pedestrian area, where concerts and events of all sorts are organized.

Bicycle rides, museums, theatres and places for children await you immediately you go through the Porta del Popolo, in the green heart of Rome: Villa Borghese.

Crossing the Tiber, we arrive in a city square that can absolutely not be missed by anyone visiting Rome: Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter’s Square), the hub of world Christendom. With its splendid enveloping colonnade, the work of Bernini, the piazza is made all the more impressive by the majesty of the Basilica of St. Peter’s overlooking it, which is visited every year by millions of pilgrims from all over the world.

Every Sunday at midday a great crowd assembles in this piazza for the Angelus Domini and to receive the Pope’s blessing when he appears at the window of his study.

Naturally, you should not miss also a visit to the marvellous collections of the Vatican Museums.

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Last checked: 2018-10-05 9:24