Rome with a view

MUSIC     "Il cielo in una stanza" - 1962
            (The sky in a room) by Gino Paoli.

      

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Of all towns, the Eternal City is also the most scenic. Roaming about Rome will amaze you for the countless piazzas, fountains, masterpieces, elegant palazzi, modern and ancient Roman monuments, more churches than you could imagine, for the chic streets and tiny yet picturesque alleys, for the character and art you'll find everywhere.

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Rome's centre seen from the Janiculum

Also from any dome, or from any of its hills, the majestic beauty of Rome appears. The view from the Janiculum hill is the most impressive. According to De Brosses, an 18th century French diarist, it was sufficient in itself to justify the journey to Italy. The most striking feature is the forest of domes and monuments filling the skyline, silhouetted against the Alban Hills (Castelli Romani).
From left to right you can see: the dome of the church of St. Agnese by F. Borromini, the imposing Palazzo Farnese, the dome of San Carlo al Corso, the facade of the Palazzo Medici and behind it the Borghese gardens, the shell-like dome of the Church of St. Ivo alla Sapienza by F. Borromini, the high dome of Sant'Andrea della Valle (behind it you can see the disk-like dome of the Pantheon), the dome of the Church Holy Trinity of the Pilgrims, the imposing spherical dome of the Church of San Carlo ai Catinari, the long and elegant Palazzo Quirinale, the dome of the Church of the Gesu', Trajan's Column, the Torre Spaccata (broken tower), the Altar of Fatherland or Vittoriale, the Church of Ara Coeli (Altar of the Skies), Capitol Hill (with the Municipality and Palazzo Conservatori), St. Mary Major (background with two domes and a belfry), and the dome of the Synagogue (forefront, quadrangular).
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ROMAN FORUM

The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum seen from Campidoglio (Capitol Hill)

The view of the Roman Forum is also fascinating. This panoramic photo was taken from Capitol Hill. The palace immediately to the right is Rome's Municipality since antiquity. Today it hosts the Municipality and the Mayor's office. From left to right you can see the Torre Spaccata (the broken tower), the church built on top of St. Peter's jail (Mamertino), the arch of Septimius Severus, the Curia or Roman Senate (behind it), the Sacred Way (where tourists are walking), the Temple of Saturn (with its high columns, it was the seat of the Roman State Treasury). At its right you can see the remains of the Basilica Julia. The hill to the right is the Palatine, and in the background you can see the silhouette of the Coliseum.

ST. PETER and THE VATICAN

St. Peter, Bernini colonnade, and the Vatican

St. Peter, Bernini's colonnade, and the Vatican during a summer Papal audience

The realm of geometry, harmony, elegance, and space, St. Peter reminds visitors the great mission it represents with its limpid shapes and awesome dimension.


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