History, art and curiosities: places to visit near
Navona Luxury Guest House
Taking one of many little streets and alleys winding up along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, visitors enter a world full of charm, where history and tradition expand. A succession of small alleys guide you through the atmosphere from another time, where colours and scents mix together in an evocative whirlwind of echoes, between the present and the past, which seduces even the most distracted passer-bys.
It is one of the most famous and beautiful squares in Rome, which follows the form of the open space of the stadium. It was refurbished by the Pamphili family but it was built in the period of the Ancient Rome, by Domitian’s will, and inspired by Greek athletic competitions.
In the centre there is the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, built by Bernini following Borromini’s designs. The great fountain contains four figures which represent four major rivers of the four continents: the Nile, the Ganges, the Danube and the Rio de la Plata. It is a great baroque sculpting and architectonic work, on whose top there is an Egyptian obelisk.
In the square there is also the church of Saint Agnese in Agone, dedicated to Saint Agnese, who died very young in the Stadium of Domitian.
CAMPO DE’ FIORI
It is one of the most popular squares in Rome.
In the morning it hosts an outdoor market with its daily folklore of stalls and peddlers, whereas in the evening it becomes a meeting place for rivers of young people who spend their time listening to music, singing and having fun.
In the centre of the square there is a statue of the Dominican friar Giordano Bruno, who was burnt alive at the stake after being accused of heresy.
It takes its name after the majestic Palazzo Farnese. It currently serves as the French Embassy.
THE CHURCH OF SANT’ANDREA DELLA VALLE
It is located in Corso Vittorio Emanuelle II. It is a baroque style church dating from 1591. Its dome is the second largest in Rome after Saint Peter’s.
A fascinating street in a straight line. It takes its name after Pope Julius II della Rovere , designer of the urban plan which transformed the medieval Rome into a modern city. It was built under Bramante’s direction to make easier for pilgrims to arrive to Basilica of Saint Peter. It is one kilometre long, full of period aristocratic buildings, churches and antique shops.
Crossing the bridge Mazzini, located at about 200 m from our hotel, you enter the rione Trastevere, wrapped up in the magic of its alleys and its marvellous past, in a unique and captivating atmosphere in the heart of the historic Rome, where you can taste some traditional dishes of the Roman cuisine in a nice trattoria.
Originally, it was a small temple dedicated to all roman gods, but in the 7th century it was converted into a Christian basilica, called Santa Maria della Rotonda. The present building was erected by the consul Agrippa between 27 and 25 B.C. and it is the result of many undergone restorations. It is a circular building of Roman origin, with a portico with Greek origin columns. Inside, in the dome, there’s a central circular opening called oculus, which is the source of light for the interiors.
BASILICA OF SAINT PETER
The centre of the world’s Christianity. It is the largest of the four papal basilicas in Rome. It was built by Constantine, around 324 A.D. on the spot where the apostle Peter was buried. The basilica is the seat of the main rites of Catholicism. It is the place where new popes are elected, where the old ones are buried, where the opening and the closing ceremony of jubilees takes place and canonizations of new saints occur.
THE CHURCH OF SAINT LOUIS OF THE FRENCH
It has been the national church of France in Rome since 1589. From the artistic point of view, the church is the celebration of France through representations of its saints and its most prestigious historical figures. Inside the church there are Domenichino’s frescoes, Caravaggio’s and Guido Reni’s paintings.
BASILICA OF SANTA MARIA SOPRA MINERVA
It is not very distant from the Pantheon. The basilica hosts Caterina da Siena’s and the mystical painter Beato Angelico’s shrines, as well as a Melozzo da Forlì’s prestigious fresco.
THE CHURCH OF ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
It is a spectacular testimony of baroque architecture. It hosts the most impressive Andrea Pozza’s perspectival painting from the 17th century, which shows St. Ignatius glory.
THE CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA DELLA PACE
It is not very distant from Navona, in the nearby rione Ponte. The church, a precious jewel of baroque art, offers its visitors Raffaello’s and Maderno’s masterpieces and Chiostro del Bramante.