9:00am – 12:00pm
Oh what to quote for this massive place full of the finest of the art, culture, history laden with stacks of praises on the amazing works of great Italian painters.
One needs to be thoughtful on what to cover & what not to, with the complete museums & gallery stretched along 7 Kms, so one needs to be highly selective to preserve the energy for the last of the magnificent stretch opening into “Sistine Chapel”
The best way to cover it selectively in a limited span of app. 3 hours & comprehend its history & culture is, to book the Vatican Museum tour with the audio guide. If not one could be bound in the long stretches of queues & grapple with the energy to eulogize the museum J
The greatest art collections range from Modern paintings to Egyptian mummies & Etruscan bronzes, all time great sculptures & busts.
Amongst the complete lot, not to miss are the magnificent “Sistine chapel” – Painted by Michelangelo” & “Pio-Clementine”museum – rooms frescoed by Raphael, having amazing collection of animal statues & mosaics.
Sistine Chapel, with decorated ceiling from the scenes of Old Testament, witnesses one of the eminent scenes in the form of “Creation of Adam”.
The antique galleries presents some stupendous works in the form of “Resurrection of Christ – in tapestry Gallery”, ceiling of the gallery of maps is worth big applaud.
It is a serious no miss (at least it owes minimum 2-3 hours to get you fall in love with Rome & it’s great artists)!
Metro/Subway: Cipro(A)/ Ottaviano(A)
Tips: Do buy online tickets (skip the line) & audio guides for the Vatican tour!
2.Piazza San Pietro & St.Peter’s Basilica : 12:00pm -1:00pm
Broad view of St. Peters Square
It stands to define one the most exhilarating renaissance architecture ,collectively designed for more than a 100 years by Michelangelo, Gian Lorenzo, Carlo & Donato with the badge of “One of the largest churches in the world”. St. Basilica is bordered by Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter’s Square), which was created in 17th century by Lorenzo.
It’s all the more symbolic as this was the site wherein 1st pope – St.Peter was buried way back in 64 AD.
This Roman Catholic Church, with 452 Ft high & covering 50k Sqft (spacious enough for 60k gathering at a time), holds in itself some remarkable sculptures, some marvelous treasures in marble & bronze, Baroque architecture of the Christian era.
And so was the square built across the Basilica, bordered on both the sides as semi circular arcade (symbolizing the stretched arm of Church embracing the wold) & close to 140 statues were sculpted on the top of the pillars depicting religious figures as Pope/Martyrs ,all crafted by the Great Bernini.
Metro/Subway – Ottaviano San Peitro (closest to Vatican City)
Overview from Ponte Sant’Angelo
Plan a lunch break & relax sunbathing by then & start back the journey !
3. Piazza Di Spagna – Spanish Steps :3pm-4pm
Close to Trevi Fountain, a small walk will lead you to highly lit pleasing square. This triangular square is connected to the French church located atop the hill by the elongated yet elegant stairs, known as “Spanish Steps“. It is a big touristy place & the steps get crowded, so in case you wish to catch a calm glimpse visit this also when the night falls (although the Spanish steps would be closed but the complete square with numerous gelato shops are to yourself).
Just in front of the steps is a lovely fountain in the center of a flooded boat, designed by Lorenzo Bernini & was inspired basis an original incident whereby a boat which got stranded at this location when River Tiber flooded.On top of the steps is a beautiful French church, from which one can have a good view of the city.
Metro/Subway – Spagna
4. Piazza Navona : 4:30pm-5pm
One of the most happening squares of Rome, featuring three gorgeous fountains, the central & the largest deciphered as “Fountain of four rivers”, figures portraying 4 rivers all originating from different continents. A highlight of this Piazza is also the Church of Sant’ Agnese
Bus : Bus no.87 (from Colosseo) /no.492 /no.70 (from termini)
5. Colosseum :5pm-6:30pm
Probably the most famous & admired edifice across the globe is an Amphitheater, Colosseum. Although part of it has converted into debris, but still it poses as a magnificent site.The original elliptical building was a magnificent marble clad with 160 massive statues hovering over 159-160 ft. It could amass close to 55k spectators with 4 floor seating space.
It was basically home to entertainment for the public, displays of exotic animals, game fights between animals & gladiators which were either slaves or criminals or prisoners.
Just outside this magical structure, the long lane post the Forum is occupied with the painters & artists projecting & designing Colosseum in the backdrop of shades of nature live in front of you. A 15 minutes look at the imagination would urge you to buy one of those or compel you to shower some cents for the sake of art!
Do enjoy some break by having some pasta/gelato!
6. Piazza Venezia – Roman Forum :7:30pm- 9:00pm
A chaotic spot, with lots of traffic plying the roads, but it is a worth visit as it embarks the beginning of historic monuments as Colosseum & the Roman Forum.It is located at the foot of Capitoline hill & its name has been derived from “Palazzo Venezia” which was the Embassy of republic of Venice & encapsulates museum as of now.
It swanks lot of arches, Temples, Basilicas, buildings in the ancient time, most of which has been reduced to rubble as of now. But had you thought that a look at these ruins could also be interesting enough?
Well yes, & this has been made possible by the appealing Light show we saw. Completely unaware of it, night had fallen by the time we passed by it & were simply amused at the imaginative larger than life show!
It leads you through the usually inaccessible archaeological site full of ruins. One can also simply sit beside the road to see the dazzling figures appearing from the lights illuminating on the ruins.
They draw various arts; showcase the ancient Roman life & really many more attention grabbing story telling images! A must watch from my side J
Special Tip: I did visit in August but have heard that it opens only for certain months a year. Timings/entry amount of the show can be checked at –www.viaggioneifori.it
Bus no.40 – Stop – Piazza Venezia
Illuminated Piazza Venezia
Ruins worth appreciating!
7. Trevi Fountain :9:30pm
The first glimpse of this spectacular fountain is gonna cast its magical charm on you, irrespective of the humongous mob.
It definitely is the most beautiful fountain I’ve ever seen, & it certainly is a perfect example of Monumental Baroque. The way it explains the disposition of the water/sea is just lovely..As the central figure carved is “Neptune” the Sea God riding the chariot which is pulled by 2 sea horses, one depicts the calmness, the other reflects restive sense.Water flows into the large basin from the well crafted rocks representing the sea.Tossing the coin there is a “custom” promising your return to “Rome”.
Metro/Subway – Barberini
Special Tip : Visit it once post sunset , you’ll admire the beauty with the sparkling lights & never wish to come back for sure J