St. Peter’s Square is the first thing visitors to the St. Peter’s Basilica see. The square, built by Gian Carlo Bernini until 1667, is an architectural masterpiece and one of the greatest scenographies of Baroque Rome. Here you will read about what there is to see in St. Peter’s Square and learn more about its history.
The Passetto di Borgo is a little known curiosity. It is a secret passage in the Vatican that dates from the Middle Ages and is still accessible today. It leads from the Vatican to Castel Sant’Angelo.
For those who love greenery and flowers but don’t want to miss the ruins of Rome, we recommend visiting the urban rose garden, a corner of peace and beauty, a stone’s throw from Circus Maximus and the Mouth of Truth, the “Bocca della verità”.
Donna Olimpia`s ghost. Mysterious ghosts seem to be wandering around Piazza Navona and along the surrounding streets. Let’s find out the story of an important female character of Rome, Donna Olimpia Maidalchini, and one of her most beautiful squares.
Botanical Garden Rome. The little-known hidden gem, the botanical garden Rome, is an insider tip. It is located in Trastevere and nestles on the Gianicolo hill under the famous cannon, which fires a shot every day at noon.
The fountain of love – la fontanella degli innamorati – is the basis of a beautiful legend and destination for many couples in love. Find out what the legend tells and where you will find the lovers’ fountain.
St. Peter’s Basilica was built over the tomb of St. Peter the Apostle. The first basilica, built by Emperor Constantine and inaugurated in 333, lasted around 1,200 years. The new St. Peter’s Basilica was inaugurated in 1626 by Pope Urban VIII.
Read about the origins of St. Peter’s Basilica, why it doesn’t have a steeple, and other secrets to its construction and to St. Peter’s Square.
For many children, but also for adults, the Bioparco Rome, the zoo, is a worthwhile destination. Read here, what you can experience in the Biopark Rome and how to get there.
Unbelievable but true! Rome is the city with the most green spaces in Europe. The parks and villas in Rome are mainly due to the popes. There were estates and hunts of the noble families of Rome. The largest villa is Villa Pamphili in northwestern Rome. It is the destination of walkers, joggers and Sunday excursions.
The most beautiful viewpoints offer you a view of Rome from above. Enjoy the view over the archaeological area of ancient Rome, the Tiber island, the St. Peter’s Basilica and the city center as far as the mountains of Albano and the Appenine.