There is no doubt that Rome is one of the most incredible cities in the World, full of history, art, religion, daily new discoveries and of course quotes from famous movies. As it says, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, and it does take time for every visitor to see all the beautiful things that it has to offer. So let’s just go through the streets of the city centre and find out which are the best things shown on the screen and that you cannot leave the city without having seen them.
Wondering around Rome on two wheels
If you are thinking about doing like Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck on a Vespa in Roman Holiday, you are way off base!
Indeed, segway tours in the centre of Rome (proposed by Segway Roma) are nowadays the best solution to wonder around all the places and monuments in your to-do list for this holiday: the Spanish steps and Piazza del Popolo, Pantheon and Piazza Navona, the Imperial forum and the Colosseum (as regards this last one, no! Unfortunately, the images of the Gladiator fighting in the Colosseum were not filmed in Rome but in a reconstruction in Malta).
It could be also the right answer to the problem of time wasting due to the traffic on this city’s streets and why not, a good reason to enjoy that wonderful sunny day with a tour through the 80 hectares with buildings, statues, temples and fountains in the spectacular Park of Villa Borghese.
Via della Conciliazione: from the Vatican to Castel Sant’Angelo
We could say “from Heaven to Hell” while going from Saint Peter Basilica to this ancient prison: because walking on via della Conciliazione might be well described starting right from these contrasts at its furthest points. Seen in the movie (and book) Angels & Demons in which these are the final points of the investigation of Dr Langdon, that will use the so-called Passetto di Borgo, a viaduct connecting the Vatican buildings to Castel Sant’Angelo since 1277 for defensive reasons, the sight and history and atmosphere around these walking is definitely worth it.
And if you keep on walking aside the river for another five hundred meters from Castel Sant’Angelo, you will find out on your left the stunning Palace of Justice where it is located the Italian highest court of appeal, the Suprema Corte di Cassazione.
An unexpected passage
Lastly, after diving in the nostalgic atmosphere of La Dolce Vita at the Trevi Fountain, prepare yourself for a final jump in the past, in particular to the decade between the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, when the Art Nouveau – also known as Liberty – arrived in all the European countries drawing lines inspired by the shapes of nature in figurative arts and interior design, up to textiles and clothing.
The Sciarra Gallery is a jewellery of Art Nouveau architecture, a private and still quite unknown covered walkway which is opened to the public during office hours and reachable from via Minghetti, a side street of via del Corso.