Renaissance and Baroque in Rome:
The squares and fountains

In Rome, the “Squares” are not square. They are the Piazze. In the Mediterranean and European context, the Piazza was a gathering place for commercial activities, political speeches, self-celebration of aristocratic patrons of art in Rome. They have been enriched over centuries with beautiful palaces and fountains. They were once headquarters of noble people competing for the papacy or markets for merchants and newcomers. Walking from the Piazza Farnese (the Embassy of France is housed inside Michelangelo’s Palace) to Campo de’ Fiori, one can't help but be enthralled by the most famous market of Rome since the Middle Ages. This is where Caravaggio spent his Roman years and Giordano Bruno is still watching passers-by with his severe expression. The next stop is Piazza Navona, the ancient Stadium of Domitian, which is famous for Bernini’s fountains and the Borromini’s architecture. Then comes the best preserved ancient Roman building in the world--the Pantheon. Its extraordinary cement dome dates back to 128 A.D. A tour is never complete without going to the Trevi fountain to toss a coin just to guarantee a return trip to Rome! The tour ends at the most famous staircase in the world, the Spanish Steps.

Half day tour.

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