Here is our tour of the eternal city of Roma (Rome). Our first day tour starts at the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain). Facing the fountain to your 5 o’clock is an old church worth a stop. It is called Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio.
Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio Church
This is a classic Baroque church built around 1650. It is known because it contains the embalmed hearts of 25 popes.
From here head north on Via della Stamperia to the end and cross via del Tritone and turn left a short distance to Via del Nazarene and turn left. Turn left on Via del due Macelli. Continue into Piazza di Spagna. The famous Spanish Steps will be on your right. Rome’s best shopping is on your left in the many streets leading out of the Piazza.
Climb the Spanish Steps to Trenità del Monti (church at the top).
Trinità del Monti
Enjoy the views of Rome. You can see as far as the Vatican and Saint Peters Basilica. Behind this church are the extensive Villa Borghese Gardens. Visit the gardens and go to the museum, Borghese Gallery, but you will need a reservation. There you can see:
- Apollo and Daphne
- The Deposition
- and so much more …
The great shopping is along:
- Via della Croce
- Via della Carrozze
- Via dei Condotti (Louis Vuitton
- Via Borgognona (Gucci)
Stop at a bar for a coffee or wine or beer and maybe a snack. Eat lunch in a Roman Trattoria. On a hot day (or a cold one) stop for a gelato.
This tour will take you from the Trevi Fountain to the Spanish Steps. It is a good walk and you will pass many places to have gelato, a drink or something to eat. In the shopping area just look at each store window you pass. The Italians are masters of design. One of my favorites was for gloves. A group of different colored gloves were displayed against a white background. It was not just gloves but art!
Enjoy Rome and be romantic! Tomorrow we will do Day 2.