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Ancient Rome and Rome of the Emperors

Ancient Rome and Rome of the Emperors - Katya Ilieva

      Lets start with San Clementes Church which reveals 2000 years of history just going down a few steps in the undergrounds where an important Mithraeum dedicated to god Mithras is placed. The Colosseum, symbol of the power and the invincibility of the Caput Mundi. Well see the biggest and the best preserved ancient arch, the one of Constantine, built in 315 AD to commemorate the emperors victory over Maxentius. Well go on towards the heart of Rome or The Roman Forum, a center of Roman public life for centuries. We’ll climb up the lowest of the Seven hills- The Capitol, that was the most important religious center of the ancient city.

     Well visit one of the most ancient part of the city, the cradle of the Roman civilization -the Palatin Hill, where, according to the legend, the cave where the she-woof suckled Romulus and Remus was situated. This is the place where the roman emperors built their luxurious palaces. We’ll pass through the Via dei Fori Imperiali to admire the fora built by Caesar, August, Nerva and Trajan, whose column is considered to be the highest achievement of roman art.

Christian Rome

Christian Rome - Katya Ilieva

      We’ll visit the three papal basilicas: St. Paul Outside-the Walls, Rome’s second largest basilica where it is believed that St.Paul had been buried; St. John Lateran The mother and at the head of all churchesas the inscription on its façade says; St. Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore), the largest church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary where the relic of the holy crib is kept.

Renaissance Rome

Renaissance Rome - Katya Ilieva

    In the footsteps of Michelangelo, Raffael and Caravaggio. Well visit the church of St.Peter in Chains that contains one of Michelangelos masterpieces: Moses, sculptured in 1515. The Church Santa Maria del Popolo where Raffael designed for hispatron, the Sienese banker, Agostino Chigi the beautiful Chigi Chapel.The church of France, Saint Luigi dei Francesi will give us the possibility to admire the talent of another great Italian artist Caravaggio.

Rome's Baroque

Rome's Baroque - Katya Ilieva

    This itinerary includes visiting the most fascinating squares and fountains of Rome as Piazza Navona, with the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, Piazza di Spagna with the delightful Fountain of the Barcaccia and the elegant Spanish Steps. The most decorated Trevi Fountain is connected to the  traditional legend that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. Crossing Piazza Colonna, where one of the most important government buildings Palazzo Chigi is situated, we’ll reach Piazza Rotonda though the thematic deviation we cannot miss visiting one of the most important Roman monuments The Pantheon.  

Trastevere

Trastevere - Katya Ilieva

    This oldest Roman neighborhood will offer us romantic emotions walking along its cobbled narrow streets. We’ll visit Santa Maria in Trastevere and Saint Crisogono and the “Fontanone”, a 17th  century masterpiece and one of the most charming and picturesque places in the city, The Tiber island.

Katya Ilieva