Designed by Nicola Salvi for Pope Clemente XII, the Trevi Fountain was completed in the second half of the 18th Century. A towering likeness of Oceanus forms the centerpiece of the Baroque fountain, with Abundance and Salubrity on either side, while the rococo-style Poli Palace provides the perfect backdrop. Tritons guide the chariot of Oceanus, and all around the water flows, its gushing sound rising to a crescendo befitting the all-consuming power it represents. Tradition has it that throwing a coin over your left shoulder into the fountain guarantees a swift return to Rome. Anita Ekberg's dip in the Trevi Fountain was immortalized in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, and Italian actor Toto even sold it to an American, passing himself off as its owner. Featured in numerous movies since Trevi Fountain has long inspired the passions of the human race and continues to be revered the world over as one of Italy's most triumphant sculptural works.
One of the most beautiful and popular squares in the world, visiting Piazza Navona has to be in your itinerary while in Rome.The stunning buildings, fountain and the sculptures at this square have an magical appeal. The elegance and sheer beauty of Piazza Navona is bound to leave a long lasting impression on you. During the Christmas season, the square is packed with stalls selling toys, sweets and decorations for the nativity scene or Christmas tree, making it a favorite spot for children. Its unusual shape recalls the time of Domitian, who built a stadium for equestrian displays here. The Fountain of the Rivers, with the obelisk, and the Fountain of the Moor, with the God of the Sea, at the center of the square are both sculpted by Bernini.
The Aqueduct Park is part of the huge Appia Antica Regional Park. It is one of the most fascinating places in Rome, where you can jog along the imposing ruins of six different romans aqueducts, as well as among the umbrella pines of the roman countryside. It spreads for 15 hectares from Cinecittà to the Appio Clauido areas. Some of the water conduits, as the Anio Vetus, the oldest one, run partly underground, but the massive arches of the Claudio duct are really a stunning view! The waterworks date back to different times from the Republican and Imperial ages to 1585 when Aqueduct Felice was built by Pope Sixtus V. They supplied Rome with water for over 850 years, until barbarian invasions destroyed the ducts. Only the Felice Aqueduct, the seventh one, is still in use for irrigation and to feed roman historical fountains. The park is open from dawn until dusk.
History, nature and orange trees: the Orange Garden is the real masterpiece of the Aventine Hill and the Ripa Neighborhood. It was created in the 13th Century by a noble family, the Savellis, from the ruins of an old castle owned by another aristocratic family, the Crescenzis. The actual layout of the park was designed during the 1930s by Italian architect Raffaele de Vico, while orange trees were planted in honor of the old Saint Dominic order. Also known as Savello Park, this great rectangular garden surrounded by medieval walls, has an area of 7800 square meters (83,958 square feet) on the hill. Here you will admire an amazing view of Rome, from the Tiber to Saint Peter's Basilica.
The lovely Villa Celimontana was originally a vineyard that was bought by the Mattei family to whom the new design of the gardens is owed. Located on the Celio hill, it has long attracted visitors with the beauty of villa and the trees and ancient marbles in its gardens, including an obelisk from the times of Ramses II. It became the property of various foreigners until 1918 when it was confiscated by the Italian state. The last owner, Baron Riccardo Hoffmann, contributed to its expansion and added a small Neo-Gothic temple, which is now the home of the Italian Geographic Society. The villa is as beautiful as ever and a lovely spot to pass a few hours (or take in the talents of renowned musicians at the Jazz & Image festival).
Design of Villa Borghese began at the start of the 17th Century when Pope Paul V Borghese was elected. Its style resembles that of city villas from 100 years earlier. The gardens were especially cared for—aviaries were added to house exotic birds and areas of the gardens were stocked with peacocks, ostriches, gazelles and even lions. Over the years, the garden was altered into an English-style space designed by Jacob Moore. One of the park's loveliest areas is the Lake Garden, which is enclosed by a railing that emphasizes the lake's irregular shape. In the center of an artificial island, a temple was built dedicated to Aesculapius. The famous Square of Siena has been the scene of horse-jumping and carriage-racing competitions since it was first built.
The Circus Maximus in Rome is located between Aventino and Palatine hills and it was the largest in Rome, used for chariot races and other spectator sports. The arena measured 600 m in length and 225 m in width and could seat upto 300.000 spectators. Today the archaeological ruins of the building remain to be visited and an internal staircase allows visitors to reach the upper floor and appreciate the panoramic view of the site.
Nestled within the historical Circus Maximus, between valleys of Aventine and Palatine, lies The Rose Garden commonly known as Roseto Comunale. As the name allures, this garden houses over a 1000 varieties of rose shrubs. Set up in 1931, this place is hosts various competitions for gardening enthusiasts. This garden is in close proximity to the Colosseum; after a dose of history, visit this park to take in some floral beauties. The garden is open to visitors during spring only, contact the management for details before visiting.
Nestled in the heart of the city, Raffaele De Vico designed this park in the late 20th Century, with the aim of making the city center more attractive in accordance with a plan begun during the Napoleonic era. Note the octagonal fountain embellished with terracotta amphoras that adds to the beauty of the landscape. In addition, there are nymphaea with tufa decorations, fountains dedicated to Nero and Trajan, and various statues. This extensive garden is spread across 11 hectares (27.8 acres).