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.
Palazzo Delle Esposizioni with its statues and Corinthian columns, designed by Piacentini, hosts temporary exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, and graphics, which are changed every three months. There is also a small cinema that shows foreign-language films and the occasional theatrical performance at Palazzo Delle Esposizioni. In addition, there is a well-stocked bookshop, a design shop, a bar and a restaurant on the terrace. Next to the complex is the Visual Arts Research and Documentation Center, an archive that contains data on contemporary Italian and international art.
A true connoisseur of contemporary art will appreciate this place. Others may well stay away, as the lines, colors and ideas can get quite complicated. Paintings, sculptures and even wood carvings by locally established and upcoming artists are exhibited here on a regular basis. Thematic showings cater to those who prefer the works to the creators. Modern art critics, head over here. Traditionalists will be better impressed by the city itself.
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.
This gallery is attached to Palazzo Colonna and is made up of six rooms, richly decorated with ceiling frescoes and a host of beautiful paintings like Annibale Carracci's il Mangiafagioli. There are also two writing desks, which are marvelous works of art and well worth seeing. The first desk is decorated in semi-precious stone with bronze statuettes and the second is decorated with inlaid ivory. Unfortunately, this splendid gallery is only open once a week, but it is definitely worth visiting in order to see these unique pieces.
Palazzo Santa Chiara is a spectacular location that is sure to be an ideal venue for any event. Situated in a historic setting, Palazzo Santa Chiara has an impressive theater which can easily accommodate about 150 guests. The theater is equipped with state-of-the-art amenities and events can be complemented with food and beverages. In addition, Palazzo Santa Chiara has an ornate chapel on site which is most popular for weddings. Couples prefer to tie the knot at the chapel and throw their wedding reception at any of the two halls which speak of a capacity of 90 and 200 guests respectively.
Located within the Cineteca Nazionale, Sala Trevi is an 100 seater posh cinema that is one of the neighborhood favorites. Named in memory of Alberto Sordi, he is one of the missed veterans in the Italian circles. The comfortable and spacious seating with the company of popcorn and refreshments brings the perfect movie experience. They also offer deals to purchase ten tickets for 30 euros only. Mondays closed. Call ahead for more information.
Standing tall on the foundations of the Teatro di Pompeo, the Teatro dei Satiri has still retained its charm after its long innings of being in action. Well-known for staging satire and well-timed comic plays, Teatro dei Satiri as the name suggests has always live up to its repute. With many glorious first-timers having been played here, the theater has been a witness to some of the greatest names in Italian theater. Enjoy an evening of slapstick comedy or serious satires at the theater. Check website for schedules.
Built at the end of the 19th Century by architects Angelo Vescovali and Augusto Polidori near the remains of the old Ponte Rotto, close to Isola Tiberina (Tiber Island), Ponte Palatino connects the Ripa and Trastevere districts, creating a walkway between the Aventino and Alberteschi riverside roads. Made mostly out of iron with travertine marble decorations, Palatino Bridge extends for a total of 155 meters (509 feet) and is also known as Ponte Inglese (English Bridge), thanks to the choice to drive your car in the opposite direction.