09 June 2016

Rome: Experience ‘la Grande Bellezza’

The two days of MICS 2016 also provide an opportunity to get carried away by the magic and timelessness of Roman evenings.
A stone's throw from the Hotel Parco dei Principi, in the cool evening breeze, you can enjoy the beautiful Villa Borghese, where nature and culture are intertwined. The Bioparco di Roma is based here: the historical zoo built in the early 1900s, which houses 1,144 animals from 222 different species, as well as a rich and important botanical collection. bioparco.it

Nearby is the Villa Borghese Pinciana, now home to the Galleria Borghese, which hosts a rich collection of masterpieces by Bellini, Raphael, Titian, Correggio, Caravaggio and beautiful sculptures by Bernini and Canova galleriaborghese.beniculturali.it

Walking along the streets of Villa Borghese you may come across the Silvano Toti Globe Theatre, constructed like Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, the most famous theatre of the Elizabethan period. globetheatreroma.com

If you do not want to go far from the Congress venue, we suggest the famous Pincio Walk where you’ll have an enchanting view of the Eternal City. A few flights of stairs will lead you directly to Piazza del Popolo, the last great achievement of Papal Rome. There you can admire the fountain of the goddess Roma, located on the eastern side of the circular piazza below the slopes of the Pincio, and, directly opposite, the fountain of Neptune.
At this point you might choose to walk to Piazza di Spagna and the Trinità dei Monti (the Spanish Steps) just ten minutes away, to admire the splendid, newly restored marble of the Trevi Fountain.

600 meters from the Trevi Fountain you will come to the Piazza del Quirinale. Not far away is the Scuderie del Quirinale which, up until 26 June 2016, will host the exhibition "Correggio and Parmigianino: Art in Parma in the sixteenth century".  scuderiequirinale.it/categorie/biglietti-e-visite-guidate

For those who want to continue, just ten minutes from the Quirinale is the famous Roman shopping street, Via del Corso, which, passing Piazza Venezia and the altar of the Fatherland, leads to the wide, straight Via dei Fori Imperiali (Imperial Forums), an area of undisputed treasures of Rome and the world.  ticket.museiincomuneroma.it/foro-di-augusto  

The forums culminate in the true ‘King of Rome’: the Colosseum. The restoration of this, the world's most famous amphitheatre, was completed only a few months ago.  archeoroma.beniculturali.it/siti-archeologici/colosseo

During your walk you might like to visit the centre of Christian Rome, particularly lively at the moment because of the opening of the Jubilee. From the Hotel Parco dei Principi the number 19 tram can take you directly to the threshold of Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter's Square) at the Vatican. A short walk from the square you’ll come to the Vatican Museums, inside one of which is found one of the world’s most famous artistic treasures: the Sistine Chapel and the cycle of the Last Judgement, frescoes by Michelangelo Buonarroti.  www.museivaticani.va

A short distance further, along the famous Via della Conciliazione, you can reach Castel Sant'Angelo, just as charming in the evening as during the day. The castle is built on six levels and is home to a museum of medieval and Renaissance art. castelsantangelo.beniculturali.it

From the castle you could take a stroll along the banks of the Tiber as far as the Tiberina Island where you can cross to reach the Roman Forts and the Colosseum.

This is Rome: genius and recklessness; order and disorder; splendour and simplicity. A city to conquer all hearts. A city to experience. And to live like the Italians do.