Rome is even more fascinating after dusk; visiting it at night might be a good idea for those who do not like the confusion, the heat of the summer days or who simply want to see the wonders of Rome in an atmosphere that is seductively rich. Visiting places like St. Peterís Square with its majestic illumination, the Coliseum and the Forum with their jagged shadows, and Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps wrapped in romantic colors are definitely to be experienced. For those who are drawn by this idea, here are some suggestions to visit Rome by night setting out from the Relais Pierret:
From the Spanish Steps towards the Capitoline Hill. A night walk through the Forum and onto the Coliseum
A tour of Rome by night amidst the imposing ruins of what was Ancient Rome.
A walk of about 3 kilometers on foot, about 40 minutes without stopping from the Spanish Steps.
We begin our walk on leaving Piazza di Spagna and taking Via Borgognona towards Via del Corso in the direction of Piazza Venezia, and continuing along Via del Teatro di Marcello to climb up to Piazza del Campidoglio. The square at night presents itself in all its Renaissance splendor, decorated with Michelangeloís star and the large statue of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. From the square we move towards the terrace overlooking the Forum where, thanks to clever illumination, we can view the ruins of what was the heart of the ancient city from above. Going down from the square by Via di San Pietro in Carcere we reach Via dei Fori Imperiali, where it is worth stopping first at Trajanís Column before then moving onto the Forum of Augustus, Nerva and Vespasian. We end our night walk at the most famous monument, the Flavian Amphitheatre or Coliseum, the unique and authentic symbol of Romeís eternity which offers itself in all its grandiosity, enriched by an enchanting display of lights.
The fountains of Rome by moonlight. A night walk amidst the cityís most famous fountains
Rome, the city of fountains: no other city in the world has so many, a really special walk
A walk of about 2.8 kilometers on foot, about 35 minutes without stopping from the Spanish Steps.
We begin our walk from the nearest fountain which is to be found in Piazza di Spagna itself, the famous Fontana della Barcaccia. The work of Pietro Bernini and his son Gian Lorenzo, the fountain reproduces a semi-submerged boat decorated with bees and the sun and the symbols of Pope Urban VIII Barberini. It is said that it was inspired by a boat that was grounded there in Piazza di Spagna when the Tiber burst its banks at the end of the 16th century. We continue our walk towards what is considered the most famous fountain in the world: the Trevi Fountain. Inaugurated in the middle of the 18th century, it is one of the most popular monuments in Rome and, as tradition demands, throwing a coin into the fountain will ensure you return to the Eternal City. From here we head to Piazza Navona, which has three splendid fountains: the Fountain of the Four Rivers, Berniniís masterpiece, the Fountain of Neptune and that of the Moor. Continuing our night journey we head Piazza Farnese, home to the large basins from the Baths Caracalla. From here we end our walk by heading for one of the most characteristic corners of Rome, Piazza Mattei, which is home to the Fountain of the Turtles, a little masterpiece designed by Giacomo della Porta at the end of the 16th century to which Gian Lorenzo Bernini later added the four turtles.