from Piazza Navona, San Pietro, The Italian Renaissance
It starts from Piazza Navona, one of the largest and most beautiful squares of Baroque Rome. Its keynote is the sumptuous Four Rivers Fountain, Bernini, that with the high dome and the slender towers of the Church of St. Agnes in Agony, instead of Borromini, almost marks the triumph of Baroque art.
And 'one of the most popular places in Rome, both by tourists and Romans themselves, it is a meeting place that welcomes thousands of people until late in the night, offering, in the surrounding area, bars and restaurants of all kinds.
Ancient stadium is 276 meters long and 54 wide and was built by Domitian and restored by Alexander Severus. Today is one of the most characteristic squares of Rome thanks to the existing three lovely fountains.
Through the short Via Agonale you arrive in Piazza Sant 'Apollinare, dominated by the lookout tower, and then, in the bottom of the modern Via Zanardelli, the Church of St. Augustine, rinascimentalee façade with a famous fresco by Raphael, the Prophet Isaiah, and a fascinating Lady of Caravaggio, Madonna of the Pilgrims or Loreto.
Leaving the Church of St. Augustine, inboccando left the Via Nazionale, is located on the right, St. Louis of France, the national church of the French. The elegant façade is by Giacomo della Porta, but especially on the inside, in the chapel of St. Matthew, contains, priceless treasure, three splendid paintings by Caravaggio. Next to St. Louis of the French Senate, sumptuous residence of the Medici in Rome and now the seat of the Senate of the Italian Republic.
Through Via di Parione, opposite the Church of Santa Maria della Pace, you get to Via del Governo Vecchio, and turning to the right, between austere buildings and old houses sixteenth century, you get to Old Town Square.
Along the Palazzo dei Filippini, is the Church of Santa Maria in Vallicella with next I'Oratorio of St. Philip Blacks, with its characteristic Baroque facade of Borromini.
Continuing along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, is located towards the end, the Palace of the ancient Banco di Santo Spirito, by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. But above all, the scenery of the castle and the Ponte Sant'Angelo, with its statues of angels and saints who form a splendid viewpoint. Crossing the river on the left we find the very large Conciliazione, opened by the killing of typical streets traditionally, whose disappearance has raised bitter criticism, but that allows you to see the Basilica of St. Peter since the Sant'Angelo bridge, and greatly extends the square with the famous Bernini's colonnade allowing gatherings really ocean.
At the end of Via della Conciliazione thus arrives at St. Peter's Square, a triumph of Renaissance and Baroque periods, with the works of Michelangelo, Bernini, and many other great Italian art history and the world.
Not far from the square you can reach the Vatican Museums, and visiting the famous Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel.