Al Centro Storico di Roma is located in Via Merulana, which joins the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore with the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, two of the four major basilicas of Rome. San Giovanni in Laterano is the oldest of major basilicas, and it is considered the cathedral of the city and ecclesiastical seat of the bishop of Rome: the pope. There, you will find the Palazzo del Laterano (Lateran Palace), Piazza San Giovanni and an important Egyptian obelisk, the Holy Stairs and the impressive Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, one of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome. In addition, thanks to the excellent public transport network, from our hotel you will reach the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica and Castel Sant’Angelo in a few minutes.
In a ten-minute walk you will find one of the most emblematic monuments of Rome and of the Roman Empire: the Colosseum. Vespasian began its construction in the 1st century and it was initially named Anfiteatro Flavio. The current name probably derives from a colossal statue of Nero located close to the Anfiteatro. The Colosseum is well-known for its spectacles: duels between gladiators, wild animals… From the Colosseum starts the majestic Roman Forum. It was the civic and political hearth of Roman Empire. Nowadays, you can visit the columns and walls that were part of one of the most important cities of the Antiquity. In addition to being the reference for daily life, it also was the political and religious centre, because there were the most important temples and government institutions. There you can visit the Capitoline Hill and the Palatine Hill, venue of the festival of the Lupercalia.
Squares and monuments
You can visit the most emblematic and charismatic places in the city in a nice walk or taking the bus. La Fontana di Trevi, which represents Neptune, is a symbol of the Eternal City and one of the most important works of Italian Baroque. Legend has it that throwing a coin into the fountain you will return to Rome in the future. The famous Piazza di Spagna is today a meeting point for tourists and locals and one of the main shopping areas of Rome. You can go up its famous and impressive staircase and enjoy a magnificent view of the Eternal City.