Points of interest

Points of Interest in the surroundings of Spazio Vaticano Rome

Spazio Vaticano is a Guest House with free breakfast conveniently located in the Center of Rome, close to Vatican City.

Location is paramount, and our Guest House is in a prime position to discover the many attractions and points of interest that Rome has to offer, just a few minutes’ walk away.

St. Peter’s Basilica is a 5 minutes walk away, Vatican Museums and the The Sistine Chapel are at 200 m. Cipro is the nearest underground station on Line A of the Rome Metro, just at 300 m.

Visit the main sights and attractions of Rome Vatican simply walking, by bus or by underground.

Points of interest in Rome to get on foot

Vatican City

State of Vatican City is the world’s smallest independent state, located within the city of Rome. It is the papal residence and seat of the Roman Catholic Church. Sovereignty is held by the Holy See and it is ruled by the Pope.

Within Vatican City there are very important religious and cultural sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums and some of the world’s most famous paintings and sculptures. Furthermore, you can visit Castel Sant’Angelo, the Vatican Gardens and several exeptional archaeological sites.

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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

The Vatican Museums are one of the world’s biggest collection of art. They boast masterpieces of painting, sculpture and much more collected by the popes through the centuries. The Museums include several impressive works of art, such as the Sistine Chapel with its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo, the Papal Apartments decorated by Michelangelo and Raffaello and the art gallery Pinacoteca Vaticana with artworks of Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Perugino and Caravaggio.

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Castel Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo is a fortress located on the right bank of the river Tiber.

The building is crowned with a statue of an angel, in memory of a vision of Saint Michael the Archangel on top of the castle that the Pope Gregory had during a great epidemic of plague in the 6th century.

Built as a mausoleum for the emperor Hadrian, it has been a fortress and a prison. In the 13th century, a fortified corridor (the “Passetto di Borgo”) was built to connect the castle with the Vatican City, so that the Pope could escape there in the event that he were in danger.

Nowadays, it houses the Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo and its collection of paintings and sculpture. It is also the papal residence and hosts the Secret Archive of the Vatican City.

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St. Peter's Square and St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter’s Square is located directly in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. The Basilica is considered one of the holiest Catholic sacred places and one of the first temples of Christendom.

Symbol of the State of Vatican and center of Christianity, it hosts some monumental artworks like the Dom, the enormous high bronze baldachin by Borromini, the sculpture La Pietà by Michelangelo, St. Peter’s Treasury and the Vatican Grottoes.

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Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is one of the most famous squares in Rome, commissioned by family Pamphilj.

Built over the 1st-century Stadio di Domiziano, it follows its long and thin shape. Attractions to visit: the three famous fountains Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro and Fontana di Nettuno, Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone and Palazzo Pamphilj.

Points of interest in Rome to get by underground

Coliseum

The Colosseum or the Flavian Amphitheatre, is the greatest Amphitheatre of the world, allowing access to 75,000 spectators. It is considered the symbol of Rome and Italy. It was added to the UNESCO list in 1980, and proclaimed one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

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Villa Borghese Gardens and Borghese Gallery

Villa Borghese is the largest public park in Rome. It features gardens, buildings, villas, temples, sculptures, statues, fountains and a lake.

The Borghese Gallery hosts a collection of paintings, sculptures, mosaics and bas-reliefs, mainly from the 15th to the 18th century. Some of its artworks belong to Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio, Correggio, Pinturicchio, Tiziano and Raffaello.

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San Giovanni in Laterano

The Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano is one of the four highest-ranking Roman Catholic church buildings (“Major Basilica”), together with St. Peter, San Paolo Fuori le Mura and Santa Maria Maggiore. It is considered one of the best Bernini’s Masterpieces.

Things to see: the façade with its 15 huge statues of Christ (the two Johns Baptist and Evangelist and 12 Doctors of the Church,) the fourteenth century Gothic baldachin and the thirteenth-century cloisters. Furtermore, the Scala Santa (“Holy Staircase”) that legend holds were the actual staircase which Jesus descended after being condemned, and the Sancta Sanctorum (“Holy of Holies”), formerly the Pope’s private chapel.

Santa Maria Maggiore

Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the 4 main Basilicas. It is the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome and it is referred to as Virgin Mary “Our Lady of the Snows”, whose liturgical fest of anniversary is celebrated on the 5th of August.

Things to visit: the two façades, the mosaics, the baldachin, the Bernini’s statue of St Cajetan Holding the Holy Child and the baroque chapels.

Points of interest in Rome to get by bus

Trastevere

Trastevere is a neighbourhood situated on the west bank of the Tiber River, not far from Vatican City. It is famous for its narrow and cobbled streets lined with ancient houses.

Here you can enjoy a vibrant nightlife in its venues, shops, trattorias and cafes, but also visit opulent baroque palaces and lovely churches.

Things to see: Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of the oldest churches in Rome, Piazza Trilussa, a popular meeting point where street musicians often perform nearby, the Museo di Roma in Trastevere and the church of Santa Maria della Scala.

Stadio Olimpico

Located at the heart of the Foro Italico sports complex, the Stadio Olimpico di Roma is the main sports facility of the Capital.

Intended primarily for football, it is the home stadium of Serie A clubs Lazio and Roma. In addition, the stadium has provided a home for Italy’s national rugby team, popular opera performances and concerts.

Its construction started in 1928. In 1953, it reached a capacity of about 100,000 people, hence it was known as Stadio dei Centomila, until renamed “Olimpico” for the 1960 Olympics. 

Auditorium Parco della Musica

Auditorium Parco della Musica is a large public music complex, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. The Parco della Musica is home to the Santa Cecilia National Academy, one of the oldest musical institutions in the world.

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Museo Contemporaneo Maxxi

The MAXXI is the National Museum of the 21st Century Arts (Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo), the first national museum of contemporary art and architecture in Italy.

Designed by the architect Zaha Hadid, the MAXXI consists of two museums: “MAXXI Art” and “MAXXI Architecture”.

It hosts collections of Arts and Architectures, galleries for temporary exhibition, performances and educational activities.

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