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Città del Vaticano & Castel Sant'Angelo
1. Città del Vaticano & Basilica di San Pietro

The Vatican is a city-state located in the Italian capital of Rome, the seat of the Pope and the center of the Roman Catholic Church. This place attracts believers from all over the world and contains countless famous works of art and buildings.


St. Peter's Basilica - church of superlatives, center of Christianity and destination of pilgrims from all over the world - St. Peter's Basilica. Anyone who visits Rome, whether a devout Christian, interested in art history or simply on a tour of discovery, cannot avoid the symbol of the Eternal City. More than 20,000 people visit St. Peter's Basilica every day, for which the foundation stone was laid in 1506 and which took around 120 years to build. Due to a lack of money and the consistent implementation of many plans by many architects, the construction of St. Peter's Basilica progressed slowly at the time of the Reformation. In addition to Raphael, Bramante's successors included the architects Baldassare Peruzzi and Antonio da Sangallo. In the 16th century, the sculptor and master builder Michelangelo Buonarotti took over the construction management. He constructed the dome that makes St. Peter's Basilica unmistakable to this day. Almost 30 years after Michelangelo's death, Giacomo de la Porta completed the dome in 1593. The architect Carlo Maderno, who worked on Saint Peter's in the early 17th century, completed the church and facade to such an extent that it was commissioned by the Pope in 1626 Urban VIII. Barberini could be inaugurated. As early as 1624, the Neapolitan Gian Lorenzo Bernini was involved in the interior design of the church. One of the most important works by the representative of the Roman High Baroque is the bronze canopy over the high altar. However, Bernini's greatest work is St. Peter's Square with its colonnades that enclose the square at the sides. Bernini himself wrote about his colonnades, which were inaugurated in 1667: "They are suitable for embracing the Catholics and strengthening them in their faith."


Located in the first chapel on the right side of the nave of St. Peter's Basilica, Michelangelo Buonarotti's Pietà - painted when he was very young, is one of the most enchanting sculptures in art history and one of the most important Renaissance sculptures of this genius.


Dome of St. Peter - The spectacular 136 meter high dome that gives the basilica its majestic dominance was designed by Michelangelo. The view from the dome of St. Peter's Square, the Tevere River and the city is fantastically beautiful.

Link: - Information on the Holy See, also in English.

2. Musei Vaticani & Castel Sant'Angelo

Vatican Museums and Cappella Sistina- The buildings, which now house one of the most valuable art collections in the world, were built as a palace for the Renaissance popes. The museum complex includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms and Loggias. The walls of the Sistine Chapel, the largest chapel in the Vatican palaces, were frescoed by the most important artists of the 15th and 16th centuries. The conclusion of the work formed Michelangelo's altar fresco The Last Judgment and the ceiling fresco.

Link: - Information about the Vatican Museums, also in English.


The Engelsburg (Castel Sant'Angelo) already has an impressive effect on its visitors from the outside. Inside, the beauty is reflected in the pomp and wealth of the popes and the museum showcases the rich history of this building. At the highest point of the castle is the viewing platform with the 18th-century bronze statue of Archangel Michael. The view from the terrace over the rooftops of Rome and the dome of St. Peter's is beautiful.




Simple restaurant that owes its reputation to the search for the best ingredients, not just local ones.Location: Near Piazza Cavour.

Address Via Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli 59

3. Gianicolo & Villa Pamphili

If you want to have a great view over Rome, the Gianicolo hill is the perfect place to do it. Located in the middle of Rome not far from the Tiber, you have a particularly good view of the beautiful metropolis from up there. From here you can admire the shimmering domes of Rome's myriad churches and St. Peter's Basilica in the Italian capital. On the Gianicolo there is also the large Garibaldi monument and a cannon shot takes place every day at 12 noon. You can reach the Gianicolo hill, about 80 meters high, with a short walk either from the Trastevere district or from the Vatican. ​


If you like being outdoors in nature and want to spend your day in one of the most beautiful and important parks in Rome, Villa Doria Pamphilj is your ideal choice. Villa Pamphilj is a hidden gem just outside the city center. It is the largest and most famous park in Rome, not only for its vast area of ​​184 hectares, but also for its wonderful 17th-century architecture, palaces and fountains. Thousands of tourists and locals visit Villa Pamphilj annually. Villa Doria Pamphilj, named after the Pamphilj noble family, was built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Designed by Alessandro Algardi and Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi, the villa and park were intended to express the wealth and power of this noble family. Like all parks, Villa Doria Pamphilj is the ideal place for your morning workout, picnic or photo shoot. Even more impressive near the beautiful Lago del Belvedere lake. This stunning area of ​​the park offers fantastic views, while the natural lake is surrounded by trees of various species, beautiful trails and three viewpoints. Villa Pamphilj is located on the Gianicolo hill near the Vatican and the Trastevere district.

4. Shopping street : Via Cola di Rienzo & Restaurants

In the district of Prati, near St. Peter's Basilica, there is the shopping street Via Cola di Rienzo. This long street is very popular with the Romans. You will mainly find boutiques and high-quality shoe shops there. There are also some good Italian restaurants in this area. This street is easily accessible on foot from the Vatican, but also from the Piazza del Popolo. In Via Cola di Rienzo you can do a lot of shopping. Strolling down this famous street and looking around, you will surely notice the shop windows of Calvin Klein, Zara Home, Guess, Nuvolari, Timberland, David Naman, Diesel, Nike, Brandy Melville and Alviero Martini. For lovers of jewelry and gadgets there are at least 3 jewelers of reference: Celluprica Gioielli, Gioielleria Raggi and Cataldi Gioielleria. And also the Swatch and Swarowski stores where you can find gadgets for all tastes and ages. For clothing you are spoiled for choice: Cliché, TM Women's Clothing, Sisley, Colonna, Luisa Spagnoli, Armony and Carla G, Dan John to name just the main ones. On the other hand, if you are looking for underwear shops: Yamamay, Armony, La Perla. On the other hand, if shoes are on your shopping list, look no further than Centodieci Calzature, Geox and Timberland.


Caffè Portofino

Here you can taste small dishes such as tartine, pasta and tramezzini. Good beer and tasty spritz. You can also find good Italian gelato here. You will find competent staff here and you can choose between indoor and outdoor seating.

Address Piazza Cola di Rienzo 116, Rom (zentral in dieser Einkaufsstrasse gelegen) the café is centrally located in this shopping street



Caffè Ciampini Marco Ciampini

This cafe offers you nice food and a place to rest after a long walk on Via Cola di Rienzo. Here you will find tartine, spaghetti and tasty pizza. Also perfect Italian gelato. The caffe has a good atmosphere and the staff is competent..

Address Piazza Cola di Rienzo 87, Rom  (das Café liegt zentral in dieser Einkaufsstrasse) the café is centrally located in this shopping street


Zig Ristorante Roma Prati

Nice restaurant, centrally located in the shopping street. The service is friendly, fast and courteous. Good value for money. Ideal for a small snack and a break at lunchtime, for example after visiting the Vatican or after shopping.

Address Via Cola di Rienzo 263, Rom

Phone +39 06 32 12 342



Gastronomy, roastery, bar, meeting place for all gourmets, national and international. Here you will find: Italian products divided by region. International products divided by country of origin. Different and almost impossible to find tools to prepare ethnic recipes. Gift boxes of all types and prices containing a selection of salty, sweet or mixed foods.

Address Via Cola di Rienzo 196/198, Rom


Eisdiele La Mela Stregata

For those who love homemade ice cream there is "LA MELA STREGATA" in Piazza Pasquale Paoli 1, on the corner between Lungotevere and Corso Vittorio. The place is best known for its ice cream, but you can also enjoy excellent cocktails outside, with tables and umbrellas. The ice cream parlor is located at Castel Sant' Angelo, but on the other side of the Tevere River.

Address Piazza Pasquale Paoli 1, Rom

Eisdiele Gelarmony

This is one of the best ice cream parlors in Rome. It is located near the shopping street Via Cola di Rienzo, easily reachable from Piazza del Popolo. Just for information: Gelarmony ice cream parlors can also be found in other parts of Rome.

Address Via Marcantonio Colonna 34

5. Foro Italico & Ponte Milvio

The Foro Italico, formerly Foro Mussolini, is a monumental sports facility complex built between 1928 and 1938, which initially served the paramilitary, physical training-oriented youth organization of the fascist regime. It has been the site of numerous sporting events such as the 1960 Summer Olympics and the 1990 World Cup. The Foro Italico is best reached by tram from Piazza del Popolo / Piazzale Flaminio.


Stadio Nicola Pietrangeli - The stadium was built in 1934 within the "Foro Italico" sports complex. The steps of the grandstands leading down to the tennis court are made of Carrara marble. Eighteen statues representing Olympic athletes (also made of Carrara marble) surround the stadium.


Stadio dei Marmi - This stadium is located next to the larger and better known Stadio Olimpico, in the "Foro Italico" sports complex. It is one of the most impressive sports facilities, built in 1932. The attraction of this place is not only the scenic location between the foothills of Monte Mario and the banks of the Tiber, but above all the elegant architectural structure of the huge rows of steps, which are supported by 60 large statues of white marble are surmounted.


Ponte Milvio - The pedestrian bridge, which is well worth seeing, spans the Tiber as a direct extension of the Via Flaminia. In 207 B.C. First built as a wooden bridge, later heavily fortified, it was the main entrance to Rome for travelers from the north for centuries.

Link: - ATAC homepage of bus connections in Rome. Information in English.

Link: - General tourist information about Rome, only in Italian.

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Antiques Market at Ponte Milvio - It takes place on Sundays between Ponte Milvio and Ponte Duca D'Aosta. Here you can find antiques and collectibles, but also junk dealers and curio exhibitors.

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Piazza San Pietro

Tiber river near the Vatican

View from Gianicolo

Kirche "San Giovanni in Laterano"

Ponte Milvio

Maxxi Museum

Piazza San Pietro

Gianicolo - Garibaldi Monument

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II

In der Nähe der "Piazza San Giovanni"  - Stadt-Tor "Porta Maggiore"

Castel Sant' Angelo

Villa Celimontana

The Vatican is the most famous part of Rome, mostly because of its 2000 year history. Every day, many tourists flock towards the Vatican to visit the church and the Vatican Museums. The district with the Vatican, Castel Sant'Angelo and the Gianicolo viewpoint can be reached with a short walk.

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