PLACES AND MONUMENTS
The Grand Hotel Plaza is located near to the main monuments of the Eternal City, including the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Castel Sant'Angelo (in the picture) etc.
Thanks to this privileged position, a short walk can be the best way to see some of the main places of great historic and artistic value at your leisure.
Basilica SS. Ambrogio and Carlo al Corso
Largo S. Carlo al Corso Roma
- Situated opposite the Grand Hotel Plaza, Basilica di SS. Ambrogio e Carlo has a lot to offer visitors in terms of historical, artistic and devotional interest.
- Its elegant Baroque style can be found in the cornices, the outlines of the window, in the volute of the gables and the arabesques of the vault.
- Its façade is majestic and the Cupola, which stands 72 m high, was the last work of Pietro da Cortona.
Opening Times: 7.00 – 19.00
Festival Opening Times SS. Mass:
8:00 – 9:30 – 11:00 – 12:00 – 18:30
Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna
P.zza di Trevi and P.zza di Spagna, Rome
- The Trevi Fountain, the grandiose terminal point of the Acqua Vergine aqueduct, is one of Rome’s biggest fountains.
- Tradition has it that by throwing a coin over your shoulder into the Fountain you are sure to return to Rome.
- Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps are among the city’s most beautiful and famous meeting places.
Colosseum and Imperial Forum
P.zza del Colosseo and via dei Fori Imperiali, Roma
- One of the most famous and ancient architectural wonders of the world.
- Close by, you can admire the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.
End of March to end of August: 09:00-19:30
November to Mid-February: 09:00-16:30
Mid-February to Mid-March:
Mid-March to end of March: 09:00-17:30
Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo
Caravaggio, La Crocifissione di San Pietro, detail
P.zza del Popolo 12, Rome
- Home to original works by Caravaggio and Chigi Chapel, which was designed by Raphael.
From Monday to Saturday: 07:00-12:00, 16:00-19:00
Sunday 07:30-13:30, 16:30-19:30
Borghese Gallery and Museum
Villa Borghese, P.le Scipione, Borghese 5, Rome
- The museum and gallery contain famous sculptures and paintings from Cardinal Scipione Borghese’s the private collection, including Apollo and Daphne by Bernini and the Deposition by Raphael.
Opening Times: From Tuesday to Sunday 09:00-19:00
P.zza della Rotonda, Rome
- Originally a Roman temple dedicated to all the ancient Gods
- Its construction dates back to over 2000 years ago.
Monday to Saturday: 08:30-19:30 (13:00 on public holidays)
The Vatican and Sistine Chapel
Via della Conciliazione 1, Rome
- The Vatican is the official residence of the Pope and an independent sovereign state.
- Once there you can also take the opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums and the famous Sistine Chapel.
- A visit to the Basilica di San Pietro is also highly recommended. According to Christian tradition, it was built on the tomb of Saint Peter, which is located inside the Vatican Grottoes.
Sistine Chapel - Opening Times:
From Monday to Saturday:
Entry 09:00 – 16:00
(N.B. the rooms must be exited half an hour before closing)
Sunday, except the last Sunday of each month (with Free Entry 9:00 - 12:30 Closing 14:00), excluding Easter Sunday, 29 June, 25 or 26 December
January 1, 6
August 15, 16
December 8, 25, 26
March /October 08:45-16:45 November/February 08:45-13:45
Closed Sundays (open the last Sunday of the month)
Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura
Via Ostiense 186, Rome
- Built on what is believed to be Saint Paul’s burial site.
- Rome’s second biggest Basilica.
- Rebuilt in the 1800s, after being partly destroyed by a fire.
in winter: 07:00-18:00
Catacombs of San Callisto
Christian symbols, III century
Catacombs of San Callisto, Via Appia Antica 126, Rome
- The Catacombs reflect an important part of Rome’s history, and were the burial site for 15 Christian Popes and martyrs, from the 3rd century AD.
- The Catacombs extend over four levels and corridors with a total length of 12 miles.
- The areas open to the public highlight the Crypt of Saint Cecilia and the Papal Crypt.
From Thursday to Tuesday 09:00-12:00, 14:00-17:00
Closed all February
Via del Circo Massimo, Rome
- Situated between the Palatine and Aventine hills, the Circus Maximus was Rome’s largest circus and was dedicated to horse racing.
THEATRES AND EVENTS
Rome has a wide variety of entertainment on offer that can satisfy the most varied tastes.
From June to September the Estate Romana (Roman Summer) season takes place: almost all the events take place outside, and include opera, theatre, dance, clubs and concerts, adding extra atmosphere to the show.
Opera and Classical Music
- Opera tickets are generally on sale well in advance because of the high demand.
- Evening dress is recommended for these events.
Auditorium Parco della Musica
V.le Pietro de Coubertin, Rome
- Designed by Renzo Piano, it is one of Europe’s largest auditoria.
- It hosts a series of concerts ranging from classical music to opera and is also home to the National Academy of Saint Cecilia.
The Opera House
P.zza Gigli, Rome
- The Opera House has its own orchestra and dance company. The seats are in boxes and it is a good idea to arrive at least half an hour before the start of the performance.
San Paolo entro le Mura
Coral Group of Chiesa di San Paolo Entro le Mura
Via Napoli 58, Rome
- It is the Anglican Episcopal Church of America.
- The venue hosts many activities of a musical nature.
Via Flaminina 82, Rome
- Italy’s first museum for kids, containing numerous interactive installations for children, schools and families.
Opening Times: Visits have a set duration of one hour and 45 minutes:
From Monday to Friday: 09:30, 11:30, 15:00, 17:00
Saturday and Sunday, national holidays, July and September:
10:00, 12:00, 15:00, 17:00
12:00, 15:00, 17:00.
Bioparco (Rome’s Zoo) and Villa Borghese
P.le del Giardino Zoologico, Villa Borghese, Rome
- Located in Villa Borghese, the Bioparco contains 198 species, some of which are very rare.
- Like the zoo, Villa Borghese is also a perfect place (and one of the few green spaces in the city) for children to run around and have fun.
From 28 October to 29 March: 09:30-17:00
From 30 March to 26 October: 09:30-18:00
Saturday, Sunday and national holidays and from 20 April to 28 September: 09:30-19:00.
If you are looking for a haut couture dress, the area of greatest interest to you will be that around Piazza di Spagna, where the Grand Hotel Plaza is located. The shops are an attraction in their own right because of their elegant and unique windows.
- Via Condotti this street features the first fashion house of Valentino and Bulgari, Cartier and Hermes, among others.
- Via Borgognona here you can find Fendi, famous for its bags and fine leather work.
- Via Frattina this is where you can find Tiffany, the famous New York jeweller, and Versace, for international high fashion.
Colosseum - night
Colosseum - inside
View from the Palatine
Capitoline Museums – Hall of the She-Wolf