View from Hotel Minerva terrace
       
     
View from Hotel Minerva terrace
       
     
The Aventine Keyhole
       
     
 Galleria Sciarra
       
     
Basilica of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli
       
     
Basilica di S. Maria all'Aventino
       
     
Trevi Fountain
       
     
Piazza del Popolo
       
     
Piazza del Popolo
       
     
View from the Church of Santi Domenico e Sisto
       
     
Ivy in Via Panisperna
       
     
Vicolo del Cinque
       
     
Along the river Tiber
       
     
Tiber Island
       
     
Via dei Chiavari
       
     
Forum of Augustus
       
     
View from Hotel Minerva terrace
       
     
View from Hotel Minerva terrace

At the top of the Hotel Minerva you have a roof garden with an amazing view of the city, be prepared to open your wallet. 

View from Hotel Minerva terrace
       
     
View from Hotel Minerva terrace

All this glamour reminds me the movies of Fellini about the decayed bourgeoisie of Rome.

The Aventine Keyhole
       
     
The Aventine Keyhole

This is the most famous secret of Rome, maybe not anymore so secret considering the queue to look the St. Peter's dome through this keyhole of the palace of the Knights of Malta.

 Galleria Sciarra
       
     
Galleria Sciarra

In Rome you have buildings from different historical periods spanning more than 2000 years. Yes, you have also liberty style. Look for this gallery if you are close to the Trevi Fountain.

Basilica of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli
       
     
Basilica of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli

This basilica is located at the highest summit of the Capitoline Hill. According to the legend, here the Tiburtine Sibyl prophesied to Augustus the arrival of Christ.

Basilica di S. Maria all'Aventino
       
     
Basilica di S. Maria all'Aventino

This is the monastery church of the Priory of the Knights of Malta on the Aventine Hill.

Trevi Fountain
       
     
Trevi Fountain

The last still operative Roman aqueduct passes through this fountain. The immense statue of the god Oceanus scrutinizes the visitors who throw a coin in the water to express the wish to come back again in Rome.

Piazza del Popolo
       
     
Piazza del Popolo

During my first dates, I was used to take the girl at the top of the Pincian Hill, and afterwords descend through the woods in this massive square.

 

Piazza del Popolo
       
     
Piazza del Popolo

In this square you have the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, with paintings of Caravaggio, free to see, except for a coin to turn on the lights.

View from the Church of Santi Domenico e Sisto
       
     
View from the Church of Santi Domenico e Sisto

The church belongs to the order of the Dominicans.

Ivy in Via Panisperna
       
     
Ivy in Via Panisperna

The ivy is part of the romantic iconography of the classical ruins surrendered to the passing of time. One of the most impressive ivy of Rome can be found in Via Panisperna, the same road where Enrico Fermi and his team realized the first artificial fission reaction in the world.

Vicolo del Cinque
       
     
Vicolo del Cinque

This is a popular road in Trastevere, with restuarants and pubs. The name comes from the noble family "dei Cinque" that had its palace there.

Along the river Tiber
       
     
Along the river Tiber

The Tiber is the third-longest river in Italy and "sacred to the destinies of Rome", as written in a marble Roman column placed at the point where the river arises . Mussolini adjusted the boundary between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna in order that the springs of the river would lie in the province of his birth place.

Tiber Island
       
     
Tiber Island

Over this island an hospital has been built as the position was strategic to put in quarantine dangerous diseases.

Via dei Chiavari
       
     
Via dei Chiavari

The name of this road derives from the smiths which were working there keys and lockers. Nowadays you find a prestigious bakery (where is written FORNO) that prepares also pizza served as street food. 

Forum of Augustus
       
     
Forum of Augustus

When the night arrives the crowded and busy via dei Fori Imperiali becomes silent and inspiring.